In this difficult time, many already are already facing significant challenges. As a church, we want to help in a variety of ways. Let us know what needs you have.
Also, we want you to be aware of reliable information about state and local resources available for you:
- Health Care: here is a Symptom checker & information on getting a COVID-19 test in our area. Also, here are general updates from Advocate Health Care in Aurora.
- Food banks
State and Federal Assistance:
- IL website with guidance about COVID-19
- Link to CDC one pager on health prevention. Link to CDC “what to do if you are sick.”
- Overview of Economic Aid Programs and Covid-19 Economic Resources from the State of Illinois and Federal Government
- IL Individual Unemployment Claim Site & Handbook
- Federal small business disaster loans (Illinois is qualified)
- State of Illinois request for information on small business needs (please fill this out so the state makes sure and covers YOUR situation)
Other Kinds of Assistance:
- US Chamber of Commerce coronavirus toolkit
- Facebook Small Business Grants
- Kabbage is an online gift certificate/payment processor – they are offering gift certificate signups.
- Loans fund and additional resource links
- Food and restaurant industry relief funds
- Restaurant workers relief fund
The below information comes directly from an article from WGN Chicago called “Where to Go If You Have Lost Your Job or Are In Trouble with Your Bills .”
On March 19, 2020, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced several efforts to bring economic relief to those hit hardest by COVID-19. There are also additional services and resources available for people who suddenly find themselves out of work.
Pritzker said unemployment insurance is available to those without paid sick leave or those unable to work due to COVID-19. He added that his administration has waived the seven-day waiting period, so anyone who qualifies can be immediately eligible.
Information on how to file an unemployment insurance claim can be found here.
Pritzker said he is working with food banks throughout the state to expand services. Links to food banks across Illinois can be found here….
Loans for small businesses
Small businesses struggling to pay rent, employees and utilities may be eligible for loans. Interest rates for Illinois businesses without credit available elsewhere is 3.75% and 2.75% for nonprofit businesses. More information on loans for small businesses in Illinois can be found here.
Until the state disaster declaration is lifted — utilities including energy, telecommunications and water cannot be shutoff. Information on applying for utility bill assistance can be found here.
Companies that are hiring
Some companies are urgently hiring employees to keep up with the demand of goods during the COVID-19 shutdown.
Amazon announced Tuesday they will need to hire thousands of workers to handle all the deliveries for everyone staying at home.
These companies are also hiring: