May 2021

Around the Neighborhood

Chicago’s first lady, Amy Eshleman, recently visited the Protect Chicago Plus vaccination clinic located at UI Health Mile Square Health Center to greet the community and provide encouraging words of support to those receiving their COVID-19 vaccines.
Chicago’s first lady, Amy Eshleman, recently visited the Protect Chicago Plus vaccination clinic located at UI Health Mile Square Health Center to greet the community and provide encouraging words of support to those receiving their COVID-19 vaccines.

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Editor’s note: At press time, future events listed in Around the Neighborhood still were scheduled, but changes are happening on a daily basis due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Check websites or call before going out in case organizers have postponed or canceled events.

BENTON HOUSE INFO

At Benton House, 3052 S. Gratten Ave., find out about public benefits such as supplemental nutrition assistance and citizenship application help. Call (773) 927-6420 or email [email protected]

BOULEVARD NEWS

The Boulevard of Chicago at 3456 W. Franklin Blvd. provides medical respite care and housing services for homeless adults discharged from area hospitals. Call (773) 533-6013 or log on to www.blvd.org.

BUCKNER RESOURCES

Residents who want to share their thoughts or require assistance on coronavirus or any issue in the community can reach the office of State Rep Kam Buckner (D-26th) at (773) 924-1755 or by email at [email protected]

CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES

Bright Star Community Outreach and Bright Star Church provide resources related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including rental assistance and utilities support. They also have a trauma helpline and provide professional development, emotional support, and child and family services. Log on to brightstarcommunityoutreach.com/. Donations welcome. The church is located at 4518 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

BUCKNER RESOURCES

Residents who want to share their thoughts or require assistance on coronavirus or any issue in the community can reach the office of State Rep Kam Buckner (D-26th) at (773) 924-1755 or by email at [email protected]

GET HELP

The Catholic Charities call center helps callers with a variety of needs and connects them to programs within Catholic Charities or other agencies. 

The organization offers meals to go at St. Vincent Center, 721 N. LaSalle St., Monday through Friday at 4 p.m. No pre-registration required.

Catholic Charities operates several food pantries. 

A counseling/support hotline is available at (312) 948-6951. Catholic Charities also offers professional counseling at (312) 644-7725.

Log on to catholiccharities.net, call (312) 655-7700, or email [email protected]

ART EXHIBITIONS

Chicago Artists Coalition, 2130 W. Fulton St., will present three new exhibitions, all open to the public from Friday, May 7, through Wednesday, June 16, by appointment only from 3 to 8 p.m. For more information, call (312) 491-8888. 

CPS HOTLINES

The Chicago Public Schools administration has established a Healthy CPS Hotline at (773) 533-KIDS (5437) and CPS Parent Tech Support Hotline at (773) 417-1060. Or, email [email protected]

COMMUNITY JUSTICE GRANTS

Expensify.org, a charity founded by the preaccounting platform Expensify, runs the Community Justice Grant Challenge, which can provide up to $100,000 in funding to ten grassroots organizations or individuals fighting injustices in their community. Expensify.org wants to partner with groups working to advance change in at least one of these areas: climate justice, food security, housing equity, reentry services, or youth advocacy. To apply, visit Expensify.org. The deadline to apply has been extended to Saturday, May 15.

FOOD PANTRIES

The following food pantries provide groceries and meals to those who need them.

Chosen Tabernacle Full Gospel, 4310 S. Champlain Ave., Thursday, 1 to 3 p.m., (888) 834-9414.

Church of St. Paul and the Redeemer, 4945 S. Dorchester Ave., Wednesday, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., (773) 624-3185.

Hyde Park SDA Soup Kitchen, 4608 S. Drexel Blvd., Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., (773) 373-2909.

Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, 4242 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., (773) 548-7500.

Kenwood UCC Soup Kitchen, 4608 S. Greenwood Ave., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9:30 to 10 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m., (773) 373-2861.

Operation Pull Grant Memorial, 4017 S. Drexel Blvd., Tuesday, 1 to 3 p.m., (773) 285-5819.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

To encourage community-oriented selflessness and volunteerism, Zakat Foundation of America has set aside $20,000 in scholarships for high school seniors entering college who have engaged in community service. Applications must be submitted by Monday, May 10. Learn more at www.zakat.org/.