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MCC’s People in Need Forum Returns in Virtual Format Jan. 23

The 20th annual People in Need Forum is set to take place in a remote format on Saturday, January 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. More than 100 exhibitors will virtually attend the Forum to showcase important community resources available to help those in need.

Pre-registration is encouraged and can be done by visiting Once registered, attendees will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the event on January 23. Participants can drop into and out of the virtual forum as they wish. All exhibitors will be online from 8:30 – Noon to chat and answer messages, and a community board will be available to ask questions and interact with other attendees.

Two breakout sessions will be held from 9:15–10:15 a.m. and 10:30–11:30 a.m. respectively. Topics to be addressed in the sessions include behavioral health resources, Medicare and senior issues, human trafficking, homelessness, the impact of COVID on schools and parents, domestic violence, career transitions, and worker rights. Participants can choose from six sessions at each breakout. Speakers will present for 45 minutes and leave time for a 15-minute Q&A at the end of each session. The attendees will view the session as a live stream and will not be seen. Only the speaker will appear on video.

“Whether it’s due to job loss, a reduction in hours, social isolation, or just the mental health toll the pandemic has taken on all of us this year, so many people are in need right now,” said Jessica Rizza, development coordinator for the Friends of MCC Foundation. “We were committed to adapting this event to a virtual format this year because it’s such a wonderful and personalized way to match resources with needs in the community. We’re always honored to help facilitate those connections with this event, but especially so this year.”

The forum is an excellent resource for human service agencies, faith-based organizations, civic group members, law enforcement, elected officials, school personnel, individuals interested in volunteer opportunities, or those seeking assistance.

Attendees can also download a PDF of the newly-expanded community resource directory, which is the only one of its kind in the Chicago area.

The event is free and open to the public. Interested exhibitors can also register at

For more information, visit or contact Jessica Rizza at (815) 455-8556 or