COVID-19 HELP: #GivingTuesday Coronavirus Relief — Help Fox Valley United Way, Others on May 5

COVID-19 HELP: #GivingTuesday Coronavirus Relief — Help Fox Valley United Way, Others on May 5

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#GivingTuesday Coronavirus Relief on May 5

There will be a special edition of #GivingTuesday — this time for coronavirus relief — on May 5, and the Fox Valley United Way and others in our area are asking you to take part.

“These are challenging times. But even as we face uncertainty, we have the power to create good,” the Fox Valley United Way says on its Facebook page.

On May 5, Fox Valley United Way is asking people to give back to neighbors impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

According to the FVUW website, more than 1 million households in Illinois struggle to afford the basic necessities of housing, childcare, food, transportation, health care and technology.

Now their struggle is even more difficult. Many people have lost their jobs. Schools are closed, affecting children who rely on free meal programs. Social service agencies that serve people in need have a shortage of food and supplies.

The demand for assistance is significantly greater today than it was a month ago.

“From experience, we know when this community comes together, it can overcome challenges of great magnitude,” officials said.

You can donate to support social service agencies in Kane and Kendall counties striving to serve children and families at this critical time. The Fox Valley Coronavirus Relief Fund* is gathering personal and corporate donations and will distribute them locally to these agencies.

As other local agencies, post news releases on local #GivingTuesday efforts, we’ll post them here.


Law Library Offers FREE Divorce & Family Help April 23

The Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center is physically closed due to COVID-19 concerns until May 4 (General Order 20-14), but will again offer the popular Divorce and Family Law Help program by phone from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 23.

People who are representing themselves in a divorce or have other family law issues in Kane County may call the Law Library at 630-406-7126 to speak to a Kane County Bar Association lawyer. The service is free.

Family law attorneys from the Peskind Law Firm will attempt to answer all calls received, but in the event you are asked to leave a message, please do so and someone will return your call.

If you have a civil legal question in Kane County (landlord/tenant, eviction, small claims), you can call a civil law attorney at 630-406-7126 for free help from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 24, during the Lawyer in the Lobby Program.

The Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center staff members are answering phone calls and emails. See for information.



Health Department Offers Call4Calm Help

The Kane County Health Department website offers a variety of resources for Kane County residents on its homepage.

Among those those is are links for materials, in English and in Spanish, for people struggling with stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is “Text Line” resources recommended by the Health Department and state of Illinois.

Illinois Call4Calm Text Line

If you or a loved one are struggling with stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic and need emotional support, text TALK to 552020 for English or HABLAR for Spanish.

This service is free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People seeking assistance will remain anonymous and will provide only their first name and zip code, which enables the service to link you to a counselor in your area who is knowledgeable about available local resources.​

Managing stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 outbreak can be overwhelming. If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others please call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline:
1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517)

Visit the Kane County Health Department website to download in English or Spanish.

Statewide ‘Call For Calm’ Help

Emotional support at the edge of your fingertips. That’s the plan for a new support line in Illinois called ‘Call for Calm’.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a free emotional-support text line is available for Illinoisans experiencing stress from the COVID-19 pandemic.

To speak anonymously, text “talk” to 552020 and a counselor from a local community mental health center will call you within 24 hours. For Spanish, text “hablar”.

You can also receive other helpful resources by texting the number with keywords such as “unemployment,” “food” and “shelter.”

“It’s OK to feel and please know that you don’t have to feel at all alone, I want you to know that we are here to help,” Governor Pritzker adds.

It’s not a crisis hotline, but it’s a way to help you. He says, “Let them be a listening ear for the challenges you are experiencing.”


Special Event: Fresh Produce Pop-Up Distribution Saturday, April 11

A silver lining of this time of crisis is the outpouring of support the Northern Illinois Food Bank network is seeing.

“We have been receiving an influx of beautiful, fresh produce donations coming from our farmers and donors, and while we are sharing lots with our member agencies, we still have a daily abundance coming in,” officials said.

In an effort to continue to serve our community and share this abundance of fresh produce, the Food Bank is hosting its first “Fresh Produce Pop-Up” drive-through distribution from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Metra Station in Geneva.

The Fresh Produce Pop-Up invites residents in need to pick up pre-bagged packages of fresh produce. That packages are available to “anyone in the community who may need of a little extra help during this time.” No ID is required, and there are no set limits for eligibility.

Simply enter on the Third Street side of the south parking lot, and a volunteer will drop off the fresh produce.

  • When: Saturday, April 11, 2020 | 10am – 1pm
  • Where: Geneva Metra Station | Enter on Third Street side of south parking lot

NIFB COVID-19 Resource Guide

Food is just one of many challenges our neighbors face right now.

With that in mind, the Northern Illinois Food Bank has developed the Northern Illinois COVID-19 Resource Guide. It has listings of statewide and county-specific resources available to help during this time.

Learn more at


Red Cross Needs Plasma From Recovered COVID-19 Patients

The Red Cross is seeking people who are fully recovered from COVID-19 and may be able to donate plasma to help current patients with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections, or those judged by a healthcare provider to be at high risk of progression to severe or life-threatening disease.

People who have fully recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies in their plasma that can attack the virus. This convalescent plasma is being evaluated as treatment for patients seriously ill with COVID-19. Historically, convalescent plasma has been used as a potentially lifesaving treatment when new diseases or infections develop quickly, and no treatments or vaccines were available yet.

The Red Cross has been asked by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help identify prospective donors and manage the distribution of these products to hospitals treating patients in need. If you’re fully recovered from a verified coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnosis, please review the information below and fill out the Potential Donor form.

A Red Cross representative will follow up with prospective candidates to confirm eligibility.

See frequently asked questions related to the Convalescent Plasma Program »

Note: If you currently have or suspect that you have COVID-19 and have questions about your health, please contact your healthcare professional.

Where To Donate in Kane County

Click here to find a Red Cross blood drive. Enter your zip code to find a drive near you.

Here’s what I found from a search of “60134” (Geneva) on Sunday:

  • Tuesday, April 7, 2020 — Clarke, 675 Sidwell Court, St. Charles — 8:30 a..m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 17, 2020 — Good Shepherd United Methodist Church — 751 Army Trail Road, Bartlett — 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Versity Blood Centers of Illlinois — formerly Heartland Blood Centers — is another local blood center.

The Versiti Blood Centers of Illinois website says it will continue to provide its service to the community by accepting donors at all its donor center locations, as well as community blood drives, when possible.

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

Help By Wearing Masks

The CDC says two of he best ways to help others are (a) stay and home and (b) when you do go out, wear a face covering.


Volunteer Opportunities

The following are volunteer opportunities for the COVID-19 emergency, courtesy of the state of Illinois website.

The Kane County Health Department also is assisting in the recruitment of more medical professionals to aid in the fight against COVID-19.

Healthcare Providers

The State of Illinois is calling on all licensed healthcare providers, available to help in the fight against COVID19, to register at

This includes physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, physician assistants, medics, LPNs, CNAs, Podiatrists and Dentists. Register Now at

Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund

The United Way of Illinois and the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations announce the launch of the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF), a new statewide fundraising effort to support nonprofit organizations serving those whose lives have been upended by this pandemic.

The ICRF is launching with nearly $23 million in initial donations. In the upcoming weeks, the steering committee will evaluate and disburse funds to the initial wave of charitable organizations serving at-need communities across the entire state. All donations and distributions will be available to the public.

More information can be found at

Serve Illinois

Millions of Illinoisans rely on the kindness of others each and every day. That shouldn’t change just because you’ve been asked to stay home. It just takes a little creativity.

Serve Illinois is in the process of providing CDC guidance to service organizations across the state. That includes daily health surveys and temperature checks for all volunteers and staff, the disinfecting of surfaces at each shift change, and ensuring that any group work involves fewer than 10 people — all with proper social distancing parameters.

This is not a free pass to violate the Stay at Home order. This is an opportunity for healthy college students looking for something to do, or individuals who aren’t able to work from home—an opportunity for people who are healthy and looking to help.

If that’s you, register on the Serve Illinois website and the organization will connect you with opportunities based on their needs.

Learn more on their website:

Blood Donation

As this situation has evolved, the American Red Cross has seen blood drives cancelled across the country — when tragically, a blood shortage would only worsen the health care crisis we are facing right now.

That’s why we’re encouraging healthy, eligible individuals to donate blood.

To find a blood drive or volunteer, visit:


Elgin Supports Temporary Daytime Shelter for People Experiencing Homelessness

See the full story in COVID-19 COMMUNITIES.

The city of Elgin has partnered with New Life Covenant Church to provide temporary daytime accommodation for people experiencing homelessness.

Need help?

If you are experiencing homelessness and are in need of assistance, please contact the Elgin Police Department’s Social Services Division Monday through Friday, 9 a.m to 7 p.m. at 847-289-2629. If you need assistance outside of those hours, contact the Elgin Police Department non-emergency line at 847-289-2700.

Want to help?

Supplies like masks, gloves, disinfectant wipes or sprays, liquid soap and water are needed and donations can be made by emailing Pastor Abi.

St. Charles Chamber of Commerce Launches ‘How to Help Our Community’

Want to send a meal to a first responder? Or maybe you’re looking for the right place to make a donation to help people during the COVID-19 emergency.

Here’s a great idea from the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce. We’ll also post this in the COVID-19 BUSINESS/CONSUMERS landing page.


St. Charles Chamber of Commerce invites the community to take part in their new program Stronger Together: How to Help Our Community in efforts to help first responders, restaurants and nonprofits during COVID-19. The new program launched on March 26th on our web page,

Stronger Together: How to Help Our Community is a program that consists of two parts.

Send Meals to First Responders – While Supporting Local Restaurants invites the community to support our local first responders by buying meals for them from a local restaurant. Located on the St. Charles Website, the public can find contact information for Northwestern Delnor Hospital, St. Charles Police and St. Charles Fire Department to coordinate meal and time request for first responders. The chamber encourages those who want to participate to order from a local restaurant. Local restaurants that are open and offer carry out/pick up are listed on the Chamber’s website.

Support Local Non-ProfitsThe Chamber acknowledges that during this crisis, some of the most affected are the less fortunate. It is important that the community support Non-Profit members as they look to serve those in need. The chamber encourages those looking for available services and/or who can help during this time to visit to see current and specific services and needs of these nonprofits during this time.

For more information on Covid-19 that we have collected, check out our website and social media pages for the most up to date information. #StrongerTogetherSTC


TODAY: Boys And Girls Club of Dundee Seeks Donations

In response to our community’s needs during the COVID-19 crisis, working in partnership with School Districts 300 and 158, we will be opening two Emergency Childcare Programs for essential employees of Advocate Sherman Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Hospital Huntley Monday (March 30) morning.

We are in need of the following items to maintain the safety of our staff and children, and would greatly appreciate any donations you can make to help us:

1. Four (4) Forehead Scan Thermometers

2. Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer

3. Chlorine Bleach-Based Sanitation Wipes

4. N-95 Masks If you have a forehead scan thermometer – please contact Lluri Coria at<> or (847)551-4309 to arrange for a pickup.

For the other items needed – we will have a drop-off bin located outside the front door at our office, located at 20 S Grove Street Carpentersville, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thank you for your help!


Kane County Coordinates Donations For PPE’s

Kane County officials announced this weekend that the county is accepting donations of Personal Protective Equipment to assist in the COVID-19 response.

Businesses, medical and nursing schools, nail salons, tattoo parlors and residents can donate unused and unopened Personal Protective Equipment in the parking lot of the Kane County Judicial Center located at 37W777 IL-38, St. Charles, IL 60175. The drop-off site will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting Monday March 30.

The drop-off site will be staffed by personnel from the Kane County Office of Emergency Management.

If you have a large amount of items to donate such as a pickup trucks worth or larger, please e-mail us at Include the quantities of each item you have on hand to donate and your contact information and we will contact you to arrange a drop off date, time, and location.

Items needed include:

  • Masks: Surgical, isolation or N-95
  • Gowns: Isolation and non-surgical
  • Gloves: Nitrile, sterile, and surgical
  • Face shields, Goggles, and safety glasses  Hand Sanitizer (any size)
  • Disinfectant Wipes (any size)

All items should be in the manufacturer’s original packaging and unopened. Unfortunately, we cannot accept open product or homemade items.

All donations will be distributed to first responders, health care and medical facilities, and social services within Kane County.

Volunteer Opportunities

Community Volunteer Opportunities at this time (AS POSTED ON THE BATAVIA SCHOOL DISTRICT 101 WEBSITE)

Kane County Connects Daily Updates

  • COVID-19 OVERVIEW — A roundup of national and international updates.
  • COVID-19 STATE — State of Illinois and Illlinois Department of Public Health updates. (Includes daily updates from Gov. JB Pritzker’s news conferences and Kane County COVID-19 alerts from the IDPH.)
  • COVID-19 KANE COUNTY — Kane County updates, including information from the Kane County Health Department, courts, Sheriff’s Office, and all units of county government.
  • COVID-19 COMMUNITIES — A roundup of information from municipalities, park districts, libraries, as well as local human interest stories.
  • COVID-19 SCHOOLS — Updates on school closings or openings, meals and online learning.
  • COVID-19 HOSPITALS / HEALTH CARE — Vital links to local hospital and health-care websites and additional trusted information on COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 BUSINESS / CONSUMERS / JOBS —Business news, what’s open and closed, where to find stuff you need,  updates from local chambers of commerce, job openings.
  • COVID-19 CONNECTIONS — Stories about people, good news, personal observations, photos, miscellaneous news, quirky and fun stuff related to the days of COVID in Kane.
  • COVID-19 HELP — How to find help and give help to others. Local resources, volunteer opportunities, donation sites and other local efforts to help people during the COVID-19 emergency.