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MIX Community Update

The Mix Community Update Page. Your source for local information, updates, and tips to help keep your family happy and healthy.

A Full Breakdown of the 5 Phases for Reopening Chicago
For the latest of the 5 Phases, click HERE.

Centers for Disease Control
For the latest information from the CDC click HERE.

State of Illinois
For information from the state of Illinois related to COVID-19, click HERE.

City of Chicago Coronavirus Response Center
For the City of Chicago Coronavirus Response Center, click HERE.

Gov. Pritzker Announced a “Stay-At-Home” Order for Illinois
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced Friday, March 20th that the state will be under a ‘stay at home’ order starting this weekend and until April as the number of COVID-19 cases in the state continue to rise. Full details HERE.

City of Chicago Partners with Airbnb
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced a new partnership with Airbnb to support residents fleeing violence during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Coordination of this program will be facilitated through the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline which is available to residents 24/7/365 at 877-863-6338 (TTY 877-863-6339) and The Network: Advocating Against Domestic Violence.

Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund
In collaboration with the City of Chicago, The Chicago Community Trust and United Way of Metro Chicago launched the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund to unite the funds raised by Chicago’s philanthropies, corporations and individuals to be disbursed to nonprofit organizations across the region. Full details HERE.

Coronavirus Updates from the Chicago Department of Public Health
For full updates from the Chicago Department of Public Health, click HERE.

Unemployment Benefits
If you are temporarily out of work because of COVID-19, you are eligible for unemployment benefits.  Find out more HERE.

Chicago Restaurant Closures
For full updates on Chicago restaurant closures, click HERE.

Chicago Officials Details Rules for Chicago Bar and Restaurant Closures
To better understand the rules surrounding the Chicago bar and restaurant shutdown, click HERE.

Chicagoland School Closings
For full updates on all Chicago and Suburban School closures, click HERE.

Chicago Canceled Events
For full updates on event cancellations in and around Chicago, click HERE.

Chicago Transit Authority
For full updates from the Chicago Transit Authority, click HERE.

Explaining Coronavirus to Kids
Help kids understand Coronavirus and its impact with The Ultimate Kids’ Guide to the New Coronavirus HERE.

World Health Organization
For advice to the public from the WHO regarding health tips and safety, click HERE.

A COVID-19 Coronavirus Update from Concerned Physicians
For an update from a group of medical experts, click HERE.

We Will Get Through This, Chicago
Chicago is tough. Chicago is creative and resourceful. Chicago endures. Read more HERE.

Ask the Know-It Alls: What is Coronavirus?
How can I avoid catching it? Is Covid-19 more deadly than the flu? WIRED’s in-house Know-It-Alls answer your questions HERE.

Tour Top Museums FREE From Your Couch
Enjoy free virtual tours of museums from around the world, HERE.

Ideas for Kids at Home
Need ideas for making the most of your kids time at home? Click HERE.

Preparing to Work Remotely
Will you or your company be working remotely in the coming weeks? Find helpful information HERE.

The Work From Home Checklist
A full checklist to ease into working from home, available HERE.

Your Immune System
Find facts and myths about boosting your immune system HERE.

A History of Happy Birthday
Singing “Happy Birthday” to yourself a lot lately? Find a history of the song HERE.

9 Ways to Keep Your Cool in the Corona Crisis
Find tips on how to keep your cool HERE.

The Office of Federal Student Aid
To find out the latest on student loan relief from the office of Federal Student Aid, click HERE.

Study At Home
Free math activities for kids in grades K-8, through June 30th, at ST Math available HERE.

5 Resources to Help You Work From Home
Need help maximizing your output, while working from home? Click HERE.

Free COVID-19 Screenings for CPD Officers
For more information, click HERE.

Virtual Art Therapy Sessions
To help cope with increased isolation and quarantine and to prevent exposure from the COVID-19, Twist Out Cancer is also hosting weekly virtual Twistshops, which are Art Therapy Sessions.  They are free, open to the public, and will take place every Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Central. For more information, click HERE.

Chicago Architecture Center At Home
The Chicago Architecture Center launched CAC@Home with book talks, interactives for families and much more. Now, the CAC launches CAC Live with remotely accessible CAC For the Family programming through June 5, 2020. Registration for all COVID-19 related CAC Live events is free. More information HERE.

Cut Your Hair at Home
Want to cut your hair at home? For instructions and tips, click HERE.

Websites to Trust for More Information
For 15 Websites to Trust for Reliable Coronavirus Information, click HERE.

HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Help the Chicago Medical Society Give Illinoisans a Fighting Chance to Survive
As you may know, plasma from individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 can be a potentially rich source of antibodies. If you, or someone you know, has recovered from coronavirus, your blood can likely help someone who is currently infected with COVID-19.

The Chicago Medical Society is seeking blood donations from individuals who have recovered at a blood bank in your area. For more details and to donate, click HERE.

Chicago Together! Make a Mask, Give a Mask, Wear a Mask
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) today announced that the City of Chicago is launching the “Chicago Together! Make a Mask, Give a Mask, Wear a Mask” citywide cloth mask drive on Saturday, April 25, 2020. More information HERE.

Share World’s Finest Chocolate to Support Healthcare Heroes
Join the #10,000,000barchallenge where if successful, World’s Finest Chocolate is going to donate 10,000,000 chocolate bars to our Healthcare Heroes and Frontline workers. For $60, you can get a case of chocolate sent directly to your door to enjoy with your family. With that purchase, WFC will make the donation that will give 60 Healthcare Heroes a small respite and something to smile about during these most difficult times. For more information and to place an order, click HERE.

State Representative Brad Stephens Launches the Highlight a Hero Campaign!
We want to hear your stories. Help us recognize those going above and beyond. Help inspire others by nominating a hero HERE.

American Writers Museum Creates Online Exhibit, Includes Teacher Resources and Educational Materials
In the wake of COVID-19, the American Writers Museum is bringing its latest exhibit, My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today, to viewers online so it can be enjoyed from home during this time of social distancing. More details HERE.

Unite Against Hunger
You can help The Greater Chicago Food Depository and The Northern Illinois Food Bank – without even leaving your home. Make a simple donation at feedingillinois.org/unite or you can Text FEEDIL to 91999.

Donate Protective Gear
If you would like to help the State of Illinois by donating protective gear for healthcare workers and other first responders, click HERE.

Donate Blood
If you would like to make a difference during the outbreak, give blood.  Find the nearest blood bank with the Red Cross Blood Bank Finder HERE.

Greater Chicago Food Depository
For information on how to make a donation to the Greater Chicago Food Depository or to access food, click HERE.

Donate Time for Childcare
Mayor Lightfoot Announces New Initiative with Sittercity, Calls for Volunteers to Provide Childcare to First Responders and Healthcare Workers on The Front Lines of Covid-19. More info HERE.

Help Seniors
For more information on helping seniors in need of virus prevention supplies, click HERE.

Find and Donate Supplies
For more information on how to find and update people on where to buy supplies in real time, click HERE.

Mental Health
For information on how to care for your mental health, click HERE.

Vernon Township Food Bank
Vernon Township Food Pantry to stay open and offer drive up service and select delivery to elderly. More information HERE.

Help the Homeless
For information on how you can help the homeless, please visit A Safe Haven HERE.

Support Chicago Service and Entertainment Industry Staff
For information on how you can help Chicago Service and Entertainment Industry Staff, click HERE.

Help Your Local Bartenders
For ways you can help your favorite bartenders, click HERE.

The Lake County COVID-19 Community Response Fund
The fund has been established to support local charities assisting the most vulnerable in Lake County. To make a donation click HERE.

Donate Tablets to Seniors
In an effort to assist residents, staff and leaders at Caledonia Senior Living & Memory Care are requesting donations of used iPads to provide families and friends the opportunity to video chat. Learn more HERE.

Bark from the Heart
This year’s Bark in the Park has been canceled so The Anti-Cruelty Society is hosting a virtual fundraiser, Bark From The Heart, on May 16th to raise critical funds for animals in need. For more info, click HERE.