How Residents Can Help
As the Naperville community works together to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus, many are stepping up to aid essential workers, businesses and neighbors in need. See below for a list of some (but certainly not all) of the great work being done throughout our community.
Vaccination Buddy Program
Naperville and Lisle Townships TRIAD and the Naperville Senior Task Force and have launched a program called Vaccination Buddy to help seniors obtain an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Volunteers will be matched with seniors who need help navigating the emails and web applications necessary to schedule an appointment.
Anyone interested in volunteering should email Jim Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rick Graffagna at email@example.com. Prospective volunteers are asked to indicate whether they are comfortable driving seniors to their vaccination appointments. Volunteers who are not comfortable providing transportation will be paired only with participants who do not need a ride.
The Naperville Helps! GoFundMe® campaign is managed by the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Naperville Alliance in conjunction with Naperville-area restaurants. 100% of funds (excluding GoFundMe® standard fees) will be used to purchase meals from Naperville-area restaurants to be delivered to Edward-Elmhurst Health as well as the Naperville Police and Fire Departments. A donation to this fund supports Naperville’s frontline workers and local businesses who need patronage during this difficult time.
Naperville Helps! relaunched on Nov. 2 to help provide a new round of assistance and support to local restaurants, health workers and first responders. The campaign raised more than $80,000 during its first round from March through May and helped more than 30 Naperville-area restaurants serve more than 6,000 meals to first responders. To donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/naperville-helps-fall-fundraiser.
Naperville Kindness Network
Naperville Kindness Network offers a stream of verified resources for those who need help as well as concrete ways that people can offer help. Residents or businesses seeking assistance and those looking for volunteer opportunities are encouraged to visit the Naperville Kindness Network Facebook page to learn more. This page is administered at the direction of the Mayor’s Office.
There’s a severe blood shortage and the Versiti Blood Center is looking for healthy individuals to donate blood. Prospective donors are asked to make an appointment to ensure that social distancing guidelines can be followed. Additional safety measures have been put in place to keep donors and staff safe and healthy during the blood donation process.
The Naperville Park District is hosting several donation opportunities at its Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center in partnership with Versiti Blood Center of Illinois. The blood drives will take place in Community Hall, located on the upper level of the ARRCC at 305 W. Jackson Avenue in Naperville, on the following dates:
- Sunday, Feb. 28, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Sunday, March 7, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Sunday, March 14, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Several other organizations, including churches, service clubs and elected officials, also are hosting blood drives in the coming months. To search for nearby drives, visit https://donate.illinois.versiti.org/donor/schedules/city and enter "Naperville" in the search bar.
To schedule an appointment during any of these drives, call 800-7TO-GIVE, visit www.versiti.org/IL or use the Versiti Donor app.
NEF Kid Booster Crisis Fund
The NEF Kid Booster Crisis Fund, created by the Naperville Education Foundation (NEF), is an emergency fund providing immediate access to financial assistance, meals for weekends and evenings and transportation for students and families who been affected by COVID-19.
This crisis fund directly helps Naperville 203's most at-risk students, including the fifteen percent of the district's 16,500 students who qualify for free and reduced lunch and the 1% of students who are homeless. These are the families in our community who are most vulnerable to the overall impact of this virus.
Donations can be made online at www.nef203.org/donate or via checks made payable to NEF and mailed to NEF, 203 W. Hillside, Naperville, IL 60540. The Naperville Education Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 Illinois corporation.
IPEF Kid Essentials Fund
The Indian Prairie Educational Foundation (IPEF) is accepting donations to its Kid Essentials fund to help District 204 families in need. The IPEF is providing food, transportation and basic necessities. Donations can be made by visiting their website and entering "Kid Essentials Fund" in the comments box.
If you go into public, know the risks:
- IF YOU ARE 65 YEARS OR OLDER: Stay home, per CDC guidance. Do not go out in public for volunteer or donation reasons.
- IF YOU ARE SICK: DO NOT go out if you are sick, not even for volunteering or donating. DO NOT volunteer if you are sick. DO NOT donate physical items if you are sick.
- CHILDREN: Not recommended for children as they cannot reliably keep a 6’ distance between themselves and others.
- GROUPS: Do not volunteer in groups of 10 or more, per CDC guidance. Solo activities are best.