COVID-19 Updates

JLE-NS COVID-19 PANDEMIC UPDATES (Last updated July 22, 2020)


Through August, all in-person events are cancelled, postponed, or moving online to a video platform. 


JLE-NS direct community program opportunities remain suspended, but there are several ways we can all continue to serve our community.

It is our top priority that JLE-NS volunteers, community partner staff, and clients are safe. If you choose to volunteer independently, we recommend reviewing these VolunteerEvanston recommended safety guidelines.

We understand that volunteering your time is a deeply personal choice and for those who wish to stay engaged in community response, here are some opportunities:

*New Item: JLE-NS Groceries for Food Pantries Drive

With unemployment rates at a historic high, the need for groceries from food pantries has increased dramatically.  There are numerous food pantries in our community.  This makes becoming a food donor that much easier so we can help address this need.  Between now and the end of August, we are offering numerous ways for you to make a difference with our JLE-NS Groceries for Food Pantries Drive.:

  1. Purchase groceries and drop them off at a member’s home. E-mail and we will coordinate with one of our COVID-19 Taskforce Members.
  2. Purchase groceries and drop them off at one of the food pantries below.  We would like to track how many items our Grocery Drive collects, so if you donate directly, please let us know how many items and we are highly encouraging you to take pictures and e-mail them to
  3. If you would like to participate, but would rather donate monetarily, please donate on our website. Donations will be given to one or more of the organizations below.
  4. If you choose to donate directly via one of the links below or another local alternative, let us know which organization you chose at

    New Trier Township Food Pantry: 739 Elm St in Winnetka. Donations can be dropped off at the Food Pantry on Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

    Northfield Township Food Pantry: 2550 Waukegan Rd in Glenview. Food donations can be dropped off at the pantry.  Please place donations in the collection bins located to the left of their front doors.

    Wilmette Food Pantry: Trinity United Methodist Church 1024 Lake Avenue in Wilmette.  Food donations may be placed in the bin near the hallway water fountain. For more information, contact Barb Young.

    Libertyville Township Food Pantry: 359 Merrill Court, Libertyville, IL 60048  ♦  Phone: 847-816-6800  Donations are accepted Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Please click here for a list of items needed.

    Niles Township Food Pantry: 8300 Lehigh Ave., Morton Grove. Phone: 847-983-0073. Donation hours are listed on their website.

    Connections for the Homeless: 2121 Dewey Avenue, ​Evanston.  p  847.475.7070 click link to e-mail to schedule a drop-off of donations.

    Northern Illinois Food Bank: 273 Dearborn Court in Geneva. They are looking for financial donations to “Solve hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need in Boone, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Will & Winnebago counties.”

    Greater Chicago Food Depository: 4100 West Ann Lurie Place in Chicago.  They are looking for financial donations to “ensure our most vulnerable neighbors have the food they need.”   (It appears the Howard Area Community Center receives their Food Pantry groceries from here.)

    Evanston Food Pantry Donations: financial contributions accepted on-line.

    *New Item: Shelter Support

    Shop for Mary Lou’s Place – Currently Mary Lou’s Place’s guests are staying at hotels with kitchenettes and grocery shopping with Aldi gift cards. As the shelter prepares to welcome back their guests, and at our request, they have prepared an Amazon Wish List so we can assist them in their efforts. Click on the Shop for Mary Lou’s Place to see their list.

    Advocacy Opportunity

    Complete the 2020 Census!

    It’s not too late!  The 2020 Census takes less than 10 minutes, but its impact will last 10 years! The federal government uses the census to determine our communities’ fair share of billions of dollars in federal funds for public education, affordable housing, infrastructure and much more. The Census also informs how many seats IL gets in the House of Representatives.

    Meal/Food Donation Opportunities

    With our communities’ practicing social distancing, there are those that are at the front-lines helping others through this difficult time. There are also those that have lost their livelihood and are finding it difficult to make ends meet.  If you would like to participate in a donation program for meals or food, you may participate directly to the following organizations:

    Meals for Healthcare Workers – Let’s support our local amazing Chicago Area Healthcare Workers who are on the front lines keeping us safe. At the same time, we can support our local restaurants. We are doing our part by staying home, but this is one small thing we can do as a community to mobilize behind those that must go to work and help boost their spirits! (Scroll to the top of their page for instructions.)

    Mealtrain – Identify a friend, group or organization in need.  Agree on date(s) of meal(s). Get list of dislikes, allergies and best time for drop-off.  Add Donation Fund to increase participation. Invite others via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, eNews.

    Critical Supply Donations to Partners

    If you would like to support our partners, here are several community partners’ lists of supplies needed. You may purchase and send items directly to the following organizations:

    Shop for WINGS Program  – If the link to the left does not take you to the WINGS page, in the drop-down next to the Search box, click on Human Services and enter WINGS Program in the Search box.

    Virtual Volunteer Opportunities 

    On-Line Reading and Tutoring  – Forging Opportunities for Refugees in America, who came to speak to us at one of our Fall GMMs, has reached out looking for virtual tutoring support.  This crisis is hitting the refugee community hard and they are expanding to meet the need. This on-line opportunity allows us the opportunity to make a difference, while practicing safe social distancing. 

    At Home Volunteer Opportunities 

    Group Home Pen-Friend through Clearbrook – Great family or neighborhood activity! Bring some joy to residents while they are self-quarantining. Clearbrook’s Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) program is inviting you to become a CILA Pen-Friend by sending cards to their group homes. If interested, you can indicate in your card that you would like residents to send you a card back. You can send your cards, drawings or letters to the following address:


    Attn. CILA Activity Managers

    1815 W. Central Road

    Arlington Heights, IL 60005

    Volunteer Opportunities

    The JLE-NS recommends that volunteers carefully review these VolunteerEvanston recommended safety guidelines for safe volunteering.  If you would like to participate, please follow these guidelines for your own safety and that of community members.

    Hands on Suburban Chicago – This website provides numerous ways to lend a helping hand on their COVID-19 Relief page.

    ServeIllinois – The State of Illinois and its community partners are working to ensure the health of our citizens. To do that, we need your help. The spirit of voluntarism and community service are alive and well during COVID-19. Those that are considering volunteering have options, both in-person options as well as virtual efforts. 

    Other Opportunities???

    Please contact and let us know if there are any organizations seeking volunteers for small group activities, virtual support, and/or supplies.  The JLE-NS COVID-19 Taskforce is meeting on a weekly basis to organize upcoming events as we safely assist in our communities through the pandemic.

    Together, we will get through this!