Support Network Forums Fight Pandemic via Channel for Neighborhood Communication


CHICAGO, March 16, 2020 — Communications help for the McKinley Park Community Area of Chicago during the coronavirus pandemic is now available via the McKinley Park Support Network message boards, a series of discussion forums hosted and managed by the McKinley Park News, a micro-local online publication exclusively covering the McKinley Park neighborhood. Available for free to the public on the McKinley Park News website at, the set of forums focuses on requesting, offering and coordinating coronavirus pandemic support especially relevant to the neighborhood.

"McKinley Park is home to a large number of community groups, civic and non-profit institutions, and residents who are actively engaged in bettering their community," said McKinley Park News Publisher Justin Kerr. "It's our hope that the McKinley Park Support Network can assist with sharing important information and cooperation between local efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic."

Consisting of discussion areas to ask for help, offer assistance and resources, and coordinate support efforts, the McKinley Park Support Network forums also include an area to list available resources to offer community assistance, whether local, civic, county or federal.

"These message boards make it fast and easy for local residents, institutions and enterprises to have a central channel to share info and fight the coronavirus," Kerr said. "It's also going to make it easier for the McKinley Park News to quickly pass along important updates and share information about community resources."

Access is free and requires no login to read all of the McKinley Park Support Network forums and messages. Participating requires a website membership, which is also free. Many McKinley Park neighborhood residents, institutions, community groups and elected officials already have active accounts with access to post and reply to messages, Kerr said.

Kerr noted that the McKinley Park News is both hosting the message boards and actively moderating them to ensure a high level of discussion quality and a convivial community. In addition, the publication's progressive policies, user tools and terms of service enables control over privacy and options for anonymity unavailable on any other platform, Kerr said.

The McKinley Park neighborhood is home to a large population of at-risk residents, many of whom may not have easy Internet access or the expertise to engage in online forums, Kerr said. The McKinley Park Support Network can still be a resource directing help to unconnected populations, Kerr said, if online neighbors help pass along messages from others.

"We will certainly engage in direct communications and engagement if we become aware through the forums of any neighbors facing dire circumstances," Kerr said. "We have every expectation that the wonderful people and organizations of our neighborhood would do the same."

The McKinley Park News is a micro-local online publication covering the McKinley Park Community Area and Central Manufacturing District of Chicago from its website at Its features include original news reporting, a comprehensive calendar of neighborhood events and an interactive membership system. Online as a neighborhood resource since 2012, the McKinley Park News launched its commercial operations in 2019 as a publication of Local News LLC, enabling advertising and marketing capabilities via its Sponsorship program and subscription-based access to special features and content.


Justin Kerr
(312) 560-1115
P.O. Box 9136
Chicago, IL 60609 

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Thanks, Patricia! You can also connect through our new McKinley Park Support Network forums here:

And there is a Facebook page available for connecting here:

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