GOING BEYOND INITIATIVE
Chicago Beyond Launches Hyperlocal Response Effort to Reach Thousands of Chicagoans During COVID-19 Pandemic
Solidarity in a Time of Uncertainty
The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging Chicagoans and individuals across the world in ways we have never imagined. As we have seen during previous crises, it will also have a disproportionate impact on those already living in the margins now and after.
In response to the evolving situation, and with the support of our investors, philanthropists Kimbra and Mark Walter, Chicago Beyond is launching Going Beyond, a hyperlocal initiative to reach tens of thousands of youth and families with less access to self-care items and healthy food. During this uncertain time, we will deploy $250,000 worth of basic necessities to an estimated 5,000 families a week.
Building on efforts underway across the city and state, the new initiative is designed to be flexible and distribution will evolve as the situation evolves. Please click here for our full press release.
As our Founder and CEO, Liz Dozier said, “We must respond to this moment rapidly, with flexibility and integrity while planning for a more just and equitable world post-COVID-19.”
This week, our team has delivered a number of items to direct service organizations that have relationships with Chicagoans who are often left behind.
Learning From the Past
More From Chicago Beyond's Response
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 click here for details and check back often for updates.
Read our Leader in Residence Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia’s published op-ed in the Chicago Tribune calling on leaders to show more consideration to those inside jails and prisons during this unprecedented time. Click here to read the full op-ed.