Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund

Governor JB Pritzker joined the United Way of Illinois and the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations today to announce the launch of the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF), a new statewide fundraising effort to support nonprofit organizations serving those whose lives have been upended by this pandemic. The ICRF is launching with nearly $23 million in initial donations. In the upcoming weeks, the steering committee will evaluate and disburse funds to the initial wave of charitable organizations serving at-need communities across the entire state. All donations and distributions will be available to the public. More information can be found at

www.ilcovidresponsefund.org.

Make Masks for Healthcare Workers

Advocate Aurora Health is welcoming donations of hand sewn masks to help protect our heroes on the frontlines. Learn how you can make a hand sewn mask: http://ow.ly/f4jl50z50ib

If you have questions or are unsure if your item qualifies please contact COVIDAAHSupplyDonations@aurora.org. Drop off items at your local Advocate Aurora Health hospital at the shipping and receiving dock.

Thank you for playing an important part in keeping our team members and community safe. #InThisTogether

We ask all parishioners to direct donations of food or other items directly to the organizations in our community, such as Hesed House, Lazarus House and Salvation Army.  Do not bring physical donations to the parish. Please bring your items to either of these locations. The people who are served by these organizations are still in great need.

Salvation Army
Hesed House
Lazarus House

St. John Neumann CARES

Help us to thank the men and women on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic here in Kane County! Take a moment to write a letter, a thank you note or make a drawing to thank our doctors and nurses for their service to our community.
Here are six of the main hospitals that are serving us during this challenging time. Please mail your letter to the name and address below.
May the light of our Lord Jesus Christ shine through you as you serve as an instrument of His love…God Bless You!

Northwestern Medicine Central Du Page Hospital
Att’n: Healthcare Heroes
25 N Winfield Rd,
Winfield, IL, 60190

Rush Copley Medical Center
Att’n:  Administration
2000 Ogden Ave
Aurora, IL. 60504

Amita Health Mercy Medical Center
Att’n: Grace Bried
1325N Highland Ave

;Aurora, IL. 60506

ELGIN
Advocate Sherman Hospital
Att’n: Paola Velasquez
1425 N Randall Rd
Elgin, IL. 60123

Amita Health St. Joseph Hospital
Att’n: Patricia Arroyo
77 N. Airlite St.
Elgin, IL. 60123

GENEVA
Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital
Att’n: Medical Staff Office
300 Randall Rd.
Geneva IL, 60134 

HUNTLEY
Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital
Att’n: Gabriella Guziec
10400 Haligus Rd.
Huntley IL, 60142

St. Charles Police Departmente
Attn: Sara Zass
1515 W. Main St.
St. Charles, IL 

St. Charles Fire Department
112 N. Riverside Ave.
St. Charles. IL 

For more information, please contace Susana at SMorones@sjnstcharles.org

Feed Healthcare Workers at Delnor Hospital

Our ER staff are working overtime, many without days off, and this is early in our battle of COVID-19. Let’s show they how much we appreciate them! Feel free to get a group together to pay for a meal.

Sign up for this meal train here.

Online Donations Needed at Hesed House

On the second Thursday of each month, St. John Neumann PADS ministry is commited to donate food for the homeless community at Hesed House. In April, we are doing something different. Since we are unable to donate food, we will be donating money. They will then contact their wholesalers and purchase all the food they need. You may do this by either sending them a check or going online to their Website. A check may be sent directly to Hesed house at 659 South River St., Aurora 60506, to the attention of Bruce Bachmeier. Please also write on the memo line “St John Neuman food donation. “ Or a donation may be made online at  Hesedhouse.org. On their website please be sure to indicate that this is a donation for food from St John Neuman Catholic Church.  We would greatly appreciate it if your donation at your earliest convenience which should give them adequate time to get everything in time for our scheduled date of April 9th. To see their current situation, click here. God bless you, stay healthy and thank you very much for your generosity. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Sue Skibley or Susana Morones at smorones@sjnstcharles.org

Northern Illinois Food Bank

The Food Bank has been responding to the increased need in our communities since mid-march. 

  • In the month of March, the Food Bank distributed 6.1M meals, a half a million meals over goal and that equates to 200,000 meals daily for our neighbors.
  • We launched Pop-Up Markets to distribute additional food to neighbors in need in a drive-thru format. Originally created to provide fresh produce, we will be expanding to add other types of nutritious food. To date we served nearly 750 families in Geneva and over 2,100 families in Joliet. We anticipate continuing these markets 1-2 times a week in different communities.
  • To support our network of food pantries and other feeding programs, we are distributing $250,000 in funding to our network as food credits and grants.

We are witnessing increased need every day across our service area and will continue to adapt to offer the most resources we can for our neighbors. Our pantries are reporting increases up to 50% and we are seeing increases of even 100% at some of our programs. Visits to our food pantry locator on our website have increased 763%. Nationally more than 20M individuals filed for unemployment in recent weeks and economists are predicting unemployment to remain at 10% for the rest of the year. Our communities need us now more than ever and the support from our partners, donors and volunteers will enable us to serve those who need it now and in the future. _

The economic impact of COVID-19 is drastically increasing rates of food insecurity in our community. Closures of businesses and schools, social distancing, and self-quarantines may affect many of our neighbors, particularly the most vulnerable: older adults, health-compromised individuals, and hourly workers.

While all support is greatly appreciated, financial donations of any size will help support the Food Bank’s operations during this time of increased need. Every $1 donated helps provide $8 in groceries for our neighbors. Make a gift online now.

If you would like to make a donation by mail you may still send your gift to 273 Dearborn Court, Geneva, IL, 60134 as our office remains open. Please note that the deposits of checks and mailing of acknowledgement letters may be delayed during this time.​ Thank you!… we are all in this together and with your help we can be stronger. God Bless You!