During this time while we are all facing uncertainty, let us come together to serve those around us. Here are just a few of the ways that you can get involved.
Help Someone in the Community
During this crisis, we are all vulnerable in different ways. Love Whittier is a space for members in our community to help each other in this challenging season and beyond. Whether you can help some pickup groceries, set up a zoom call, or chat with someone who is lonely, we need your help! Please, use the form linked here to provide assistance in one of the listed areas. Once you have been approved to help in each area, you will receive confirmation. From there, you will be able to sign up to help people who are requesting assistance. Though we may not be able to fix everything or meet every need, we truly believe we are stronger together. Thank you for being a part of our community.
Love Whittier Team
Please note the following parameters:
-Assistance with free material goods from groceries to hygiene/household supplies will only be provided once a week or as supplies last.
-If you can afford to buy your own items, but are not able to leave your home, please request assistance with errands rather than our free groceries/supplies options. If you select errands, you must order your items and pay in advance and then communicate the pickup information to the volunteer.
-Volunteers may not enter the residence or car of any recipient and should take precautions of wearing a mask and gloves if at all possible.
-Volunteers may not provide transportation for any recipient.
-We do not guarantee the fulfillment of any requests.
-A volunteer may decline to help if they become uncomfortable or have concerns for their own health or safety.
-Volunteers who cannot fulfill their assignment must let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can reassign the case.
-Do not sign up to volunteer if you have felt sick or been exposed to someone who felt sick within the last 14 days.
Other Ways to Support
American Red Cross Blood Drive
There is a blood shortage in hospitals everywhere. Healthy donors are needed. Whittier Area Community Church will be holding a blood drive on Friday, May 8th from 10 am- 4 pm.
To make an appointment click on the link below:
Collections @ Whittier Area Community Church
Whittier Area Community Church is gathering needed items in order to support local agencies along with foster youth in our community. Drop off the requested donations at our "Drive Thru" Drive located at the WACC Gym. Drives will be every Sunday from 3-5 pm. Use the link below to see the list of needs.
DIY Face Masks
Our local health professionals, first responders, non-profits, and our medically fragile neighbors are in need of protection and are lacking access to medical face masks. Below are templates for DIY masks and once made they can be dropped off at local police stations, medical facilities, shelters, food pantries, or any other high risk locations.
Instructions on how to sew a face mask:
Interfaith Food Center- IFC
Interfaith Food Center in a local non-profit food pantry serving our neighbors experiencing homelessness and food insecurities. They are in need sanitizing supplies (Clorox/Lysol wipes, hand sanitizer). IFC also needs men and women under the age of 65 and in good health standing to volunteer in order to continue serving the hungry in our community. Visit their website for more information.
During this health crisis, our local hospital is in of the following items:
Masks (purchased or sewn)
Sanitizing supplies (Clorox/Lysol wipes, pump hand sanitizer, bleach)
Personal Protection Equipment (Medical gowns, face shields, face masks-purchased or sewn)
Information on how to donate:
The Salvation Army will be accepting needed items Monday-Friday during business hours, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please feel free to contact The Salvation Army at 562.696.7175 with any questions regarding donations. They are in need of the following:
First aid kits
Personal hygiene items
The Salvation Army Santa Fe Springs/Whittier
12000 E. Whittier Blvd
Whittier, Ca 90606
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