How to help the LOPC Community?

During this time of social distancing connecting with others is important. We are currently identifying those in our community that need assistance with shopping for food and essential items. We also know what a difference it can make to receive a phone call just to chat during this time of social distancing. If you would like to help in either of these ways please email Lexi Morrissey.

Email Lexi

 

How to help LOPC Mission Partners:

LOCAL PARTNERS

Monument Crisis Center:  MCC is distributing food to over 350 families a day in spite of only having a total staff of 8 people. To help with their food distribution please drop off items in demand including cereal, peanut butter, rice and pasta or anything you can spare.

Note: Drop-off donations at barrels on-site at LOPC outside the Ministry Center.

Hope Solutions (formerly CCIH): They have housed 12 – 14 families last month during the shelter in place order.  Donate items from their Amazon wish list to help children stay engaged and active. $25 & $50 gift cards are also needed.  Drop them in LOPC mailbox starting 5/8 outside ministry center in an envelope marked Hope Solutions.

Shelter Inc: Families continue to find a home at the Mt. View Shelter in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis.  Meals are needed as well as gift cards.  Contact Yareth.Rodriquez@shelterinc.org to volunteer to make a meal or schedule a drop-off at 1391 Shell Avenue, Martinez.   $25 & $50 gift cards are also needed.  Drop them in LOPC mailbox starting 5/8 outside the ministry center in an envelope marked Shelter Inc.

Stand:  The clients at Stand often arrive with nothing but the clothes on their backs, so gift cards from Safeway and Target are needed to help them get established.  Gift cards in $25 & $50 donations are most helpful as they are distributed to clients more readily then higher amounts.  Drop in mailbox starting 5/8 outside ministry center in an envelope marked STAND.

Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano: The demand for food is increasing daily and volunteers to sort food are desperately needed to keep up with demand. Volunteer here.

Note: Drop-off donations at barrels on-site at LOPC outside the Ministry Center.

Trinity Center:  Has been feeding around 40 people per day and is in need of donations to help them continue to support the homeless in our community with vital resources. Their annual fundraiser on May 8 will be virtual. Sign up to help here.

Warm Winter Nights:  Relies heavily on volunteers to prepare meals but with the shelter in place order they had to rely on ordering take-out for their clients.  This has impacted their budget and they are asking for donations to help defray the cost of food. Donate Here.

 

INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS

Altfaluna (Gaza): The schools are closed.  Gaza has only 20 confirmed cases.  But the hospitals are ill prepared for a pandemic of this magnitude and there will be a general lack of health care for those affected with the virus.  LOPC’s annual fundraiser to benefit Atfaluna will be in September.

Fotokids (Guatemala): Many in the community are without access to food and even clean water.  On May 5, “Giving Day”… a 24 hour fundraiser will occur and gifts will be matched.   The donations will be used to continue to support the community. You can donate online or a check can also be written to LOPC Prior to May 7 with Fotokids in the memo line.

JF Kapnek (Zimbabwe): Zimbabwe is in lockdown.  About 30% of the population is designated as food insecure.  Given the undernourishment of the population, Zimbabwe expects death rates 2 – 3x higher than other countries.  Donate to JF Kapnek to help them continue to provide food!

Congo:  The Congo is fighting Ebola and measles as well as Covid 19. To find out more look on page 5 of the May issue of Focus. LOPC supports mission co-workers Jeff and Christ Boyd who are staying in the DRC to continue to support those most vulnerable.  Donate here to help them.

Children of Faith (India): The lock-down in India has been extended to May 3.  Students younger than the 10th grade have been sent back to their villages, according to government orders.  There are 20 students studying for their exams at COF with tutors.  Anand has about a 2-month food supply, but his biggest worry is security, once the impact of unemployment becomes widespread. Click here to donate.

Community Support

Sew a Mask

Help provide masks for Kaiser Permanente’s nonclinical personnel and staff.  Kaiser Permanente has developed step-by-step instructions for making masks at home. Please look at these instructions and consider making masks to donate. You can also watch this instructional video.

How to send your homemade masks:

Please email Kaiser at KPcovid-19Donations@kp.org with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your email address to receive an electronic mailing label
  • Approximate weight of your shipment
  • Estimated number of boxes needed for your shipment
  • Number of masks you’re shipping

NOTE: Once Kaiser receives your information, they will provide you with a prepaid shipping label to use on your package and you can send in your donation. Your time and talents are much appreciated!

 

Donate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

Donate PPE equipment listed below to protect those that are protecting us.

DESIRED ITEMS

  • Masks (N95, surgical, or isolation) Gowns (Isolation and surgical)
  • Face and Eye Shields Goggles (non-vented) Gloves
  • Disinfecting Wipes Hand Sanitizer CAPR and PAPR machines

NOTE: Items must be in there original packaging.

DROP-OFF LOCATIONS

John Muir Walnut Creek Medical Center Main Entrance, 1601 Ygnacio Valley Rd. Walnut Creek.  Contact JMHdonations@johnmuirhealth.com to arrange a pick-up of a large donation.

Kaiser Permanente 2130 O’Farrell St., San Francisco, Mon.-Fri. from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m at the loading dock.  Call (415) 833-2593 when you arrive and a staff member will come out to accept.  Donations can also be mailed to Kaiser Permanente, Attention: Hospital Command Center, 2130 O’Farrell St., San Francisco CA 94115.  Contact buytopay@kp.org to make arrangements on how to donate to the Walnut Creek location

Contact Robin Freeberg with questions or concerns regarding these volunteer opportunities.

Email Robin