Glen Ellyn United
The Glen Ellyn community is united now more than ever. We have seen and heard many wonderful stories of local residents volunteering, supporting and helping other members of the community. We also appreciate our residents making sacrifices to stay home and save lives. Thank you for your commitment to stay united, Glen Ellyn!
Glen Ellyn Hometown Heroes
As we continue to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, we are looking to recognize our Glen Ellyn hometown heroes serving on the front lines. If you are an essential worker, send us a photo of yourself on the job to remind our community to stay #Glen Ellyn United!
Nominate friends, family and neighbors who are serving as healthcare workers, essential personnel, and volunteers. Include a photo so they can be featured in our Gallery of Hometown Heroes on our webpage and in a special shout-out on social media each week.
Use this Village form for your Hometown Hero submission.
Send Us Your Stories, Videos and Photos.
Send us your stories, videos and/or photos of how you and your families are spending time or giving back to our community.
Use this Village Form for your submissions.
Julian (2) planting herbs with mom. - Anna Macias
Meal Village partnered with the B.R. Ryall YMCA to generously donate meals for 400 people Easter weekend. Meal Village's support allowed the Y to provide some Y members—families and seniors in need—with a delicious dinner for Easter. Thank you, Meal Village! - Kelly Coffey
Each day, I go out and write a motivational message on our driveway. - Dawn Smith
My kids have been painting rocks and hiding them around Lake Ellyn. We have a rock garden in front of our home, but hiding them around the lake allowed others to find hidden joy during unknown times. This rock was painted by Sophia - age 13. - Nicole Savarese
Barone's of Glen Ellyn partnered with the B.R. Ryall YMCA on Saturday, April 18, to provide meals for 240 people—feeding some of the Y’s most vulnerable families in need of assistance. We are so grateful to Barone’s for their incredible support and generosity! - Kelly Coffey
Stained glass door Done by: Nate Zackrison (6yrs) Nuala Zackrison (3 yrs) Faley Zackrison (3yrs) Finnegan (dog- 9 yrs) - Rachael Zackrison
My husband and I have had a date night almost every Wednesday for 30 years. I am not really bothered by the quarantine, the family time has been treasured. However, I was fretting about no "date night". So my daughter Elizabeth (19), our 2 exchange daughters Coco (17) and Jenny (17) put this plan together. They gave us instructions to stay out of the dining room, ordered dinner and set the table. It was such a lovely surprise. - Dottie Lipinski
We got a quarantine puppy named Lenox. Dax Keller age 11, Maddox Keller age 9, and Alex May Keller are in the picture with our new puppy. - Tracy Keller
Me working at Glen Ellyn Food Pantry. Thanks to all who give, work and volunteer there. A bright spot in a difficult time. - Bill Cranny
I started a website and campaign to help bring awareness to safe social distancing practices. We were featured on WGN and Fox News this week. It's been keeping my brothers and I busy will filling orders and reading thank you mail! Our website is www.covidwristband.com. Click here to see our story on WGN! - Kenna Royce
DIY Easter egg hunt! Charley, 8 and Hollis, 6. - Dawn Weathers
On our walk today we saw this basket with toys for children to take in front of this house on Western Avenue in Glen Ellyn. Lovely! - Erica Nelson
My daugher (Cate, 8), and I decided to try our hand at paint-by-number. We had so much fun, we are waiting for our next one to arrive! - Erin Bichler
We decorated our windows! - Regina Mekler
My son Jay (freshman at U of I), and I just completed a 1000 piece bird puzzle! I'm keeping track of the birds in the backyard when not working at the dining room table! - Jeff Reiter
On the warmest day of 2020 - Brothers Brody (13) and Jackson (9) Parchem decided to play soccer with a twist - they made a slip 'n slide with a large tarp and a sprinkler! - Polly Berry
We (daughter Kimmy, son Brandon (aka Easter bunny) and I, drove around Glen Ellyn spreading Easter Cheer! - Tonya Smith
Kenna & Michal dj'd from their front porch with their Easter Bunny (mom!) - Kristi Tolman
A Message from Glen Ellyn Village President, Diane McGinley
How Can You Help During this Time?
Support the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry
Friday, June 12 at the Food Pantry
The Glen Ellyn Food Pantry will be hosting an upcoming drive-by food drive on Friday, June 12, co-hosted with the Glen Ellyn Lion’s Club. Drop off hours will occur in the morning (9 a.m. - noon) and in the evening (4-7 p.m.). Please come to the Pantry parking lot, located at 493 Forest Avenue to drop your donation items.
In addition to the drive-by food drive, you can drop off donations inside the door of the Pantry, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Please call the Pantry at (630) 469-6988 if you need to arrange another drop off time.
Drive-Thru Food Drive
Monday, June 8 from 3-6 p.m. Parkview Community Church, 764 St. Charles Road, Glen Ellyn
More information here.
Blood Drive: June 24 and July 28
Help ensure a healthy blood supply in Illinois by donating at the upcoming blood drives at Ackerman SFC, 800 St. Charles Road. Appointments are required in order to control the number of people at the site at a given time (no walk-ins).
Partnership for Educational Progress Foundation Supports Families in Need
The families in the three Glen Ellyn school districts need your support. The need is growing to help feed families in our community. Partnership for Educational Progress (PEP), as an educational foundation, serves Glenbard High School District and its elementary feeder schools. Consider donating to provide support for food and basic needs for the families in your community. Visit the PEP website for more information.
Volunteers are needed across the state. Nonprofit organizations are looking for extra help as many of their regular volunteers are unable to assist or are choosing to stay home. In particular, organizations with a mission focused on housing/homelessness, food security/hunger/meal delivery and seniors are experiencing a large decrease in their regular volunteer base. If you are an able-bodied volunteer and are willing to volunteer, please explore the following:
Visit DuPage County’s Volunteer Portal, Giving DuPage, that links volunteers with non-profit organizations countywide.
Volunteers Needed for COVID-19 Testing Site
DuPage County is seeking volunteers to help operate a COVID-19 testing site for 12 weeks. The county needs a minimum of 21 volunteers per day to fill three roles at the site. These include:
- Traffic Management - Volunteers will direct cars in and out of traffic lanes. This role will have no contact with clients being sampled.
- Vehicle Markers - Count the number of clients who will be tested in each vehicle. Mark the vehicle’s window of the clients being sampled. This role will have minimal contact with clients being sampled.
- Registration - Provide each client with privacy statement and record their information. Good handwriting will be critical. This role will have minimal contact with clients being sampled.
All volunteers will receive training for their role. Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided. Minimal contact is defined as speaking through a vehicle window which may be cracked up to a half inch. The individual being tested should be wearing a mask within the vehicle and the the volunteer will be wearing a mask and other PPE.
Volunteers should be prepared to work up to eight hour shifts. To submit your availability, please complete the registration link.
Feed Our First Responders from Glen Ellyn Restaurants
Together Glen Ellyn Cares and the Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all for the financial support in Feeding First Responders through funding our Glen Ellyn Restaurants. Together they funneled over $12,000 through the GoFundMe page and private donations in much needed sales to our local restaurants. They accomplished this all while feeding The Glen Ellyn Police, Fire, Public Works and Waste Water Authority, in addition to, weekly meals to Northwestern and Amita Hospitals for the past two months.
Now with funds depleting, the decision was made to give the remaining balance to The Glen Ellyn Summer Snack Pack Program which feeds 300 at risk Glen Ellyn children weekly. These packs are distributed to School Districts 41 and 89, The Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center and The Glen Ellyn Public Library. This program is organized by the Glen Ellyn Kiwanis with partnership with The Glen Ellyn Food Pantry.
If you would like to donate to The Glen Ellyn Summer Snack Pack Program please donate at this LINK by Sunday June 14, 2020. The Go-Fund-Me page will close on June 15, 2020.
Continue to Support Local Glen Ellyn Businesses
Bags and Boxes Supporting Businesses
The Alliance of Downtown Glen Ellyn, in collaboration with many of the downtown businesses, are now offering ’Bags and Boxes Supporting Businesses’ which feature products from Glen Ellyn shops and restaurants, geared toward making your time at home a little more enjoyable. Learn more and purchase one of the many boxes/bags on the Alliance website.
Glen Ellyn Dine at Home
The Village is adhering to State restrictions prohibiting indoor dining at local restaurants. Consider participating in the Glen Ellyn Dine at Home program with options of curbside pick-up and delivery.
- For a list of local restaurants, please visit the Chamber of Commerce website.
- Join the Glen Ellyn To Go Facebook Page to see reviews and daily specials.
- View an interactive map of Glen Ellyn with detailed information about what restaurants are offering (delivery, curbside, grub hub, etc.)
Shop, Pop and Go: Continue Shopping Online Through Curbside Pick-Up
With the Governor’s new executive order in place, effective May 1, many non-essential retail stores have re-opened to fulfill telephone and online orders through curbside pick-up. SHOP, POP & GO, It’s as easy as 1,2,3!
- SHOP online or call to place your orders
- POP your trunk curbside as your items are placed safely in your vehicle
- GO home to enjoy!
- Visit the Chamber of Commerce website for a list of local retailers, and details on updated ordering and shipping options.
- Join the Shop Glen Ellyn Facebook Page to see reviews and specials from local stores.
Glen Ellyn Essential Services
Essential Businesses are critical to our community. The Chamber of Commerce has provided a listing of essential services within the Glen Ellyn community. Please contact these companies via phone or email as many are working remotely.
Unite the Community by Flying the Flag
We may be physically apart, but we are all in this together. Fly the flag outside your home to tell your neighbors that you are doing your part to slow this disease and protect the health of others in our community.