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Want To Help? Here's How

Are you are seeking to help out during the Pandemic of 2020, but are unsure where or how to best do that?

Are you wondering where to put your time, talents and resources to work, while recognizing that a “Stay-in-Place” order will keep you tied close to your home base for the immediate time period?

A new website has been created – www.LakeForestLakeBluff.com – to help you find your niche.

And, it’s linked to and supported by a new Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lflbvolunteer/

It was created by local realtor, marketing and social media fan Deborah Fischer to help people sort through the myriad of information out there, and to enable them to find volunteer and donation opportunities in the Lake Forest and Lake Bluff area quickly and efficiently.

The pandemic has given rise to new needs; the needs are creating new opportunities to help …. and that is when things started getting confusing.

The difficulty finding information easily about where and how to help -- while Social Distancing -- spurred Deb to create an easy-to-use website, linked to a Facebook page. Now, information and updates about volunteering and donating locally can be found in one place.

In describing the impetus for starting the website and Facebook page, Deb said, “This community knows how to help. The Lake Forest and Lake Bluff community is built on the spirit of volunteerism and philanthropy. We are a community of joiners and doers. And that spirit is very evident in the face of COVID 19.”

She continued, “Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a ‘stay at home’ order for the entire state starting Saturday, March 21 at 5 p.m. The most important thing our community could do to follow the Governor's Order is to practice social distancing and all that is involved.

“With all non-essential businesses needing to shut, the challenges became how best to support our medical facilities and their staffs, our local businesses, municipal services and each other. Lots of grass roots efforts started happening immediately and the next challenge became how to get the word out about the efforts.

Deb Fischer

“When a need is identified, residents jump in to help, to problem solve, to do, to make things better. This time is no different. This website identifies just some of the efforts in place to help support staff at our medical facilities and municipal services, help local businesses adapt and survive, help families navigate the changes, and to be there to support our community members of all ages,” said Deb.

“Whether you like to VOLUNTEER your time and DO things, or prefer to DONATE and GIVE to a cause, www.LakeForestLakeBluff.com and https://www.facebook.com/lflbvolunteer/ will identify numerous opportunities for you to share your talents and resources in the ways you are most comfortable. I hope you’ll want to 'Like' and 'Share' and 'Follow' the information!," said Deb.

“Meanwhile, however you choose to help, it reminds us that, while we need to go through this time of Social Distancing alone, we are in this together.”