COVID-19 Updates

JLE-NS COVID-19 PANDEMIC UPDATES (Last updated October 5, 2020)

JLE-NS EVENTS AND MEETINGS

Through this League year (ending May 31, 2021), all events will either be online and/or have an in-person option. 

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS AND SUPPORT OPPORTUNITIES

As the pandemic continues, JLE-NS’s COVID-19 Task Forces continues to look for and offer direct community program opportunities 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 engage in COVID-19 community response with us, here are some opportunities:

COVID-19 Virtual Card & Picture Making Opportunity for Blessings in a Backpack

Join the Junior League of Evanston-North Shore on October 6th at 6:30 via Zoom to create positive notecards with words of encouragement for Blessings in a Backpack kids to take home over the weekend.  If this time does not work for you, make the pictures and cards when it fits into your schedule.

For every single card you make that we send to Blessings in a Backpack, the Junior League of Evanston-North Shore’s Covid-19 Task Force will donate $2. These dollars will be donated to Blessings in a Backpack to provide food to children, who are food insecure, on weekends throughout the school year.

Family, Friends and Potential New Members Welcome to Participate!

These notecards will be attached to the bags of food for the children and will provide them with positive words of encouragement over the weekend. They can say anything from “Have a Great Day!” to “You are loved”, you can get creative! All notecards must be nondenominational and age appropriate. Click here for Notecard Do’s and Don’ts!

The notecards can be printed on any color paper you would like. We recommend printing on card stock or construction paper, that holds up a bit better. Click here for our printable notecard template to get started.

Download these fun holiday note cards for kids to color and cut!

We have options for collecting the cards: Mail them to our League’s Headquarters OR email the League and we will arrange to pick up the pictures. We would like to mail our pictures, cards and monetary donation on Monday, October 26th.

Advocacy Opportunity

Complete the 2020 Census!

It’s not too late!  The 2020 Census was extended to November 31st .  It 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.

At Home Volunteer Opportunities 

Blessings in a Backpack: Join the Junior League of Evanston-North Shore to create positive notecards with words of encouragement for Blessings in a Backpack kids to take home over the weekend.

For every single card you make that we send to Blessings in a Backpack, the Junior League of Evanston-North Shore’s Covid-19 Task Force will donate $2. These dollars will be donated to Blessings in a Backpack to provide food to children, who are food insecure, on weekends throughout the school year.

These notecards will be attached to the bags of food for the children and will provide them with positive words of encouragement over the weekend. They can say anything from “Have a Great Day!” to “You are loved”, you can get creative! All notecards must be nondenominational and age appropriate. Click here for Notecard Do’s and Don’ts!

The notecards can be printed on any color paper you would like. We recommend printing on card stock or construction paper, that holds up a bit better. Click here for our printable notecard template to get started.

Download these fun holiday note cards for kids to color and cut!

We have options for collecting the cards: Mail them to our League’s Headquarters OR email the League and we will arrange to pick up the pictures. We would like to mail our pictures, cards and monetary donation on Monday, October 26th.

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 jle-ns@sbcglobal.net 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 bi-weekly basis to organize upcoming events as we safely assist in our communities through the pandemic.

Together, we will get through this!