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Chicago Youth Mutual Aid- C.Y.M.A.

Master List of Needs

The Chicago Youth Mutual Aid, best known as 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 Daughters, Chicago Freedom School, Circles and Cyphers, Street Youth Rise Up and Youth Empowerment Performance Project.  Even though this effort was created as a response of COVID-19, these organizations are invested in continuing this project in the long term.

Through this list you will be able to support the youth participants and their families of the organizations listed above. This list also includes some resources and needs for the organization itself.  

If you can support us with any of these items, please email YEPP Executive Director at Bonsai@WeSayYEPP.com with the subject line: CYMA Donation.  In the content of the email, please provide the following:

Once we receive your email, a team member will be in contact with you to coordinate a distribution plan (i.e. picking up/dropping off supplies).

Thank you for practicing your support and care for the community.

We are deeply grateful.

Resources Needed

High Priority - ___                 Medium Priority- ___                Mild Priority - ___

GIFT CARDS

Grocery Gift Cards i.e. Aldi, Jewel, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Marianos, Food 4 Less (Any Amount)

Superstore Gift Cards i.e. Walmart, Target (Any Amount)

BABY ITEMS

Baby Dishes (Spoons, Bottles, bowls, sippy cup, snack cup)

Baby Equipment (Walker, Bouncer, Swing, Pack n Play, Carrier, etc.)

Car Seat

Toilet Training Seats

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Baby Soap

Bar Soap (travel and regular size)

Black Hair Care Products

Bodywash (no bar soap)

Children’s Medicines (Allergy, Cold, Fever, etc.)

Coconut Oil

Comforters

Conditioner (travel and regular size)

Deodorant (travel and regular size)

Essential Oils (any scents)

Hand Soap

Hydrogen Peroxide

Incense (all kinds)

Individual Drinks (Water, Gatorade, Powerade, etc.)

Individual Snacks (Granola Bars, Crackers, Cookies, Chocolate, etc.)

Mouthwash (travel and regular size)

Neosporin

Petroleum Jelly

Razors (all kinds)

Rubbing Alcohol

Scented and Unscented Candles (any size)

Shampoo (travel and regular size)

Shaving Cream (travel and regular size)

Shower Poofs

Sleeping Bags

Standard Bath Towels

Standard Pillows (20” X 26”)

Toothpaste (travel and regular size)

Vitamins (all kinds)

Wet Wipes

UNDERWEAR & GARMENTS

Adult Socks

Bras (new, all kind, all sizes)

Chest Binders (all sizes)

Female Identified Adult Underwear (all sizes and styles)

Female Identified Kids Underwear (all sizes)

Male Identified Adult Underwear (all sizes and styles)

Male Identified Kids Underwear (all sizes)

CLEANING SUPPLIES

Bleach

Brooms

Dish Soap

Disinfecting Wipes (Lysol, Clorox, etc.)

Dryer Sheets

Fabric Softener

Laundry Detergent

Mop Buckets

Mops

Multipurpose Cleaners (Lysol Spray, Pine Sol, Comet, etc.)

Trash Bags

Trash Cans (all sizes)

ELECTRONICS

Desktop Computers  

Headphones

Laptops  

Smartphones  

Tablets  

CLOTHING

Adult Joggers (all sizes)

Rain Ponchos

FURNITURE & APPLIANCES

Air mattresses (Any size)

Desk Lamps (for studying)

Foam Mattress (all sizes)

Iron

Kids Plates, Utensils, and Cups

Laundry Baskets

Suitcases

EDUCATION RESOURCES & OFFICE / ART SUPPLIES

Acrylic Paints

Adult & Children Backpacks (Masc & Feminine)

Calculators

Childrens’ Board Games

Coloring Books & Drawing Pads

Sharpener

Stapler

Staples

Erasers

Folders (any color, pocket or file folders)

Paint Brushes (for arts and craft)

Pencil Pouch/Case

Pencil Sharpener

Sketchbooks and Journals (any sizes)

Sticky Notes (post-its, any color)

Watercolor Paint

White Glue or Glue Sticks (any size)

Wide-Ruled & College-Ruled Notebooks