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Community Support & Resources

St. Luke’s University Health Network continues to work with our community partners to ensure our regional residents have enough food, adequate shelter and access to mental health services during this difficult and uncertain time.

Pandemics like COVID-19 affect the economy in many ways, and more of our friends and neighbors find themselves in need of services they might never have imagined. Below is a list of important resources for individuals and families who have been impacted. The situation is changing rapidly, so we encourage you to check back for the latest information.

Food Access

Pennsylvania

  • Second Harvest Food Bank’s mission is to obtain food and distribute it to people in need through area non-profits, and to provide resources for education and advocacy to end hunger. Click here for a directory of local food pantries.
  • The United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley has multiple listings for places residents can get help. Click here to find resources for food, shelter, mental/behavioral health, unemployment and more.
  • Pennsylvania 211-East is a free, confidential, non-emergency, comprehensive information and referral service that connects Berks, Carbon, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Northampton, and Schuylkill county residents with the health and human services they need:
    • Click here to access the service
    • Dial 211 or (855) 567-5341
    • Text your zip code to 898211
      211 is not intended for emergency use. If you have an emergency, call 911.

New Jersey

  • Catholic Charities, 372 S. Main St. Phillipsburg, NJ • (908) 859-5447
  • Abilities of NW Jersey, 340 Anderson St. Phillipsburg, NJ • (908) 454-2579
  • Norwescap Food Bank, 309 S. Main St. Phillipsburg, NJ • (908) 454-8830

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Housing and Shelter

Pennsylvania

  • The United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley has multiple listings for places residents can get help. Click here to find resources for food, shelter, mental/behavioral health, unemployment and more.
  • Pennsylvania 211-East is a free, confidential, non-emergency, comprehensive information and referral service that connects Berks, Carbon, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Northampton, and Schuylkill county residents with the health and human services they need:
    • Click here to access the service
    • Dial 211 or (855) 567-5341
    • Text your zip code to 898211
      211 is not intended for emergency use. If you have an emergency, call 911.

New Jersey

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Mental and Behavioral Health

Pennsylvania

  • Pro-A developed a list of online recovery supports, including AA, NA, Refuge Recovery, SMART Recovery, and many more. Click here.
  • NAMI HelpLine is a free, nationwide peer-support service providing information, resource referrals and support to people living with a mental health conditions, their family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public. HelpLine staff and volunteers are experienced, well-trained and able to provide guidance
  • Crisis Text Line: open 24/7. Text NAMI to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
    The NAMI HelpLine is unable to provide mental health counseling, advice, personal advocacy or referrals to mental health providers or lawyers. The NAMI HelpLine does not individual casework, legal representations or any type of individual advocacy.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: If you or someone you know is in crisis—whether they are considering suicide or not—please call the toll-free Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7. Click here for information.
  • United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley has multiple listings for places residents can get help. Click here to find resources for food, shelter, mental/behavioral health, unemployment and more.
  • Pennsylvania 211-East is a free, confidential, non-emergency, comprehensive information and referral service that connects Berks, Carbon, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Northampton, and Schuylkill county residents with the health and human services they need:
    • Click here to access the service
    • Dial 211 or (855) 567-5341
    • Text your zip code to 898211
      211 is not intended for emergency use. If you have an emergency, call 911.

New Jersey

  • NJ 211 - The Division of Mental Health funds about 120 private, not-for-profit community agencies to provide a full range of mental health services. Click here for more information.

If you cannot find information on a specific need you have, please contact our Community Health & Preventive Medicine Department at community.health@sluhn.org.

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Volunteer Opportunities

This pandemic is straining many community organizations as they work to help more people. Community partners have contacted St. Luke’s with requests for volunteers and items of need. Please see the list below to see how you can help. The list will be updated as new requests are received.

  • Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley is working to mobilize resources including volunteers and skilled services as well as supplies needed for the many organizations remaining operational during this time. Click here to find the latest volunteer opportunities.

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Donations Needed
  • St. Luke’s has a COVID-19 donations page with ways that you can help by donating blood, making masks, feeding the frontlines, and donating 3D printers for making PPE.
  • Be an Angel Campaign matches nonprofit agencies across the Lehigh Valley with readers who want to help.
  • Valley Youth House is looking for donations of baby diapers, non-perishable food and cleaning products. For more information, please contact Christina Shoemaker via email or at 610-751-7070.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank needs box truck drivers to deliver food to pantry locations. For more information, contact 484-287-4015 or email shfb-info@caclv.org.
  • The Panther Valley Food Pantry needs hand sanitizer and gas cards for their volunteers. Please contact Dave Harmadi at 272-224-1447 or teahharmadi@gmail.com. Also, donations are accepted at GCC/Panther Valley Food Pantry, 15 West Ridge St., Lansford, Pa. 18232.
  • Mahanoy area food pantry needs volunteers and Schuylkill Food Pantries needs masks. Contact Jason Schally from Schuylkill Community Action Network at 570-622-1995.
  • The Tamaqua Salvation Army is requesting the following food and household donations to distribute:
    • thermometers
    • cases of oranges
    • 1 lb. tubes of ground beef
    • cases of tomatoes
    • cases of bread
    • disinfectant wipes
    • all beef hot dogs
    • hamburger or hot dog rolls

If you provide any of these items, please contact John Luby (513) 315-3670.

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Fact Sheets

What to do if you are Sick


Stop the Spread of Germs

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Fitness at Home

The following workouts can be done at home, indoors, or outside in an isolated location, and are designed to support you with your fitness goals and objectives during COVID-19, with levels for beginner, intermediate and advanced exercisers.

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Wellness Tips

Stay focused on your health and well-being during COVID-19 and follow these tried-and-true wellness tips.

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