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How You Can Help

Relief is coming and every little bit counts.

The hospitality industry has been hit hard by COVID-19. Meanwhile, as residents are mandated to "shelter in place" through April 7, some Chicagoland citizens have nowhere to go. 

In times of need, we turn to one another. We are stronger together. 

Read below for local charities and fundraising efforts to support The Magnificent Mile community. If you are able, please consider a donation.

Additionally, Governor Pritzker is directing healthy citizens to a state website to match their skills with organizations that work with the homeless or seniors, or deliver meals.

Support the Hospitality Industry

  • Businesses and Workers in Need

    We are excited to welcome you back to The Magnificent Mile once it is safe for you to visit!

    In the meantime, there are so many who need your help. Support businesses around The Magnificent Mile and their employees by donating to fundraisers and/or buying gift cards.

    Here are additional resources:

    Are you a small business in need?

    • Mayor Lightfoot has announced the creation of the Chicago Small Business Resiliency Loan Fund, a new $100 million economic relief package to support Chicago's small businesses that are experiencing a temporary loss of revenue as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Applications will open on March 31, 2020 and you can fill out a loan fund interest form with the Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund in the meantime.
    • Governor Pritzker unveiled the Hospitality Emergency Grant Program, a new $14 million grant program to help restaurants, bars and small hotels hit hard by the coronavir

    Are you out of work?

    • Here is a list of companies hiring right now in Chicago
    • With growing needs and support for stores and pharmacies, Walgreens is looking to fill more than 9,500 existing full- and part-time and temporary roles in stores across the U.S., including customer service associates, pharmacy technicians and shift leads.
    • Web-based orientations, tutorials, digital literacy courses, and one-on-one career counseling are available for jobseekers from the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership. Access those services here. Similarly, consultative services for employers including hiring, lay off aversion, rapid response (layoff support) and training resources remain available through the Business Services Teams.  Access these services here.
    • Unemployment Insurance claims can be filed by phone (800)-244-5631 or onlineRead more information about unemployment benefits

Support Local Charities

  • Chicago Help Initiative

    The Chicago Help Initiative (CHI) provides meals and social services to the homeless, underprivileged and today’s jobless citizens of the near North Side of Chicago. 

    • CHI staff will be on hand every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday outside the entrance of Catholic Charities from 10:00 am - 10:30 am to receive your meal donations. Ideally, each meal should contain one sandwich; a piece of fruit; a bag of chips or other snack; one single-serving drink, preferably juice; and a sweet treat, such as a cookie or candy bar
    • You can also donate socks, bar soap and/or hand sanitizer.
    • If you are able to help, please email Doug at dfraser@chicagohelpinitiative.org

    Follow CHI on Facebook for updates. Find more information online or call Jacqueline at (312) 861-1700.

  • Ronald McDonald House Charities

    Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is committed to providing clean and healthy family-centered spaces for families to rest, recharge and connect with one another around the world.

    Here is how RHMC Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana is responding to COVID-19.

    "One of our greatest needs is offering daily meals to our 162 families. With the temporary suspension of our on-site volunteer meal program, you can help by giving a financial gift or donating restaurant gift cards so we can purchase meals and other necessary items."

    Here is how you can help families:

  • More Ways to Help

    Are you a CPS teacher or childcare worker? Volunteer to watch children of Chicago's first responders and essential workers. 

    Are you a CPS nurse or other healthcare provider? You can help the most vulnerable in our city. 

    Want to help support those who are shut-in or food insecure? Contact one of the organizations below. 

    Are you able to donate blood to help those who need it most? 

    Sign-up with the Red Cross



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