Southern Illinois STRONG (formerly Help Others and Eat & More to Help)

Benefits, verifiable help needed, and fundraisers in Southern Illinois AND general info on some help available in our region…

COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAMS

Kroger Plus Card Codes:

Promise Mission-Marion: BQ577

Unity Point School-Carbondale: NC944

REGIONAL LISTS

Metro-East

https://www.bnd.com/news/local/article237809454.h

FUNDRAISERS, BENEFITS, NEEDS AND RESOURCES LISTED BY TOWN/CITY

BENTON

Please message Pastor Lori D.Van Horn from the “Got You Covered” diaper program in Franklin county if you are able to help:

“As you can imagine, our “Got You Covered” diaper program is being inundated with requests. If anyone in my neck of the woods is still chancing the stores and wants to donate, I welcome donations at my front door. Sizes 5 and 6 are the most requested. Bless your hearts and thank you. I’ve already purchased the limit of 2 cases at Sam’s Club on my membership. Any brand will be appreciated from any store.”

CARBONDALE

Bindi’s fundraiser for recovery from injuries by a hit and run driver https://www.facebook.com/donate/209793686763009/?fundraiser_source=external_url

Good Samaritan House

The Good Samaritan House, 701 S Marion St, Carbondale IL 62901. Or call the shelter at 618-457-5794 Ext 103

Neighborhood Co-op Grocery Wooden Nickel Program https://www.neighborhood.coop/community

Renew: Secondhand Store https://www.facebook.com/RenewSecondhand/

The Science Center-volunteer opportunities https://sciencecentersi.com/volunteer/

HERRIN

Herrin House of Hope-volunteer, sponsor, and donation opportunities http://herrinhouseofhope.org/

Jace Gray’s Journey https://www.facebook.com/groups/424409081482190/

MARION:

The Promise:

618-922-4496

You may wish to message Peggy L.Hampton Maragni or the Restoration group on FB for additional information on their needs.

Renew: Secondhand Store

https://www.facebook.com/RenewSecondhand/

MURPHYSBORO

St. Francis CARE Animal Shelter-volunteer opportunities http://stfrancis-care.org/volunteer/

GENERAL RESOURCES FOR NAVIGATING ALL THE COVID-19 STUFF:

Free testing in Carbondale https://www.facebook.com/1145177045542319/posts/3154696587923678/

Link to an article answering some questions about the “Stay Home” order in Illinois: https://www.countryherald.com/coronavirus/playgrounds-pets-travel-common-qas-from-stay-at-home-order/

Link to info on accessing Unemployment due to the current closures and cancellations: https://www.wandtv.com/news/how-to-get-unemployment-benefits-during-covid–outbreak/article_bd614496-6799-11ea-8d15-9749f593dc05.html

Southern Illinois Restaurants with curbside, drive thru, or delivery, per the Southern Illinois Eats group: https://m.facebook.com/groups/930080257330469?view=permalink&id=1152379965100496

Please continue to patronize local places when possible. Those that only do curbside or drive thru anyway might use this opportunity to try some of the wonderful dine-in food you have been missing…

Link to a Southern Illinoisan article outlining where kids can still get free meals while school is closed: https://thesouthern.com/news/local/here-s-where-kids-families-can-get-free-meals-in/article_98e3f3e7-17d7-55bd-ae31-4d677f7d40cd.html

Link to the SIH website info on what to do if you suspect exposure to Covid-19 https://www.sih.net/news/2020/covid19-update-03092020

SIH Drive Thru Testing https://www.sih.net/covid19-signs-and-symptoms/sih-drive-through-testing-clinics

World Health Organization https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Current Emergencies Website https://www.cms.gov/About-CMS/Agency-Information/Emergency/EPRO/Current-Emergencies/Current-Emergencies-page

NIDA Director’s Blog https://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/noras-blog/2020/03/covid-19-potential-implications-individuals-substance-use-disorders

Link to Alton Brown’s Handwashing Video https://www.facebook.com/271823759513906/posts/3332199840142934/

Link to deal with school closures from Common Sense: http://view.commonsense-email.org/?qs=ae8e2d3a5006cdb48d84c2f6e02f0a82f3ca62f4810aa2bfeefb0b8872fef66b4d719cb9d7645fa7964cf26883094eb1fc89bf665bc94aebd468109c8a91b74dc62d5a0c76c377e428d0d423b6beb1be88c726e5e9b90277

LINKS TO SITES TO HELP OCCUPY KIDS, REDUCE STRESS, OR OF SOME EDUCATIONAL VALUE…

Card Games that improve math skills https://www.weareteachers.com/math-card-games/?fbclid=IwAR2DXL847SFpNhK_DerwN3A_XXwwV-wNZZ1smFxDUeKSohWG50KS2MV86BU

Resources from PBS to deal with K-12 school closures https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/emergency-closings-collection/

Story Time from Space https://storytimefromspace.com/

The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/

Link to info on virtual tours of 12 famous museums: https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours