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Our staff at the Department of Community Programs and the Summit Free Public Library are working hard to provide new services to the public. Both are providing innovative virtual programs. For example, you can find free fitness classes and the digital Memorial Day Parade at the Department of Community Programs, while the library offers mask-sewing classes and virtual storytime. The library is also running a “phone a librarian” service to provide residents with help in many areas including research and access to services.
In addition, Summit’s Department of Community Programs is running a program to collect donations of food, toiletries, and cleaning supplies for GRACE and sports equipment for Leveling the Playing Field. You can find their flyer on the Department of Community Programs’ website.
A new group, SHIELD (Society Helping Our Infirm and ELDerly) of Summit, is a volunteer organization committed to keeping our older and infirm neighbors safe, healthy and happy. They organize shoppers to deliver groceries and prescriptions to those who need assistance. SHIELD worked with The Community Food Bank and Summit’s own Other Fellow First Foundation to help SAGE come up with a backup plan when the regional Meals on Wheels’ kitchen shut down, leaving more than 100 seniors in our community without meals. Watch this video to learn more.
The Other Fellow First Foundation is continuing its fundraising efforts for the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad, SAGE, SHIP, Loaves and Fishes and GRACE through its “Keeping UNITY in the Summit CommUNITY” campaign.
The Front Steps Project has been a popular way to have family photos taken to commemorate this unusual time and drive donations to the Foundation. The Foundation is now launching a Virtual Family Talent Show as its next fundraiser. No doubt Summit’s families will showcase their creativity for a good cause!
Bridges Outreach was founded in Summit and serves the homeless populations of Summit, Irvington, and Newark. They are continuing their outreach to these vulnerable people and need donations to continue their work.
A new Facebook group, Summit Volunteer Hub, has formed recently to connect organizations in Summit with willing volunteers and donors. Already it has over 450 members eager to serve our community.
For the latest information on the Coronavirus response here in Summit, the City has a dedicated COVID-19 webpage that is updated daily.
You can sign up for e-mail notifications at https://nj-summit.civicplus.com/list.aspx. Select “Community News” in the “Newsflash category.
Testing information for Union County residents. https://www.cityofsummit.org/DocumentCenter/View/3878/COVID-19-drive-thru-screening
The Westfield Regional Health Department serves Summit and several other communities under a shared service agreement. Their website has many resources that may be helpful for Summit residents. https://www.westfieldnj.gov/WRHCoronavirusResources
If you need help, the City website lists resources at https://www.cityofsummit.org/659/COVID-19-Resource-Directory
State of New Jersey Information
The State of New Jersey has a COVID-19 information hub. https://covid19.nj.gov
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority has created an information hub for businesses affected by COVID-19. https://faq.business.nj.gov/en/collections/2198378-information-for-nj-businesses-on-the-coronavirus-outbreak
Ways you can help
The City website has a page dedicated to ways you can help. https://nj-summit.civicplus.com/666/How-to-Help
Just a few of the organizations in need of help:
Other Fellow First Foundation is raising money to help the neediest in the community, including food assistance programs https://www.gofundme.com/f/keeping-unity-in-the-summit-community
GRACE, which runs a food pantry every Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. at Cornog Field House providing shelf stable goods, fresh produce, and household necessities. Donations can be made through the Junior League of Summit. https://www.jlsummit.org. Click on the red donate button on the right of the screen and designate GRACE.
Bridges Outreach serves the homeless in Summit, Newark, and Irvington. With the Coronavirus, they have lost most of their sources of donated supplies and are in need of donations and financial assistance. https://www.bridgesoutreach.org/covid-19-support/
Summit Marches On (SMO) is organizing volunteers to deliver groceries and prescriptions to Summit’s Seniors https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c45a8ad2ba0fc1-summit and a program to “adopt” a family in need of assistance https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c45a8ad2ba0fc1-summit1
Front Line Appreciation Group of Summit (FLAG) raises money to provide meals to Overlook Hospital ICU and ER staff as well as first responders. The meals are sourced from local restaurants. You can donate through the Police Athletic League and specify FLAG. http://summitpal.org/donate.asp
Help our local businesses – Summit Downtown, Inc. has put together a list of businesses that are operating curbside pick-ups. https://www.summitdowntown.org/events/business-info-during-covid-19/
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