COVID-19 Updates

JLE-NS COVID-19 PANDEMIC UPDATES (Last updated May 11, 2020)


Through May, 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:

*Newest Item: Virtual – At Home Volunteer Opportunity* 

Join us on Thursday, May 14th, at 7 PM via Zoom, to bring some joy to Clearbrook residents while they are self-quarantining.  Their program is called Group Home Pen-Friend through Clearbrook. Clearbrook’s Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) program is sending cards, drawings and letters to their group homes. If interested, you can indicate in your card that you would like residents to send you a card back. We will be creating cards, drawings or letters on Thursday evening. During the Zoom call, you will indicate if you wish for your correspondence to be picked-up at your home or if you will drop-off at a League member’s home. Members, please RSVP and find the Zoom information on the League calendar.  If you choose to create cards, drawings or letters at a different time, but would like your correspondence to be included with the JLE-NS’ package on Saturday, May 16th, please contact and we will reach out to you to see how we can conveniently connect.

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.)

New Trier Food Pantry – Life’s unexpected challenges such as a major illness, job loss, family tragedy or change in marital status. These circumstances often make it difficult to cover all family expenses and that’s where the New Trier Food Pantry can be of service. The Pantry Priority Needs List and location is available on the site.

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.

Shop for Mary Lou’s Place – Stay tuned for additional information.

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 – 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 JLENS 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!