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COVID-19 Resources

Updated: Sep 29, 2023

While we all are in this weird, and confusing time together, may we take advantage of our extra time at home. Below are activities, copings mechanisms, and resources for you while you shelter in place.


 

ABOSRB ART

12 Famous Museums – Virtual Tours

Virtual Concerts

Neil Gaiman offers free stuff

Metropolitan Opera free streaming

The African-American Art Shaping the 21st Century

Take a museum virtual tour

Free Catalogue of Indigenous films

Free livestreams from Center for Puppetry Arts

Audible Stories – Free kid/youth audiobooks

Free video of Broadway plays

National Film Board of Canada has 4,000 free streaming titles

Chicago Public Library online resources

Full length dance performances

Watch/Stream

 

MAKE ART


- Draw, paint, hand letter

- Do a puzzle

- Start journaling, or bullet journaling

- Try a Pinterest at home DIY craft

- Make a collage or poster

- Do a photography project

- Create a digital scrapbook

- Draw an apple using a different style each day, for a week

- Write a poem or story

- Revamp your garden

- Practice Mindfulness

- Make a cookbook

- Up-Cycle something

- Build a free website

Lunch doodles with Mo Willems

Art at home

Lynda Barry teaches you how to draw

Swear word coloring pages for adults

Comic Workshops

The Art Assignments

 

LEARN

- Read a book

- Practice a new language – DUOLingo App

- Do your taxes/organize finances

- Learn to say a favorite phrase or quote in 7 different languages

- Read the books you never had time for

- Spruce up your CV

- Find great podcasts

- Update your goals

- Join an online community of likeminded people

Chicago Public Library Online Resources

Ivy League Free Courses


UIC library free online resources

Skype a scientist

NASA media library

10 university art classes

10 E-books

Here are 2,780+ free ebooks

Stream Opera


 

EXPERIENCE NATURE

Virtual National Parks Tours

Garfield Park Conservatory Digital Tour

Birding is the Perfect Social Distancing Activity

Take a Walk!

 

COPE

- Declutter. Baby steps

- Start a gratitude Journal

- Research something you have always wondered about

- Take a bubble Bath with candles and music

- Learn/Research a heritage skill like baking, woodwork, preserving, mosaic, ceramics, cheese making, fermenting, foraging, quilting, slow cooking, soap and candle making, crochet, knots, home remedies

- Organize your music playlist

- Reorganize your wardrobe

- Delete all the apps you don’t use

- Delete all of the Instagram/Twitter accounts that cause you to have negativity about yourself

- Organize all your passwords

- Unsubscribe from unnecessary email subscriptions

Swear word Coloring Pages for Adults

Ground.

Quarantine tips from my cat.

MINDFULNESS

Calm App

10% Happier App

Free Yoga Livestream

Core Power

Virtual yoga and meditation classes

 

SUPPORT/GET SUPPORT

- Write Letters of Love or Thanks

- Write an advice letter to the teenager you were.

- Write another to yourself in 20 years

- Reach out to someone who lives alone or is feeling anxious

- Host a Skype or Zoom dinner party

- Or a virtual dance party

- Make donation box for Goodwill

Medical Attention Request


Beat Isolation/Loneliness

Chicago COVID-19 Mutual Aid Volunteer Sign up

COVID-19 Mutual Aid Fund for LGBTQ+ BIPOC folks

Rogers Park Community Response Team

Ways to support Rogers Park small businesses

Substance Use Help

List of postponed Chicago AA/NA meetings and online/phone alternatives: https://www.chicagoaa.org/covid19meetinglist/

Harm Reduction

Summary of Online and Telephone-Based Substance Use Recovery Support

Attached is a resource for remote services available for clients with alcohol/substance use concerns during this uncertain and likely stressful time. Please feel free to distribute it widely to anyone who may benefit or find it useful to share with others. Many thanks to Sarah Forster, at the Pittsburgh VA, for creating and sharing this resource.

Restaurant Industry Assistance https://ofwemergencyfund.org/help

Bartender Emergency Assistance https://www.usbgfoundation.org

Chicago COVID-19 Hardship and Help


 

WORK FROM HOME

Tips to survive working from home

Pomodoro Technique

WITH KIDDOS

Work with kids

Parent/Caregiver COVID Guides


Explain to kids

WITH PETS


 

FINANCES

Credit Card assistance

Food Pantries and Community Assistance

Utilities

To increase the number of Chicagoans able to access broadband, Comcast has introduced new eligibility guidelines for their “Internet Essentials” package which will make the program available to all families who qualify for government public assistance programs, including low-income individuals with disabilities and seniors. To apply for the program, low-income applicants need to show they are participating in one of more than a dozen different government assistance programs. The first two months are free, then you can cancel without penalty or continue service for $9.95 per month. For more information visit www.internetessentials.com or https://Aplicar.InternetEssentials.com (Spanish)

If you live in Chicagoland, Northern Illinois or Northwest Indiana, use the Online Referral Desk Form below to contact us for assistance with rent/mortgage, utilities, medicine, food, clothing, or transportation.


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