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The Voluntary Action Center Meals on Wheels program has identified several needs that have resulted since the state of Illinois shelter-in-place and the coronavirus health crisis.
“Monetary donations, the gift of time and of thoughtfulness is always needed by a nonprofit agency, said Ellen Rogers, CEO of VAC, “more so now than ever before.”
“Volunteers are needed to help deliver meals in all our service areas,” Rogers said, “including in DeKalb, Sycamore, Cortland, Malta, Genoa, Kingston, Kirkland, LaSalle, Ottawa, Sandwich and Somonauk. We are working with other agencies to help provide shelf-stable foods, water and supplies to seniors in need, too,” Rogers said.
VAC also encourages the donation of greeting cards designed by children or adults, flowers or plants, and gift bags of sundries and toiletries.
“At this time, when vulnerable seniors are particularly isolated, any token that helps to maintain that sense of community is appreciated,” Rogers said.
Donations can be made between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or mailed to Voluntary Action Center, 1606 Bethany Road, Sycamore, IL 60178, or at Voluntary Action Center, 1840 St. Vincent Ave. LaSalle, IL, 61301. The offices currently are closed to the public, but items can be left in the vestibule. Donors are asked to include their name and address so that VAC can share its appreciation.
For information on programs offered by the VAC, call 815 758-3932, ext. 244.