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Resources in Illinois

Childcare

The Illinois Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development has a web page devoted to helping essential personnel obtain child care services.

Emergency Child Care Centers are open to provide care for the children of essential workers. The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is offering funds to assist child care programs that opt to open and provide child care for the children of essential workers. Check out the Guidelines and Application for Child Care Programs. For more information, visit the State’s Emergency Child Care for Communities & Providers web page or see the updated Emergency Child Care FAQs.

Support and Social Services

Ever Thrive Illinois has compiled a list of helpful resources in its Protecting and Caring for Your Family During the Coronavirus Outbreak.

Catholic Charities has a helpline at 312-655-7700 and http://www.catholiccharities.net/GetHelp.aspx.

United Way Chicago Community COVID-19  Response Fund. In collaboration with the City of Chicago, The Chicago Community Trust and United Way of Metro Chicago 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.

Economic Assistance for Illinois Families

Small Business Association:  FAQ regarding the participation of Faith-based Organizations in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL).  Click here for more details.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

Information on Comcast Free Internet, Data for Low-Income Families

Community Resources Available in Chicago.  Information includes meal programs and programs for children.

Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative has a list of resources for those in need of food, toiletries and free meals for school-age children.

Homeless Services through the City of Chicago.

Rental Assistance through the City of Chicago.

Senior centers in Chicago remain open for services and the distribution of boxed meals to go.  However, group classes are discontinued until further notice.

Food Safety and Food Access

How to Avoid Food or Food Packaging Contamination

How to Deliver Food Safely

How to Navigate the Grocery Store in the Time of COVID-19

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Chicago Public Schools 773-553-5437 or email familyservices@cps.edu.

Feeding America Pantry Locator

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Foodpantries.org provides information on food pantries and food banks across the United States.

Resources for Those Experiencing Domestic Violence

Information On COVID-19 For Survivors, Communities, And DV/SA Programs. A list of compiled resources and tools for more vulnerable members of our communities and care providers, who are working tirelessly to respond in ways that are safe and supportive for all. The list will be continually updated.  For more information, contact the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence at health@futureswithouviolence.org, with the subject line “COVID19 Resource.”

Public Health Resources

Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) continually updates its website with the latest Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) information.

To speak directly to a representative from CDPH, call (312) 746-4835 or 311, Monday through Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Email:  coronavirus@chicago.org.

Sign up here to receive CDPH press releases, current guidance and other important information.

City of Chicago Resources

City of Chicago Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response Center.

THE DOC IS IN: ASK DR. ARWADY,’ a new daily live-stream hosted by Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D. It will be held daily at 11 a.m. on Twitter and Facebook Live. You can submit your questions for Dr. Arwady from wherever you are by Tweeting with the hashtag #AskDrArwady or by commenting on the livestreams to get answers in real-time. www.facebook.com/ChicagoMayorsOffice &  www.twitter.com/chicagosmayor

Resources for Caregivers and Older Adults

Family Caregiver Alliance: COVID-19 Resources and Articles for Family Caregivers covers topics including in-home care, food and grocery delivery and caregiver self-care.

Alzheimer’s Association: COVID-19 Tips for Dementia Caregivers, divided into tips for caregivers at home and tips for caregivers of those in assisted living.

Alzheimer’s Association Helpline 800.272.3900. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for information about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, referrals to local programs and services, and crisis support.

Family Caregiver Alliance: Relaxation for Caregivers video series.

Well-Med Charitable Foundation: Caregiver Teleconnection. One-hour free caregiver support group calls on a variety of topics.

Mather Telephone Topics: A variety of free classes, groups, and performances via phone.

SeniorLink Blog: 50 Expert Tips and Suggestions to Keep Your Loved One Engaged.

TimeSlips Creativity Center: Ideas and prompts for creative engagement at home.

Well-Connected: A wide variety of free classes and groups for adults age 60+, available via phone or web.

Administration for Community Living:  What do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know About COVID-19.

Family Resources

AAH don’t put masks on infants

AAP cloth face coverings for children during COVID-19

CDC pediatric COVID-19 information

Advocate Aurora Resilience & Well-being Resource Guide provides information on the Employee Assistance Program, family care resources, healthy living resources and more.

Promoting Resilient Families During COVID-19.  The Center for Childhood Resilience offers a wide range of resources, including fact sheets, conversational resources for families, a directory of resources and more.

Generations United:   COVID-19 Fact Sheet for Grandfamilies and Multigenerational Families.

CDC:  What You Can do if You are at Higher Risk of Severe Illness from COVID 19 infographic.

Stop the spread of germs

What you need to know about COVID-19

What to do if you are sick with COVID-19

Community Care: Preventive steps for those receiving care at home

Comcast Offering Free Internet to Low-Income Families 

PSA Grocery Shopping Tips in COVID-19

Resources for Children

Children’s health resources center COVID information: English

Children’s health resources center COVID information: Spanish

Education website resources for families

Supporting children and teens when someone is dying

Handout for children of adult COVID-19 patient

Need some activity ideas for your kids while they are home from school?  CPS has provided resources packets of grade-level appropriate activities.

Fun, Free Ways to Learn From Home – resource links for children.

Coping and distraction resources during isolation – English

Coping and distraction resources during isolation – Spanish

K-12 Education Website Resources.

Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Want something to watch that’ll just make you smile?  Watch some penguins wander around the Shedd!

Virtual tour of national parks from your couch.

Cincinnati Zoo featuring a daily safari at 3 pm ET

 

 

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