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  • Our local ADVOCATE SHERMAN, AMITA SAINT JOSEPH and AMITA HEALTH SAINT ALEXIS MEDICAL CENTER hospitals staff are working tirelessly with unwavering dedication, resiliency, hope, and strength while caring for our community during this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. LET'S GIVE BACK and help fuel them with meals at this Critical Time while ALSO Supporting our Local Restaurants and Delivery Drivers! Please…STAY HOME & HEALTHY, thus no personal deliveries or home cooked meals please.



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    Amita Saint Joseph is sharing the LOVE by rotating meals around to ALL the departments involved since there are many people working behind the scenes that deserve the support as well!

  • Donate to efforts helping to respond to COVID-19.

  • American Red Cross Needs Blood American Red Cross Needs Blood

    Blood Donation

    As this situation has evolved, the American Red Cross has seen blood drives cancelled across the country — when tragically, a blood shortage would only worsen the health care crisis we are facing right now.

    That’s why we’re encouraging healthy, eligible individuals to donate blood.

    To find a blood drive or volunteer, visit: www.RedCross.org

    ECC Foundation seeks support to keep students ECC Foundation seeks support to keep students

    The ECC Foundation has established the ECC Foundation Emergency Student Relief Fund to help students most impacted by this crisis.

    To donate: https://elgin.edu/about-ecc/foundation/what-to-support/student-relief/

    As the U.S. faces unprecedented health and economic challenges, Elgin Community College is striving to meet the needs of its students by offering alternative learning formats to maintain educational continuity for the college's nearly 9,000 students.

    In making the transition to a remote learning model, ECC is distributing Chromebooks for loan to students in need through the College's Renner Library loan system. The college's office of Student Life will be collecting names of students who have indicated a need for technology and financial assistance.

    At this time, ECC is only able to provide technology support for a limited number of students who need assistance to continue learning in an online environment. Furthermore, many ECC students face the loss of income with reduction or elimination in employment or temporary layoffs, presenting an even more dire situation for those who are attending college to improve their circumstances.

    For this reason, the Elgin Community College Foundation has established the ECC Foundation Emergency Student Relief Fund to help students most impacted by this crisis. The ECC Foundation Emergency Student Relief Fund has already been seeded with a generous donation of $10,000. We are seeking community support to ensure every impacted student can continue their education in these uncertain economic times.

    "We are committed to ensuring that every student who is committed to their education can continue, regardless of their current financial situation, and we know the community will step up to help them," said David Davin, ECC Foundation Executive Director. Working in conjunction with the college's Financial Aid office, the Foundation will identify those students who are financially unable to continue with their education as a result of the additional hardships presented by the Coronavirus pandemic.

    To contribute to this critical need for ECC students, please visit elgin.edu/studentrelief or contact David Davin, Executive Director, Institutional Advancement and ECC Foundation at (224) 361-1759 or ddavin@elgin.edu. Both Individual and institutional donations will be gratefully accepted and duly acknowledged.

    For media inquiries, contact Dr. Toya Webb, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at twebb@elgin.edu.

    Donate to Food for Greater Elgin Donate to Food for Greater Elgin

    As we begin to take precautions against the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), it is important to recognize that this epidemic creates a very real economic crisis in the lives of our neighbors: work stops, people lose their jobs and cannot pay for food.

    We had 153 families come to us on Thursday night, 11 of them new to us.

    DONATE Remember, $50 feeds a family for a week.If you're not a member of a high-risk demographic, VOLUNTEER for warehouse (any hour) or distribution sessions.

    On Friday, someone knocked on our door representing 100 people who lived in a low-income senior facility, wondering if we could bring food to them because their usual sources were cut off.

    Of course we will. It is who we are.

    We provide food to people who are food insecure. We provide a platform for people to access resources for their lives. We empower people to stabilize their lives.

    We will have to be nimble and adjustable in how we operate. Some of our volunteers absolutely must take a step back from their beloved service with us out of concern for their own health. Meeting the needs of a greater number of people will require more money. But together we will get it done.

    • Give now. Remember, $50 feeds a family for a week.
    • Volunteer for warehouse (any hour) or distribution sessions (Mondays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and Wednesdays from 11 to 1 p.m.)

    Thank you for being a Hunger Hero!

    DONATE Remember, $50 feeds a family for a week.If you're not a member of a high-risk demographic, VOLUNTEER for warehouse (any hour) or distribution sessions.

    Illinois Covid-19 Response Fund (ICRF) Illinois Covid-19 Response Fund (ICRF)

    ICRF   You can make a donation or find out more here.

    First, the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF) is a new statewide fundraising effort to support nonprofit organizations serving those whose lives have been upended by this pandemic.
    Chaired by former U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, ICRF will focus on filling Illinois residents' most basic needs, including:

    * Emergency food and basic supplies
    * Interim housing and shelter
    * Primary health care services
    * Utility and financial assistance
    * Supports for children and other vulnerable populations
    * Nonprofit safety and operations assistance

    U-46 Educational Foundation to support the most vulnerable families within our U-46 U-46 Educational Foundation to support the most vulnerable families within our U-46

    Give Now: https://u-46educationalfoundation.salsalabs.org/u46united/index.html

    The U-46 Educational Foundation knows that families all throughout School District U-46 are lacking right now. Hopefully, you have heard that the district is doing amazing work distributing food to people in need. In fact, over 115,000 meals have already been distributed. But families need more than just food to get by.  

    Thanks to the support of Elgin businesses, the Foundation Board was able to spend $5,000 to purchase toiletries and household cleaners to create 4,000 care packages for U-46 families. However, when you consider the demand, those care packages will most likely be gone in one day, and toiletries are not the only needed products right now. Every day we are learning about new problems that families are facing.

    Here's where you can step in. The Foundation has set up a fundraiser, U-46 United for COVID Relief.  Please check it out.

    A donation to the fundraiser is going to make a difference to those U-46 students impacted by the COVID crisis. Plus, without even making a donation, you can become the captain of a team fundraiser and create your own fundraising page with your picture and your story.  This is your chance for a team from the Chamber or any Elgin business to be heroes for our community!  Find out more.  

    In addition, U-46 would be honored to celebrate those groups helping us by highlighting your group's contribution on our websites and social media outlets.  

    United Way of Metro Chicago Covid-19 Response Fund United Way of Metro Chicago Covid-19 Response Fund

    The region's health and human service organizations are experiencing a surge in demand for services from neighbors and communities significantly impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. Your donation will support the agencies that are ensuring our neighbors can access basic needs in this time of crisis.

    Donate Today

    Kane County asking for personal protective gear donations, closes electronic and textile recycling sites Kane County asking for personal protective gear donations, closes electronic and textile recycling sites

    Kane County seeking donations of personal protective items

    Kane County is seeking donations of personal protective equipment to be used by first responders, health care and medical facilities and social services agencies dealing with people who may have the coronavirus.

    Items needed include unused and unopened masks, gowns, gloves, face shields, goggles, safety glasses, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.

    Donations can be dropped off at the Kane County Judicial Center, 37W777 IL-38, St. Charles, from noon to 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting Monday, March 30, through Friday, April 17.

    The collection will be managed by the Kane County Office of Emergency Management.

    Anyone with a large amount of items to be donated should email the county at kanecountyeoc@countyofkane.org.


    Serve Illinois Serve Illinois

    Serve Illinois

    Millions of Illinoisans rely on the kindness of others each and every day. That shouldn’t change just because you’ve been asked to stay home. It just takes a little creativity.

    Serve Illinois is in the process of providing CDC guidance to service organizations across the state. That includes daily health surveys and temperature checks for all volunteers and staff, the disinfecting of surfaces at each shift change, and ensuring that any group work involves fewer than 10 people — all with proper social distancing parameters.

    This is not a free pass to violate the Stay at Home order. This is an opportunity for healthy college students looking for something to do, or individuals who aren’t able to work from home—an opportunity for people who are healthy and looking to help.

    If that’s you, register on the Serve Illinois website and the organization will connect you with opportunities based on their needs.

    Learn more on their website: www.serve.illinois.gov

  • How Business Can Help

  •  Providing supply chain support Providing supply chain support

    iBIO / IMA 
    The  Illinois Biotechnology Association (iBIO) and the Illinois Manufacturers' Association (IMA) are partnering with the Pritzker Administration to ramp up in-state production of essential supplies.
    These include items such as N95 masks, gloves, gowns, ventilators, sanitizer, and more. All of these products will be used in Illinois to help our local communities.

    The organizations are providing supply chain support to help connect manufacturers who are ramping up or altering their operations to provide more essential items.
    You can fill out the proper forms and find additional information here or here.

    Donate essential supplies,see list, or help in other ways Donate essential supplies,see list, or help in other ways

    Under the leadership of Director Erin Guthrie, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is also calling on businesses to donate essential supplies or help in any way they can.  For example, Chamber member Ford Motor Company is partnering with other companies to expand the production of ventilators to help support the supply chain and save lives.
    You can find a list of all supplies needed here.
    You can send a list of donation items (in original packaging) along with their current location and exact quantity to: PPE.donations@illinois.gov.
    Wholesalers, suppliers, or manufacturers that already have items on hand to sell or will in the future, should contact: COVID.procurement@illinois.gov.
    While not all businesses can produce life-saving equipment, many have the capacity to donate items or funds that will make a difference.
    For non-PPE items, tangible or financial, please email: CEO.BusinessDonations@illinois.gov.


  • Make Face Mask

  • VNA Health Care is calling on community members to donate surplus and/or homemade face masks for their healthcare staff. Given the demands placed on the supply chain for protective masks, this is a critical need for VNA and healthcare providers across the board. Donated masks can be dropped off at VNA's Aurora location at 400 N. Highland Ave. The masks should include the donor's contact information to the attention of Joellyn Farina. Additionally, masks can be dropped off at any VNA clinic location with the above information included. The clinic locations are listed on VNA's webpage.

  • How to Make Masks



  • We're so proud to be a member of this community, and enormously appreciative of the hard work the chamber has done to help local businesses. You're an invaluable resource, and one we're thankful for! - Midwest Bone & Joint Institute 

    You are doing a GREAT JOB supporting local business. Your proactive communication and support is REALLY APPRECIATED. 

    Thank You!!
    Jenny Redisi,
    Cafe Roma 

    I learned so much about how to build my business from the ground up from business owners who presented to the Elgin Area Chamber’s Small Business Academy, along with incredible networking. Thank you, EAC!

    Amanda Garcia, Principal                  ColorWord Creative




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