How Can I Help?
ARE YOU UPGRADING TO A NEW SMARTPHONE OR TABLET? Please consider donating your older model to a group home in our area. Residents are neurodiverse, experiencing visual and/or audio challenges and/or have physical/emotional needs. Email Jan Philips if you would like to make a donation.
BABY BASICS OF RIDGEWOOD, a program of Children's Aid and Family Services, is requesting diapers, wipes and other supplies for struggling families in Bergen County. Click here to see their Amazon wish list.
EVA'S VILLAGE is in need of volunteers to package “pick-up-and-go” meals for the Paterson community on Fridays from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. All volunteers will be masked, gloved and socially distanced in Eva’s large dining hall. Email Mark Babunovic for more information and to sign up.
Eva's also needs a number of items to continue to serve clients:
- Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers, Size 2
- Baby Wipes, unscented, flip-top packs
- Secret and/or Lady Speed Stick Deodorant
- Dove Men + Care and/or Speed Stick Deodorant
- Dove Soap, individual bars
- Ivory Soap, individual bars
Orders placed online can be delivered to Eva’s Village, Attention: Curtis Carson, 393 Main Street, Paterson, NJ 07501.
FAMILY PROMISE OF BERGEN COUNTY welcomes volunteers to help distribute food in Hackensack (3:30 to 6:00 pm, seven days a week) and Englewood (12:00 to 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday). Email Paul Shackford for more information and to sign up.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF PASSAIC continues to serve our neighbors in need during the pandemic. When you're at the supermarket, please pick up some extra canned, jarred or boxed nonperishable items - tuna fish, peanut butter, vegetables, pasta, cereal, etc. Donations may be dropped off at West Side in the continuing education vestibule from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
OASIS in Paterson is seeking donations of nonperishable food, personal hygiene items and school supplies for women and children living in poverty. Click here for a list of items and drop-off locations.
NEW YORK CITY RELIEF needs volunteers to serve the homeless in Paterson. Participants depart from Cornerstone Church in Wyckoff at 8:00 am and return at 1:30 pm. Transportation is provided from Wyckoff to Paterson. Click here to sign up and find out about the precautions that New York City Relief is taking to keep volunteers, staff and guests healthy.
New York City Relief also is in urgent need of travel-size items for hygiene kits: toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, combs and deodorant. (Items containing alcohol, such as mouthwash, cannot be accepted.) Other items needed include toothbrushes, soap, washcloths, disposable razors and sanitary napkins. Donations should be sent to New York City Relief, 495 Walnut Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07201.
WEST BERGEN MENTAL HEALTHCARE is seeking volunteers to provide ready-to-eat meals for the residents of its 11 group homes. Email Barbara Hand if you can help. Keeping the chronically mentally ill residents engaged during this crisis also is challenging for West Bergen. Click here to donate an item from their Amazon wish list.
Many of us want to do something to help during this global pandemic. And there's something we ALL can do - pray. In fact, Jesus calls us to pray and invites us to trust in the power of prayer. Email Anne Lee to receive our congregational prayer list and join our community of pray-ers.
If you'd like to add your own prayers to the list, click here. We will pray for you and any joys or concerns you share with us.
Would you like to weave a regular prayer practice into your week? Set an alarm for 7:00 pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Pause and pray. Our community will be praying with you too.
You can also "dial a prayer." Call West Side at 201-652-1966 and press 116 to listen to a weekly prayer recorded on Sunday morning.
If you'd like to be led into a time of prayer, feel free to use any of our Noon Prayers on YouTube as an entryway into prayer. We add Noon Prayer offerings every Monday and Friday.
However you pray, know that you are not alone...we are praying with you. May God draw us all into deeper intimacy with God, and may our prayer inspire us to be creative in our expressions of compassion, peace and justice.
There are several ways to financially support West Side's mission and ministry during these unprecedented times.
Click here to give online.
Text GIVE to 1-551-227-2131.
Mail your offering to:
West Side Presbyterian Church
6 South Monroe Street
Ridgewood, NJ 07450