November and December are months that are usually filled with volunteering, helping neighbors, and showing our community that we care. It is truly a season of giving. Although COVID-19 may change how we do these things, we can still be helpful and giving!
Check out some of these wonderful ways to donate, volunteer, and give back to the community:
At the Library
Little Free Food Pantry
All year long, the library has a small food pantry located on the lower level below the stairs. Leave food when you can and take food when you need it.
During our temporary shift to Lobby Grab-N-Go Pick Up, the pantry will be available to patrons to drop off food or take from the shelves from 11AM-1PM Monday-Saturday and 5-7PM Monday-Thursday.
While we make every effort to make sure food is fresh, please check the items you choose for expiration dates and spoilage. The library is not liable for any harm caused as a result of expired items, food allergies, or other issues.
The Kiwanis Club of Shorewood Coat and Sock Drive
In the vestibule of the library, right by the front entrance, we have a box to collect coats, hats, gloves, scarves, socks, and any other winter wear you would like to donate.
These items will be collected by The Kiwanis Club of Shorewood and delivered to local organizations for children and teens of all ages in need.
Interested in joining your local Kiwanis? Until the end of this year, you can become a member for free!
For questions or additional information, call (815) 609-9001 to speak with The Kiwanis Club of Shorewood or visit http://kiwanis.org.
In the Community
United Way of Will County
“United Way of Will County fights for the self-sufficiency, health, safety and education of every person in Will County. Through an extensive network of individuals, funded partners and corporate affiliates, United Way of Will County fosters collaborations, partnerships and develops solutions to the challenges facing our community. These collective efforts have resulted in the direct aid to 1 in 3 community members.”
To volunteer, check out their Online Volunteer Center at https://uwwill.galaxydigital.com/. Here you can find volunteer opportunities, events, and in-kind donations.
Northern Illinois Food Bank
“Leading the Northern Illinois community in solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need through innovative programs and partnerships.”
With locations all across northern Illinois, there are many places to volunteer, and many ways to volunteer with the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Check out their website at https://solvehungertoday.org/ to learn more about volunteering opportunities and donations.
“Shorewood HUGS is a nonprofit women’s organization that works to make a positive impact in the lives of those in the community & surrounding communities, one hug at a time. We do this by hosting unique events & raising funds to fulfill wishes for those in need.”
To get more information, become a member, or to donate, visit their website at https://www.shorewoodhugs.org/.
Submitted by Becky, Adult & Teen Services Outreach Librarian