For those most vulnerable among us, times are incredibly tough. Our office hears every day from people who have lost their jobs in connection to COVID-19, people who need food brought to their home to avoid potentially life threatening exposure, people who are shutting down their businesses to protect the public health, and people who are putting their health on the line at work every day to care for others. 

Are you in need of assistance? Please reach out to my office at 872-208-5188 or Our staff can help with a wide range of needs from grocery delivery to navigating the application for unemployment benefits.  

Looking for ways to support others in our communities? Here are 5 ways you can help:

1.  Support our community food pantries

Food pantries in our community have seen an incredible uptick in need, some seeing 10x their usual number of clients over the last few weeks. 

They have dramatically increased their capacity to order, pack, and distribute food, toiletries, and more in mere days. All the while, implementing critical and difficult safety practices to protect clients and volunteers. 

Staff are working day and night to keep up with need. 

In order to help keep up with this need, I am working with State Senator Laura Fine, State Senator Heather Steans, State Representative John D'Amico, State Representative Kelly Cassidy, State Representative Mark "Yehiel" Kalish, State Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, Commissioner Larry Suffredin, Commissioner Bridgett Degnen, Commissioner Scott Brittton, Alderman Debra Silverstein, Alderman Samantha Nugent, Alderman Andre Vasquez, MWRD Commissioner Josina Morita, and Committeeman Lou Lang to raise funds for our community food pantries and we need your help.

We have donated and ask that if you're able you click here to join us in supporting this important cause.

Every donation counts, whether you have $15, $50, $100, $250, or $500 to spare. 

Donations will be split among the following organizations that are feeding neighbors in and around the 8th District: 

Niles Township Food Pantry

Maine Township Food Pantry

Northfield Township Food Pantry

ICNA Relief-Chicago

The Salvation Army Mayfair Corp of Community Food Pantry

City of Niles Familiy Services

Care for Real 

Howard Area Community Center 

A Just Harvest

Northwest Church of Christ

Seventh-day Adventist Church Chicago

Edgebrook Lutheran Church

Common Pantry

The Ark

Chicago Chesed Fund Food Pantry, Maot Chitim of Greater Chicago, Bikur Cholim of Chicago, Agudath Israel of Illinois, Chicago Center for Torah and Chesed, Chicago Mitzvah Campaign.

Click HERE to donate.

2. Support your local businesses

Local businesses are the backbone of our economy, creating jobs and bringing critical services to our community. They are also among the businesses most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Looking for ways to support local small businesses? A few great options are order carry-out or delivery from your favorite local restaurants or buying gift cards for later use at local shops. 

Check out chamber pages for information on specific businesses and more tips: West Ridge Chamber of CommerceEdgebrook-Sauganash Chamber of CommerceNiles Chamber of CommerceSkokie Chamber of CommerceLincolnwood Chamber of CommerceMorton Grove Chamber of CommerceGlenview Chamber of CommerceDes Plaines Chamber of Commerce.

3. Support our first responders by donating Personal Protective Equipment

There is an urgent call for more personal protective equipement (PPE).

The Illinois Department of Public Health is encouraging all outpatient surgical and procedural centers, ambulatory surgery centers, and veterinarians, among others, to donate their unused PPE that is not immediately needed to assist health care providers, health care facilities, and first responders who are on the front line and actively responding to COVID-19.

Any type of PPE will be welcomed, especially surgical gloves, gowns, goggles, face shields, surgical masks, and N-95 respirator masks. 

To donate PPE, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Have leads on PPE manufacturers? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


4. Volunteer with #TeamRam to make senior calls

Join #TeamRam to call seniors in our district's communities from your own home. We will be asking if they have any general question regarding what is happening as well as asking what assistance and/or services they may need. Our constituent service team is able to follow up. 

This is an all in effort to make sure people have accurate information and get the help they need and deserve. All volunteers will be trained, no experience required. 

Sign up HERE to join us on the phones!

5. Share accurate information about available resources

Our team has compiled an up to date list of available resources from different levels of government. Click HEREto view that list and click HERE to view FAQ's. Please share widely. 

It is critical that we circulate accurate, up to date info and share available resources. 

Thank you in advance for all you are doing to strengthen and unite our community. 

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District Office
3851 W Devon Ave
Chicago, IL 60659
(872) 208-5188

Springfield Office
Stratton Office Building
401 S. Spring St.
Section C, Room E
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-5500

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