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Want To Clean Up? Need Food? Here’s How To Donate Or Get Help Amid Protests For George Floyd

We've got a list of weekend cleanup events, where you can get free food and more.

Lawndale residents cleaning up at the North Lawndale Plaza in Homan Square after unrest in June.
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CHICAGO — People throughout the city are looking for ways to help people in need amid protests over the police killing of George Floyd.

Block Club compiled a list of fundraisers, cleanup events and food drives so you can help people — or get help.

Here’s where you can get or give help:

Cleanup Events

What: There will be two community cleanup events with city leaders. You can register online.
When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday
Where: 4201 W. Jackson Ave. and 2113 W. Marquette Ave.

What: A community cleanup with graffiti removal, trash pickup and more. Attendees are asking to bring cleaning tools if they have them.
When: 11 a.m. Saturday
Where: Lawndale Plaza between Kedzie and Homan avenues

What: The Chicago West Side NAACP branch is looking for businesses that need cleanup crews and volunteers who can help. To volunteer or add your business, email You can also donate to the group via PayPal at


What: My Block, My Hood, My City is raising money to give to small businesses that have been damaged and stolen from in recent days. You can donate or sign up to volunteer online.

What: There’s an online fundraiser to help West Side businesses that were hit hard by looting and vandalism.

What: You can donate online to help Southwest Side businesses rebuild. The money will go toward cleanup materials, crews and more.

What: There’s an online fundraiser to help business owners in West Englewood.

What: The Westside Justice Center, which has been hosting cleanup events, is accepting donations. You can send funds to Kaleb-Autman on Venmo or KalebAutman on Cashapp.

What: Here’s a list of 10 Black-led organizations doing racial justice work in the city.


What: There will be free groceries and supplies.
When: 2-6 p.m. Friday
Where: 343 E. 95th St.

What: A rapid response group is offering free food on the West and South sides.
When: 3-7 p.m. Friday at the Garfield Park Field House and 2 p.m. at the Hugs No Slugs Safe House
Where: Garfield Park Field House, 100 N. Central Park Ave., and Hugs No Slugs Safe House, 6427 S. Ashland Ave.

What: Fresh produce boxes will be given to people in need in West Humboldt Park.
When: 10 a.m. Saturday
Where: 3601 W. Chicago Ave.

What: GoodKids MadCity will give away food, masks and T-shirts.
When: 3-5 p.m. Thursdays
Where: Boxville 51, 320 E. 51st St.

What: Free food at an Austin pop-up pantry.
When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays through June 18
Where: By the Hand Club for Kids, 415 N. Laramie Ave.

What: Free food at following a My Block, My Hood, My City peace march through Chatham.
When: Peace walk begins at 10 a.m., meal giveaway at 11:30 a.m.
Where: March kicks off at 79th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue. Food giveaway in the parking lot of Providence Bank, 7949 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

• Food Resources In Chicago (City of Chicago)

• Chicago Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens & Food Banks (Homeless Shelter Directory)

Personal Protective Equipment

What: GoodKids MadCity will give away food, masks and T-shirts.
When: 3-5 p.m. Thursdays
Where: Boxville 51, 320 E. 51st St.


What: Black people who feel unsafe traveling can reach out for help with safe passage, grocery delivery, dog walking and more by calling 773-217-8533 or emailing There’s also an online request form.