The 21st Show

How To Safely Help Your Community During Coronavirus


Sugar Beets Food Co-Op employee Jamie Melendy, right, gives curb service to Lola Wright in the Village of Oak Park, Ill., Friday, March 20, 2020. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

As we continue to navigate coronavirus and everything that goes along with it, it’s easy to feel like things are out of our control. But, there are little things we can do to help us feel like we’re getting back some of that control including helping our communities. We check in with some of the local organizations that have been impacted by the coronavirus and find out different ways we can help.


Molly Delaney, vice president of development at the Eastern Illinois Food Bank

Jim Hires, president and CEO of Eastern Illinois Food Bank

Erin Buckmaster, shelter director of Knox County Humane Society

John Kelker, president of United Way of Central Illinois

John Stremsterfer, president and CEO of the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln

Alexandra Solomon, clinical assistant professor and a licensed clinical psychologist at the Family Institute at Northwestern University.

Donate To A Food Bank:

Donate To An Animal Shelter:

Donate To The Broader Community:

Non-monetary things you can do to help:

  • Stay home if you can
  • Check on neighbors
  • Call a care home and ask if it will accept letters for its elderly residents

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