Northside Essentials Drive Mutual Aid CTC Chicago Therapy Collective
Chicago Therapy Collective Mutual Aid
Mutual Aid Chicago Therapy Collective Northside Essentials Drive CTC

Essentials Drive

a northside call to action

Friday September 10th - Friday October 15th
Main Drop-off:
Chicago Therapy Collective's Main Office (above W&CF)
5237 N Clark St Fl #2

Northside Solidarity

Chicago Therapy Collective is spearheading a northside coalition of 15 partner organizations to rally support for Youth Empowerment Performance Project and its mutual aid network, CYMA. As a northside coalition we strive to bolster CYMA’s mutual aid network while simultaneously growing our own mutual aid practice on the northside of the city. 

About CYMA

The Chicago Youth Mutual Aid (CYMA), is an effort born from the collaboration of five Black and Brown grassroots led organizations in Chicago serving youth and their families: Assata’s DaughtersChicago Freedom SchoolCircles & CyphersStreet Youth Rise Up and Youth Empowerment Performance Project.  Initially a response to COVID-19, CYMA’s members work to build this coalition into a long-term effort.


How can you support? Support CYMA by participating in this Essentials Drive! If you have more, or different items you would like to contribute, visit their full List of Needs to see what else you may bring.

The Essentials Drive

The Essentials Drive focuses on the 20 MOST needed items from the List of Needs.


1. Underwear (new)- for all genders and sizes

2. Bras (new)- all sizes

3. Socks (new)- for adults, all sizes, all colors, all designs (doesn’t matter)

4. Soap

5. Shampoo

6. Conditioner

7. Deodorants (all kinds)

8. Towels for showering

9. Face Towels

10. Body Lotion

11. Baby Wipes

12. Baby Diapers (all sizes)

13. Baby Soap

14. Neosporin

15. Laundry Detergent (ideally in Pods)

16. Razors

17. Shave Cream/Gel

18. Laundry Dryer Sheets

19. Clorox

20. Laundry Softener


Drop-off Sites


  • Chicago Therapy Collective & Women & Children First Bookstore  –  5237 N Clark St Floor 1 & 5233 N Clark St Floor 2
  • Office of Rep. & Ald. Mike Simmons, Harry Osterman, Kelly Cassidy  –  5533 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
  • Indivisible 9th District (at Chicago Dance Supply)  –  5301 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
  • Andersonville Chamber of Commerce  –  5217 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640


Lincoln Square/Budlong Woods

  • Office of Ald. Andre Vasquez  –  5620 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60659



  • Office of Ald. Matt Martin  –  4243 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618


Rogers Park

  • Rogers Park Business Alliance (call to schedule drop-off)  –  1448 W Morse Ave, Chicago, IL 60626



  • Chicago Women’s Health Center  –  1025 W Sunnyside Ave, Chicago, IL 60640


Want to volunteer?

Our Northside Partners


Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, Rogers Park Business Alliance, Andre Vasquez of the 40th Ward, Matt Martin of the 47th Ward, Harry Osterman of the 48th Ward, Maria Hadden of the 39th Ward, Senator Mike Simmons, Kelly Cassidy, Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, Indivisible IL9, Helix Chicago, Women & Children First Bookstore and Chicago Women’s Health Center.