Ways to Volunteer to Help Our Neighbors
Dear Neighbors,

Our Ward has been very generous in helping others through this crisis. This week, we focus on efforts that can help our own neighbors and neighborhood organizations.

43rd Ward Phone Volunteers

Our office, along with local faith-based organizations, is organizing a phone bank to check on seniors in our own community. This is a great at-home volunteer opportunity for people who want to give back - right from home.

To help with our phone bank, you must have a home computer and a phone, as the calling information will be provided on a computer only. Our office will be conducting volunteer training by phone and Zoom and will have you up and running very quickly!

If you are interested, fill out this form . A representative will reach out as soon as possible to get you enrolled. Our goal is to make sure that older or homebound adults in our community are healthy, have access to prescriptions and groceries, and are receiving some form of social interaction (responsibly over the phone). 
Provide Meals to
Lincoln Park Community Services
600 W. Fullerton Ave
1521 N. Sedgewick

Lincoln Park Community Services i s our local homeless shelter currently housing 30-50 individuals at each of their locations. Due to social distancing, the shelter is no longer able to accommodate volunteers to cook meals for the guests at the shelter. Instead, the shelter needs your help to prepare homemade bulk meals at home or to purchase meals to be delivered to the shelter.

Email   volunteer@lpcschicago.org  to arrange dates and times. As a reference, breakfast must be delivered by 7:15 am on weekdays and 8:15 AM on weekends. Lunch must be delivered by 12:30 PM and dinner must be delivered by 6:30 PM. For examples of types of meals, click here.
Little Sisters of the Poor

Sheffield Neighbors Association (SNA) is mobilizing the neighborhood in every way to assist Little Sisters of the Poor, who operate St. Mary's Nursing Home at 2325 N Lakewood. The facility has been hurt hard by COVID-19, and needs help. Here are four opportunities to help:

  • Charity GoFundMe Page is collecting donations to assist in funding scheduled meals for the understaffed and exhausted frontline workers at the facility, as well as providing vital funds to assist in acquiring additional PPE and other necessary provisions during the pandemic.

  • Artists both young and old are needed to create colorful cards, art projects and poster boards expressing our love and care for the residents and staff. These can be directly delivered to the front vestibule at the facility, 2325 N Lakewood Ave.  

  • Little Sisters needs supplies that you can donate, either through online delivery or drop-off at their front vestibule, 2325 N. Lakewood Ave. :
  • Full-length Medical Cover Gowns
  • Disposable Isolation gowns (these are the top priority need)
  • Medical Grade Masks
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Kleenex
  • Body Wash
  • Mouth Wash
  • Body Lotion
  • Baby Wipes
  • Paper Napkins
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Juice (cranberry, apple, tomato)
  • Canned Fruits
  • SignUpGenius Page is calling all bakers! Please schedule a time where you can bake or provide store bought treats to the facility. This daily expression from residents will demonstrate that we are thinking of the staff and sending warm and loving thoughts their way. 

For more information, contact Sheffield Neighbors at info@sheffieldneighborhood.org
Volunteer to Pack Food at
St. Vincent DePaul Center
2145 N. Halsted

St. Vincent DePaul Center is in urgent need of volunteers aged 16-59 to pack food as part of its COVID-19 response. Click here to volunteer.

Non-perishable food and toiletry are also welcome at the pantry and can be brought Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM.
Volunteer to Distribute Food at
St. Teresa de Avila
1037 W. Armitage

 St Teresa of Avila needs volunteers to set up and distribute food at their pantry on Saturdays from 9 AM - 12 PM. Please sign up using this link .
Make a Mask, Give a Mask, Wear a Mask
A massive effort is now underway to provide face coverings and masks for as many Chicagoans as possible. Here are two ways to help.
Sew Masks for Chicago
43rd Ward Drop-Off Site
April 14 - May 2
10:00 a.m - 2: 00 p.m.
Tuesdays and Saturdays
43rd Ward Office
2523 N. Halsted

Please donate homemade cloth masks to support Chicago's COVID-19 relief efforts at homeless shelters, community health clinics, and other places to prevent outbreaks among the City’s most high-risk residents, which data has shown to be vulnerable residents on Chicago’s South and West Side communities.

For details of the types of masks requested, click here .

Important Requirements:
  • All masks must be laundered before packaged.
  • All donations must be in a sealable, clear plastic bag and indicate the quantity per bag.
Give to
Masks for a Safe Chicago

43rd Ward neighbor Tanya Polsky and friends have started mass production of masks for first responders, hospitals, social welfare organizations and people in need. This organization has already produced 100,000 masks by employing seamstresses and tailors to make large quantities of masks. 100% of proceeds go to the production and distribution of masks. If you can't sew yourself, please give to this local and very worthy effort. To learn more, see Masks-for-a-Safe-Chicago.
Thank you for helping to take care of each other,

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