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Chicago Cares Supply Drive

Cubs Charities will be hosting a mini-supply drive at Wrigley TODAY (June 5) and TOMORROW morning for Chicago Cares’ supply drive to collect food, household and hygiene items, diapers, etc… These items will be distributed to community-based organizations & residents who are unable to access these essentials due to store closures and safety concerns.
Here is the info for today, June 5 (2 – 6 p.m.) and tomorrow’s mini-drive at Wrigley (8 -10 a.m.) – Toyota Camry Lot (1126 W. Grace):

These much-needed items include:

  • Groceries (no frozen items or items requiring refrigeration): Packaged and canned meals, pantry staples, shelf-stable non-perishables and drinking water
  • Infant Items: Diapers, wipes, baby formula, baby food, distilled water and powered milk
  • Household and Hygiene Products: Hand and body soap, sanitary pads, toilet paper, facial tissue/Kleenex, dish soap, laundry detergent, dryer sheets and box fans
  • First-Aid and PPE: 70% isopropyl alcohol, face masks, hand sanitizer, gloves, first-aid kits, bandages and tape
  • Cleaning Supplies: Garbage bags, push brooms, cleaning solvents (like bleach, Pine-Sol, Clorox Wipes), Magic Erasers, rags, sponges and squidges
  • Please note items donated should be new and unopened. Perishable items or glass bottles will not be accepted.


If you cannot donate at Wrigley, please donate at the locations below tomorrow for the main supply drive. Thank you for your support!

CDPH Guidance on Face Coverings

Starting this Saturday, Alderman Tunney’s office will join Mayor Lightfoot’s office and other aldermanic offices across the city to collect donations of handmade masks. A staff member will be in the office soley to collect these donations each Saturday and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please adhere to these guidelines if you plan to donate handmade cloth masks/face coverings:

  • Completed masks should be placed in a clear, clean and sealable bag.
  • When dropping off masks, you should be wearing a mask or face covering and gloves.
  • Donated masks should be made of machine washable fabric.
  • Follow the CDC guidelines on how to wear and sew masks.

Tips to Prevent COVID-19 Fraud

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (CCSAO) is working with law enforcement partners to alert the public of criminal and civil schemes that are aimed at exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents are reminded to exercise caution and practice the following steps:

  • Before donating to a charitable entity, verify that the organization is legitimate through the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.
  • Never send cash by mail and avoid wire transfers to any entity purporting to be a charitable organization.
  • Be wary of anyone offering unverified vaccines, cures, or treatments for COVID-19.
  • Stimulus checks will be provided directly by the IRS without any action needed from you.
  • You do not need to verify information or pay any fees to receive stimulus money.
  • Anyone claiming to be a government representative asking for such information should be reported to the IRS ( or the CCSAO (312-603-8600).
  • Do not click on links in text messages, emails, or social media accounts that were unsolicited or from sources you don’t know.
  • Be on the lookout for counterfeit goods and price gouging.
  • With the increased demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) and ordinary household items, citizens should report individuals attempting to profit off the global pandemic.
  • Avoid providing your social security number, birthday, or banking information to any entity, especially over the phone.

Visit for more information.

Resources for Seniors

Senior Food Drive

3656 N. Halsted M-F, 9am – 6pm Donation Drop-offs welcome

General Foods

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Deli Meat
  • Cheese
  • Pasta and Pasta Sauce
  • Canned soups
  • Fresh Fruit (apples/oranges/bananas)
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Frozen Pizzas


  • Ground Beef, Turkey, Chicken
  • Hamburger Patties

Paper Products

  • Toilet Paper
  • Tissues
  • Paper Towels

Cleaning Products

  • Clorox Spray
  • Pine Sol
  • Spic And Span
  • Hand Sanitizer


  • Reusable Masks (50)
  • Whole Foods + Jewell Gift Cards

Financial donations:

19th District Senior Resource List

Resource What do they do? Phone Number Email Website
IL Senior Helpline Offer information on services available, such as, food, transportation, and medical 800-252-8966 or 888-206-1327 (toll-free) N/A link
Chicago Services for Seniors Offers information on services available through Chicago, ex. meals and transportation 312-744-4016 N/A Link
Lakeview Food Pantry Food pantry has Senior Home Delivery options 773-525-1777 x224 Link
COVID-19 Helpline Speak with a registered nurse about symptoms and answer questions 630-444-7411 N/A N/A
IL Dept of Public Health Updates and references to stay up-to-date on COVID-19 800-889-3931 N/A Link
Disaster Crisis Counseling Disaster Distress Helpline – if you are feeling anxious during the pandemic reach out 800-985-5990 N/A N/A
Domestic Violence Hotline Resource on how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of Domestic Violence 877-863-6338 N/A Link
Chicago Coronavirus Response Center Information regarding Chicago and COVID-19 updates 311 or 312-746-4835 Link
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Hotline to call if you are feeling anxiety, depressed, or suicidal. 800-273-TALK (8255) N/A N/A
SAGE National LGBT Elder Hotline Hotline for elderly LGTQ, call if you are feeling anxiety, depressed, or suicidal. 877-360-LGBT (5428) N/A N/A
TELEGROCER Online services to have groceries delivered 847-726-1481 N/A Link
INSTACART Online services to have groceries delivered N/A N/A Link

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Guide

General Resources

State of Illinois Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Site

Provides updated information on cases, steps to prepare and prevent spread, resources from the CDC, economic resources, and FAQs.


General City Information


Illinois Department of Employment Security: 1-800-244-5631

Individuals can apply for unemployment due to COVID-19.

Bartender Emergency Assistance:

Bartenders, barbacks and cocktail servers in need of support can apply for the United States Bartender Guild’s National Charity Foundation. The organization is offering emergency grants for bartenders. You do not need to be a member to apply.

Emergency Rental Assistance

Financial assistance to individuals facing eviction and at risk of experiencing homelessness (can only help with rent, not security deposits).
Applications must be in person

  • Englewood Center, 1140 W. 79th Street, Chicago, IL 60620, 312-747-0200
  • Garfield Center, 10 S. Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60612, 312-746-5400
  • King Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago, IL 60653, 312-747-2300
  • North Area, 845 W. Wilson Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640, 312- 744-2580
  • South Chicago, 8650 S. Commercial Avenue, Chicago, IL 60617, 312-747-0500
  • Trina Davila, 4312 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60639, 312-744-2014

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Multilingual, multicultural, information referral, safety planning for dating and domestic violence survivors or anyone concerned about a survivor. Offers linkage to open domestic violence shelters and housing options.

Benefits Outreach Team (Chicago Food Bank): 773-843-5416

Free confidential hotline that assists with applying for/currently have SNAP and Medicaid. Provides referrals to other public benefits. Available Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5pm.


Contact 311 to learn about openings in local shelters and apply for emergency rental assistance. 311 can coordinate transportation to shelter services which may require going to another location, such as a police station or hospital.


Find the closest food pantry/bank to you.

Chicago Public Schools: 773-533-KIDS (5437) (emergency delivery)

Provides free meals for families from 9am-1pm Monday through Friday throughout closure. Chicago Public Schools Families can pick up free food boxes at any CPS school. Boxes contain three days’ worth of breakfast and lunch for every student in the household. Food-pick up is held outdoors.

Lakeview Pantry: 773-525-1777

Offers food market locations in Lakeview, Humboldt Park, and Ravenswood neighborhoods.

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Enter an address/zip code to find nearby food pantries, soup kitchens, and mobile food distribution. With a few exceptions, The Greater Chicago Food Depository and their network of 700 partner agencies and programs remains open. They recommend calling before you go to confirm program hours and requirements: (773) 247-3663.

Catholic Charities Chicago Casa Catalina at 47th and Ashland

  • Hosting a food pantry on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
  • First-come, first-served.

Western Suburban Community Pantry

Mobile food pantry serving the following areas:

  • WIllowbrook
  • Bolingbrook
  • Romeoville

Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry for Aurora, IL residents: (630) 897-5431

DuPage County Food Pantry: (630) 407-6500

Lake Country Food Bank, Pantry and Soup Kitchen directory

Tinley Park Food Pantry

  • 6875 173rd PL 60477
  • (708) 614-7739
  • Serves Tinley Park and Orland Hills

More Food Pantries

Catholic Charities Daybreak Center in Joliet

  • 611 E Cass St, Joliet
  • Shepherd’s Table – Free bagged lunches to pick up outside the door

Catholic Charities Diocese of Joliet Mobile Food Pantries

  • 3-20-20: St. Joseph Parish, 211 N. Center Ave., Bradley 10–11:30am
  • 3-26-20: St. Mary Immaculate, 16529 IL Rte. 59, Plainfield 5–6:30pm
  • 3-27-20: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 205 E. Jackson St., Joliet 10-11:30am

Northern Illinois Food Pantry

Additional Food Resources to be aware of

Stores with Special Senior Hours

  • Whole Foods, Every day, 8-9am: “seniors 60+”
  • Mariano’s, Every day, 6-8am: “those most at-risk”
  • Target, Every day, 8-9am: “seniors & those with underlying health issues”
  • Dollar General, Every day, 8-9am: “dedicated to our senior shoppers”
  • Jewel-Osco, Tu/Th, 7-9am: “seniors, pregnant women & immunocompromised”
  • Walmart, Tuesdays, 6-7am: “seniors 60+”

More information from NBC

Grocery Delivery

Dining at a Distance™

Find restaurants in the Chicago area are open for take-out, curbside pick-up, or delivery during the lockdown of Chicago’s restaurants and bars during COVID-19:

Elderly (65+)

Meals on Wheels

Form My Block, Senior Viral Response

  • Delivers food and sanitary supplies to seniors

Home Delivered Meals

  • Delivers meals for homebound older persons (60 or older)


Unemployment benefits are available to those whose hours have been reduced or who have lost their job due to coronavirus (COVID-19) measures. Individuals who must stay home because of a government-recommended quarantine are eligible for unemployment benefits. Those who have a COVID-19 diagnosis or must stay at home with someone with a COVID-19 diagnosis are also eligible. To file for unemployment on line visit

Know Your Responsibilities and Ask for Help.

If you have questions, please visit an IDES office​​ or call (800) 244-5631

YWCA Metro Chicago: The Workforce Team will be also available to link you to employment opportunities. Please contact us at



  • For Chicago Early Learning Centers operating in a Chicago Public School setting are suspended for two weeks starting 3/16/2020. The Chicago Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS) said that funding will remain available for all early learning and childcare agencies while their operations are temporarily interrupted


  • Internet Access: Free access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi for 60 Days For New K-12 and College Student Households
  • Books: Free access to L’il Libros worksheets for kids
  • PBS: Starting Monday, March 16, students in Pre-K through 12th grade will have the opportunity to access free, educational PBS daytime programming designated for each grade level weekdays
  • Math programs: MIND Research Institute is offering no cost access to a free math instructional program for students in grades K-8
  • Books and online learning experiences: Scholastic offers free, online learning experiences for kids of all ages.

Other Online Educational Resources

Community Resources & Sharing

The Chicago COVID-19 Hardship and Help page was created by community organizers to offer a simple way for people in the Chicago area to ask others for assistance.


Rental Assistance

The rental assistance program provides financial assistance to Chicago residents, directly related to the prevention of homelessness, to eligible individuals and families. For more information visit

Chicago residents can apply at one of the 6 Community Service Centers locations:

  • Englewood Center, 1140 W. 79th Street, Chicago, IL 60620, 312-747-0200
  • Garfield Center, 10 S. Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60612, 312-746-5400
  • King Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago, IL 60653, 312-747-2300
  • North Area, 845 W. Wilson Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640, 312- 744-2580
  • South Chicago, 8650 S. Commercial Avenue, Chicago, IL 60617, 312-747-0500
  • Trina Davila, 4312 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60639, 312-744-2014


Family Services

Catholic Charities of Chicago: (312) 655-7700

  • Food pantries and social services have not been interrupted
  • Counseling and case management are being held remotely
  • Home care services for the elderly and disabled have not been suspended

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet

  • Serves DuPage, Will, Kankakee, Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, Kendall counties
  • (Very) limited financial assistance for basic needs and for immigration fees that go to US Dept. of Homeland Security (DACA renewal, naturalization, green card, etc.)
  • Provides referrals and education for other services and information about immigration
  • Contact Laura Bohorquez, 630-519-6533
  • Catholic Charities of Lake Country: (847) 782-4000


Chicago Department of Public Health: Health Alert Network

  • Offers up to date alerts regarding outpatient healthcare facilities and hospitals treating COVID-19 patients
  • Other healthcare resources and updates

Access DuPage

  • Connects low income and uninsured DuPage County Residents to affordable health services. To be eligible for Access DuPage, you must:
  • Be a permanent DuPage County resident for at least 60 days (this means that you live or intend to live in DuPage County year-round)
  • Be over the age of 19
  • Have a household income at or below 200% of the current federal poverty guidelines
  • Not be eligible for health care programs such as (Medicaid, Medicare, employer-sponsored insurance, student health services, COBRA, SSI, Family Care, Veterans Benefits, etc.)

The Health Department is the only place that is currently (as of 3/18/20) accepting applications, and they are being done over the phone. Call 630-682-7400 to set up an application appointment. The organization is working to provide orientations online. We are also extending the cards of those who were set to expire in March/April (may be extended depending on this situation)

DuPage Dispensary of Hope

Offers qualifying uninsured patients’ certain medications at no cost. The Dispensary of Hope is open. Please check the website to see the formulary and bring a valid prescription

Mental Health

  • The National Alliance of Mental Illness has issued a Resources and Information Guide for COVID-19. For more details, visit
  • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline (800) 985-5990
  • NAMI general Helpline (800) 950-NAMI (6264) Monday through Friday between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm EST for mental health resources.

Economic Assistance

  • One Fair Wage is providing economic assistance for tipped and service workers
  • United Way Covid-19 Economic Relief Fund: (866) 211-9966. Call for assistance with bills, rent, and food.

Smart911 Fact Sheet

What is Smart911?

Smart911 is a service that allows residents to create a free Safety Profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 and first responders to have in the event of an emergency. Then, when anyone in that household dials 9-1-1 from a phone associated with their Safety Profile, their profile is immediately displayed to the 9-1-1 call taker providing additional information that can be used to facilitate the proper response to the proper location. At a time when seconds count, Smart911 provides details that could impact response the second an emergency call is placed, which could be the difference between life and death.

How can I sign up?

You can sign up for Smart911 at and create a Safety Profile for your household to give 9-1-1 valuable information about yourself, family members, your home, pets and even vehicles that will display automatically on the 9-1-1 call taker’s screen when you make an emergency call. It’s private and secure and you control what information is in your profile. These details can save seconds or even minutes during an emergency.

Information Handout About “Stay at Home” Order

  • Takes effect March 21st at 5pm until april 7th
  • Essential stores and businesses will still be open
  • You can go outside but continue to practice social distancing
    • 6 feet distance from others
    • No groups larger than 10 people

Important numbers and resources

Chicago department of public health

  • Call 312-746-4835 for updates or visit their website (1, 2) to sign up for email updates.

State of illinois coronavirus response (faq)

  • Call 800-889-3931 with any health related questions
  • Text your zip code to 888777 for updates sent directly to your cell phone

Always feel free to reach out to 19th district community policing office with any questions:

Community Alert: Residential Burglary — 19th District

About the Crime:

This alert gives notice to residents in the 19 th District of recent residential burglaries. In these incidents, the offender(s) made entry in the residence after they forced open the front and rear doors. The offender(s) then removed property from the homes and fled. In one incident, the offenders forced open a window to make entry.

Incident Times and Locations:

  • 3700 block of North Sheffield Ave on Feb. 1, 2020 between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • 900 block of West Oakdale Ave between Feb. 1, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. and Feb. 3, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.
  • 700 block of West Belmont Ave on Feb 3, 2020 between 7:38 a.m. and 6:55 p.m.
  • 900 block of West Altgeld St. on Feb 3, 2020 at 1:24 p.m.
  • 800 block of West Buckingham Pl on Feb 3, 2020 between 8:50 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • 3900 block of North Janssen Ave on Feb 3, 2020 between 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
  • 1000 block of West Leland Ave on Feb 7, 2020 between 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

About the Offender:

African-American male(s) wearing dark clothing, gloves and facemasks or scarves

What you can do:

  • Be aware of these crimes and alert other family and friends who live in the area.
  • Ensure your doors and windows are secure at all times.
  • If you have suspicious activity captured on video surveillance footage alert Police.
  • Pay special attention to suspicious individuals in the area and alert the Police.
  • Call 911 immediately if you are a victim or witness to a crime and provide a detailed description of the offender(s) including any vehicle description and license plate information.

If you have any information, contact the Bureau of Detectives – Area North (312) 744-8263

How to prevent catalytic converter theft

Prevent Catalytic Converter Theft

  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Park close to building entrances or the nearest road in public parking lots. This leaves you car in a location where many people can see it.
  • If you have a personal garage, keep your car parked inside with the door shut.
  • Add video surveillance to the area where you regularly park your car.
  • Install a catalytic converter-specific security device, or have it welded to the car frame. You can also engrave your car’s VIN number to the catalytic converter.
  • Adjust the security system on your car, if already installed, to activate from vibrations, such as those produced by a saw.
Winter Coat Drive

Winter coat drive

Hello block club folks!

Alderman Cappleman is hosting a coat & warm clothing drive through Friday, December 6. His office is collecting:

  • Adult coats, new or clean/gently used;
  • Hats, scarves, gloves;
  • Socks (new only);
  • Warm base layers;
  • Lip balm, Vaseline, hand lotion

Contributions will be donated to StreetWise to support their vendors, and to the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services to support our neighbors in need and people experiencing homelessness.

People can drop off contributions to the 46th Ward Service Office at 4544 N. Broadway. Our office is open Mondays 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.