Health, Assistance, Supplies and Activities
Health Tips - Protect Yourself and Your Community
The Village of Niles encourages everyone to take common-sense precautions to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes covering coughs, washing your hands frequently (and for at least 20 seconds), and maintaining social distancing. It is critical to maintain social distancing, even outdoors, and even as the weather turns nicer.
The CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others, especially in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g. grocery stores and pharmacies). Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
Human Services - Tools to help Neighbors
Niles Family Services encourages neighbors to look out for one another. You know someone in need please contact (847) 588-8460 or print a Neighbor Care Card and leave for a vulnerable resident who may need assistance. Those who may need extra assistance are encouraged to notify the Village through Family Services at (847) 588-8460.
Niles Red and Green "Flag System": The Village of Niles has introduced a “flag system.” Neighbors who may need extra assistance from time to time are encouraged to hang a green card in their window. If you need assistance, replace it with a red card. For anyone who sees a red “flag,” call Niles Family Services at (847) 588-8460. For emergencies, always dial 9-1-1. Any paper or fabric is fine to use to create these red and green cards, but in order to maintain social distancing please find something within your home. You can also write "ASSIST" on a paper and post in your window (make it large!).
The Meals On Wheels program continues as usual at this time, although meals will now be left on doorsteps instead of handed over directly to reduce person-to-person contact. The Medical Lending Closet is available by appointment. Call (847) 588-8420.
Feeling restless sitting at home? The Niles Senior Center has collected fun and engaging activities for all ages from around the web on their Virtual Entertainment page.
Food Pantry - Donations Welcomed
The Niles Family Services food pantry and financial assistance program are available by appointment, and donations are welcomed. Visit the Niles Family Services food pantry page for a list of needed items and how to donate.
You can also now donate groceries to Niles Family Services through an online campaign started by District 63 at yougivegoods.com/niles-fooddrive.
State Senator Villivalam has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for area food pantries. Here is the direct link to the fundraiser page.
The Village of Niles reminds residents to practice common-sense hygiene such as washing hands and covering coughs as the best method of preventing the spread of infectious disease. Most importantly, individuals should stay home when feeling sick.
Those in need of extra support or resources can contact the Niles Family Services crisis line at (847) 588-8460. In case of an emergency, please dial 9-1-1.
The Village of Niles issued an automated call to the public with this message. To hear the message, call (847) 588-8080. To sign up for future notifications, visit www.vniles.com/alert.