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23rd of May 2017

Engaging community through conversation

Bickerdike welcomed 11 guests for dinner and discussion as part of an On The Table event on May 17, 2017. Held each year in May, On The Table is a special initiative of the Chicago Community Trust (CCT); it is designed to promote community building and the sharing of ideas among diverse groups as they […]


22nd of May 2017

Team Hope

As an adult education instructor, many times my classes will present a “first time ever” experience to me.  Sometimes it’s things like – first time I raised my voice, first time NO ONE was prepared for their presentation, etc.  But with the Wood Products Manufacturing Class which graduated on May 5th, it was something positive: they […]


Bucktown McDonald’s owners give $10,000 to Roberto Clemente Community Academy

On Saturday, May 20th, there was a gathering at the McDonald’s on Western Avenue in Chicago to celebrate the end of week-long fundraising events with Roberto Clemente Community Academy. On Monday, the 15th, the owners of the McDonald’s spoke at Clemente and told their story to the students and the students were able to ask questions. All week, […]


19th of May 2017

Girl-Focused Nonprofits Collaborate to Strengthen Chicago

Five local nonprofits came together to discuss the issues facing girls in Chicago’s communities and how to support them. As part of Chicago Community Trust’s “On the Table” series, the conversation addressed how to strengthen underserved communities to respond to girls’ needs. Local activists who focus on supporting girls included April Lillstrom (Urban Initiatives), Pam […]


McTeacher’s Night at Western Ave. McDonald’s for Roberto Clemente Community Academy

Roberto Clemente Community Academy of CPS held their first McTeacher’s Night at the McDonald’s on Western in Chicago, on Thursday, May 18. A McTeacher’s Night is organized to help raise money for local schools by having teachers work at McDonald’s and then giving a percentage of the night’s sales to the local school. It was […]


17th of May 2017

Caregiver’s Corner

As parents, we strive to seek the best for our children despite the obstacles that are faced. Taking this into consideration, parents with children living with disabilities are faced with different obstacles than that of other parents. As questions and concerns continue to rise, they seek an opportunity for help to ensure the well-being of […]


From GED to CNC: Humboldt Park’s “Student of the Year”

Jaime Vargas vividly remembers what it was like growing up in his Humboldt Park neighborhood in the 1990’s, “the environment was pretty rough, there was a lot of peer pressure, a lot of gang activity and drugs,” Vargas said. At the time, Vargas admits to being more involved with the streets than he was education, […]


16th of May 2017

Create Your Own Adventure This Summer in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time for area residents to begin planning an adventure in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Forest Preserves’ nearly 70,000 acres of wild and wonderful offer numerous opportunities to escape life’s hustle and bustle for an hour, a day or even a night. Residents […]


8th of May 2017

Building Organizational Capacity On the Ground

Otis Monroe, President and CEO of the Monroe Foundation, was a recent guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show.  Nonprofit “U” is an online forum where nonprofit stakeholders can discuss the latest developments in the sector and increase their capacity to serve their clients and build sustainable communities. Valerie F. Leonard, an expert […]


3rd of May 2017

Is that really the IRS at your door?

With continuing phone scams and in-person scams taking place across the country, you should be aware that IRS employees do make official, sometimes unannounced, visits to people as part of their routine casework. You should keep in mind the reasons these visits occur and understand how to verify if it’s the IRS knocking at your […]