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How to Help Our New Neighbors

Thank you for your interest in helping our new neighbors feel at home in the great city of Chicago. We are not accepting donations of supplies at the 49th Ward Office at this time. Instead, if you are interested in providing support, please do so via the following methods:

Monetary donations:

  1. Instituto del Progreso Latino is accepting monetary donations which will go towards basic necessities for individuals in need, including food, clothing, and toiletries. Donate at this link.

  2. Instituto del Progreso Latino has also set up an Amazon Wishlist in partnership with the City of Chicago, which is regularly updated to meet the needs of new arrivals. (Wishlist link)

  3. Cradles to Crayons Chicago also has an Amazon Wishlist, through which they provide clothing and diapers. (Wishlist link)

Furniture donations:

  1. Chicago Furniture Bank is collecting furniture. You can:

  2. Schedule a pickup by filling out this form.

  3. Drop off furniture at 4801 S Whipple St, Chicago IL, 60632. Drop-offs are open Monday through Friday, 9am - 4pm. For more information visit https://www.chicagofurniturebank.org/.

Other supply donations:

  1. Cradles to Crayons Chicago is requesting gently used clothing, shoes, winter coats, socks, underwear, and pajamas. Find a drop-off location near you.

  2. New, unopened supplies such as diapers and baby clothing can also be donated through Instituto del Progreso Latino (at 2520 S. Western Ave) or the Pilsen Food Pantry (1850 S. Throop St.), which is also requesting hygiene supplies such as sanitizers and medical kits.

Local supply donations: 

Please call ahead of time to find out current needs!

  1. Family Empowerment Center:  1533 W. Devon, 773-262-0760

  2. A Just Harvest: 7649 N. Paulina, 773-262-2297

  3. Care for Real: 5339 N. Sheridan, 773-769-6182​​

  • Care for Real paused collection of new donations during December 2023. They have since resumed and are collecting coats, hats, boots, and other items throughout January. Please still call for current needs.​

Current donation drives: 

Click on the links for more information on what items are being collected, and where to drop off donations.

  1. Trilogy Coat & Winter Clothing Drive - ends January 31, 2024

  2. One Warm Coat has an interactive map of all places accepting winter clothing in the country. Locations in our ward include CMSA and Housing Opportunities for Women.

To look for aid options in the Edgewater/Uptown communities, please access the 48th Ward's migrant relief document here

To provide additional information and update this webpage, please email clarissa@49thward.org.

Last updated: January 9, 2024

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