In an effort to help local residents struggling from the impact of COVID-19, Evanston Cradle to Career’s Advocates For Action has reallocated funds typically reserved for its Community Building Grants program.

The Advocates newly developed Immediate Response Team conducted an informal survey in the Evanston community to get a better understanding of the community’s most pressing needs due to the global pandemic.  After assessing the survey results, the team discovered that 80% of the respondents were experiencing food and/or basic needs insecurity. To address these concerns, the team has developed a Virtual Essential Needs Pantry from which it will issue 200 e-cards, with a value of $50 per card, to be delivered to families this coming week.

“Our efforts will be focused on addressing immediate needs, as well as connecting families with resources to assist them during this unprecedented time. We share in our community’s struggle with the closing of schools, businesses and social service programs. We also know that the experience is different for each of us. I would encourage anyone in our community to contact me or any of The Advocates to share their current challenges,” said Kimberly Holmes-Ross, Director of Community Engagement, EC2C.