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Last Update: August 23 at 12:38 PM

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is closely monitoring developments with COVID-19 and following the recommendations of public health experts. Click here to read the latest news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Click here to read the latest updates from the City of Chicago. The health and safety of our clients, staff, vendors, and volunteers is our primary concern, and as a result, we are limiting access to our YWCA locations, suspending some programs and services, and making adjustments to the delivery of other services.

Click here for the latest Financial Empowerment Resources if you are experiencing any financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic or want to learn more about free financial education resources. Join our MPWR Parent Hub for activities and resources to use with your children via our RECESSTM at Home offerings. Click here for other Community Resources including State of Illinois updates and response, information on food, housing, and transportation, support and guidance for parents, and more.

COVID-19 VaccineS

Fresh Meal Distribution

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is continuing to distribute free meals to members of the community. Anyone is welcome to come by and receive these meals, as supplies last.

Chicago – North Lawndale
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
10:30am CDT (until supplies last)
YWCA Julian Grace Innovation & Technology Institute
Homan Square Community Center
3517 W. Arthington
Chicago, IL 60624
Thank you to our meal providers, Rethink Food and World Central Kitchen.

If you are interested in participating as a volunteer, please reach out to Brian Starr, our Team Captain on this important and worthwhile project, at brian.starr@ywcachicago.org. We aim to have PPE available for all volunteers, but if at all possible, please plan on bringing your own mask and gloves.

Use the Find Food IL map to find other places in your community offering free food or meals. You can also find stores and markets that accept SNAP/LINK or WIC coupons. Plus, see the DHS or WIC office nearest to you.

Click here for the IL community food map.

Click here for information on how families can use their SNAP/EBT to shop groceries on Amazon.

YWCA Programs and Services

These arrangements will be effective through at least January 4, 2021. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust accordingly. Please continue to follow us here and on social media for updates on programs, services, and upcoming events as plans are subject to change.

Remote Programs and Services

Wherever possible, we are transitioning the following to remote options (e.g. teleconference or virtual visits):

In-Person Services

These services will be provided on a case-by-case basis and depend on federal/state policies. Staff will contact you directly for any cancellations.

 

NO ACCESS – Please refrain from going to these YWCA sites.

Program staff will be available remotely to continue providing services, so please look out for emails/phone calls with more details. You can also continue sending your inquiries through our online contact form to have the message forwarded to the right team.

 

LIMITED ACCESS – Limited hours will be maintained with reduced staffing.

Please look out for emails/phone calls with more details. You can also continue sending your inquiries through our online contact form to have the message forwarded to the right team.

 

YWCA Events

Following the CDC’s guidance, all YWCA events being planned for more than 10 people are either being canceled, postponed, or moved to a virtual experience. Please visit www.ywcachicago.org/events for specific event information. If you have any other questions/concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out at info@ywcachicago.org or by participating in our next online Town Hall on Facebook. Click here to watch the last one.

These are challenging times for social impact organizations that are focused on supporting our communities while also keeping our staff and clients safe. Event cancellations and grant funding reductions may have significant implications for our operations and sustainability. We’re also looking at how we can supplement the resources available to the public as families struggle with housing, food, utilities, child care, and income reductions. If you feel compelled to help support the organization during this crisis, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. Any amount helps us as we make contingency plans for the near future! 

Thank you for your support and patience as we navigate this ever-changing situation, together!