Chicagoan washing cars to raise money for those COVID-19 affected, social justice

ByJalyn Henderson Localish logo
Saturday, June 20, 2020
Car washing for COVID-19 and social justice
This man is washing cars and power washing streets to raise money for good.Chicagoan Michal Kokoszka is washing cars to raise money for those the coronavirus has affected and social justice.

CHICAGO -- When he saw what was going on around him, Chicagoan Michal Kokoszka decided to help his neighbors with a good old fashioned car wash.

"I just felt like I wanted to do something," Kokoszka said. "I figured whatever skill sets I had I could bring to the table. So I'm washing cars, pressure washing buildings, sidewalks, things like that."

Kokoszka's goal is to raise $2,000. So far he's raised $1,900, and his employers plan to match it, 3 to 1.

"HR sent out an email, and if I make $2,000 on my end and they'll match it with another $6,000. So I was like 'Now I have to do something'," Kokoszka said.

The money will be split between two local organizations, Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund and My Block My Hood My City.

Kokoszka knows people whom the virus has affected, and he also wanted to take a stand against social injustice.

"Silence is violence, so I want to get out there and do my part," Kokoszka said. "It's one thing to support behind a screen, but to go out and voice your opinion whether it's to protest or raise money for these organizations, I think that speaks louder."

Kokoszka hopes this will inspire others to get engaged, and will continue raising money through the end of June.