Albany Park Community Center


5101 N. Kimball Ave 

Chicago Public Library

See more at the Chicago Public Library Response to Covid-19 Page.

Common Pantry


3744 N. Damen Ave. 

Common Pantry will remain open for normal distribution hours. However, they will be modifying the process, so that Wednesday pantry service from 1-4pm and 6-8pm, as well as Thursday 1pm-4pm, will be distributed at the outside door of the pantry.

Clients will not be allowed into the building and unfortunately there will be no client choice model until conditions improve. Food will be bagged up for them and handed out first come, first serve. They have plenty of supplies, so there is no worry about running out of food.

The Wednesday hot lunch will be given out in to go containers to clients starting at 11am. Clients will not be able to come in and eat.

This is for the safety of clients, staff, and volunteers and was not a decision made lightly. They will proceed in this way until further notice.

The Friendship Center 


2711 W. Lawrence 

  • If you need food: They are open during regular hours for "grab and go" groceries and meals.  They will not have our usual coffee and snacks, dining room and bathroom access are suspended.  They are also loosening our registration requirements, so anyone in need should come by for groceries, whether they have ever been in before or not.  They would especially like to extend a welcome to hourly and shift workers who are involuntarily unemployed at the moment. No need to worry about geographic location or ID cards.
  • If you want to Volunteer: With love and appreciation, they are asking volunteers over the age of 60 to refrain from coming right now for their own safety.  They are also not accepting new volunteers at this time. If you have volunteered with them before, and are young and healthy and comfortable volunteering, please contact to arrange a time.  Please do not just show up to volunteer. They are keeping groups down to just the size they need to execute each shift, and are taking precautions to ensure the safety of all volunteers and clients.
  • Other Ways to help: They have three key needs right now - physical donations can be dropped off at 2711 W. Lawrence on Tues & Thurs from 12 to 7pm.
  1. Soap - They are giving bars and bottles of soap out to clients to encourage hand washing on their part. 
  2. Bags - As they are currently pre-bagging groceries for clients, the need for bags of all kinds is greater than ever.
  3. Donations - They are expecting a surge in need, as well as a major drop-off in the summer festivals which help fund our work.  Your donation now makes a huge impact.

To make a financial donation or to find more detailed information, please visit our website at - you can also call Ross at 312-415-2044 with questions.

Erie Family Health Centers

4747 N. Kedzie


If you believe that you were exposed to someone confirmed to have coronavirus, or have traveled outside of the country or within the US in the last 14 days, and have a fever AND respiratory symptom call Erie at 312.666.3494 to discuss your symptoms with our team of healthcare providers. PLEASE DO NOT WALK INTO THE HEALTH CENTER WITHOUT CALLING AHEAD.

Telehealth Appointments are available.
To help Erie patients still get the healthcare they need at this time, we are now offering what are called “telehealth” appointments. This is the chance to meet with your healthcare provider over a video chat or phone call, right from your own home.

HANA Center


4300 N. California Ave. 

Hanul Family Alliance 


5008 N. Kedzie Ave. 

Heartland Health Centers 


3737 W. Lawrence Ave. 

FREE COVID-19 testing for those that are uninsured regardless of immigration status. Call 773-751-7800 for an appointment. For the most up-to-date information, please go here:

All health services; primary care, mental health, dental health, health insurance enrollment will continue. 

For all health services and appointments, first call Heartland Health Centers Scheduling Center: (773) 751-7800.

  • If anyone has respiratory infection symptoms, please call first, do not go in-person to their health centers. They will receive instructions over the phones
  • Callers will be screened to ensure their safety and the safety of others
  • For health insurance applications/assistance call:
    • (773) 751-7062 for Spanish/English and other languages
    • (773) 751-7043 Hindi/Gujurati/Urdu/English,
    • (773) 751-7045 Arabic/English
    • We do provide assistance in other languages with the use of a telephonic interpreter.

For any other questions please contact: Dalia Galvan Morales

The Kedzie Center


4141 N. Kedzie Ave. 

Call or email, or visit

InTouch & Motion 

main office: 773-850-9046

direct line: 773-850-0712 (Amanda Mitchell) 

4028 W Irving Park Rd. Loft B

Accepting clients and offering services via Telehealth! They use a HIPAA compliant platform, Clocktree, and no installation or app is required. Clients get an appointment link via email, and all you need is a computer, tablet, or smart phone with a microphone and camera. 

Triology Behavioral Healthcare


3737 W. Lawrence 

Trilogy will continue to provide all services remotely. Current clients need to contact their providers.

Trilogy is still accepting new clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Children/adolescents & adults can access services via our telehealth platform. Medicaid is accepted! Those looking for services can reach out to the intake line- 773-382-4060, or complete this intake form:

For more information or updates, please visit our website at

World Relief Chicago


3507 W. Lawrence Ave. 

Please stay tuned to their website and social media channels for any news pertaining to programs and services. 

NAMI Chicago

Call (833) 626-4244

Available Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm
Saturday & Sunday, 9am-5pm in English & Spanish

NAMI Chicago refers community members to over 700 resources through our free Helpline, open seven days a week. Call for mental health support, expertise, and guidance. We are here for all Chicagoans, and have created new resources for healthcare frontline workers.

Learn more here:

Swedish Hospital

Community Testing for COVID-19

To determine if you need a COVID-19 test, call Swedish Hospital’s free COVID-19 Help Line at 773-907-7700 (several languages available) or begin screening online

Your results will be evaluated by a Swedish Hospital clinical expert, who may recommend testing in our convenient drive-through tent. APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED FOR TESTING. Learn more at

For information about COVID-19, safety behaviors and prevention, please visit

Medical Supplies Needed
Fill in the the form to tell Swedish Hospital what you have to donate:

Chicago Public Schools

Chicago Connected

Did you know that eligible CPS students can get up to four years of internet service at no cost through Chicago Connected?

Visit to check if you are eligible. Eligibility parameters for Chicago Connected is constantly expanding. If you were previously ineligible, it is suggested that you recheck again.

Once eligible, you will be given a code by CPS, and you can sign up by calling the designated Chicago Connected line for Comcast and RCN:

*Important Things to Note*

  • Signing up for Chicago Connected requires a form of ID, a code from CPS, and an address. A Social Security Number is not required - over 30 different forms of ID are accepted.
  • Students in temporary living situations and other extenuating circumstances can request a hotspot  by calling their principal. An address is not required.
  • Additional questions about Chicago Connected can be answered on their FAQ page, which is constantly being updated.

CPS Reopening 2020: Preliminary Framework

CPS Meal Sites
9am - 1pm

If you are unable to pick up food from your child's school, you can fill out the home delivery form here. Please note one form submission equals one delivery.

Chicago Teachers Union

If you want to get involved in efforts organized by the union, email Jhoanna Maldonado at or email Rebecca Martinez at for more information.

Please visit this site for a variety of resources including food, housing, utilities, lesson plans, activities, relief and more:

Resources for Immigrants and Refugees

Unemployment Insurance: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

  1. Self Employed, Gig Workers, and Independent Contractors (IC):
    • IDES is now recommending that ALL unemployed individuals to apply for benefits immediately, regardless of worker designation.
      • Independent contractors, self-employed individuals, sole proprietors, and 1099 workers are now eligible for up to 39 weeks of benefits under the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program in the CARES Act.
      • However, IDES has emphasized that an individual must first be denied unemployment benefits in order to qualify for PUA unemployment. Once an individual receives a denial letter, it will become the basis for approval under a subsequent PUA application.


IL Department of Employment Security (IDES)

  • Share with your employees, and see if you qualify as a business owner
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance - Creates a temporary Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program through December 31, 2020 to provide payment to those not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (self-employed, independent contractors, those with limited work history, and others) who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency.
  • Allows employers to receive an advance on the tax credit for required paid family leave implemented in Families First Coronavirus Response Ac from Treasury instead of having to be reimbursed on the back end

Immediate Hiring Opportunities

Support Students at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU)

Irish Community Services Free Citizenship and Immigration Resources

  • Irish Community Services has a number of free citizenship and immigration resources and offers all services for FREE and in Spanish and English.
  • Free Legal Consultation: ICS offers a 30-min Free Legal Clinic with an Immigration Lawyer to anybody who has immigration inquiries.
  • U.S. Citizenship Application and Classes: Irish Community Services offers free guidance on how to apply for U.S. Citizenship and, Classes and Preparation for the Naturalization Interviews.
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World Relief FREE Adult English Language Classes

  • World Relief Chicago provides online English language classes for immigrants and refugees in Chicagoland. These classes involve a combination of video lessons, virtual classroom meetings, and independent homework.
  • Please Note: typically, virtual class meetings range from 1 to 2 hours between 9 AM - 1 PM on Mondays - Thursdays.
  • Learn more about the days, times, and how to register at
  • For more information about adult education programs contact Rachel Hasdak, Adult Education Program Coordinator at 331.308.0291,
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Mutual Aid Efforts: Receive Help or Volunteer

Public Agencies

Restore Illinois: Plan to reopen the state 

Review the 5 phases of reopening and more details, PDF download here. The two charts are included here as an introduction. Chicago is Area #11 in the Northeast Region, and the plan anticipates that Regions will open at different times depending on the health risks and conditions.



COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funding for Nonprofits

Please visit this comprehensive resource list, which has explanations and instructions and is updated regularly, compiled by Open Door Advisors, Inc.

Chicago COVID-19 Response Fund

DESCRIPTION: This unified fund of the City of Chicago in collaboration with The Chicago Community Trust and United Way of Metro Chicago will provide flexible resources to community-based organizations across the metropolitan Chicago region to supply essential aid to the individuals and households who are most impacted by the pandemic. Those resources currently include access to emergency food and basic supplies, rent and mortgage assistance and utility assistance. Fundraising for the Fund is ongoing and more than 70 foundations and businesses have contributed.

Arts for Illinois Relief Fund

3Arts is a partner in the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund (AIRF), a statewide effort that provides financial relief to artists and arts organizations with urgent need due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund is a public-private partnership between the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois, the broader philanthropic community, and the residents of Illinois. The fund is managed by Arts Alliance Illinois and implemented by partnering organizations 3Arts and Arts Work Fund.

FOCUS: Illinois-based artists

PROGRAM PROVISIONS: Through AIRF, 3Arts will issue $1,500 unrestricted, one-time grants to as many eligible artists as possible, given the total funding available.

ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, you must be able to answer “Yes” to all of these questions.

  • Illinois is my home base and geographic focus.
  • I am legally eligible for employment in the U.S. (e.g. citizen, green card holder, and/or permanent resident who can provide a W9 and Social Security number).
  • I am a practicing artist capable of providing examples of creative work made within the last two years.
  • I am at least 18 years of age.
  • I am not currently enrolled in a degree program (e.g. Bachelor’s or Master’s; if pursuing a Ph.D., coursework must be completed).
  • I am experiencing financial loss and/or hardship due to the COVID--19 pandemic.

NEXT STEPS: Refer to the full FAQ about eligibility and the selection process.

Chicago's Resources for Nonprofits

List of specific resources and webinars in response to the pandemic.

Also, check out this free listing of COVID-19 relief from Open Door Advisors
Google doc link - updated regularly

Forefront just announced a virtual summit for nonprofits:
Solidarity & Resilience in Illinois’ Social Impact Sector, June 24th
"Forefront is proud to announce that we will replace our traditional Annual Luncheon with a virtual summit on Wednesday, June 24, from 11am to 1pm. Our virtual summit, titled Solidarity & Resilience in Illinois’ Social Impact Sector, will feature diverse voices and points of view from the philanthropic, nonprofit, civic, and corporate communities, and discuss the collective future of our sector."
RSVP here:

Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund

The United Way of Illinois and the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations, together with the Office of Governor J.B. Pritzker, have established the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund, which will raise funds from individual, corporate and foundation donors to be disbursed to nonprofit organizations across the state serving individuals, families, and communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund will support residents in need of emergency food and basic supplies, interim housing and shelter, primary health care services, utility assistance, direct financial assistance for household expenses, supports for children and other vulnerable populations, and nonprofit safety and operations assistance. This fund will work in tandem with other funds set up around the State ensuring that resources go where they are needed most.

The goal of Illinois’ COVID-19 Response Fund is to support all of Illinois, especially regions that are not supported by the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund or other relief mechanisms. However, Illinois Covid-19 Response Fund works closely with Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund and conceivably could allocate some funds in the Chicago and collar county area if the Steering Committee identifies discrete needs not otherwise being met. The majority will be spent across the state.

FOCUS: Local community foundations and nonprofits.

Key Takeaways: Key areas for consideration are emergency food and basic supplies; interim housing and shelter; primary health care services; utility and financial assistance; supports for children and other vulnerable populations; and nonprofit safety and operations assistance. Funds will be distributed across geographies in Illinois, will focus on basic needs, and will provide relief to the most vulnerable populations.

NEXT STEPS: There is currently not an open application process for the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF). Please provide your information in the linked Google Form and the Response Fund Team will provide updates as they become available. The Fund’s Steering Committee will be working to identify organizations for its first round of funding soon.

Hispanics in Philanthropy COVID-19 Rapid Response
Migration Fund

The COVID-19 Rapid Response Migration Fund (currently totaling $200,000) will provide emergency mini-grants to frontline organizations responding to the immediate needs of migrants and refugees to respond to the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

FOCUS: Front-line immigrant serving organizations

PROGRAM PROVISIONS: Mini-grant funds will help bring front-line immigrant serving organizations the resources they need to develop and launch emergency protocols, cover unexpected costs due to office closures or disrupted revenue streams, shift their service provisions, and address other unforeseen impacts of the ongoing pandemic.

ELIGIBILITY: The Fund will support HIP’s current Migration and Forced Displacement grantees and other organizations nominated by HIP’s current funders and partner organizations.


Chicago's Resources for Nonprofits

Arts Alliance Illinois

Arts for Illinois Relief Fund applications are now closed. There may be additional rounds of funding to fulfill more of the unmet need from current applications. Follow Arts Alliance Illinois on social media or sign up for their newsletter to receive updates about the fund and engage with advocacy efforts on behalf of artists across Illinois.

City of Chicago DCASE

National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Humanities

Americans for the Arts

Illinois Humanities Relief Grants & Resources

Illinois Arts Council Agency Grants & Resources

Face Covering Mandate

Beginning on May 1, individuals will be required to wear a face-covering or a mask when in a public place where they can't maintain a six-foot social distance in the State of Illinois.

Face-coverings will be required in public indoor spaces, such as stores. This new requirement applies to all individuals over the age of two who are able to medically tolerate a face-covering or a mask.

Mask and Face Covering Resources

IDPH Guidance on the Use of Masks and Face Coverings

Chicago Department of Public Healthy: COVID-19: Guidance on the Use of Face Covering

CDC - Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19                                    

Order Chicago made masks here: or

"The 4 best masks you can make yourself"
For DIY mask making with science behind the design, check out
3 more options in the article:

Visit our "How to support local businesses" page. This lists Go Fund Me's, restaurants open for delivery/takeout, operation notices, and more. There are so many ways you can support businesses with your time or money.

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