COVID-19: How You Can Help

Updated as of March 25, 2020

We hope that you are well and taking good precautions in light of the COVID-19 health issue that is affecting our entire world. It is a challenging time for us all and if you need extra resources or support, you can visit links throughout our site for information related to your health, your home-life and how you can help your community. While we are all dealing with and caring for our loved ones and taking care of our immediate priorities, we hope that you can take extra time to help the community that surrounds you that needs a lot of help, support and nurturing. Stay with us and learn more.  
 
With gratitude, The WEforum Team

 

 


 

A Few Ways You Can Help Your Community

  • Sign up to volunteer to tutor children from the Keansburg School district through a partnership with STEAMpark, The Center for Kids
  • Sign up to volunteer to prepare meals for families in need
  • Community Food Providers: Donate non-perishable items or money to help feed families in need

 

In Partnership with STEAMpark, The Center for Kids

STEAM learning encourages children to embrace discovery, share dialogue, and engage in critical thought. Children who experience STEAM learning develop skills for the future. Through interactive, interdisciplinary learning, children become inspired, imagining endless possibilities as they prepare for a rapidly changing world.

  • Providing academic and social-emotional after-school support with programming in schools, churches and community spaces, joining with families and daytime educators to promote growth mindset
  • Serving at-risk students academic and social-emotional summer support, with supervised care, exercise, reading, math, coding, nutrition, mentorship and inquiry-based learning

Currently, STEAMpark works with over 120 families in Keansburg that are at risk, food insecure or living under the poverty line.

We are awaiting instructions on how and when we can deliver non-perishable food items or deliver prepared foods to the school.

Become a STEAMpark Tutor during the COVID-19 Crisis

Currently, we need volunteers who can remotely tutor a child through their school work for one hour a day, 5 days a week. Ideally, a young person, high school or college-aged with less responsibility may be able to fulfill this position.

Please send to all you know and email info@WEforumGroup.org if you can volunteer your time.

Donate or Prepare Foods for Keansburg Students and Their Families

Please email info@WEforumGroup.org if you are willing and able to cook prepared trays of food for school children and their families in Keansburg. We have no orders to begin that process, but want to collect volunteers and be prepared in the event food is needed. Drop off locations and more information will be provided when information becomes available.

  • Suggested items to cook: trays of macaroni and cheese or pasta with butter or red sauce.
  • Non-perishable items that can be donated are: soups, juice boxes, peanut butter, jelly, granola bars.
  • Supplies needed: tampons, pads, diapers, wipes, sanitizers.
  • Cash donations: Any amount whether $10, $20, $50, $100 or more will go a long way.

 

In partnership with The Source at Red Bank Regional High School

The SOURCE at Red Bank Regional High School is a School-Based Youth Services Program (SBYSP) designed to help young people navigate their adolescent years, finish their education, obtain skills leading to employment or continuing education, and graduate healthy and drug-free.

The mission of The SOURCE is “To remove all obstacles that impede the success of young people in our community. We achieve this mission by providing the following services FREE of charge: Individual, group and gamily counseling, substance abuse counseling, conflict resolution, preventative medical, dental & eye care, academic support and tutoring, recreational activities, scholarship programs, Summer Slam Program for incoming freshman, parent/community presentations & forums.

Together with The Source, WEforum needs your help to make sure that food providers like Lunch Break and Fulfill of Monmouth and Ocean County will have enough to feed the thousands of families in our area. Please see how you can best serve our community.

Community Food Providers:

Lunch Break, Red Bank, NJ:

  • Lunch Break Monetary Donation
  • Lunch Break Non-perishable items needed:
    • Non-perishable food items: cereal, semolina pasta, pasta sauce, packaged mashed potatoes, canned vegetables and fruit, “instant” food that can be made by adding hot water, new reusable shopping bags
    • Baby/Infant: infant formula, baby wipes, toddler pull-ups, Diapers Sizes 3, 4 and 5, Toddler Pull ups
    • Toiletries: Toothpaste, Feminine Hygiene Products, Shampoo, Conditioner, Deodorant, Body Lotion, Body Soap, Brush and Combs.

Items can be dropped off Monday- Friday 8am – 2PM or shipped to:
Attention: Gwen Love
Lunch Break
121 Drs. James Parker Blvd.
Red Bank, NJ 07701

Please call Lunch Break if you need or know of someone who may need a meal delivered (732-747-8577, x3013 or email glove@lunchbreak.org).

Fulfill of Monmouth and Ocean County:

Items can be dropped Monday-Friday, 8am to 4pm or sent to:
FulFill Monmouth and Ocean Counties
330 Route 66
Neptune, NJ 07753

Where can you find FulFill in the Community?

 


 

A Note from WEforum:

Please practice good, social responsibility. Our nation’s doctors, nurses, educators, food service, military and public officials are working around the clock caring for everyone in our communities. They are our heroes and we need to help them. In order to do our part as community members, we must do everything we can to practice good hygiene and social distance. Reduce what you can that is non-essential. Life will return to normal. In the meantime, there are important things we can do to help our community so that when life returns to normal, we will all have an easier transition:
  • Food Insecurity: Mobilize your neighbors to help feed children and families that may be food insecure in various school districts. Some local restaurants and charities are offering free and/or reduced meals, but could use help spreading the word or connecting their offerings to the ones who need it most.
  • Local charities: Local charities that depend on your support are suffering and canceling events. Contact them to find out what you can do to make sure they can continue to operate and serve the people who rely on their contributions.
  • Local businesses: There are many ways to support your local businesses such as buying gift certificates for future use or asking if they deliver. They can use your money now, as they are under temporary closure advisories, and your purchase will go a long way in helping them pay their employees, pay their rent and survive until they can reopen.
  • Gym memberships: Don’t cancel gym memberships, you will need it to reboot your physical activity very soon — spring is right around the corner, and summer will be here before you know it. In the meantime, look for online streaming options. Many local studios are offering free or discounted workouts that you can do in your own home to stay active during this time.
  • Service economy: If you pay for services such as cleaning, lawn, or salon services, etc., please continue to pay them during this time if you can afford to or come up with a plan that also provides with necessary social distancing until the government allows for more flexible social interaction. While you temporarily halt these services, remember that these people and businesses may rely heavily on your paycheck in order to feed their families and pay their rent. 
  • Now the good part- You: Concentrate on your own health and wellness and start or restart a good nutrition plan. If you are at home working or taking care of your loved ones, young and old, you may find that you have some spare time to organize your meal plans for a healthier, better you. With warmer weather right around the corner, these efforts will make you feel and look better and keep you in control of one part of your life.
We have been through this together as a nation before, and we will get through this again (H1N1, 9/11, Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Sandy, financial collapse of 2008, etc). Rely on your community, reach out to those you care about, and just breathe.

 

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