Chicago Conquers: Community Relief Aid

We are selling specially designed t-shirts that show Chicago pride for a $20 donation! 100% of these donations will go directly to the charities. 

As seniors in college at Illinois Tech, all of us have grown up in or around Chicago and care so much about our city, especially now! A lot of attention has been going towards the frontlines, and rightfully so as they are putting their lives and safety at risk for all of us. However, we cannot fail to forget the people being directly impacted by the losses of jobs, incomes, or resources. Our main goal of this fundraiser is to alleviate the struggles of our direct neighbors so we have identified 3 really great LOCAL organizations in Chicago listed below.

After you donate, we will be contacting you through your email provided to select which one of the organizations you would like your donation to go towards. 

1) Children First Fund
This fund provides support for CPS’ students and families extending beyond the classroom, particularly in times of crisis. The Children First Fund originally works with partners across Chicago and beyond to build new and innovative programs that bring a better school experience to more students across the district. However, they have created the Compassion Fund to specifically best support CPS students and families most impacted by COVID-19 and the resulting school closures. Funds go towards direct emergency relief for families facing extenuating circumstances, continued support for CPS’ Meal Distribution efforts, remote-learning devices and other goals to further their academic success. 

2) PRIMO Center for Women and Children
The PRIMO center is the largest provider of shelter for homeless women and children in Chicago. This center makes a difference by providing and creating programming that empowers these vulnerable Chicago residents. Englewood Community Kitchen is also inside the PRIMO center and is a space to create positive food experiences and personal wellness. Over half a million Illinois residents have filed for unemployment so far. Just last week, a record high of 200,000 claims were made. The cost of hospital bills, medications, etc are crippling when other expenses such as rent and groceries still remain. Funds will go to provide basic needs, including food, supplies, and equipment, to support remote student learning. Due to the pandemic, donations will be extremely helpful to keep the families and staff safe and healthy. 

3) Greater Chicago Food Depository
The Chicago Food Depository is one of the organizations making the largest impact on our city right now. With the increasing need for food, Chicago’s Food Bank is looking for more allies to help respond! Many pantries have been forced to shut down so their community partners have worked together to add pop-up pantry sites on Chicago’s South and West sides. There is an urgent need for more donations and able volunteers. Just $50 can help provide for 150 community members.

Additionally, we are working in partnership with COVID-TV, a platform that has been effectively spreading awareness for lesser known struggles of COVID. Visit their site, to see the work they’ve been up to. 

If you have any questions or would like to join this effort, please reach out to us directly!

Fundraising team (3)

Angie Thomas
Naperville, IL
Emy Thomas
Team member
Monica Bhagavan
Team member

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