The rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus is an unprecedented global health emergency that requires sacrifice and compassion in how we go about our daily lives. Now is the time for the collective care of our neighbors.
The Rapid Response and Recovery Fund is infusing desperately needed dollars to agencies fighting to provide daily, ongoing support to our most vulnerable neighbors: those struggling with food insecurity, permanent housing, and health concerns. In addition, the fund is combating the racial and ethnic health inequities exasperated by this virus, and is supporting the mental health and physical safety of all our community members. To date, the fund has raised and distributed $200,000. The Foundation continues to fundraise and administer grants on a rolling basis, in collaboration with local and regional organizations coordinating pandemic response.
Now, a generous Oak Park family is challenging our community to contribute for our neighbors in need. They are offering a donation match, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000. Any contribution you make to the Rapid Response and Recovery Fund will therefore have double the impact. If we meet our match, $500,000 will go to those who are suffering most, and will offset the economic hardships we may face in the weeks and months to come. Your donation will support immediate and systemic solutions to the current crisis.
Help us meet our goal. Please join us in securing the health and vitality of all our neighbors.
Rapid Response & Recovery Fund Grants Announced
April 21, 2020
Our Nonprofits Survive, We Survive
March 26, 2020
Rapid Response and Recovery Impact Stories
New Moms has seen an increased need for emergency deliveries of diapers, formula, and cleaning supplies and so far has delivered essential items to 95 families in the community and living in their housing facilities: an estimated $7,000 in critical supplies to help keep families safe at home.
The African American Christian Foundation empowers young adults with employment and self-sufficiency, breaking the cycle of poverty. Through rental assistance for those that are furloughed, and placement at essential businesses, including a local pharmacy chain and a major package delivery service, AACF is ensuring economic stability for 70 youth.
Social distancing and self-isolation results in unintended safety consequences for victims of domestic violence. Sarah's Inn is providing housing and emergency financial assistance, including rent, mortgage and utility relief, and gift cards for groceries and other basic necessities, to approximately 250 adults and children over the next three months.
Beyond Hunger shifted their organizational model to incorporate food delivery to those most at risk and unable to visit the pantry. Deliveries began with 85 households, and to date are up 250%, to 300 households.
In order to best safeguard shelter clients, Housing Forward transitioned 75 individuals to date from rotating shelters to individual accommodations, allowing vulnerable homeless individuals a safe space to shelter-in-place.
The West Cook YMCA converted their facility to an emergency child care center, exclusively for families of first responders and healthcare workers that need a safe place for their child to be while they go into work.