Chicago Tornado Relief

On the evening of Sunday, June 20, 2021, an EF-3 tornado, clocking in at 135 m.p.h., ripped through Chicago’s western suburbs including Woodridge, Naperville, Downers Grove, Burr Ridge, and Darien. Darien, IL is also the home of the Tzu Chi Midwest Regional Office which thankfully sustained no damage. However, over 130 homes in these areas were not so lucky – and we’re calling on you for help.


After conducting an assessment, Tzu Chi Midwest volunteers are readying their disaster relief efforts, primarily in distributing emergency cash cards (and other essential supplies), to help impacted families recover from this terrifying weather event. Any contribution you make will go toward helping an impacted household cover unexpected repairs, replace lost essentials, and much more.


What matters most, however, is that we show our support for this long road ahead, as the damage is wide-ranging and costly. Fallen trees and debris have taken down power lines; cars have been spewed across streets and crushed; homes have been stripped of their roofs or walls, and one home in particular has been leveled entirely to the ground – leaving only its floor intact.


Bearing the weight of material loss and uncertainty for the future, we are determined to help our neighbors in need. Join us and make a contribution now.