Category: Meet Your Neighbor

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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Meet Your Neighbor: Chris Scott of Opulent Credit Builders

Meet Your Neighbor: Chris Scott of Opulent Credit Builders
Red light cameras have become an example of how technology can negatively impact the community. Initially, these cameras were installed to alleviate traffic concerns, bring income to the city, and ensure public safety. However, red light cameras are also forcing many Chicago residents to file for bankruptcy…and Chris Scott, Founder and Chairman of Opulent Credit... Read more »

Some Upcoming Chicago Events to Check Out

Some Upcoming Chicago Events to Check Out
As we’re gearing into spring, many great mission-driven and cause-related Chicago events are popping up. If you’re looking to get out and about through the next few months, here are a few suggestions for your consideration. If you know about any other great Chicago events we should know about, please leave them in the comments,... Read more »

Helping Puerto Rico: ARTISTS AGAINST HATE Compilation & October 27 Fundraiser

Artists Against Hate - UNITED AGAINST THE STORM
For many Chicago residents, Puerto Rico is not just another humanitarian crisis…it’s personal. Many fundraising and awareness-raising efforts are being done to help Puerto Rico, but none are as heartfelt…or as tuneful…as these two efforts from Chicago area musicians. One is from Artists Against Hate, a collection of local artists who organized an Inauguration Day Protest Performance... Read more »
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Check Out These Upcoming Chicago Events!

Check Out These Upcoming Chicago Events!
Looking to find some great Chicago events focused on causes, nonprofits, and social impact? Here’s a small sampling of some great Chicago events coming up within the next few weeks: On Saturday, October 28th, the Dearborn Realtist Board is co-sponsoring a free workshop on “Building Black Wealth through Home Ownership”. The workshop will be held from 8:30... Read more »