GOING BEYOND FOR CHICAGOANS
*UPDATED MAY 28, 2020*
During this unprecedented time, many Chicago-based organizations continue to back the fight for our youth and communities by providing meals, learning opportunities, and resources to those who are unable to access them.
Below we have gathered useful links that include information from educational resources to emergency assistance through the City of Chicago. Links in red are the newest additions. Please see below and check back often for updates.
We also recommend you bookmark these links to local news organizations and official Illinois government websites that are also providing resources lists and information.
- Updates to CPS meal distribution sites for remaining closure that can be picked up at more than 270 schools, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- WGN-TV Channel 9 News “Open For Business Director” is a list of local restaurants and businesses that offer gift cards, online ordering, delivery, takeout or curbside pick-up.
- An interactive map of Coronavirus testing sites in Illinois by Chicago Tribune. The Illinois Department of Public Health is saying that testing is available without a doctor’s order to anyone with coronavirus symptoms or an underlying risk factor.
- Chicago is hiring 600 contact tracers to help stop the spread of Coronavirus to apply click here. Contact tracers will earn $20 an hour with supervisors earning $24 an hour, the city said in a statement. People do not need to have prior training to apply, as they will be trained after being hired, and the jobs will last about 18 months.
- Englewood Job and Resource Fair will be virtually held Thursday, May 28 from noon-3:30pm. The fair has been set up so employers will go to applicants for one-on-ones or group interviews. To learn and read more information about signing up visit this Block Club Chicago article.
- Register for the event by emailing email@example.com, ideally by 8 p.m. Wednesday. (Registration still will be open until the time of the event.) Include your name, phone number, ZIP code and a sentence or two indicating which employer or resource interests you. You will receive a link to the Zoom meeting room and the time of your 90-minute scheduled session in your inbox shortly thereafter.
- For renters in the Chicago area, Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing has created a website where people can get help with housing issues and to see if they qualify for legal representation.
- Use the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s interactive ‘Find Food’ map to search by zip code and find a pantry in your area.
- Sick? Broke? Want To Help? Here’s A Massive List Of Coronavirus Resources In Chicago (Block Club Chicago)
- Cook County launches COVID-19 text alert system and phone hotline
- Anyone who wants to opt in to receive text message alerts from county health officials should text alertcook to 888-777
- A phone hotline also went live Thursday. Anyone who wants to ask health professionals questions related to COVID-19 should call 708-633-3319. The hotline will be staffed 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- An email account — firstname.lastname@example.org — has also been set up for residents to send inquiries related to COVID-19. The questions will be answered, as much as possible, in return emails.
- UIC’s School of Public Health has created this Chicago COVID-19 Resource Repository
- A master list of resources including public health agencies, physical and mental health resources, housing and food needs, financial and legal aid, communications and Internet resources, support for people with substance use disorders, childcare and education, free entertainment, volunteer opportunities and more.
- You can visit their main page here
- UIC created a list of internal and external resources available to undocumented students.
- Chicago WGN 9 created a list of several stores with their special hours and services available to seniors (WGN 9)
- The new website by the State Of Illinois that covers all news on COVID-19
- Block Club Chicago: Out Of Work Due To Coronavirus? Here’s How To Get Unemployment Benefits, Rent Relief And More(Block Club Chicago)
- How To Eat Safely During The Coronavirus Crisis: Tips, Resources, FAQs(WBEZ)
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Thank you to The Kennedy Forum Illinois for researching mental health resources available online. They have compiled a list of sites that provide factual information and useful strategies. These include:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Coronavirus Disease 2019 Managing Anxiety and Stress
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty
- ‘THE DOC IS IN: ASK DR. ARWADY,’ a new daily live-stream hosted by Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D. It will be held daily at 11 a.m. on Twitter and Facebook Live. You can submit your questions for Dr. Arwady from wherever you are by Tweeting with the hashtag #AskDrArwady or by commenting on the livestreams to get answers in real time. www.facebook.com/ChicagoMayorsOffice & www.twitter.com/chicagosmayor
If you need one-on-one assistance or are having thoughts of harm to yourself, these resources are always available to you:
CPS, EDUCATION, AND CHILDCARE RESOURCES
Effective April 1st, all essential workers in health care, human services, essential government services, and essential infrastructure now qualify for the state’s Child Care Assistance Program. This expansion of eligibility includes those working as nurses and doctors, supporting staff in hospitals, grocery store clerks and food producers.
Child care centers that are interested in re-opening as emergency child centers are able to apply for a permit through the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Information is available on the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development website.
The 24-hour fatherhood support line initiative is open to all fathers living in Chicago between the ages of 17 and 30-years-old.
For assistance, text the word DOVETAIL to 56525. If you are interested in donating to the program or to learn more, visit https://thedovetailproject.org.
CPS is sharing educational resource packets organized by grade level. These packets include a range of activities that students can work on at home independently, with family members, or with other adults. Some activities may require guidance from an adult to get started. Resources are categorized into two types:
These projects cover a range of different topics and skills. They may be spread out over multiple days.
These activities are organized into Read, Write, Move, Design, and Solve categories so you can engage with your child in many different ways while at home.
Some of these options are digital and require Internet access.
While schools are closed, CPS will provide our students with healthy meals. CPS families can pick up free food boxes at any CPS school, with the exception of Vaughn Occupational High School and Sheridan Math and Science Academy, that will contain three days of breakfast and lunch for every student in the household. Food pick-up will be held outdoors, and Safe Passage workers will be on their normally assigned routes while families are getting meals. If you need assistance, please call the CPS Command Center at 773-553-KIDS (5437) or email email@example.com.
The Chicago Sun-Times created a list of need to know facts about the CPS food distributions, click this link for more info.
CPS has gathered all of the current FAQ’s at the moment and have shared their responses here.
CITY OF CHICAGO PROVIDED RESOURCES
The Emergency Rental Assistance Program provides financial assistance to Chicago residents, directly related to the prevention of homelessness, to eligible individuals and families who are in danger of eviction in order to stabilize individuals and families in their existing rental unit.
Unemployment benefits may be available to some individuals whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19. IDES recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive to the current situation as possible.
CHICAGOANS GOING BEYOND
The Peace House of Englewood at 6402 S. Honore St will remain open as long as possible for those in need of food and shelter. Showers will be available for use as well, according to Zelda Mayer, director of development for the South Side nonprofit. They will also have a nurse coming weekly to educate residents on what the virus is, debunk the myths and help people sort through the medical language. The nurse will let people know what the recommendations are, and help to educate children as well.
Please contact I Grow Chicago for more information 312-286-7392 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
MBMHMC will be ensuring seniors have access to hand sanitizer, health supplements, toiletries, and food. Seniors and those living with disability are most at risk in the event of the continued spread of the virus. To donate or request a care package please visit their site at https://www.formyblock.org/viralresponse
BUSINESSES GOING BEYOND
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- Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers.
- No Disconnects or Late Fees: We will not disconnect a customer’s internet service or assess late fees if they contact us and let us know that they can’t pay their bills during this period. Our care teams will be available to offer flexible payment options and can help find other solutions.
- Internet Essentials Free to New Customers: As announced yesterday, it’s even easier for low-income families who live in a Comcast service area to sign-up for Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. New customers will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month.
- News, Information and Educational Content on X1: For those with school-age students at home, we’ve created new educational collections for all grade levels in partnership with Common Sense Media. Just say “education” into your X1 or Flex voice remote.
- Expanding eligibility based on income and to households participating in National School Lunch Program/Head Start
- Waiving all home internet data overage fees
Please visit their website or call to confirm your location is in their service area
Charter Communications to Offer Free Access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi For 60 Days For New K-12 and College Student Households and More To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
ComEd is suspending disconnects for customers unable to pay their bills and waiving new late payments charges through at least May 1st. ComEd be working with customers on a case-by-case basis to establish payment arrangements and identify energy assistance options to address their specific needs. Please visit the link above for more info.
Fifty/50 Restaurant Group will begin cooking and serving 400 meals per day, for no-contact pickup delivery, to any furloughed and laid-off workers — from restaurants, hotels, salons retail and more — beginning Wednesday. Pickups will be available from 4-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundayscq at The Fifty/50 sports bar (2047 W. Division St.).
List of donated meals for service industry workers. Compiled by Do312, “the restaurants featured on this list are going above and beyond to help those in need who have been affected by the COVID-19 closings. If you need help during this time, here’s where you can go.”