The COVID-19 pandemic has created a drastic need for food, shelter, protective equipment, and other forms of aid across the country. Hyde Park is no different — social service organizations and individuals here are trying to assist those most in need. If you’re looking to donate to a good cause, here are some people and places in the neighborhood that could use your help. 

Get in touch with the Herald at if you know of a local organization to add to this list. 


  • Hyde Park resident Leslie Travis is distributing instructional kits with fabric to sew 10 cloth masks — to date, she’s given away enough kits for 3,000 masks. Travis also has material and instructions to help people sew hospital gowns for nurses, as well as information about which hospitals, nursing homes, women’s shelters, and other institutions are in need of masks and other protective equipment. Text — do not call — Travis at 773-307-6441 to arrange for pick-up of a kit, or with any other questions. 

Food Security

  • The Experimental Station is partnering with Star Farm Chicago — one of the regular vendors at the 61st Street Farmers Market — to provide boxes of food to South Side residents in need during the pandemic. For more information, and to purchase a box on behalf of a community resident, visit


  • Flood’s Hall is operating an emergency fund to help cover short-term costs for people affected by the outbreak. Information about donating to or requesting from the fund can be found at
  • Brave Space Alliance, a nonprofit that operates out of Flood’s Hall, is soliciting donations for its ongoing food drive, as well as a new Trans Relief Fund that will distribute money to trans, non-binary, and intersex individuals. Information about donating can be found at

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