Resources (English)

Covid-19 Resources in English

Call4Calm

The Illinois Department of Human Services’ Mental Health Division has launched a free-of-charge emotional support text line, Call4Calm, for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19. Individuals who would like to speak with a mental health professional can text “TALK” to 5-5-2-0-2-0, or for Spanish, “HABLAR”.

Call4Calm is free to use, and individuals will remain anonymous. Once a resident sends a text to the hotline, within 24 hours they will receive a call from a counselor employed by a local community mental health center to provide support.

Individuals can also text 5-5-2-0-2-0, with key words such as “unemployment”, “food” or “shelter” and will receive information on how navigate and access supports and services.  

 
Here are some local resources:

Emergency SNAP Benefits from IL Department of Human Services: Learn how to access expedited Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (food stamps) here.

Nicor Gas Energy Assistance Resources: Information about the Nicor Gas Sharing Program and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance program.

Illinois Department of Employment Security (Unemployment Benefits): Here is information about how to apply for unemployment as well as specific information about COVID-10.

COVID-19/Coronavirus Community Resources from the DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform: Links to other resources at the community level as well as county and state.

Here are local organizations that need help:

Glen Ellyn Food Pantry

The Glen Ellyn Food Pantry needs donations and volunteer help! Due to the coronavirus crisis and many businesses being closed, the need for food to help our many unemployed and/or financially-challenged neighbors has increased. The Pantry needs shelf stable food items such as macaroni and cheese; canned fruits, veggies and tomatoes; and dry pasta and beans.

To donate food, come to the Food Pantry at 493 Forest Avenue, Glen Ellyn. Call (630) 469-6988 and someone will come to your car to retrieve the food from you. The Pantry is accepting donations between 9 am – 1 pm Monday through Friday – and please call if you need to make arrangements to drop off at another time.

To volunteer, send an email to volunteer@glenellynfoodpantry.org.

To donate money, go to their website and click “Donate Now.”

Here are resources from the Episcopal Church:

ECVFP COVID-19 Resources: This page from the Episcopal Church Foundation offers many resources in English and Spanish, including informational links, webinars, worship, prayer and meditation, and resources for children.

Here are resources from the US and around the world:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Ready.gov

World Health Organization