Kishwaukee College donating to local organizations during pandemic


MALTA — Kishwaukee College donated supplies to numerous local organizations in support of those in need and those on the frontlines during COVID-19. Multiple healthcare facilities, a food pantry and a domestic violence organization all received donations from the college in late March following the College’s decision to go fully remote. 

“We are grateful to be able to help our community in such at time of need,” said Angie Delmont, Kishwaukee College director of nursing. “Many of our students and clinical adjuncts are working in these facilities right now. It’s important that we contribute and assist as we can.” The college’s automotive, basic nursing assisting, dental assistant, nursing, phlebotomy and vet assistant programs along with the biology and chemistry departments pooled resources together to give. 

Supplies donated included over 50 goggles, 14 cases of isolation gowns, approximately 230 boxes of gloves, 43 boxes of face masks including single use and N95 respirator masks and over 150 bottles of individual-sized hand sanitizers. Donations were made to Bethany Health Care Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, Center for Family Health, Northwester Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital and Rochelle Hospital.

Food from the College’s food pantry, Kody’s Cupboard, and the Kish Café was given to local organizations. Instead of allowing food pantry items to expire, the College donated those items to HOPE of Ogle County, a domestic violence agency. Perishable items from the café were donated to the Salvation Army Food Pantry in DeKalb.