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Give an Hour. Give a Saturday. Give Your Best.

Jessica is nine; she likes butterflies and the color purple. She dreams of traveling the world and being a singer. She is part of a single-parent family, and there is never a dull moment with her four-year old brother and her mother's full-time job as an elderly care-giver. I am her mentor. I… Read more »

What it Takes to Restore a City

What does it take to save a failing neighborhood? A question with no definitive answer, it's being echoed throughout the Chicago area with urgency. With crime rates skyrocketing, home foreclosures booming and record-setting population loss, community activists are left wondering how to save their city. A recent article in RedEye, 'Englewood: Serious Business'… Read more »

The Diet Soda Myth

Like many individuals, I often succumb to the 2pm energy loss by consuming a diet soda, hoping the caffeine will give me a boost to get through the workday. I have always had the suspicion that this is really not a healthy alternative to a regular soda or a sugary coffee drink,… Read more »

July is Elder Abuse Awareness Month

The following is a guest blog from Louise at Aging Care Connections, which serves residents of west suburban Cook County.  “Sometimes, the only things visible are the tears…” Each year, July is acknowledged as Elder Abuse Awareness month.   Aging Care Connections is committed to BREAKING THE SILENCE THAT SURROUNDS ELDER ABUSE IN… Read more »

How Teaching English Taught Me

The following blog is posted on behalf of Esther Hicks, Director of Community Investment at United Way DuPage/West Cook. We always say that you have the most impact when you give, advocate AND volunteer.   Over my past three years with United Way, I have definitely found this to be true.   I… Read more »

3 Keys to Paying Off Credit Card Debt Faster

The average household has over $14,000 in credit card debt. With interest payments and late fees, it seems as though there is no end to the vicious cycle. As a recent college graduate, I decided to start trying to pay off my credit cards. It is a daunting task, and to… Read more »

Is Chicago An Ideal Place To Work? Answers To Come

Sunny weather has finally hit our shores and it looks like summer is here to stay; however, many Chicagoans are still wary of the employment climate in and around the city. In partnership with the Chicago Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is going to dig… Read more »

100 Women Making a Difference

  Congratulations to the women featured in TCW's “100 Women Making a Difference!” The current issue of Today's Chicago Woman highlights 100 women who are making a difference in their respective fields and throughout their communities. TCW has been publishing this list since 1988 and after 23 years, many of the women are… Read more »

Five Free Things to Visit In Chicago

While Chicago is a beautiful city, it can also be an expensive one. I often decline invitations simply because a night out can cost a fortune. However, $15 movie tickets and $40 per person dinners are not the only options. I began researching fun, free things to do with friends this summer,… Read more »