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Chamber launches initiative to help first responders, restaurants, nonprofits

Stronger Together: How to Help Our Community launched on the Chamber's website

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ST. CHARLES – St. Charles Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jim Di Ciaula believes that St. Charles is stronger together.

The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce has launched a new program, Stronger Together: How to Help Our Community, #StrongerTogetherSTC, as a way to help first responders, local restaurants and nonprofit organizations, during the coronavirus outbreak.

Those going to stcharleschamber.com/covid19nonprofits can find contact information for Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, the St. Charles Police Department and the St. Charles Fire Department to coordinate meal donations for first responders. The St. Charles Chamber encourages those who want to participate to order from a local restaurant.

Local restaurants that are open and offer carryout/pickup are listed on the Chamber’s website.

“They will have the ability to coordinate directly with the key contact at these organizations via the established links,” Di Ciaula said. “We’re actually just being a conduit, connecting the community at large to the business and nonprofit organizations.”

Restaurants are among the businesses that have been hit hard during the outbreak. Earlier this month, Gov. JB Pritzker announced that all bars and restaurants in the state would be closed to the public for inside dining in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. Since that time, Pritzker has announced a stay-at-home order in effect until April 7. Restaurants can still offer carryout, curbside service, drive-thru and delivery.

“Along with the first responders, this also helps our local restaurants,” Di Ciaula said. “So it’s meant to be a win-win.”

As part of the program, the St. Charles Chamber is urging the community to support the nonprofit organizations, which are seeing increased demand these days because of the coronavirus. The website will be updated regularly. More information is available at the St. Charles Chamber’s website, stcharleschamber.com.

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