Business Community Stands Up to Help

Business Community Stands Up to Help

The pandemic and stay-at-home orders have had a devastating impact on a wide variety of groups and institutions in our community.  Fortunately, Chamber members have actively looked for ways to help each other and the community at large.

To show support for hospital workers, police, and firefighters, Northbrook Chamber members have organized generous meal deliveries from local restaurants. Mark Brodson, Resource Commercial Advisors, joined with other Chamber members involved in North Shore Helpers with a “Food for the Frontlines” fundraiser that provided 50 meals from North Shore Catering to medical staff at Lutheran General Hospital.

Local restaurants including Dairy Queen, Little Louie’s, Josh’s Hot Dogs, and others have delivered meals to hospitals with the support of residents and other businesses.  Grill House has run weekend fundraisers to provide meals for hospital staff, Northbrook police and fire departments, workers at essential businesses, and more.

“Giving back makes me and my entire team feel like we are doing something positive and give us a good feeling during these uncertain times,” says Nick Drivas, owner of Grill House. “The community has generously joined in our efforts and it’s a win-win for all.”

Other companies have helped by sharing their business’ unique resources.  Hotels including the Sheraton Northbrook, Embassy Suites Deerfield, Hilton Chicago/Northbrook, and Red Roof Inn have offered free or low-cost rooms to health care workers as well as deep discounts on day rates for individuals in need of a quiet place to work.  AmpliVox Sound Systems offers free megaphone sound systems for use at drive-through medical test sites, and Astellas donated N95 masks to the Glenview Police Department.

Volunteers from the Chamber have also been vital to the Hunger Free Northbrook initiative, bringing food to shut-in seniors at Crestwood Place and supplying supplemental meals to low-income students at a local school.  Members sustained support for the ongoing student-meal pack program in April with donations of both food and cash.  You can help in May!  Sign up to provide a bag (or more) of groceries for a Northbrook student by clicking here.

These are just a few examples of the many efforts Northbrook Chamber businesses have made to support the wider community.  Share your stories and let others know how to support local organizations by posting in the Northbrook Chamber Member Connections Facebook Group.