How You Can Help Organizations Making A Difference During The Pandemic

A member of the Indiana National Guard wearing a balaclava supports volunteer workers in distributing food at Pantry 279 to help those experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19/Coronavirus stay-at-home order. Hoosiers have been ordered to only travel for essential needs.

As Chicagoans hunker down at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, local non-profits are asking for help as they provide resources to people in need.

Here are some organizations that are asking for support:

American Red Cross of Chicago and Northern Illinois, 2200 W Harrison St, Chicago

Anixter Center

  • Providing in home 24/7 care to people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental health conditions
  • Needs: Monetary donations to help cover the cost of
    • ongoing supply of personal protective equipment for essential staff
    • increased staffing needs 
    • enhanced cleaning and disinfecting
    • technology improvements to allow for teletherapy services
  • Contact: Temple Seigler at

Another Chance Church of Chicago - 9550 S Harvard Ave, Chicago

Back 2 School Illinois, 3959 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago

  • Need: Monetary donations to provide Back 2 School kits filled with school supplies for children from low income families.
  • Need: Volunteers to write “Notes of Inspiration” from home, which then get put into Back 2 School kits and serve to build student’s self-esteem.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago

Chicago Cares, 2 N. Riverside Plaza Suite 1800, Chicago

Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund, United Way of Metro Chicago

Communities In Schools of Chicago - 815 W. Van Buren, Suite 300, Chicago

  • Needs: More friends of the organization to follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn) and cheer us on and share motivational messages on these platforms during this challenging time.
  • Monetary contributions to help our virtual support services like tele-counseling for families to remain robust. Donations can be made via this link:
  • Contact: Dave Cotugno, Senior Gift Officer, at 

Cradles to Crayons, 4141 W. George St.

Erie Neighborhood House - 1701 W. Superior Street, Chicago

Facing Forward to End Homelessness, 642 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago

  • Needs: Hand soap, Bleach, Hand sanitizer, Disinfectant sprays and wipes, Toilet Paper
  • You may ship supplies to our headquarters at the following address:
    Facing Forward to End Homelessness
    642 N Kedzie Ave
    Chicago, IL 60612
  • Additionally, any contributions can be made at

Gilda’s Club Chicago, 537 N. Wells Street

Hopeful Beginnings

  • Service:  Provide free virtual counseling for pregnancy depression/anxiety, postpartum depression/anxiety, grief/loss over a lost pregnancy such as miscarriage, stillbirth, and post abortion, adjustment to motherhood, and options counseling for an unplanned pregnancy.   
  • Needs: Monetary donations and gift cards

I Am A Gentleman

  • Providing care packages including disposable masks and gloves along with hand sanitizers and tissue. Also providing warm meals and groceries to families in need.
  • Needs: Monetary donations
  • Contact: Jermaine Lawrence Anderson, (312) 471-5590 or

Illinois Broadcasters Fighting Against Hunger

INCA Relief, 1793 Bloomingdale Rd,STE # 4, Glendale Heights

La Casa Norte, 3533 W. North Avenue, Chicago

Lakeview Food Pantry, 3945 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago

  • Need: Food
  • Contact: COO Bill Thomas by calling (224) 622-8448
  • Lakeview Pantry has the capacity to arrange pick up the food and quickly redistribute it to help address the increased need that many children, teens, adults and seniors are facing. 

My Block My Hood My City - 47 W. Polk St. Suite 100, Chicago

Northern Illinois Food Bank, 273 Dearborn Court, Geneva

  • Need: Food and volunteers
  • Contact: Communications Manager Elizabeth Gartman by calling (630) 443-6910 extension 142. Or email
  • Financial donations are also accepted. Donate today at www.SolveHungerToday.og/COVIDSupport.

Salvation Army Metropolitan Chicago, Various locations

  • Provides food, and feeding programs for those impacted by the Coronavirus, COVID-19, and for feeding those responding to people impacted in the Metro area.
  • Need: Monetary contributions

Trinity Resurrection United Church, 9046 S. Mackinaw Ave.

WeWomen Empowered - 436 E. 79th St. Chicago

  • Providing meals to seniors in the Chatham area of Chicago
  • Needs: Monetary donations
  • Contact: Mother Josephine Wade, (773) 487-2900

Women's Business Development Center, 8 S. Michigan Ave.

  • Providing business and financial assistance to small business owners
  • Need:  Donations to provide additional resources to support small business owners with financial decisions to sustain their businesses.
  • Contact: President and CEO Emilia DiMenco by calling (312) 853-3477 extension 220 or email

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