It’s hard to believe that it has only been a few weeks since the COVID-19 pandemic brought the stay at home order to our way of life. While so much has changed so quickly, there is one thing that has never changed — the kindness and willingness to help others among our community members. Kenneth Young Center is grateful to be a part of such a thoughtful, compassionate network of local superheroes that can’t be stopped by any outside force. We are thankful for the time, talents, and gifts that so many of you have shared in support of our mission.
Thank You for Giving
KYC has worked hard to continue providing as many of our essential services with as little disruption as possible to the community. In order to do that, our staff and volunteers needed face masks and gloves. We are extremely grateful to all of the community members who helped answer the call for these personal protective items that enable us to provide the life-changing services that our clients need.
We also found that our clients, especially the ones who are homebound, or who need a high level of support to live well in the community, were having extreme difficulty finding basic needs items like toilet paper. At a time when you’re more likely to find empty shelves at the grocery store than to find these crucial supplies, our community partners helped answer this need, too.
Thank you to everyone who helped share these gifts with us at a time when they were so needed. We apologize if there is anyone we missed in this list — please contact Kate if we missed your name, as some items were dropped off anonymously and we’d like to include you!
We would like to formally recognize our appreciation to the following people who helped in this effort as of April 16th:
- Shawna B. — donated 60 masks and a box of gloves
- Leslie B. and Karen W. (Prince of Peace Lutheran Church) — donated 14 masks
- Sam D. — donated 15 masks
- First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights — 200 rolls of toilet paper
- Susan F. — donated a box of masks
- Sue G. and Mary L. (Our Saviour United Methodist Church) — donated 25 masks
- Anna H. and Anita P. (Great America Insurance) — donated 50 masks
- Leah L. — donated 15 masks
- Pat M. — donated 25 masks
- Connie M. — donated 100 masks
- Rotary Club of Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates — donated toilet paper
- Subaru — a box of N95 masks
- Jeanine V. (St. Marcelline Church) — donated a box of gloves
- Angie W. — donated 15 masks and a box of gloves
- Susan and Diane — made and donated masks
- Anna and Jacob — masks and messages of encouragement cards for front-staff
Thank You for Delivering Meals
Older adults are especially at risk of contracting COVID-19, and are urged to stay at home. Due to their increased risk, and the unavailability of meals through communal dining sites, there are now more older adults than ever who rely on home delivered meals as their only source of nutritious food. KYC’s Home Delivered Meals program has grown very rapidly during this outbreak, and we are grateful to provide this essential service thanks to the incredible volunteers and staff members who have stepped in to a delivery role to help meet this increased demand.
To all of our regular Meals drivers, and to those who have taken on additional routes or started delivering for the first time during the pandemic: THANK YOU. You provide well-balanced meals to people who would otherwise go without, and a wellness check to ensure that isolated seniors can be as safe as possible in their own homes. We can’t thank you enough for all that you do for our clients.
Thank You for Donating
These are uncertain financial times for us all as individuals, and for organizations as well. Thank you to everyone who has donated to KYC throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. Your support is needed now, more than ever, to ensure that our community members are connected with the crucial resources they need, when they need them. We are grateful for all of the good work we’re continuing to do together through the gifts that you have shared.
Thank You, Community Partners
KYC is grateful for our many community partnerships that have helped us build stronger communities together, through both good times and challenging ones. We would like to say a special thank you to the community partners who have provided extra support in the recent weeks:
- Church Street Brewing Company — provided KYC with tough-to-find FDA approved hand sanitizer. They began producing this much-needed product during the pandemic to help keep local non-profits and community members safe as they provide essential services.
- Lou Malnati’s — coordinated a GiveBack Night earlier in April as a fundraiser for KYC. Three locations participated in this event, which helped raise over $300 for KYC.
- Lynfred Winery — selected KYC as their Charity of the Month for March. Even as so much has changed over the course of that month, they still supported KYC with a generous donation of over $900!
- Riccardo’s Ristorante — will be holding an upcoming Carryout for KYC fundraising event on April 21st and 22nd. We are so grateful for the partnerships we have with local restaurants and for the opportunity for us to mutually support one another during such challenging times.
Thank You, Supporters
There are many, many ways that many, many community members have come together to support one another and the work that Kenneth Young Center does throughout this pandemic. We have no doubt that we will continue to see more of the kindness, generosity, and thoughtfulness in the weeks and months to come. We couldn’t be more proud to serve our communities alongside each of you.
Looking For a Way to Help from Home?
If you’re looking for a way to support KYC from the comfort of your home, check out our upcoming event, the 19th annual Hustle for Health 5K Run/Walk. This is KYC’s largest annual fundraiser, and this year, we’ll need help from all of our KYC Superheroes to reach our goal of raising $100,000 to support the services our community members need, now more than ever, to live their best lives. Your participation in this event can be 100% virtual. Check out how you and your family can get involved and participate in this event today: Get started.
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