Opportunities to help kids smile and stay warm. Needed- School supplies and winter clothing. Also a Toy Drive coming soon. Details below:
Here’s a contactless way to show your support for essential workers during this time 😊
Hi Neighbors, I’ve been seeing so many wonderful acts of kindness and support in our community. There is so much information to share so I wanted to provide a resource we can all use and contribute to as we all work together to stay healthy through this crisis. Feel free to comment and add ideas and resources.
Latest info on Covid-19 and symptom checker-
Mental health resources-
Free child care for first responders / volunteers needed too-
Small business disaster loans- https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
Support your community: volunteer, donate, order food from restaurants, buy gift certificates. Here are some links:
Blood donors needed-
Relief funds for workers around the city-
Link to spreadsheet of specific hospitality businesses raising funds for employees- https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1G7-9XGDqilIPtVYpHvZYy37lSWRMu1PKOnvvOfMB_Ys
Local charities needing support-
Donate meals,supplies, etc.
Global relief funds-
Restaurant delivery options, in addition to Grubhub.com and Ubereats.com -
Social interaction apps (free from App Store and Google play) -
Consider scheduling daily time to connect with others and keep spirits bright.
Exercise and Meditation (free)
YouTube channels have something for everyone, examples-
Yoga with Adriene https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene
Popsugar Fitness https://www.youtube.com/user/popsugartvfit
(one of my recommendations is the 30 min hip hop tabata https://youtu.be/kwkXyHjgoDM )
Pamela Reif https://www.youtube.com/user/PamelaRf1
(One of my favorites is 20 min full body workout: https://youtu.be/UBMk30rjy0o )
Meditation and relaxation sites, apps, channels-
Calm https://www.calm.com https://www.youtube.com/user/calmdotcom
HeadSpace https://www.headspace.com https://www.youtube.com/user/Getsomeheadspace
Say Thank You (Gratefulness) https://youtu.be/7uzynHWxn5Q
Other exercise websites (free)-
Peloton 90 day free trial for app workouts: https://www.onepeloton.com/app
Brain stimulation and activities for all ages (free)
TedTalks have something for everyone, https://www.ted.com
Podcasts have something for everyone and can be found on many platforms,news sites, and streaming services such as NPR and Spotify
E-books from the library; Chicago Public Library enables online signup here: https://chicago.polarislibrary.com/polaris/patronaccount/selfregister.aspx
Khan academy: https://www.khanacademy.org
Chicago Ideas: https://www.chicagoideas.com/watch
The Smithsonian- https://www.si.edu/OpenAccess
For parents, kids and families-
Follow Brookfield or Denver Zoo on Facebook live
Join Joy of Mom Discussion group on Facebook
Free audible books for kids: https://stories.audible.com
Ted Education: https://ed.ted.com
Cooking at home
CPS will give out free meals every day for any child in need during the closures — whether the child goes to a public school or not.
The meals will be available 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday at pickup spots outside every school. You do not need to go to your child’s school; you can go to any CPS school to pick up the food. The kits will include up to three days’ worth of breakfast and lunch for every child in a household.
It’s official! The Chicago Park District has taken ownership and cleaned up Park 598! Enjoy it and take good care of it. Planning is underway for park improvements next year and we need suggestions for a new park name so make suggestions in the Comments here!