Saint Charles 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!

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Local Opportunities:

St. Charles

214 Walnut St, Saint Charles

Supply Needs - Lazarus House is in need of household goods and sack lunches (see details below).

Please bring 20 sack lunches and deliver them by early afternoon on the day you are scheduled to the Main Shelter door #1.  Pack a lunch (sandwich, chips, cookie, fruit, juice box/sports drink) just as you would for yourself.  Please place the chips, cookie, drink, etc. in each individual lunch sack, but send the sandwiches or any other perishable items (cheese, produce, etc…) boxed separately, as our staff will refrigerate those two items until distribution. No condiments please.


The Salvation Army

Volunteer Needs - The Salvation Army in Elgin has been overwhelmed by the need at their Saturday Food Distribution. A couple of months ago, they were serving approximately eighty people each week. Now, they are serving an average of 200. They are in need of 5-7 new volunteers each week to help pack boxes for our Food Distribution. The commitment would be on Fridays at 1pm to help pack boxes for our Saturday distribution. 

Elgin Salvation Army

1730 Berkley St, Elgin

Volunteers - Currently aren’t allowing any volunteers.

Supply Needs - Kool-Aid liquid all flavors (small bottle that makes 24 servings so everyone gets their own), ½ gallons of milk (dated latest day possible), whole pieces of fresh fruit (oranges, grapes, & bananas), any type of coffee filters (to insert in face masks to create more of a barrier), lots of cream cheese (so guests who want bagels get their own), Golden Grahams, Frosted Flakes, & Cocoa Puffs (can you tell we have kids here), apple juice, orange juice, peanut butter (not huge jars), grape jelly, strawberry jelly, frozen breakfast sandwiches, precooked bacon, white & wheat bread, strawberry pop tarts, ramen noodles, butter or margarine sticks, disinfecting wipes, & hand sanitizers.

Food For Greater Elgin

If you are looking to serve outside of your home in a safe environment, Food for Greater Elgin has put into effect several safety precautions. All volunteers are provided a mask and gloves and they have required a minimum of wearing the mask for all guests. Guests should expect their temperature taken upon arrival. Hand sanitizer is readily available. They are also strictly enforcing the 6-foot social distancing for guests.

Volunteer Needs - Extra cleaning/sanitizing
Tuesdays & Wednesdays between 1:30–3:00pm & a flexible 90-minute time slot on Fridays

Distribution of Food
Monday & Thursday evenings 5:30–8:30pm
Tuesday 8:30-11:30am
Wednesday 10:30am–1:30pm

Food Sorting
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday mornings 8:00am–Noon (please come for 2 or 4 hours)

Food for Greater Elgin

They are also looking for people to drive meals to senior citizens on Friday June 12th & June 26th from 1-3:30pm. To sign up for a time slot, click below.

Senior Meal Delivery



Northern Illinois Food Bank 

Prior to going to the Northern Illinois Food Bank, all volunteers will be required to complete this health statement. To sign up for a specific time spot, visit their calendar (red indicates those opportunities in Geneva) which also details further requirements for volunteering. Because each job is specific, we encourage you to read through the full time slot information prior to signing up.

Read about Tammy's experience.

For full information regarding the Northern Illinois Food Bank and the coronavirus, click below.

Northern Illinois Food Bank

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.

Dunham Rehab and Healthcare Center

Covenant Living at Holmstad

The Atrium: Oak Crest Residence