Bensenville/DuPage County Community & Business Assistance Resources

DuPage CRIS (Community Resource Information System) is a resource for housing, health and medical, legal, employment, transportation, food, and income support in DuPage County. CRIS is managed by DuPage County Community Services Intake and Referral, where they connect DuPage County residents with programs that can assist in many areas of need.
 
Learn more at: dupagecris.org/

The DuPage County Community Services Department has extended the deadline for applications for the annual Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) until June 30, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more application information, including how to apply, or to schedule a phone appointment, DuPage County residents may call (630) 407-6500, (800) 942-9412 (toll-free) or visit: www.dupageco.org/LIHEAP/

The Bensenville & Wood Dale Food Pantry remains open to serve the community. However, to ensure the health of its volunteers and its continued service, their hours of operation have changed. They will now be open only on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., located at 192 S. Center Street in Bensenville. Learn more at: bwdfp.wordpress.com/

 

For DuPage county-wide food pantries, hours, and locations, visit: www.communityhungernetwork.org/AreaPantries/area.pantries.html

Unemployment Due to COVID-19 Business Closures

workNet DuPage is committed to providing workers and businesses with every tool in their arsenal to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic stronger than ever. Learn more at: www.worknetdupage.org and www.worknetdupage.org/supportforworkers

 

Illinois workNet, along with affiliates and community partners, provide one-stop delivery of services, connecting individuals, employers, and education and workforce partners to career  planning, education and training, employment resources and tools and workforce programs.  Illinois workNet seamlessly connects people to local and statewide in-person and online services and is open to all Illinois’ citizens, employers, and education and workforce partners.

 

Learn more at: www.illinoisworknet.com

Applying for Unemployment Benefits

Access information regarding how to apply for unemployment through the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Access IDES services, learn how to file an unemployment insurance claim, and more at: www2.illinois.gov/ides/aboutides/Pages/Office_Locator.aspx

 

The new federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program via the Illinois Dept. of Employment Security, provides benefits for many individuals who have been determined ineligible for state unemployment benefits, including self-employed workers and independent contractors. Learn more about PUA at: www2.illinois.gov/ides/Pages/learn-about-pua.aspx

DuPage County Small Business Assistance Programs and Services

DuPage County Health Department COVID-19 Testing Sites

  • What you need to know about testing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in DuPage County: www.dupagehealth.org/601/Testing

  • An interactive map of testing sites in Illinois: coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/testing-sites

Backyard Birdwatching

With many of us sheltering at home, the beauties of the outdoors are fast being rediscovered, explored, and appreciated anew. The Spring Bird Migration is underway and you need to look no further than your own backyard for entertainment… Enjoy this collection of birdwatching resources provided by our very own Adult Services Librarian, Mary!

Mary's Picks — Birdwatching Resources

Jeff Reiter's "Words on Birds"

For local birdwatching reports, identification and feeding suggestions, I heartily recommend Daily Herald columnist, Jeff Reiter’s Words on Birds

Cornell Labs — All About Birds

Caught a glimpse of a bird you’ve never seen? Check out the Cornell Labs site All About Birds for wonderful colorful photos and an excellent bird ID and bird behavior guide. Your go-to guide for birds and bird watching it also features a wide assortment of bird feeders and nest cams.

Decorah Eagle Cams

For treetop views of nesting bald eagles check out the Decorah Eagle Cams! Features a nest-eye view of a pair of bald eagles and their offspring near a Trout Hatchery at Decorah, IA. Including many fascinating eagle facts!