Donate for Giving Tuesday 2020
We are profoundly aware that 2020 has proven to be a very challenging year for our country. As we plan our annual Giving Campaign during this season of giving and amid the COVID pandemic, we are coming to you with support options. We know we cannot fundraise our way out of this crisis, so we prioritize our giving to focus on community to highlight the broader engagement that teachers, community organizers, PSRPS, and community members committed to students and family beyond their scope of work.
Mutual Aid Solidarity
Unfortunately, the statewide shutdown set off an economic challenge for many families due to losing employment. Still, in March 2020, it became clear that Black and Brown families in Chicago would feel the brunt of the pandemic’s economic impact and human toll. For decades, Black and Brown communities have experienced systemic racism, disinvestment, and inequity. However, our communities are resilient. Our members came together and stepped in; CTU members and parents, and community organizations from various schools across the city initiated mutual aid solidarity funds. These initiatives varied across the city. Some schools raised thousands of dollars and today continue to disperse funds to families; others held diaper drives, distributed PPE and basic toiletries, or collaborated with grocery stores for food drop-offs.
Students in Temporary Living Situations
In addition to the pandemic, every day there are nearly 20,000 students housed in temporary living situations in Chicago Public Schools. As educators and support staff, we know there is a great need for housing, technology, and other necessities. Teachers and community members have worked together since the outbreak of COVID-19 in March to support families without homes or at risk of losing their homes through mutual aid.
Our Communities have stood together to provide financial assistance to those who need a home, to be safe during a pandemic. Undocumented families, LGBTQ teens, and other unaccompanied young people need our support more than ever as the harsh winter sets in especially during COVID and lack of shelter and housing in Chicago. Please join us in caring for your young people and families in our schools and uplift the mutual aid efforts around the city!
The Children and Teachers Foundation believes we must step up this giving season, highlight, and support the fantastic work this group of individuals has accomplished during the pandemic’s initial phase. We are asking you to join us in celebrating and supporting our communities.
If you wish to donate gently used coats, unwrapped toys, and canned food, we will accept your donation at the following drop box locations:
- Chicago Teachers Union
1901 W. Carroll Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60612
- United Credit Union – Midway Area (our main office)
4444 S. Pulaski Rd., Chicago, Il 60632-4011
- United Credit Union – North Side
4747 W. Peterson Ave. Ste 100, Chicago, IL 60646
- United Credit Union – Hyde Park
1526 E. 55th St., Chicago, IL 60615-5550
- United Credit Union, Evergreen Park
9148 S. Western Ave., Evergreen Park, IL 60805
Your donations matter more than ever, you can also contribute by mailing a check payable to Children and Teachers Foundation of the Chicago Teachers Union to our address: 1901 W. Carroll Ave., Chicago, IL 60612. We are an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN # 46-5340132.