We are still sending out care packages and we need your help! Please, if you’re able…
click here –> Ways to support our ministry from home.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our offices and Hope Centers will be closed to the public effective today, 3/16/2020. We will be following information surrounding the virus very closely and will continue to evaluate when it is appropriate to re-open for our volunteers. Our Hope Centers will only be accessible to a small group of staff so that we can continue our mission. We are following strict hygiene and disinfecting procedures in the Hope Center per CDC protocols.
Following these procedures will enable us to continue to serve those with cancer. This is an ever-evolving situation and we realize that we may need to amend these policies as we learn more. We will continue to post updates on our website.
During this time, we need your continued support more than ever, as we continue to send care packages to our friends with cancer. If you are able to give, please give generously. If you know someone affected by cancer, please request a care package for them. If your family would like to serve together, you may do so from home by coloring cards, organizing an item drive, or making blankets.
Thank you to our entire community for their incredible generosity, flexibility and understanding, and to our staff for their willingness to continue to serve! We are so grateful! May God’s blessings and peace be upon us all during this time of uncertainty.
As you may be aware, we have reason for elevated concern regarding the spread of the COVID-19 aka Coronavirus. During this season, we would like to remind everyone that we serve those with compromised immune systems.
Prior to volunteering with us, we ask that if you are experiencing symptoms of any illness, that you plan to stay home and serve with us another time when you are symptom free. We look forward to seeing you soon.
From the CDC website:
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website. For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings. These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses.
#nationalcancerpreventionmonth may be coming to an end but the learning is ongoing. Check out the American Institute for Cancer Research recommendations for living healthier in 2020 (click here). And…since we are talking about living healthier, keep in mind that volunteering stimulates the mind and lifts your spirit! Do good…join us soon!
We were thrilled for the opportunity to have WGN in our Hope Center again on Friday, February 7th.
If you missed it live, click here to view a couple of the segments.
Please feel free to share it with your friends and family.
Volunteering is a great way to celebrate the legacy of MLK.
To provide an opportunity for service our Hope Centers will be open on Monday, January 20:
|We are doing something special this Giving Tuesday. Join us on Tuesday, December 3rd, in our Hope Centers, for a special walk-in volunteer session to celebrate the most generous day of the year: |
Crown Point IN: 6 pm-7:30pm
Roselle IL: 6:30 pm – 8 pm
We are hoping to collect 250 of our most needed care package items during this 1-night event. It’s a lofty goal and we definitely need your help. Use those Black Friday shopping skills to pick up items on deep discount, gather some friends, bring your family, and come volunteer with us! Click here to complete a waiver to join us.
|250 of our MOST NEEDED items: Fuzzy socks, Playing cards, Travel-sized unscented lotion, Puzzle books, and Fleece blankets.|
*Please note: all donations must be brand new items, as those we serve have compromised immune systems.
|Thank you for being such an important part of the Phil’s Friends community.|
We are grateful for your partnership and support! Cancer is strong, but HOPE is stronger!
Blessings and Peace,
The PF Team
Thank you to our friends at Total Living Network for featuring our organization during their November “Ministry Minute”.
If you would like to read more or watch the video, please click here.
“Just a note to thank you for your support…
for the care package, cards of hope and the little notes along the way. I also wanted to share the good news – I am now in remission!
Every day is a blessing and I owe it all to you, my friends, and my family. Thank you for all the prayers sent my way. Keep doing what you do. It means so much for someone battling cancer.”