Category: Meet Your Neighbor

Meet Your Neighbor: Gery Chico & LISC Chicago

Meet Your Neighbor: Gery Chico & LISC Chicago
There are many ways to impact Chicago’s neighborhoods: strategic community development initiatives, hands-on volunteer involvement, and political engagement. This month, LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) Chicago is proud to announce that former mayoral candidate Gery Chico is stepping forward to serve as Board Chair for the organization. Partnering with other community organizations, LISC Chicago’s mission and... Read more »

Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition Wins Adult Literacy XPRIZE Communities Competition

 Last week, I wrote about the Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition and their efforts to drive both digital and healthcare literacy in the city. In my previous post, I mentioned that the CCLC focuses on digital literacy as well as workforce development and healthcare literacy. As I mentioned in last week’s post, technology is at the... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition

Meet Your Neighbor: Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition
(Special thanks to Becky Raymond, Executive Director of CLCC, for her time and input) Literacy is the most critical skill needed to navigate our ever-increasingly complicated civic, professional, and technological landscape. With many Chicago residents seeking formal assistance, the Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition (or CCLC) works with Adult Education organizations in Chicago to secure resources and training... Read more »
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Meet Your Neighbor: E G Woode

Meet Your Neighbor: E G Woode
Long ago, I consulted for various neighborhood businesses and organizations which helped me indulge my two loves: local community development and repurposing old buildings. (Much of the latter stemmed from living in a rehabbed furniture warehouse in St. Louis). So when the opportunity came to learn more and write about E G Woode (a new commercial development... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Footprints to Recovery

Meet Your Neighbor: Footprints to Recovery
(Special thanks to Dr. Caitlin Simpson for her time and insights) Long before I blogged for Chicago Now, I trained to be a substance abuse counselor. Although I shifted focus in my professional career, I still have a casual interest in the field, especially tobacco prevention. So I took the opportunity to speak with Dr. Caitlin... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Silvana Favaretto of the Tulle Project

Meet Your Neighbor: Silvana Favaretto of the Tulle Project
(Special thanks to Silvana Favaretto for her time and insights) Part of this blog’s purpose is to highlight Chicago-area “mission-driven businesses” like nonprofits or social enterprise. However, the whole notion of a “mission-driven business” seems…abstract. Every business has a mission: to make a profit. However, what distinguishes a truly “mission-driven business” is a move from... Read more »
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Meet Your Neighbor: Rona Borre of Instant Alliance

Meet Your Neighbor: Rona Borre of Instant Alliance
 (Special thanks to Ms. Borre for her time and insight) Over the past ten years, the Chicago technology scene has grown and the need for qualified candidates has also expanded. During that time, there was a lack of diversity (including women) working in the tech scene. Although there has been great growth in the tech field... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: WITS Chicago

(Special thanks to Brenda Langstraat of WITS Chicago for her time and insight) At a time when immediacy and brevity of digital and social media drive our discourse, literacy can be easily dismissed…but the volunteers and staff of WITS Chicago work hard to promote a love of reading – and literacy – in Chicago youth. I... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Esperanza Community Services

Meet Your Neighbor: Esperanza Community Services
  (Special thanks to Joy Decker of Esperanza Community Services for her time and insights) “Community” often gets used in a variety of contexts without understanding the full meaning of the word. In social media circles, “community” is often used to describe followers without necessarily any context other than a given brand. In Chicago neighborhoods,... Read more »
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Meet Your Neighbor: Chicago CRED

Last week, I had the opportunity to check out the opening of Pullman Peace Park. After all, it was simply a few bus rides away, but it was an opportunity to learn about the work of Chicago CRED through the eyes of one of their participants. It was an outing to the newly-opened Pullman Peace... Read more »