How You Can Help
Join the Medical Reserve Corps
You can help protect the health and well-being of our community by joining the Evanston Medical Reserve Corps. The Corps is a volunteer group of medical and non-medical professionals who assist the Health and Human Services Department and first responders. If you’re interested in joining, please email EvanstonMRC@cityofevanston.org.
Donate Medical and Disinfectant Supplies
The City is welcoming donations of unopened medical, disinfection and sanitation items to be dispersed throughout the community, including to the Evanston Police and Fire Departments. If you have personal protective equipment (PPE) to donate, such as N95 masks or gloves, please complete the PPE donation form.
All Illinois restaurants and bars have been ordered to temporarily close for dining in. Here are a few small ways that those who are able to can help their favorite small businesses stay afloat through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Carry out: Order ahead or get takeout from your favorite local restaurant while you practice social distancing. Many are offering curbside delivery. The City's Economic Development Division has assembled a list of local businesses that will remain open for carry out and delivery.
Order in: Many independently owned restaurants and food businesses have a delivery service already in place. Some that haven't previously done so are now joining delivery platforms like Uber Eats.
Buy a gift card: If you frequent a business, buy a gift card that covers what you would normally spend. The use of this gift card can be spread out over time or can be given away later.
Keep your subscription: If you have a subscription or membership to a gym or class, keep it! Many small businesses rely on their monthly membership or subscriptions to stay in business.
Contribute to a fundraising campaign: Many businesses have had GoFundMe fundraiser campaigns started for them. By contributing to these campaigns, you can help businesses raise funds so that they can continue to pay their staff and bills.
Additional Local Resources
With the spread of COVID-19, nonprofit partners are feeling its impact, ultimately affecting our most vulnerable neighbors. There are ways you can help without leaving your home. Local non-profits need donations now to help people with rent, food and basic needs.
Local volunteer opportunities will be posted at cityofevanston.org/covidvolunteers.
Evanston Community Rapid Response Fund
The Evanston Community Foundation has launched a new fund, the Evanston Community Rapid Response Fund, in order to foster a unified philanthropic response to address the impact of the coronavirus COVID-19 in the Evanston community. Donations to the Evanston Community Rapid Response Fund will immediately support this vital effort. Please consider making a contribution to ensure that our most vulnerable populations are protected.
Help the Homeless
Leadership from the Evanston Community Foundation, the City of Evanston, Connections for the Homeless, the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, Curt’s Cafe, and Interfaith Action of Evanston are funding, staffing, and coordinating a joint effort to temporarily shelter our housing insecure neighbors. Contribute to Interfaith Action or Connections for the Homeless to support their efforts.
Organizations like the American Red Cross and Vitalant are experiencing blood shortages due to the coronavirus and are in urgent need of blood donations. Consider scheduling an appointment to donate today.
During a time of crisis, it’s important to look out for your fellow Evanston residents. The best way to do this is by staying home, especially if you’re showing symptoms of COVID-19.
Take preventive measures
In addition to practicing good hygiene, if a person is exposed to someone who develops the virus, they should take proactive measures to quarantine (self-isolate) themselves from others for 14 days.
Don’t stockpile household items
Please only buy what your family needs for a week or two. It is important to remember that many families may be unable to buy a supply of food and water for weeks in advance. Consumer demand has recently been exceptionally high–especially for grocery, household cleaning, and some healthcare products.
Support the youth meals program
The City has partnered with Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and ETHS District 202 to provide meals for youth impacted by school closures. Make a donation to suport the program at cityofevanston.org/youthmeals.
Support the Emergency Food Pantry
The City has partnered with Northwestern University's Office of Neighborhood and Community Relations to establish an emergency food pantry every Wednesday through the end of May. Community members can support the Food Pantry by making a financial contribution at cityofevanston.org/pantrydonations.