AURORA, Ill.—The Ineos Community Fund has donated $10,000 to the Union League Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago to fund programs for children impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The grant will go to the south side Englewood community, which has the highest hardship index in the city. Ninety-eight percent of Englewood's youth identify as African American, a group that has experienced 45 percent of COVID-19 cases in Chicago, according to Kimberly Coady Hawkins, the director of development for the Union League Boys and Girls Clubs.
"With Chicago Public Schools going virtual for the fall, we will continue all-day operations in a safe setting for our youth to assist them with their school work, meal distribution, etc. throughout the fall," Hawkins said in a statement. "This $10,000 from the Ineos Community Fund is one of the reasons we are able to make this happen and I want to reiterate our gratitude. This is so fantastic."
The Ineos grant will go toward meal distribution, mental health support, PPE, educational resources and other programs, the company said.
"The Boys and Girls Clubs have a long history of being an integral part of the communities in which they serve," INEOS Styrolution Americas president Gregory Fordyce said. "We are happy to contribute toward the good work being done by the Union League Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago and the very deserving kids in the Englewood community."
The Ineos Community Fund was established by Ineos chairman Sir Jim Ratcliffe in March 2020 in tandem with the company's COVID-19 "Hands On" campaign, which set up new production lines to provide millions of bottles of free hand sanitizer per month to hospitals and frontline health care. The fund enables Ineos sites across the world to support the charitable organizations doing work in their local communities.