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159th Street Suite 204, Lockport, IL 60441
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COVID-19 USA Support. If
Benevity is your employer's
service provider, then use
the project "COVID-19 USA
Support Fundraiser for Food
banks, Homeless, Health
Workers and Low Income".
Status of Funds Raised
We are driving this fundraiser
to offer support for different sections of the society
requiring help. The four areas that we intend to support
are: Food banks, Homeless, Health workers and Low income
1. Goal – Fund 80,000 meals in the
Seattle and Chicago area
Target - $21,000
Share match - $10,500
COVID-19 has impacted the
life of many workers, and that in turn has increased the
stress on food banks across United States. Food
insecurity is expected to strain even more food banks in
the coming weeks. Did you know that you can provide a
meal for less than 25 cents? Or that $20 can feed a kid
for a whole month? We are supporting food banks in two
regions during this crisis time – Seattle and Chicago.
In Seattle, we will be supporting 50,000 meals at the
cost of 22cents/meal for a total of $11,000 through
Northwest Harvest:https://www.northwestharvest.org/. In
the Chicago area, we will partner with The Greater
Chicago Food Depository
(https://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/) to deliver 30,000
meals at the cost of 33cents/meal, for a total of
$10,000. To enhance the aid to these food banks, Care &
Share will match dollar for dollar every contribution up
to a maximum of $10,500.
2. Goal – Provide
shelter for the homeless in the Seattle area
Care & Share match - $5,000
effectively contain COVID-19, social distancing and
staying at home are the most effective recommended
solutions, including for those who are homeless. We are
working with BeautifulSoles
(https://www.beautifulsoles.org/) and Mary’s Place
(https://www.marysplaceseattle.org/) to support their
sheltering program projects. Care & Share will match
dollar for dollar every contribution up to a maximum of
3. Goal – Provide 2,000 KN95 Grade masks
for the families of health care workers in Chicago
Target - $6,000
Care & Share match - $2,500
Health care workers face a severe shortage of supplies
for their safety and for the safety of their families.
Many of them are given only one mask per week, with no
protective masks for their families. We are working with
suppliers to provide KN95 grade masks for 500 health
care workers in the Chicago area. KN95 grade masks are
effective against particles above 0.075 microns, and the
Novel Corona Virus is about 0.1 to 0.12 microns. Upon
producing their ID cards, health care workers can pick
up masks from distribution stores. Each mask costs about
$3. Care & Share will match dollar for dollar every
contribution up to a maximum of $2,500. We are
partnering with “Kaikorthu Malayalees” in Chicago for
the execution of this project.
4. Goal – Provide
Indian groceries for families with less than $40,000
annual household income in Chicago
Target - $30,000
Care & Share match - $8,000
This is a hard time
for many families, especially those who are hourly or
seasonal wage workers. Through a partnership with
"Kaikorthu Malayalees", we will support up to 100
families, by providing up to $300per family in Indian
groceries over the next three months. The vetting
process requires the submission of tax returns (with
Social Security Numbers blacked out) to verify income.
Upon approval, the family will be assigned a credit to
one of the grocery stores chosen from the Store list.
Care & Share will pay the stores directly on their
behalf. We have partnered with the following stores:
1. P & P Asian Foods: 8506 W Golf Rd, Niles, IL 60714
2. Kairali Foods of Glenview: 777 Milwaukee Ave,
Glenview, IL 60025
3. Royal Maharaja Foods: 9060 W
Golf Rd, Niles, IL 60714
4. Royal Malabar Foods: 911
Greenwood, Glenview, IL 60025
5. A1 Indian Groceries:
6601 S Cass Ave, Westmont, IL 60559
6. Elite Indian
Catering: 5555 St Charles Rd, Berkeley, IL 60163
Care & Share will extend 1:1 support for each of the
families you support for a maximum of $8,000.
1. How can I make a donation?
Please use one of
the options at the top of this page.
2. What are
the total matching grants offered by Care & Share?
Care & Share will match a total of $26,000 across all
the four listed projects.
3. Where are the
matching grants coming from?
$20,500 is coming from
Care & Share emergency reserve funds, and $5,500 is
pooled in by Care & Share board of directors.
When are the funds for food banks and homeless shelter
We will make our first payment end
of April, and the rest of the raised funds in May.
5. When do you expect to have the masks ready?
have received around 500 mask from our suppliers, and
another 1,000 masks are expected to be ready in 2 weeks.
The last batch of 500 masks are expected to be available
shortly after that.
6. How do I request for a
Please contact one of the point of contacts
from “Mask and Grocery Project” section at the bottom of
7. Who are all eligible for masks?
This is a program exclusively for the families of
healthcare workers and first responders. Our limited
supply can support only 500 families.
8. Who are
eligible for grocery support?
If your annual
household income is less than $40,000, you are eligible.
You will have to submit your tax returns to be eligible.
Please redact Social Security Numbers while submitting
the tax return. If you are single, then the income limit
9. Who is “Kaikorthu Malayalees”
This is a group of socially active individuals came
together to help the community during this crisis time.
Many of them are closely known to Care & Share Chicago
board members for many years. They have served or
currently serving in different community organizations
in greater Chicago area.
10. Who should I send
the tax return to, to prove eligibility for grocery
You may email your tax return to Andrew
Thomas CPA email@example.com or Tony Devassy
firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also fax it to our
11. How do you plan to
distribute grocery support credit?
Once your request
is approved, an account will be opened in your name at
the grocery store you chose from the list. You may shop
there up to $100 a month for 3 months. If you are
single, then support is $50/month for 3 months.
12. Who should I contact for grocery support and masks?
We recommend you to call “Kaikorthu Malayalees” support
line at 1 833 353 7252 (1 833 3KERALA)
long will it take to approve the application?
try our best to respond to you within 3 days of
Point of contacts:
and homeless support in Seattle: Sajith Balan (425)
599-6801 &Ashley Elenjickal (425) 273-6021
bank support in Chicago: Debbie DevassyBabu (630) 631-
Mask and Grocery Projects in Chicago:
“Kaikorthu Malayalees”at 1 833 353 7252 (1 833 3KERALA)
Benny Vachachira : 847-322-1973
Biji Mani :
Jithesh Chungath: 224-522-9157
Thomas or Tony Devassy (630) 886-8380