The City of Evanston is seeking volunteers to help residents during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Steve Hagerty and the city’s aldermen, at Thursday night’s special City Council meeting, praised efforts that have gotten underway so far, including a rapid response fund established by the Evanston Communtiy Foundation that has reportedly already raised several hundred thousand dollars in contributions.

“An incredible number of people simply want to help,” said Alderman Judy Fiske, 1st Ward.

Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, noted efforts led by Connections for the Homeless to provide expanded emergency shelters, and said, “There will be many opportunities coming up for people to help” as the crisis unfolds.

The city has a Volunteer Evanston website that people can use to connect would-be volunteers with community projects that need the help.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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