Meeting our Community's Needs - Neighbor to Neighbor

People’s Resource Center – Updated Response to Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Volunteer

At this time, PRC is providing on-site only, no-contact emergency food and financial assistance.  Art, computer and literacy classes have begun to transition to virtual classes.  Please check back for updated information, which will post as it becomes available.    

We are currently only accepting volunteer applications for people who would like to help at our food pantries in Wheaton and Westmont.  To practice social distancing, our food distribution process is currently modified so volunteers place prepacked groceries in a client’s trunk while the client remains in their car.  Volunteers help by packing bags of food, asking a few questions of clients through a cracked vehicle window, and loading packed grocery bags into client vehicles.

Volunteers requirements at this time:

  • Volunteers must be able to remain on their feet for 3 hours. 

  • Volunteers must be able to lift a bag of groceries.

  • Volunteers must be over 13 years old.  

  • At this time, applications for community service hours for school, church, court or other assignments are not accepted.  

We currently have health and safety protocols in place that all volunteers must abide by:

  • Volunteers must complete an electronic questionnaire regarding COVID-19 exposure and symptoms prior to arriving onsite each week.

  • Volunteers must wear a mask or bandana/scarf covering their mouth and nose while at PRC.  Volunteers helping to transport food must wear a mask or bandana/scarf during their shift when outside their vehicle.

  • Volunteers must volunteer at one PRC location; they cannot volunteer at multiple sites.

  • Volunteers must wash their hands often with soap and water and avoid touching their face.  Gloves are readily available and optional.  If wearing gloves, they should be changed often, and hands washed between use.

  • Workers must maintain a distance of 6 feet between other workers and clients when possible.

  • Volunteers will communicate with Clients through a cracked car window while maintaining a safe distance. 

  • Volunteers must log in and out using the touchscreen or write their name on the paper sign-in sheet so there is a record of who volunteered at each shift.

  • Volunteers who feel unwell while volunteering must tell a staff member and leave immediately. 

Volunteers working on site who display COVID-19 symptoms might be asked to go home.   Thank you for helping us maintain a safe environment for staff, volunteers, and clients.

To apply to volunteer in our Food Pantries, choose the appropriate category below:

  • If you are an individual aged 13 years or older, click HERE.

  • If you represent a group or family of 2-3 people who want to volunteer together, please ask each group member to fill out an individual application HERE.

  • If you represent a group or family of 4+ people who want to volunteer together, please consider volunteering at Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB), a partner and supplier for PRC.  PRC is not currently able to accomodate groups of 4 or more.  NIFB is able to accommodate larger groups and is also in need of volunteers to sort, stock and pack food for distribution to PRC and other pantries in the community.  Go HERE and scroll to the section entitled ‘How to Give Help’ to learn more and sign up.  

We will respond via email no later than 2 business days after you submit your application to provide steps to complete your application.  

When PRC resumes regular services, we will resume accepting volunteer applications for all programs and applications for larger group sizes. 





 

Ways to Give

PRC needs your donations at the time to provide food to hungry neighbors. Donate by clicking here.