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Make Sure You Are Counted! Complete the US Census in 2020!

The reference day used for the census, will be April 1, 2020

Green Era Educational NFP Applies to Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to help fund environmental cleanup activities

Green Era Educational NFP is submitting an application to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Revolving Loan Fund to help fund the environmental cleanup activities at 650 West 83rd Street, Chicago, IL.

Ladder Up Free Tax Site Opens Today February 1, 2020 at Thurgood Marshall Library

Free Tax Prep services available through the Ladder Up Tax Assistance Program February 1 – April 15. 

City of Chicago Opens CityArts Program Grants Applications (attachment)

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2020 CityArts Program, offering grants to nonprofits arts and culture organizations of all sizes. 

Complete eligibility criteria and applications are available at chicagoculturalgrants.org and must be received by February 28, 2020, at 5pm CST in order to be considered.

GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER (GSFC) OF THE SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO (SAIC) SCREENINGS AND EVENTS, JANUARY 31-MARCH 5, 2020

Black History Month film programs of interest are LOVE AND BASKETBALL, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK (both part of series A Fine Romance), Chicago premieres of CANE RIVER, GOLDIE, and FAHAVALO, MADAGASCAR 1947, and Avant-Noir, the latter program presented as part of Conversations at the Edge  Celebrate Valentine’s Day all month with a variety of love stories in A Fine Romance Open-captioned screenings of HONEY BOY will be presented on February 7 and 10 and FLEABAG on February 17

NIU removes use of standardized test scores for 2021 applicants

New ‘test-blind’ policy is first of its kind for an Illinois institution.

What you need to know about the Wuhan coronavirus

An infectious disease expert says there’s certainly no reason to panic.An infectious disease expert says there’s certainly no reason to panic.

Auburn Gresham Quality of Life Plan Download A Copy Here!

The Auburn Gresham Quality of Life Plan 2017 has been published! Electronic copies of  can be downloaded now...

Something's Off: Acknowledging and Responding to Mental Illness

Did you know that the U.S. rates #1 in the world for most mental illnesses? 

GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER (GSFC) OF THE SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO (SAIC) PRESENTS NEW 35MM PRINT OF BLACK MOBVIES

Going beyond its Black Harvest Film Festival in August, Gene Siskel Film Center presents new, restored, and popular films to celebrate the Black experience year-round.

Auburn Gresham Day Care Centers, Santa is Coming to 79th Street 12/13!

Holiday Greetings from the Greater Auburn Gresham CDC, 17th Ward Alderman David Moore and Block By Block of Auburn Gresham. Look out, Santa Claus is Coming to Town (79th Street), December 13, 2019 11am - 1pm. Neighborhood day care centers are invited!

17th Ward Office Closed in Observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday

In observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday, the 17th Ward office will close early at 1:00pm on Wednesday, November 27th and will re-open at 9:00a.m. on Monday, December 2nd.

G.E.M.S. Mentoring Program Accepting More Girls, Hurry the Deadline Dec. 3rd!

The Ark for St. Sabina GEMS Mentoring Program is inviting girls 13-17 to join us. Hurry, the deadline is December 3rd and space is limited.

2019 Ladder Up's Tax Site

Ladder Up and Center for Economic Progress (CEP) have officially merged as of October 2019.  The name of our combined organization is "Ladder Up".  As you will see, our website and materials for this upcoming 2020 tax season have been updated to reflect the change. 

Mayor Lightfoot and CTA Launch "CTA Building Small Businesses Program" to Help Local Entrepreneurs Work on Largest Project in Agency History

CTA and Walsh-Fluor team up with LISC Chicago to help small firms compete for large-scale capital projects in Chicago like RPM Phase One

The Kindness Campaign, The Christopher Watts Initiative and Chicago Urban League will be hosting “2019 Thanksgiving Meal Distribution Day” on Saturday, November 23rd

The Kindness Campaign, The Christopher Watts Initiative and Chicago Urban League will be hosting “2019 Thanksgiving Meal Distribution Day” on Saturday, November 23rd

Huskie Pledge: A 3.0 high school GPA could be your ticket

For eligible freshmen, new aid program would help fully cover 2020-21 tuition, fees

CTA Helps Individuals Break Poverty Cycle through Cleanslate Partnership

CTA is helping Chicagoans break the cycle of poverty through a partnership with Cleanslate.

Nov. 15 is Opening Day for Forest Preserves of Cook County Picnic and Special Event Permit Sales, 2020 Camping Reservations

Nov. 15 is Opening Day for Forest Preserves of Cook County Picnic and Special Event Permit Sales, 2020 Camping Reservations; Permits, reservations available online and in person

Black Men in White Coats Summit - Save the Date

Health & Medicine' Policy Research Group is excited to announce that we are co-hosting the Black Men in White Coats Summit in 2020, at Macolm X College.

HOW TO HELP A CAREGIVER DURING NATIONAL FAMILY CAREGIVERS MONTH

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. The Alzheimer’s Association is recognizing and honoring the more than 15 million people across the U.S. who are currently caring for a person living with Alzheimer’s, including the 588,000 Alzheimer's caregivers here in Illinois.

Know a Child Who Could Benefit From a Mentor?

By connecting with a trusted adult on meaningful, fun-filled outings, a child can develop a better vision for his or her future beyond the limited horizons that hold back far too many children.
Ultimate Spark! Coaching, an emerging global coaching program hits the market end of 2019

On October 23rd, 5 star-rated Ultimate Spark! Coaching (USC), a new online coaching certification program led by Millennial Founder Emily Correa, an ICF-certified Life, Business and Law of Attraction Coach, will be a featured VIP sponsor & vendor at ABN Circle’s “Women Empowerment Wednesday”. This Inaugural event will be showcasing an all-star female 5-speaker panel consisting of top entrepreneurs & influencers; Parmita Katkar, Fernanda Flores, El A. Panda, Rashidat Owe and Falen Wolfe. This event will be hosted at Joy District in at 111 W Hubbard Street, in Downtown Chicago, IL 60654 from 6pm – 9pm.

Earn IRS Tax Certification for Free with Ladder Up

Ready to make a difference? Volunteer at the tax site, with Ladder Up! Email volunteer@goladderup.org or call 312-409-1555.

Complete the Nonprofit Utopia Survey for a Chance to Win

With a year of data and experience under its belt, the Nonprofit Utopia community is poised to go to the next level of its development. In so doing, the community is surveying its members and stakeholders to create better value for the nonprofit sector.  Nonprofit Utopia is is asking nonprofit stakeholders to complete a survey to get a sense for what a typical work day is like; their aspirations and challenges.  The results will be kept confidential. Respondents will get  free admission to an upcoming paid webinar of their choice and a chance to win a $50.00 Amazon gift card.

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