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05.25.21

Evanston Cradle to Career Plants Seeds of Solidarity between Black and Latinx Residents

Abigail Aziza Stone, mother of two, has lived in the Evanston community for nine years now. During her teen years, Abigail brought together Black and Latinx youth at a local youth center. Walking...

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05.03.21

Austin Coming Together Brings COVID Vaccinations to the Community

Austin is one of Chicago's largest communities, yet residents have limited access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Austin’s lead Neighborhood Network, Austin Coming Together (ACT) has been able to respond to this imminent need through the city’s Protect Chicago Plus program that prioritizes vaccinating communities hit the hardest by the pandemic.

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03.19.21

The Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund: Lessons in Collaboration Amid Crises

By Kimberlee Guenther, Ph.D., Chief Impact Officer for United Way of Metro Chicago and Anna Lee, Director of Community Impact for The Chicago Community Trust This week marks the one-year anniversary...

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05.17.21

Young West Side Mothers Making Way for a Brighter Future

Walking through the Austin neighborhood, you’d never know that inside a warehouse on Carroll and Pulaski, a cohort of new mothers are changing their economic destiny — and it’s through the...

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03.03.20

Working Hard While Juggling Jobs to Survive

Between the two of them, Brighton Park moms Princess Gonzales and Maribel Saenz work four different jobs. In the mornings, Princess is a parent mentor with Brighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC),...

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09.30.19

Financial Counseling Eliminates Barriers to A New Life 

PrintFriendly Following a devastating family crisis, Chris spent three years living in shelters around the Chicago region. Last year, upon moving into a new, transitional shelter, he found a...

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06.14.19

Together, Austin Community Tackles Unemployment

Last year, when Renay Hopkins lost her job, it was a frustrating and laborious effort to find a new one. While searching, she moved in with her grandmother to save some money. She recommended that Renay visit Austin Coming Together (ACT), a social service organization and United Way partner in her southwest neighborhood.

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02.11.19

Tax Assistance Gives Workers Ladder Up to a Brighter Future

While we all hope that the worst of the winter weather will soon dissipate, another, often more dreaded, season of the year is upon us — tax season. For most people, the process of filing taxes is...

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08.30.18

Gaining Access to Working Wages

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06.16.18

Fathers Group Transforms Families’ Futures

When Lavelle Shaffer’s first son was born in August 2015, the young West Chicago native was struggling. He became homeless earlier that year after a dispute with family and had only recently found an apartment to call home.

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10.05.17

Accessing Quality Careers Through Trades

A study from Voices for Illinois Children found that 20 percent of Illinois workers are employed in minimum wage jobs, which currently pay $8.25 an hour. For many Illinoisans, that makes supporting a family arduous, if not impossible. But all hope isn’t lost.

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