Since Westside Pacific Villages (WPV) launched the WPV Cares Program in late March in response to COVID-19, they’ve been an invaluable resource for seniors that are sheltering in place. With a large coalition of local nonprofits, including the Westchester Rotary Club, Covenant Presbyterian Church and the Westchester Family YMCA working together, passionate volunteers have sprung into action in the last six weeks to fulfill over 1,500 delivery requests for groceries, medications and more.
Thanks to donors, they’ve also delivered special care packages with lunch, cards made by local children, flowers, face masks, puzzle books, baked goods and more. They’ve also increased check-in calls by more than 12 times their normal volume to make sure no senior feels like they’re alone during this difficult time.
While the recent weeks have brought a lot of fear and uncertainty to everyone, it has also brought an unprecedented amount of people looking to help, volunteer, donate and give back. We’re heartened by the constant stream of reports about neighbors helping neighbors and people they’ve never met before: offering to pick up items for those that can’t go out; giving updates on what’s on store shelves; and sharing resources whether it’s gloves, toilet paper or information.
While we’d never have enough print space to highlight them all, below are just some of the ways that community members, organizations and businesses are sharing kindness with others.
Interested in donating to a collection drive or giving back this holiday season? Consider checking out these local groups that are working to make a positive impact in the lives of others:
St. Margaret’s Center
Just a stone’s throw away from Westchester, St. Margaret’s Center is collecting toys for its annual Christmas program. Every year, the center distributes thousands of toys to children in need. Locally, there are two drop-off locations. Head to Toe Salon, located at 6310 W. 89th St. in Westchester, is collecting toys through December 10 during regular business hours. Miss Haircut Salon, located at 8733 La Tijera Blvd. in Westchester, is collecting toys through noon on Friday, December 14. Toys can be dropped off Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Interested in donating online? Visit amazon.com, choose “Find a List or Registry,” type in St. Margaret’s Center and browse their wish list. Purchased items will be sent directly to the center. St. Margaret’s Christmas Program will take place on Saturday, December 15 at Lennox Middle School. Continue reading
For almost 70 years, Westchester Parents’ Nursery School (WPNS) has been an integral part of the community for many local families. A cooperative, parent participation preschool, WPNS unites students, parents and teachers together in the classroom, providing an environment that encourages a love of learning, respectful communication and community. As a play-based preschool, importance is placed on creativity and flexibility, where playing and exploring are just as important as learning the ABCs and the learning environment is structured around the unique needs of each individual child. Continue reading
January is often a time for people to make goals and a list of things they’d like to accomplish in the next 12 months. If one of your resolutions this year is to give back and get involved in your local community but you’re not sure where to get started, Covenant Presbyterian Church is hosting its second annual Community Connections event on Sunday, January 29. The goal is to showcase, in an expo type environment, local groups, organizations and nonprofits that can “help you or help others.” Continue reading