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Coronavirus: Chicago Community Resources

April 1, 2020

The Coronavirus has presented us with a global pandemic unlike
anything we’ve ever handled. Fortunately, the situation has many of us coming
together to help those in need. The following is a list of both local and
national resources you can reach out to for support. If you’re able to work
from home and are looking for a way to help while maintaining self-quarantine,
many of these organizations could use your donations.

CHICAGO:

General Coronavirus Information and Resources:

  • Chicago Rental Assistance Program – Offers help for those currently struggling to pay rent.

Website: Chicago Rental Assistance

Social Media: Instagram Twitter  Youtube

  • List of Community Service Centers – This list highlights all the Chicago community centers and their various services.

Website: List

Social Media: Instagram Twitter  Youtube

  • Comcast – Information on their response to the coronavirus which includes opening their wifi network for all to use for free.

Website: Comcast

Social Media: Instagram  Facebook  Twitter  Linkedin

Food Assistance:

  • FoodFinder – An easy-to-use digital map that highlights the locations of food banks, pantries, kitchens, and shelters all across the nation. This is an incredible resource for those struggling during the pandemic who simply don’t know where to go. They also have an app, and you can donate to help them keep it running smoothly.

Website: FoodFinder

Social Media: Instagram  Facebook  Twitter

  • Greater Chicago Food Depository – This organization works to get food to those in need in the Chicago area.

Website: Greater Chicago Food Depository

How to Help: You can help
by working with them to advocate for expanding food access to everyone. You can
also donate money on their site or participate through their online food drive.

Social Media: Instagram  Facebook  Twitter  Youtube  Linkedin

  • Meals on Wheels Chicago – Prepares and delivers meals to seniors and disabled persons in need.

Website: Meals on Wheels Chicago

How to Help: Donate through
the form on their site.

Social Media: Instagram  Facebook  Twitter  Linkedin

  • Food Access Points Directory – The following is a directory that includes all the Chicago Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens, and Food Banks.

Website: Chicago Directory

  • Food Access for Seniors – The Chicago City website has a list of food retailers that have special hours for seniors.

Link: Senior Food Access List (Scroll down to the bottom of the Food section.)

Social Media: Instagram Twitter  Youtube

Important Note: Those who
work with the elderly are urging the young and healthy to reach out (via phone
call to maintain social distancing) to our eldely friends, neighbors, and
family members to make sure they are aware of the many resources available to
help them so they can stay safe. They might just need our help getting their
groceries or maybe just a simple phone call to brighten their day.

Mental Health & Wellbeing:

  • Crisis Text Line – This text line connects you to a crisis counselor to help you with anxiety, panic attacks, and whatever else you may be facing at this time. The line is run by volunteers, so they can provide support, but not medical advice. If more assistance is needed, you will be referred to the appropriate party.

Website: Crisis Text Line

Text Number: text HOME to
741-741 (US number)

How to Help: Donate,
purchase on Amazon Smile, or become a volunteer crisis counselor after taking
the necessary training program.

Social Media: Instagram  Facebook  Twitter  Linkedin  Tumblr

  • Harvard Health Publishing – This is an article about how to talk to your teens about the coronavirus.

Link: Article Link

Social Media: Facebook  Twitter

  • National Association of School Psychologists – The NASP has released an article about how to talk to children about the coronavirus. You can also find links to other helpful resources on their site.

Article: Article Link

Website: NASP

Social Media: Instagram  Facebook  Twitter 

  • Domestic Violence Hotline Number – This number will connect you to the Illinois domestic violence hotline where you can find help for whatever situation you might be in. It is open 24/7, and you can call or text.

Phone: 877-863-6338

Homeless & Displaced:

  • Chicago Shelter Directory – The following directory lists all the homeless shelters in Chicago.

Website: Chicago Directory

Pets & Animals:

  • PAWS Chicago – A no-kill animal shelter that shelters and rehabilitates animals until they are adopted.

Website: PAWS Chicago

How to Help: Support by
donating through their website.

Social Media: Instagram  Facebook  Twitter

  • Famous Fido Rescue – A no-kill shelter dedicated to helping animals get off the street and get adopted.

Website: Famous Fido Rescue

How to Help: Donate on
their website or purchase something from their Amazon Wishlist.

Social Media: Facebook  Twitter  Linkedin

Small Business Owners:

  • US Small Business Administration – The SBA is offering disaster loans to help small business owners who have been affected by the outbreak and quarantines.

Website: US Small Business Administration

Social Media: Instagram  Facebook  Twitter  Youtube Linkedin

  • Financial Resources List – This is a list of financial resources for small business owners in Chicago.

Website: Resources List

Social Media: Instagram Twitter  Youtube

  • Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund Application – This is a fund set up by Chicago to help small businesses in this time of crisis.

Website: Survey

Social Media: Instagram Twitter  Youtube

Original article source: http://aurn.com/coronavirus-chicago-community-resources/ | Article may or may not reflect the views of KLEK 102.5 FM or The Voice of Arkansas Minority Advocacy Council

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