DeKalb Community Impact

COVID-19 Opportunities

The Coronavirus has touched all of us in one way, shape, or form. As the church, let's use this time to magnify Jesus and the good news of the Gospel, locally and in our immediate neighborhoods. How can you love and serve those around you who are the most vulnerable? May we be the hands and feet of Jesus as we love and serve our immediate neighbors well.

For some general ideas on how to serve your community within proper social distance boundaries and to share your stories, visit

Tell us your story of how you served during this time or how you were served during this time. Your story can encourage others!

Tell Us Your Story

Local Opportunities:

Multicultural & Student Opportunity

NIU has about 300 students, many who are international, who have decided to stay on campus during this season. You can adopt a student and encourage them with video chats, emails, or care packages during this season of social distancing. Email to adopt a student by clicking below.

Adopt a Student

Salvation Army Food Pantry
830 Grove St, DeKalb

Food Needs - Non-perishable items and plastic grocery bags are always accepted.

Volunteer Needs - Morning Needs: Taking boxes to people's cars as the food pantry is now drive thru and putting perishable items in boxes prior to going out to the cars. Wednesday Afternoon Needs: Specifically packing food boxes with non-perishable items.

Requirements - They are only accepting a certain amount of people to volunteer at a time. They will also want to talk with you prior to coming into serve. Minimum age requirements are third-grade and up. Everyone will need to wear gloves (provided) and cannot have been sick within the previous two weeks. Please sign up for a serving slot at their SignUp Genius.

Salvation Army


Barb Food Mart

Volunteer Needs - Unload delivery truck, pack boxes with food, and assist with drive-through lunch distribution to DeKalb schools. To assist with this opportunity, please add your name to a time to serve which works for you.

Requirements - Please do not come if you are feeling ill in the previous two weeks. Your group size will be limited to be in accordance with recommended guidelines.

Sign Up with Barb Food Mart

Meals on Wheels

Volunteer Needs - Deliver meals to homebound seniors Monday through Friday over the lunch hour. Each route takes about one to one and a half hours to deliever.

Requirements - Must be 18 years old or be accompanied by someone 18 years old, have a valid driver's license, use your own vehicle with insurance, and complete a Volunteer Registration Form (email to  ).

MOW Volunteer Flyer

MOW Volunteer Registration Form

MOW Volunteer Orientation

Virtual Visits: Residential Facilities for the Elderly

Many residential facilities are encouraging "virtual visits". Write an encouraging story or poem or draw a picture, then scan or take a clear picture of it. Email it to your selected location below and put "Letter" or "Picture" in the subject line.

The following facilities, while not allowing volunteers, have approved and encourage these "virtual visits" to residents who may be experiencing isolation and loneliness. Please check with your local residence center for any specific directions they may have regarding this time of social distancing.

Oak Crest Retirement DeKalb

Lincolnshire Memory Care Facility Sycamore