COVID-19 Community Outreach
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North Shore Senior Center
North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic
Social Services for Teens, Young Adults, and Families
Increased Unemployment Benefits
The CARES Act provides financial assistance to workers affected by COVID-19 by both increasing unemployment benefits and expanding eligibility. This can mean an extra $600 per week in unemployment benefits to eligible employees and an additional 13 weeks of continued $600 weekly payments for individuals who remain unemployed after exhausting their state unemployment benefits. The Illinois Department of Employment Security recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive to the current situation as possible. Learn more here.
Health Insurance Assistance
The Illinois Department of Insurance recognizes the critical role that health insurance coverage plays in the public’s ability to access health care services during this challenging time. Information on insurance coverage and resources for residents can be found here. Read Frequently Asked Questions about insurance coverage and COVID-19 here.
Donate to NorthShore University HealthSystem
The NSYMCA is now a site for critical blood drives with the Red Cross. If you are able to give blood, get more information or sign up here.
Hunger Free Northbrook
North Suburban YMCA
Brighten Someone's Day Program
The NSYMCA is partnering with senior homes and Covenant Living to bring love, inspiration and friendly "hellos" to the seniors and our entire community who may be struggling with social distancing. Kids and adults in our community have been drawing virtual pictures and writing letters to help in our efforts. To help submit a letter, drawing or video for senior residents, click here.
Volunteer Wellness Checks
Do you have a neighbor living alone and needs a wellness check? Volunteers at the NSYMCA are doing wellness checks and friendly phones calls to isolated adults and seniors in the community. If you have a neighbor or know someone who would like to talk to a friendly voice, click here.
Heart2Heart Coaching and Consulting is partnering with North Suburban YMCA in Northbrook to collect tablets and smarphones for donation to area hospitals, nursing homes and other care facilities. The electronics will help to keep patients and residents in contact with their loved ones and their community.
Anyone with a tablet or smarphone they are no longer using can email firstname.lastname@example.org or North Suburban YMCA Adult Program Coordinator Karen Brownlee at email@example.com to make arrangements for a drop off or pick up.