COVID-19: How to help and how to get help

The COVID-19 situation around the world is evolving at a fast pace. We continue, though, to work to fulfill our mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving our community.

As such, all in person meetings and events scheduled through May 31 will be postponed, cancelled, or transitioned to a virtual Zoom format. The JLG office will remain closed with staff working remotely. The Nearly New Shop was re-opened on May 11th with changes to help keep staff, Members, and customers safe.

The health and safety of our staff, members and partners are our highest priorities. Although we are making adjustments as the COVID-19 situation evolves, we remain steadfast in our commitment to our community. We ask all of our members and community partners to take the CDC, WHO, state and local updates seriously and set the example for our neighbors. You may not be at high risk, but someone you interact with indirectly in public may live in a high-risk household.

Ways you can help 

Help our Community Partners 

SWITCH

SWITCH is raising $500 to fund care packages for their clients. The organization will be sending care packages to each participant expressing encouragement and love, and to provide real and needed ways to ground themselves during this challenging time. Click here to give

Pendleton Place

Pendleton Place has a need for various items for Smith House to support its residents. Items can be purchased via their Amazon wishlist which can be found here

Items can also be dropped off at Pendleton Place under the main entrance patio Mondays and Fridays during business hours.

Jasmine Road 

Jasmine Road has a need for gift cards (Walmart and Amazon). Additionally, their residents have requested board games, puzzles, and art supplies (canvases, sketchbooks, paintbrushes, etc.) as activities they can do at home.

The Family Effect

The Family Effect is in need of art supplies, games and indoor activities for their clients in their Serenity Place and Lotus programs while they are social distancing. Please drop off items at Serenity Place in front of building 8, and then call (864) 467-3881 to let them know.

Resources: Ways to access support 

United Way 2-1-1 Service Line 

We have expanded our 2-1-1 hotline, now available 24/7 to direct those in need to information and resources regarding where to find food, shelter, access to healthcare and transportation. Simply dial 2-1-1 to get connected.

Greenville County Information Map (iMAP)

The Greenville County Information Map (iMAP) can be used to find community resources based on address. Resources can easily be filtered by category and location. Click here to view our iMAP.

Greenville County Schools Meal Program 

During Greenville County Schools’ closure, a large number of buses have also been deployed to distribute meals across the community—click here for a full site list or here for an interactive map of all meals and WiFi sites. Both lunch and breakfast for the next day will be distributed between 10 a.m. – noon. Meals will be provided to all children aged 18 or younger. Children are not required to be enrolled in Greenville County Schools or be present for pickup. WiFi will be available at all schools from 7 a.m.–7 p.m. and at bus delivery sites from 10 a.m.–noon. For the latest Greenville County Schools information, click here.

Prisma Health Resources 

Prisma Health is offering a variety of resources to help you and your family stay healthy, including free virtual visits. If you believe you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, schedule your virtual visit here and use code COVID19.

Mill Village Food share Program 

In partnership with United Way, Mill Village Farms has expanded to a weekly fresh-food box program, FoodShare Greenville, for anyone facing hardship in our community. FoodShare boxes are discounted to a minimal $5 CARD or SNAP fee for those needing assistance. Weekly Wednesday pick-up via a drive-thru at United Way’s office (105 Edinburgh Ct). ALL FoodShare boxes must be pre-ordered over Mill Village’s bilingual phone hotline or bilingual website by noon on Friday the week prior to pick-up. Click here for the English flyer or here for the Spanish flyer.

City of Greenville Resource Guide 

The City of Greenville has released a resource guide detailing updated services and discounts offered by local restaurants and service providers. This includes curbside and delivery options for food, as well as discounts and free services. Click here to learn more.

IRS Coronavirus Resources 

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is providing updated information and resources around tax information, economic impact payments and warnings about coronavirus-related scams. Click here to learn more.

MUSC Virtual Screening 

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has set up a virtual screening clinic. This is a FREE screening for those who believe they have COVID-19 symptoms. Just enter the code “COVID19” when you log in. Click here to learn more.

Mental Health America Services 

Mental Health America’s CRISISline (864-271-8888) and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) are answering calls 24/7. They also have a free, confidential, online mental health screening available. Click here to learn more.

Furman “Leading in Times of Crisis” Virtual Seminars 

Furman Innovation and Entrepreneurship is launching a six-week virtual series of free workshops with industry experts for business leaders who need the tools to lead their organizations in times of uncertainty. Click here to learn more.

Help other non-profits 

Blood Connection 

Blood donors are needed now more than ever. This is a very COVID specific need.  Appointments are encouraged and can be made online here

Safe Harbor

Gift cards (including to restaurants), paper plates and cups, plastic silverware, non-perishable food and drinks, puzzles, books, craft kits and art supplies (for kids and adults), and family friendly DVD’s. Please send an email to info@safehaborsc.org to arrange drop off.

Resources: How to Help Children 

Ready4K Virtual Parenting Curriculum

Ready4K has made its virtual parenting curriculum and family engagement tool free for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. Ready4K offers fun facts and at-home learning activities for children 0-9. Click here for details.

Thrive Global: How to Deal with Crisis 

Thrive Global has published a guide to dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, including what to do when feeling overwhelmed, how to speak to children about the pandemic and what to say to those that are struggling. Click here to read the full story.

Child Mind Institute

The Child Mind Institute is a national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Their team has several articles about supporting young people during the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to see the articles

Fostering Great Ideas

Fostering Great Ideas has a program called Tutor Match. Volunteer tutors, using virtual learning, are brought into foster homes to guide and encourage children and youth of all ages on their academics.  All inquiries for a tutor contact Hope Coudayre, our Education Advocate.

Grocery Delivery

8 grocery stores + apps making life easier from GVLToday 

THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF GREENVILLE’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19

As you are all aware, COVID-19 information is being constantly updated. With the current information received today, the Board of Directors has voted to cease “normal operations” of the
Junior League of Greenville until further notice, effective Monday, March 16.

Any JLG sanctioned Committee meetings and events must be conducted via Zoom or via email communication. All in-person events will NOT occur during the remainder of the 2019-2020
League Year.

Both the April and May GMMs will be conducted via Zoom. More details on content and access to come.

Additionally, our Nearly New Shop will be closed until further notice. We will not be taking donations at this time. We kindly ask that you save up your donations during this temporary closure and bring them to the Shop once we reopen.

Please stay tuned to JLG emails for additional updates. Thank you for all you do for our community and the Junior League of Greenville. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we do our part to flatten the curve.

Sincerely,

JLG Board of Directors