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Meet Our Americorps Members: Brenda Armendariz

Why did you apply to be an AmeriCorps Member? I applied to be an AmeriCorps member because I wanted to make a positive change in the immigrant community. As an immigrant myself, I felt the need to help as much as I could. When I applied to be an AmeriCorps… Read more »

ITW Takes Action

July 14 marked the 4th Annual ITW Day of Action. More than 200 ITW employees volunteered at the ITW David Speer Academy in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood on Chicago's northwest side. Volunteers ran outdoor soccer, football, softball and relay race stations for 150 young summer campers--practicing technique and executing drills. … Read more »

Meet Our Americorps Members: Virnette Adams

What were you doing prior to the AmeriCorps Program? Prior to AmeriCorps, I was enrolled in undergrad at Columbia College Chicago as an International Arts Management major. I also taught web marketing and entrepreneurship in the context of the needs and priorities of young people as a youth consultant. … Read more »

Meet Our Americorps Members: Angelita Ruiz

Why did you apply to be an AmeriCorps Member? I applied to be an AmeriCorps member because I had to take a year off from school. Last year I was uncertain about my career path and I saw the AmeriCorps Program as a good way to be productive with my… Read more »

Together, We Did It! LIVE UNITED 2020 Goals Achieved!

Together, we did it! Thanks to the dedication and generous support of our agency partners, corporate partners, affinity groups, Neighborhood Network coalitions, volunteers and AMAZING United Way staff and team members, we exceeded our LIVE UNITED 2020 goals--4 years early! You--our friends and supporters-- have been a lifeline, a… Read more »

MEET OUR AMERICORPS MEMBERS – ISSAC GUZMAN

Why did you apply to be an AmeriCorps Member? I applied to be an AmeriCorps member because its vision and mission strengthens communities and develop leaders. AmeriCorps propelled me to be a change agent for my community. Prior to AmeriCorps and working with the Marshall Square Resource Network, I worked in… Read more »

Spotlight On: Little Village Neighborhood Network

Communities across the Chicago region area are faced with interrelated problems that no one agency or leader can address effectively. Add to that state and federal funding issues and policies that harm the communities most in need of resources, and it makes a the daily reality residents face that much hard… Read more »

Meet Our Americorps Members – Jacquelyn Conard

Why did you apply to be an AmeriCorps Member? I applied to be an AmeriCorps Member to have an opportunity to work in the Austin Community to help make a difference. What Neighborhood Network are you placed with? My Neighborhood Network is Austin working with lead partner Austin Coming Together.… Read more »

Spotlight on Financial Stability

In Illinois, access to sustainable income and socioeconomic resources are critical to the advancement of low and moderate income households. Across the State, 1.2 million people are living below the poverty line and “38% of Illinois households live in asset poverty." In the city of Chicago, neighborhood poverty… Read more »