Posts in category "Meet Your Neighbor"

Celebrate Small Business Saturday - Shop Chicago Neighborhoods

Last week, I wrote about how Local First Chicago is looking to drive small business growth in the city. Last week, they worked together with the City Treasurer’s office to highlight Small Business Saturday…. ….and what a great gathering it was. Last week, Chicago Treasurer Kurt Summers announced his office, the Office of the Mayor, and... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor on 11/15: Local First Chicago

Meet Your Neighbor on 11/15: Local First Chicago
One of the great things about writing this blog is that there are ample opportunities to highlight organizations hoping to make an impact on Chicago neighborhoods and the greater community. Local First Chicago is one such organization, and we’re more than happy to highlight an upcoming event where you can learn more about them. Local... Read more »

Care For Friends: Impacting Homelessness in Chicago

Care For Friends: Impacting Homelessness in Chicago
Serving the homeless in Chicago can be a challenge for many organizations. Identifying and counting an exact number can be challenging due to the inexact nature of homelessness in Chicago. Many nonprofits make strong efforts to provide services to this population, but one nonprofit – Care For Friends – takes a very unique, compassionate perspective... Read more »
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Meet Your Neighbor: Youth-Led Tech

(Special thanks to Toni Irving of Get IN Chicago and Kyla Williams of Smart Chicago Collaborative for their time and insights). On August 5th, graduation ceremonies were held for a group of 100 teenagers who learned web coding and other computer skills. These teens participated in a program called Youth-Led Tech, which provided seven classes... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Life Creative

Meet Your Neighbor: Life Creative
(Special thanks to Life Creative for inviting us to check them out, as well as for background and support materials) For many Chicago-area freelancers, nonprofits, and social enterprise organizations, finding a coworking space provides a unique challenge. Although Chicago is experiencing huge growth in coworking spaces (and we’ve written about several of them in the past),... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: IssueLab

(Special thanks to Gordon Mayer for the heads-up!) Driving social change in Chicago means meeting a variety of really great like-minded people, but it also means learning about great resources for nonprofits. Recently, I had the opportunity to learn about IssueLab, an online initiative that seeks to help nonprofits by centralizing research. Although affiliated with... Read more »
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Freelancers Union Chicago: Resources for Nonprofit Solopreneurs

Freelancers Union Chicago: Resources for Nonprofit Solopreneurs
As an active freelancer, I attend various networking and professional events to find resources, and have become very enamored of great resources for fellow Chicago nonprofit/social enterprise freelancers. Fortunately, last night I attended Freelancers Union Spark Chicago’s Summertime Bash.  If you’re a nonprofit/social enterprise freelancer or “solopreneur”, Freelancers Union Chicago is an extremely valuable professional resource. Freelancers... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Streetwise Chicago's COOL Party

Meet Your Neighbor: Streetwise Chicago's COOL Party
If you live in Chicago, you have encountered a Streetwise vendor selling their magazines around town. Although it may seem incongruous, Streetwise Chicago has empowered homeless individuals to become more entrepreneurial, providing them the resources, services,  and skills to break the cycle of homelessness. On May 21st, you’ll have a great opportunity to engage with... Read more »

This Weekend: Kalapriya Dance Company Presents NAVARASA

First, I realize this is sudden – work matters have kept me away from the keyboard. However, I wanted to quickly highlight a great event happening this weekend, and that I think you’ll enjoy. The Kalapryia Dance Company is putting on their production of Navarasa: The 9 Emotions of Draupadi, an Indian classical contemporary dance... Read more »
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Upcoming Nonprofit Events In Chicago

Upcoming Nonprofit Events In Chicago
For many nonprofit and other social change organizations, March means the kickoff to many great nonprofit events in Chicago. Here’s a short list highlighting some key events that you might want to consider, as well as some opportunities to get involved.  Netsquared Chicago  is kicking off Digital Storytelling Month holding a two-part session on digital... Read more »