Local Care Center Needs Help

By Mary O’KEEFE

The Bailey Center in Tujunga is asking for help from volunteers and for financial donations. The Bailey Human Care Center is located, and is a part of, Tujunga United Methodist Church. It has been providing services to the local community since 1981. It normally feeds anywhere from 200 to 300 families on a regular basis but, since the COVID-19 pandemic, the need has grown.

“We are in desperate need of volunteers [for] our drive-through and walk-through services,” said Maureen O’Keefe, Bailey Center coordinator.

Help is needed every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Those who have been regularly supporting Bailey Center are mainly elderly volunteers. Those constant volunteers will be filling grocery bags at the Center but need help with delivery through the drive-through and walk-up services. They need volunteers who are at a lower health risk for COVID-19 to help with distributing food to those in need.

In addition, due to the increased need the Bailey Center is running very low on food to hand out. The Center had to cancel its planned food drive in May when items are dropped at the U.S. Post Offices. This cancellation, due to COVID-19, will leave the Center with very few donations. It needs perishable items including canned goods and items that the homeless can eat easily, like packets or cans of tuna fish that do not require can openers. The Bailey Center feeds families and individuals who are homeless or near homeless, and anyone in need.

Anyone who can help, either by volunteering or by donating, should contact Maureen O’Keefe at (818) 625-7818 or email her at mo5966@sbcglobal.net. Donations of perishable items can also be accepted at the CVW office at 3800 La Crescenta Ave., Ste. 206 in La Crescenta. For those who would like to donate items during CVW office hours between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., please call (818) 248-2740 when you arrive and someone will go to your vehicle to accept the donation. For those who would like to drop off items before or after office hours, please leave them outside the CVW door.