March 16 at 6:06pm

Interfaith’s Response to COVID-19 and How You Can Help

Interfaith Community Services has always been a safe haven for those in need in our community. During this time of crisis and uncertainty we will continue to offer aid to thousands of our neighbors.

As schools close and businesses shut down, families already struggling to make ends meet are facing lost income, increased childcare demands, and soaring living expenses. It’s one thing to go to the grocery store and fear not being able to find hygiene items and food; it’s another to have to choose between the two because you can’t afford both.

Your support of Interfaith ensures that the most vulnerable in our community have adequate access to hygiene assistance, medical care, job support, and most importantly, basic needs like food and shelter. Services like our morning breakfast, North County food pantries, shelters and housing programs are critical for those without anywhere else to turn. They are critical for the health of our community.

As Interfaith addresses these challenges, three practical resources are needed:

  • Dedicated volunteers– As a number of volunteers and staff must stay home, the need for flexible volunteers who are in good health (not in high risk categories) is even greater. Volunteers are needed to make and provide sack lunches- the heartier, the better. Lunches can be made at our 550 W. Washington kitchen anytime. If interested in volunteering, please contact Micki Hickox.
  • Donations of food and hygiene items– With food donations stretched, we are in need of items to keep our pantry stocked – especially sack lunch materials. We are also in need of hygiene items as our shower and laundry facilities continue to be open to those in need. Donations can be dropped off anytime at our 550 W. Washington food pantry. Click here for a list of our most needed food and hygiene items.
  • Monetary donations– We have created an Emergency Fund to lift up our neighbors in need and address the unique health challenges Coronavirus creates for the poorest of our community. An Interfaith supporter has pledged $50,000 to match all contributions toward this fund. Please consider donating to help your most vulnerable neighbors. Click here to donate today.

It is times like these that show us the true compassion of our community. We may be socially-isolating for health precautions, but your outpouring of support shows that we will get through this and come together stronger than ever.

Because of you, we can continue our important work. Thank you.