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SocialWorks for Social Distancing:

Ways to Assist & Receive Help During COVID-19

Relief looks different for many right now. Essential employees, caretakers, parents, students, individuals experiencing homelessness, remote workers, are all facing unique challenges that pertain to our immediate and distant needs. To help your situation, SocialWorks presents “SocialWorks for Social Distancing,” an evolving list of resources to assist your evolving needs. Keep up with this campaign using #sworks4socialdistancing or text ‘SocialWorks’ to 797979!





Scholly’s Student Relief Fund

Apply today to receive $200 in cash assistance to help cover expenses during this global crisis. The application takes less than two minutes!

Apply Here


#30DaysofOpenMike

SocialWorks is hosting a 30Day challenge to inspire young people through the arts. Students can respond to the ‘prompt of the day’ and at the end of each week have a chance to win $500! Stay tuned for the first week of prompts coming Sunday, March 29th!


Play SocialWorks’ student-coded video game, Super Me, here.


HML Coloring Sheets

Download here!


Circles & Ciphers released a #socialdistance challenge! The deadline for submissions is April 1st. Find more information here!


220 is offering its flagship online course (The Leadership Course) for students at no cost for the rest of this semester. The Leadership Course is a self-paced online course designed to help students build confidence, leadership, and motivation. Check it out here.


Hebru Brantley’s 
Coloring Book

Monday, Hebru Brantley released a FREE coloring book to keep individuals entertained while at home.

Download Here


CS Activities for Students and Families

Chicago Public School’s computer science department, CS4ALL, released a list of unplugged and online computer science activities for educators to modify and for students to try at home! This is a living document, and with your help, CS4ALL will update it throughout the coming weeks. Check it out here!


Support Kids of the Kingdom

KOK is a SocialWorks staple. In lieu of the recent pandemic, Kids of the Kingdom Gala has been postponed. If camp can resume, June 24th it will! Donations towards KOK will help SocialWorks provide this 7-week summer day camp

Contribute here!


Ali Six’s Coloring Book!

Ali Six uploaded 4 coloring pages on his site that will only be available for a week then next week a new 4 will be uploaded. If you don’t have procreate you’re can trace off a computer screen. Please stay inside, once this is all over I will make physical copies. Find the link here!


GoodKidMadCity – Supports Youth through CashApp Payments!

We’re giving away $50 to 10 18-24y/o who need #EmergencyFunds. Drop your cashapp if you’re in Chicago or Baltimore! Share your story! Find more information here!


RISE is a free, daily meditation between 8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Join us Monday through Friday via Instagram Live (@thetriibechicago) or Facebook Live (@thetriibe) to learn some tools to help you cope mentally and spiritually with the world right now. View social media accounts here: Instagram & Facebook!


Chicago COVID-19 Hardship and Help Page – The Chicago COVID-19 Hardship and Help page was created by Chicago organizers Kelly Hayes and Delia Galindo to offer a simple way for people in the Chicago area to ask others for assistance during this crisis. Whether you are a parent whose income has dried up, a struggling freelancer, or enduring any other financial strife during this crisis, please feel free to share your story and ask for whatever financial help you need. To post a request, you can fill out this form.


Embarc at Home!

Embarc put together a guide to help you bring rich conversation to your home, whether across the dining table, over the phone, or on FaceTime. Embarc at home has adapted this guide from their Community Social, one of their most popular experiences!

Download Embarc at Home


Chicago Children’s Museum exhibits may be for kids—but their Parenting Playbook has parents and caregivers covered too. Follow along for tips, tricks, and secrets from our experts and friends.  View Here


WHERE: Wicker Park (1482 N. Milwaukee Ave) & Lincoln Park (1538 N Clybourn Ave)

WHEN: March 17th – until. Take-out Only. 11am – 2pm

Information: FREE take-out lunches every day from 11am-2pm for kids 18 and under! No purchase necessary. Order online at Kizuki.com! *Pick-up only*


Obama Foundation’s – Stories of Hope

Even in this uncertain time, we can still find reasons for hope! The Obama Foundation gathered stories of people from every corner of the globe carrying out selfless acts in this time of need. Think of it as the virtual hug you (maybe) didn’t know you needed. The OF team will continue to add to this steady stream of global hope, but we’d like your help. Tell us about the stories—big and small—that are lifting your spirits here. Read more stories here.


Last week Lyft announced the
LyftUp Driver Task Force

The task force will allow drivers to help out with direct on-the-ground needs in their community. Delivery would include medical supplies and test kits and meals for kids and seniors in need that would be picked up from distribution centers and dropped off without contact.

Joining this task force will give you access to updates and opportunities to serve your communities in this unique time of need. Sign up to help here.


WHERE: Instagram – @f45_training_rivernorth

WHEN: Every Tuesday, Thursday, & Sunday @ 12pmCT

WHAT’S NEEDED: 3x a week, students take over the channels of F45 to help others stay active.


Stores offer shopping time for seniors & vulnerable customers

Costco Wholesale Club starts a twice-weekly senior hour March 24. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, members 60 and older can shop from 8 to 9 a.m. at all locations except Business Centers.

Walgreens also starts a new Tuesday weekly senior hour from 8 to 9 a.m., open to caregivers and immediate families, as well.

From March 24 through April 28, Walmart stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers 60 and older. The designated hour will start one hour before the retailer’s 5,000-plus U.S. stores open.


COVID-19 Tenant Organizing Toolkit

The Autonomous Tenants Union (ATU) is an all-volunteer organization committed to organizing for housing justice from below and to the left. As an independent collective based in Chicago, we strategize together to defend and enforce our right to dignified housing. We believe that housing is a human right, not a commodity! We fight for an end to all evictions, and for community control of housing through the building of popular power. Find resources here!


That’s an all-star #CookingTogether line up if I do say so myself 👩‍🍳 Which class are you most excited for next week? All of them? Same. View the supplies and lineup – here!


Therapy for Black Girls

What advice can you share with other parents during this time? If you haven’t already listened to these sessions on the Therapy For Black Girls Podcast, click the link!


‘Get It And Go Home’ Care Packages At Quarry’s Little Free Library

‘Get It And Go Home’ Care Packages With Books, Art Supplies Available At Quarry’s Little Free Library. The pre-sanitized bags include pages from Chance the Rapper and Hebru Brantley coloring books as well as snacks, Clorox wipes and more.

Care packages with books and activities are now available at the Quarry Event Center’s Little Free Library to keep neighbors of all ages occupied during the coronavirus pandemic.


Apply For Support!

If you are an artist in need of relief funds, click here to take the application survey and apply for relief.

Support Chicago Creatives!

This fund was created by Chicago-area artists in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund aims to support the greater Chicago arts community experiencing financial repercussions due to pandemic-related cancellations.

Priority of the Chicago Artist Relief Fund will be given to BIPOC [Black, Indigenous, and People of Color] artists, transgender & nonbinary  & queer artists, and disabled artists.


Through May 31st, we’re significantly increasing the amount our Artists earn from each and every sale.*

Each and every time you purchase from Threadless, you’re directly supporting independent artists and small businesses around the world. That’s powerful! Whether you’re looking to show off your unique style or enhance your living space, the designs you choose to buy are supporting the artists that made them.

Do you have a friend that’s struggling financially, or know of any restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and other small businesses that could use a leg up? We can get them set up with an Artist Shop! All we need them to do is email their logo to start@threadless.com and we’ll set them up with a merch store so you can support them by buying their designs. Spread the word, and let folks know about this initiative!


During this very trying time for millions of people around the world, LMB is offering our services to support small businesses that were forced to close down their storefronts. We are committed to helping our community and ask any owners who would like to sell their products online to email us at Servcies@DigitalLMB.com asap so we can get you all up and running and making revenue!


The Reader staff is excited to introduce our first-ever fundraising coloring book. More than 50 local artists contributed to this coloring book in FOUR days!⁣⁣

It’s a mix of illustrations, from legendary Chicagoans, architecture, fun illustrations of pets, transit, and more. We are splitting proceeds with these artists, as we all struggle with the financial repercussions of the coronavirus.⁣⁣

Consider purchasing this limited printing edition or donating to the Reader so we can continue producing independent journalism for Chicago, by Chicago.⁣⁣⁣⁣ Contribute here!


We accept donations from individuals, foundations, and public sources. All of the donated funds will go directly to artists and arts organizations.

Because of the magnitude of this crisis, we anticipate more requests for funding than there are funds to distribute. Although there is no explicit deadline, it may be necessary to close the applications when the funds are expended. Should additional funding become available, the applications will reopen. Applicants who have applied before closure, but have not yet been considered, will not need to reapply should the applications reopen.

For more information and resources for artists, visit our FAQ.


Refuge Live Employee Relief Fund: Due to the coronavirus REFUGE LIVE has been closed down until further notice. We are asking that you all take the time to donate anything you can during this devastating period. The money will be evenly divided between the staff to cover all funds we have missed out on while being shut down. We have absolutely no idea when we will get our jobs back or when we will see our next paycheck. We appreciate any and all help! 


Furloughed Relief Food Donation: Anyone who’s been furloughed is welcome to join the Furloughed Relief starting this Wednesday for meal donations. Pick up between 4pm – 6:30pm!


Operation Give Back – Sully’s Staff

This campaign is a way of us helping out Sullivan’s staff in this very difficult time. Covid-19 has been disastrous to all in the industry but through teamwork, we will get through this with your help. All proceeds of this campaign will go directly to our staff. Consider helping however you can. Thank you! 


RESTAURANT WORKERS RELIEF PROGRAM

Due to the closure of restaurants in Chicago, hospitality workers have an urgent need for assistance for the thousands who find themselves suddenly without work, without a paycheck, and without a support system. To support this program and our restaurant community donate to LEEInitiative.org

WHERE: Big Star Wicker Park (1531 N Damen Avenue)

WHEN: Tuesday, March 24th – until. Pick up time is 5 pm to 7 pm nightly.

WHAT’S NEEDED: Everyone must show ID and have identifying paperwork to prove recent employment at a restaurant. A paystub will suffice in most cases.


Lettuce Employee Emergency Relief Fund

Our team has set up The Lettuce Entertain You Employee Emergency Relief Fund to contribute to the financial support of our Lettuce team members during this national health emergency. Our family has set aside $1 million to get this fund started. 

We ask that you consider making a donation to contribute. Every dollar counts no donation is too small – or simply sharing this post – could have a large impact on the livelihood of these employees. 


City of Chicago List of CV-19 Resources

The list can be found here


Give N Kind – Nonprofit Needs During COVID – 19: Hello Nonprofits! GiveNkind wants to help you find the resources you need. In response to COVID-19, many community members are looking to help but don’t know-how. Please complete as much of this form as you can to share special items, volunteer opportunities, and funding links that we can circulate to those who may be able to help! Stay safe and thank you for all you do for our communities


In partnership with the City of Chicago and United Way of Metro Chicago, the Chicago Community Trust launched the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund to unite the funds raised by Chicago’s philanthropies, corporations and individuals to be disbursed to nonprofit organizations across the region. A contribution means support to the agencies and individuals that are ensuring families can access basic needs in this time of crisis. Donate Here


Streetwise – Emergency Vendor Fund

With declining sales, our vendors need support now so they don’t lose their hotel rooms, single room occupancies or apartments and end up on the streets or in a shelter. And because many of them are in immunosuppressed conditions, they could get very sick or even die. “This is literally the difference between life and death for our vendors and fellow Chicagoans—I cannot stress that enough,” said Pete Kadens, StreetWise Chairman Emeritus. With the lockdown beginning on Saturday, our vendors who have worked so hard to build their businesses are facing an imminent threat to their livelihood if we don’t step in! Donate Here


Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund

The City of Chicago recognizes that coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has put a difficult burden on our small business community. As a response to this challenge, the City is establishing a $100 million Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund, which will help to provide small businesses with emergency cash flow during this immediate health crisis. Funds will be provided to eligible businesses as low-interest loans.

Applications for the Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund will begin to be accepted on March 31, 2020. Find more information here!

If you are a philanthropic institution or corporation interested in contributing to this fund, please submit your information to resiliency.fund@cityofchicago.org.


Community Purchased Meals for a Neighbor in Need

Purchase meals for those who have been impacted by COVID-19 in Evanston and the surrounding communities. 

Soul & Smoke will cook and individually package the meals and offer free no-touch deliveries to anyone in need in the community.

You may also purchase meals to be sent directly to yourself or someone you know. Contribute here!


#GiveTogetherNow Chicago Fund

In response to economic hardships brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Chicago Independent Restaurants and the Illinois Cash Coalition have come together to create the #GiveTogetherNow Chicago fund. This fund will offer impacted hospitality workers, seniors, and those with underlying medical conditions access to a one-time $500 cash transfer to offset financial burdens caused by the efforts to contain Covid-19. 100% of all funds raised will go directly to impacted households in Chicago.

There are several ways to invest in the #GiveTogetherNow Chicago Fund:

  • Online Donations: ww.fii.org/chicago — please choose CHICAGO under designation
  • Wire Transfer: Please contact ebony@fii.org 
  • Check Donation: FII-National, 663 13th St Suite 200, Oakland, CA 94612
  • Stock Donation: Please contact Ann Doyle at ann@fii.org

Loretto Hospital COVID-19 Support Fund

The world is facing a public health crisis and there is a shortage of N95 masks, isolation masks and gowns, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, nitrile gloves, face shields and other critical medical supplies necessary to protect hospitals’ front-line health care workers and first responders. There is also an urgent need for increased hospital bed capacity, specifically for those experiencing critical complications from COVID-19. Contribute Here.



Reimagining Black Education Spaces with Project OneTen

Tuesday, April 7th // 5PM – 6:30PMCT – Facebook: @Projectoneten


“Tips for Teaching with #ScratchAtHome” with Scratch

Wednesday, April 8th // 2PM – 3PMCT – Twitter: @Scratch


Sasha Marie with Soulection

Saturday, April 11th // 7PMCT – Instagram: @Soulection


Centered – Mentally Finding Your Way in the “New Normal” with Rwenshaun Miller

Friday, April 3rd // 3PM – 6:30PMCT – Register


Tea Time with Verde Wellness

Monday, March 30th // 12PM – Instagram: @Verdehws


DJ Set with DJ Oreo

Sunday, March 29th // 6PM – Instagram: @DJOreo


Tank and The Bangas

Saturday, March 28th // 5:30PMCT – Facebook: TankAndTheBangas


Earth Hour 2020 Virtual Film Screening with Sierra Club

Saturday, March 28th // 7PM – 8:30PMCT – Register


Read-A-Book Day with Mr. Dads Fathers Club

Friday, March 27th // 12PM – 2PMCT – Facebook: mr.dadsfathersclub


Pandemic (All Day DJ Party) – Urban Fetes

Friday, March 27th // 11AM – 1AMCT – Facebook: Urban Fetes


Permaculture in the Pandemic – Earth Activism

Friday, March 27th // 6PM – 7:30PMCT – Earth Activism


Starting Your Meditation Practice with TGIN

Wednesday, March 25th // 7PM – Instagram: @tginceo


DJ Set with Babes Oly

Wednesday, March 25th // 9PM – Instagram: @babesonlyfun


Young Chicago Authors Presents: WordPlay

Tuesday, March 24th // 6pm – 8:30pmCT – IG: @youngchicagoauthors


Lil Epic Online Design Party

Monday, March 23rd // 6pmCT – https://shor.by/lilepicdesign