COVID-19 Community Resources for CYSO Families

During this unprecedented time, we understand that in order to focus on music, our students and families basic needs must be met. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of resources for anyone in need of extra support right now. We’re all in this together and CYSO hopes to be here for you, in any way that you need us.


Chicago Resources
City of Chicago COVID Response – information on the city’s response and resources
Chicago COVID-19 Hardship & Help – apply for or give mutual aid
Chicago Community COVID resources


CPS free meals for School-Aged Children
Emergency Food Program
Greater Chicago Food Depository – find a food pantry near you


Community Health Centers – Directory of health centers that work on a sliding scale
COVID-19 Illustrations in Multiple Languages – from Chicago United for Equity
Chicago Department of Public Health Centers – Access free teletherapy services by calling 312-747-1020
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) Chicago – Helpline open 7 days a week at 833-626-4244
Donate Medical Supplies – City of Chicago resources for donating PPE and medical supplies
Resources for the Disability Community – from Access Living


Unemployment, Labor, & Small Business Resources
Unemployment Benefits – Illinois has expanded unemployment to cover more workers laid off as a result of COVID-19
Unemployment Benefits Information for Non-U.S. Citizens
Chicago & Cook County Paid Sick Leave FAQ
Workers Rights


Housing & Utilities
Emergency Rental Assistance – One-time grant for those at immediate risk of eviction
ComEd Hardship program


Resources for Immigrants
Resources for Immigrants during the COVID-19 Crisis – A comprehensive list put together by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)
COVID-19 Recursos para Comunidades Indocumentadas – Nationwide resources for people who are undocumented


Legal & Safety
Domestic Violence Services
Legal Aid Chicago – Assists low-income clients with eviction, benefits, domestic violence, and other issues


Emergency Funds for Musicians
Emergency arts resources – compiled by 3Arts
Jazz Foundation of America COVID-19 Fund
Music Cares COVID-19 Relief Fund
Musicians Foundation
Sweet Relief COVID-19 Fund




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