CONTACT, Stephenson County COAD connecting people with help and resources during the COVID-19 Pandemic

FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — As the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic continues to change our lives in Stephenson county, we are all becoming aware of how closely knit our community strives to be. The largest need is a place where all needs can be coordinated, and the community can rise to respond. That place of coordination in Stephenson County is CONTACT of Northwest Illinois.

Call CONTACT of Northwest Illinois at 815-233-4357

CONTACT is the point of referral for anyone needing volunteer services during the Coronavirus Pandemic or in any community disaster. They will take your information and refer you to the best place for assistance. This includes medication pick-up or grocery pick up to assist with personal needs of those who are unable to leave their homes.

CONTACT is available 24 hours every day, 7 days a week. Stephenson County COAD is coordinating the community-wide response to calls to CONTACT, with volunteer groups like Freeport Clergy Group, Freeport CARES, RSVP, Northwest Illinois Community Action Coalition (NICAC), and civic and non-profit organizations, like United Way of Northwest Illinois, Salvation Army of Freeport, Freeport Area Church Cooperative (FACC), and others, offering the “people-power” to make them realized. Please know at this time financial assistance is extremely limited.

If you have questions specific to the virus, please refer to the resources provided by our local Health Departments, healthcare providers as well as the Illinois Department of Public Health and the CDC. The IDPH has a 24 -hour hotline available to answer questions specific to the COVID-19 virus—1-800-889-3931.

Stephenson County Community Organizations Active in Disaster COAD is a cooperative group of organizations whose purpose is to bring together voluntary agencies, businesses, and governmental agencies together to foster a more effective preparedness, response, and recovery in times of disaster effecting the people and communities of Northwest Illinois.

The mission of Stephenson County COAD is to create a climate of cooperation, foster communication, encourage coordination, and work in collaboration for mutual effectiveness in responding to any disaster within Stephenson County

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