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DAILY DIGEST: Do Good

Written by on June 1, 2020

Hey! Chicago

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary efforts.  We’ll be scouring the interwebs and tweets every day to bring you a daily digest of good things to do for yourself and your community.  Have a tip for something we should add to our daily digest?  E-mail us at info@vocalo.org. And check out previous #DoGood posts here!

Do Good #259: Delacreme Scholars Food Delivery

Delacreme Scholars in Chicago is delivering groceries to Southside homes with no questions asked! If you or someone you know is in need, dm them on Instagram or email delacremescholars@gmail.com. SK

Do Good #258: MellowDrama Food Distribution

MelloeDrama has partnered with The Woodlawn and Trap House Chicago to organize a free meal pickup today, June 4th. View the Instagram post below for more information. SK

Do Good #257: Signs For Black-Owned Businesses

Roseland native Keeana Barber printed 500 signs for south and west side black-owned businesses after watching many stores be destroyed. The signs identify a business as black-owned and ask not to be damaged. Within days, she was flooded with volunteers asking if she needed help to put them up as well as donations to create more signs. You can read her full story in the Chicago Sun Times hereSK

Do Good #256: OnTheGroundChi Family Pairing Program

OnTheGroundChi has a Family Pairing Program where those cut off from grocery store access are partnered with a family on the Northside who can shop and deliver groceries for them. Best of all, it’s free for the families in need! Visit this form to either request a deliverer or become one yourself. If you’d like to donate, you can through Venmo @OnTheGroundChi or paypal.me/onthegroundchi! SK

Do Good #255: SocialWorks Chi Continues To Provide

SocialWorks Chicago continues to provide support and meals for students, families and individuals who are in need in this time. Make sure you follow their social media to keep up to date on pick-up addresses and times! SK

Do Good #254: Brave Space Alliance

Chicago’s Brave Space Alliance is doing all they can to assist protestors. From jail support, CPS meal distribution, and other food distributions on the city’s south and west sides, consider donating meals and snacks at the addresses below. SK

Do Good #253: Supply Drop-Off W/ The Whistler

The Whistler is collecting supplies to Brave Space Alliance and they need your help! On Friday and Saturday, from 11am-3pm, they will be accepting water, ice packs, masks, medical supplies, paper towels, snacks and fruit at 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave! SK

Do Good #252: COVID Testing Sites In IL

If you or someone you know has been exposed to large crowds over the past few days, please consider checking out one of the free, state-operated COVID testing sites around Chicago! No insurance is needed! SK

Do Good #251: Medicine For Seniors

Chicago’s seniors are especially at risk to the closure of the city’s pharmacies. To help, St. James Community Church has partnered with several organizations to organize a prescription fill program for seniors. Those in need who have diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol and respiratory issues need to present insurance information, but can get a free uber ride and their prescription filled. View the flyer before for information on how to get involved, volunteers, or donate! SK

Do Good #250: CPS Toolkit

Chicago Public Schools have put together a toolkit for parents to “help foster productive conversations about race and civil disobedience” with their students. LM

Do Good #249: Support Black-Owned Book Shop

Semicolon Bookstore is an independent bookstore, holding the title of the only the only black woman-owned bookstore in the city of Chicago. If you are looking to help black-owned businesses, Semicolon has applied a %10 discount on all of their titles and are shipping nationally. While you’re on the site, you can also support owner Danielle Mullen with her fundraiser to give books to children in Chicago without access to any books. LM

Do Good #248: Chicago General Volunteer Survey

The New Leaders Council has created a survey site to do their best to connect individuals with clean up opportunities around the city. The survey also acts as a way to determine whether your area or somewhere near you needs help. LM

Do Good #247: Clean Up Through Common Ground Foundation

The Common Ground Foundation has organized a cleanup crew for Chicago’s South Side and they need volunteers. LM

Do Good #246: Austin Community Resources

The Austin community of Chicago has organized a clean-up for Austin today and they’ve set up a food pantry to support anyone in need of food in the next coming weeks. Sign-up for their weekly newsletter to keep updated on volunteer opportunities. LM

Do Good #245: Black Lives Matter Legal Support Information

The Chicago chapter of the National Lawyers Guild wants to let residents of Chicago know that they are there for any legal help. They are providing support and resources to all, ranging from legal representation after an arrest, to legal advice for organizing. The NLG will give their resources to any who call. LM

Do Good #244: Support Black-Owned Restaurants

Ever since the protests began, people have begun looking for ways to help out black-owned businesses. Now, with businesses and restaurants opening back up, the Chicago Tribune has compiled a list of ways for your to directly support black-owned restaurants in Chicago. LM

Do Good #243: SocialWorks Food Distribution

SocialWorks continues to provide free lunch for their community and any CPS students at several locations around town! Today, the food giveaway will begin at 3pm and you can visit their twitter for more information on specific distribution sites. SK

Do Good #242: Chicago Freedom School

Chicago Freedom School has been staying open for activists to use the bathroom, charge their phones, and grab some food. They also have been participating in mask distribution. If you’d like to support their ongoing efforts to feed and help take care of the community, you can donate hereSK

Do Good #241: Don't Hashtag Your Black Out Posts

If you’re participating in today’s social media blackout, please make sure you don’t use the Black Lives Matter hashtag. It clogs up the hashtag feed that many activists and organizers are using to get out vital information. If you’ve already posted the hashtag on your black out Instagram post, the algorithm will force you to delete the entire post and redo it, rather than simply delete the hashtag. SK

Do Good #240: Westside Clean Up

Kina Collins, a local activist and community organizer, has begun collecting locations around Chicago’s Westside that need cleanup volunteers. If you know of an area that’s in need of assistance, feel free to add it to her running list here. And if you wish to help yourself, you can fill out her Google Doc for the dates and times you’re available, and you’ll be contacted from there! SK

Do Good #239: Support Black Owned Businesses

Right now it’s more imperative than ever to help support Chicago’s Black Owned Businesses. Especially those impacted by the coronavirus and recent acts of looting. The Facebook group Rebuild, Restore, Retain OUR Black Owned Businesses is a public group for anyone looking for information of shops in need of support, as well as those that are still open. SK

Do Good #238: 1st Ward United Clean Up

Yesterday over 300 people signed up with 1st Ward United to help clean up their community. Between donating time, supplies and money, it was an outstanding effort to unite and rebuild. While there were no more new requests for clean-up assistance in this particular ward (as of this morning), you can follow along on their twitter for any future opportunities that may need to arise. SK

Do Good #237: 46 Miles For George Floyd

Keenan Love walked 46 miles – one for every year that George Floyd lived. He began his journey in Chicago and ended in the city of Kankakee. As he walked, several people came outside to show their support and others even joined his peaceful and impactful march. SK

Do Good #236: Southeast Youth Alliance

The West and Southeast Sides have also organized clean up crews for their neighborhoods. Both began the morning of Monday June 1 and have an indefinite end date as they continue to clean the streets. They only ask that if you have cleaning materials that you bring them to keep from running out. Both are also accepting donations. LM

Do Good #235: Feeding CPS students

The city has suspended emergency CPS food service programs aimed at providing students meals in the absence of school lunches. Because of this, thousands of students will be missing meals. Organization, businesses, restaurants and community members, however, have banded together to provide for these young students. Chicago Teachers Union has been compiling a list of different meal distribution sites around the city on their Twitter page. Also, Cesar’s Killer Margaritas in Lakeview will be providing meals for students from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. LM

Do Good #234: My Block, My Hood, My City

Chicago’s activist organization My Block, My Hood, My City emphasizes that the best way to help out the city is for people to begin with supporting their own block. Right now, they are placing their efforts on helping out black-owned small businesses that were looted, destroyed, or vandalized. Anyone can sign up to volunteer to clean up these communities, and they have also set up a donation page, with all funds going directly to these most-affected communities. Any help, no matter how small, can bring a positive change. LM

Do Good #233: South Side Clean Up

Organizations and community-led groups have already begun an effort to clean up damaged streets and businesses in Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods. The cleaning began this morning and will continue until Wednesday, June 3. A donation site has also been established to support the cleaning effort. LM

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Do Good #232: Clean Up West Humboldt Park

Chicago Reader reported earlier today on one West Humboldt Park resident who’s organizing a neighborhood cleanup. To get involved, you can email him directly at charlespickett95@gmail.com. He’s also raising money for West Humboldt Park Family and Community Development Council, a local nonprofit, for business owners and community members in need. You can donate to “Save the West Side, Chicago” hereSK

Do Good #231: South Shore Chamber Cleanup

The South Shore Chamber and the Neighborhood Network Alliance organized a large cleanup effort this morning. Organizers came with heavy bags, brooms and shovels, and social distancing was practiced. You can follow along on their Facebook page for additional volunteer updates and efforts. And you can click here to make a donation to the Neighborhood Network Alliance. SK

Do Good #230: Food For CPS Students

With CPS suspending its free meals program for kids (for at least June 1), Block Club Chicago has put together a list of restaurants and food pantries around the city who are stepping up and providing meals for Chicago’s students. You can check out the full (and evolving) list here. SK

Do Good #229: Urban Grill Chicago Feeds CPS Students

Urban Grill Chicago, a family-owned restaurant at 1132 W. Wilson, will be giving out free lunches for CPS students today (June 1) from noon until 5:30pm. The meals include hot dogs with fries or boneless wings with fries. You can follow along on their instagram for updates, and if you would like to donate, you can visit their Zelle account through Urbangrillchicago@gmail.com! SK