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National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Greater Illinois Chapter

  National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Greater Illinois Chapter  
  The National Multiple Sclerosis Society funds more MS research, offers more services to people with MS, provides more professional education programs and advances more MS advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world. Through its home office and fifty-state network of chapters, the National MS Society provides assistance to over a million people annually in its continuing mission to end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis.  
Address:  910 West Van Buren Street, 4th Floor
  Chicago, IL 60607
Contact:  Danielle Estler
Phone:  (312) 423-1136

Go Girl Go! Chicago

  Go Girl Go! Chicago  
  GoGirlGo! Chicago is an initiative launched by the Women’s Sports Foundation in conjunction with the Chicago Foundation for Women to increase the physical activity of Chicago girls, create sustainable girls’ sports programming and execute a model public education campaign on the importance of getting girls moving. Our goal is to get 100,000 sedentary Chicago girls in the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will active and involved in physical activities over the next three years, as well as keep 100,000 already active girls playing sports. GoGirlGo! includes four key components: Education and awareness campaign – A free, curriculum-based educational program created for girls, coaches and parents to reinforce positive behaviors and educate one million currently active girls about the dangers of inactivity and negative habits that affect health Community-based activation – GoGirlGo! Week and public information campaigns will be conducted in pilot communities where active adults and girls bring inactive girls to free “open houses” (GoGirlGo! Centers) to introduce them to various activity programs. Pilot communities currently include Atlanta, Chicago and Boston. Peer-to-peer and adult-to-youth mentoring – High school athletes and active adults are asked to pledge support to help get one million girls physically active one girl at a time. Go to to make your pledge and we’ll show you how! Grant Program – $2.6 million will be earmarked to enable new sport and physical activity opportunities to be offered to economically disadvantaged and underserved girls and expand programs to accommodate recruited inactive girls.  
Address:  3725 N. Western Ave
  Chicago, IL 60618
Contact:  Val Bushey
Phone:  773-478-8839

Coalition of African, Arab, Asian, European and Latino Immigrants of Illinois

  Coalition of African, Arab, Asian, European and Latino Immigrants of Illinois  
  CAAAELII is a groundbreaking cross-racial, cross-cultural collaborative. Our work is centered on creating a new model for organizations serving immigrant and other disenfranchised communities: an organic amalgam of leadership development, organizing, activism, concrete social change and direct services. It is one of the largest immigrant-led coalitions in the country. Their mission statement is: To strengthen diverse voices of inter-generational immigrant and refugee communities by building alliances through a transformative process to develop grassroots power that impacts public policy. To engage the people and raise their voices to assert human and civil rights, promoting peoples’ participation and integration into a democratic society.  
Address:  4300 N. Hermitage Ave
  Chicago, IL 60613
Contact:  Marc Kelley
Phone:  (773) 248-1019

Chicago Urban League

  Chicago Urban League  
  The Chicago Urban League (CUL) was one of the first affiliates of the National Urban League (NUL) organized in this country to address the needs of African Americans migrating from the rural South to the northern cities in unprecedented numbers at the dawn of the 20th century. Established in 1916, the Chicago Urban League is a civil rights organization that empowers and inspires individuals to reach and exceed their economic potential. The League focuses on growing Chicago’s African American workforce and business community. The Chicago Urban League is pursuing three strategies that advance our mission: ensuring that African American children are well-educated and equipped for economic self-reliance in the 21st century; helping adults attain economic self-sufficiency through gainful employment, home ownership, entrepreneurship and wealth accumulation; and ensuring the civil rights of African Americans by eradicating barriers to equal participation in the economic and social mainstream of American life. Today the work of CUL focuses upon education, economic development and community empowerment for African Americans, other minorities and the poor. As one of the largest affiliates in the nation, the Chicago organization remains a leader in the Urban League movement.  
Address:  Chicago Urban League
  External Affairs
  4510 South Michigan Ave.
  Chicago, IL 60653
Contact:  Attn: Marquis Miller (Vice President of External Affairs)
Phone:  (773) 451-3500
Email:  please inquire

ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter

ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter
The ALS Association is the only national not-for-profit health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS. ALSA covers all the bases – research, patient and community services, public education, and advocacy – in providing help and hope to those facing the disease. The mission of The ALS Association (ALSA) is to find a cure for and improve living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Research The Association’s multifaceted research program includes peer-reviewed investigator-initiated scientific studies, cure-directed ALSA-initiated research and scientific workshops focusing on supporting ALS researchers. Since 1991, ALSA has awarded nearly $30 million to fund research seeking to identify the cause, means of prevention, and cure for ALS. Currently, ALSA-funded scientists are looking into 15 different research areas relevant to ALS. Advocacy The ALSA network plays a lead role in advocacy for increased public and private support of ALS research and health care reform that responds to the demands imposed by ALS. ALSA monitors and provides its national grassroots network of passionate volunteers with the information and support needed to keep healthcare professionals, the biotech community, the media and lawmakers abreast of challenges, as well as opportunities at hand in the ongoing fight against the disease. Patient and Community Services ALSA helps patients and families cope with the day to day challenges of living with ALS by providing information, resources, and referrals to many sources, including a wide variety of community services. Public Education & Awareness Through public outreach, media relations, and the Internet, ALSA continually raises awareness about ALS and the search for a cure.
Address: 220 W. Huron St.
  Suite 4003
  Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 312-932-0000

Aids Legal Council of Chicago

Aids Legal Council of Chicago
In 1987, the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago was started in a Chicago apartment by a small group of volunteer attorneys determined to meet the unique legal needs of people with HIV. Today ALCC has grown to a staff of twelve, delivering free legal services to more than 1,000 clients each year. In addition, the Council provides educational outreach and advocacy to promote the fair treatment of people with HIV and AIDS. ALCC’s greatest point of pride has been its flexibility in meeting the changing needs of people and populations affected by HIV. Since 1991 (when we opened our first satellite office at Cook County Hospital), ALCC has initiated targeted programs for Latinos, African-Americans, HIV-positive immigrants and HIV-positive individuals with mental health problems. In addition, our Family Options Program helps parents with HIV make plans for the future care of their children and our Benefits Counseling Initiative assists clients who have questions about returning to work.
Address: 180 North Michigan Ave, Suite 2110
  Chicago, Illinois 60601-7454
Phone: 312-572-4766

Quad Communities Development Corporation

Quad Communities Development Corporation
Quad Communities Development Corp. (QCDC) serves the South Side communities of North Kenwood, Oakland, and portions of Douglas and Grand Boulevard. QCDC’s mission is to convene residents, organizations, businesses, and institutions within the Quad Communities to plan, guide, support, and monitor human infrastructure and community development activities that will create a sustainable, healthy, mixed-income neighborhood. QCDC organizes stakeholders and leverages resources in order to guide and support community development initiatives focusing around four core program areas: Education/Youth Programs – QCDC secured funding from the University of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools to appoint a Cluster Coordinator who supports and provides additional resources to the principals of seven elementary schools within the QCDC service area. Center for Working Families – Together with the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, QCDC secured Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC) program funds from the Federal and Regional Transportation Authority and convened 75 area institutions/employers to plan and design a transportation-to-work shuttle service within the Quad Communities. Mixed-Income Housing Program – There are 718 units of federally subsidized housing at risk of expiring in next 5 years. QCDC convened partners, including Chicago Rehab Network and two community organizations to address the issue of expiring federally subsidized affordable housing properties. QCDC has also engaged an experienced not-for-developer to help preserve at-risk affordable housing properties. Cottage Grove Commercial District Revitalization Program – In partnership with the Fourth Ward Aldermanic Office, QCDC setup and staffed the 43rd & Cottage Grove Tax Increment Financing (TIF)Council, which is charged with the task of guiding and overseeing development activities within the TIF District along Cottage Grove Avenue from 39th to 48th street.
Address: Quad Communities Development Corporation
  4659 S. Cottage Grove Avenue
  Chicago, IL 60653
Contact: Bernita Johnson-Gabriel
Phone: (773) 268-7232

Chicago Women in Trades

Chicago Women in Trades
Chicago Women in Trades
Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT) is celebrating 25 years of supporting, encouraging, and training women in high-skilled, high-wage nontraditional careers. Originally established by tradeswomen as a support network, CWIT addresses the barriers that prohibit women and girls from entering and succeeding in male-dominated industries by creating opportunities and promoting equitable workplaces and conditions.To accomplish these goals CWIT provides support, advocacy, and education to tradeswomen; works to increase training for women and girls to enter nontraditional jobs; provides technical assistance to employers, unions, and other tradeswomen groups; documents trends in the nontraditional workplace; and advocates for improved policies and practices that support women’s access to nontraditional training and jobs, as well as success and safety on the job.Since its founding in 1981,Chicago Women in Trades has grown from a small, all-volunteer networking group into a multi-service organization with three direct service programs, numerous policy initiatives, technical assistance services, and paid staff. Today, CWIT is the only organization in Illinois working consistently on issues concerning equitable employment conditions and policies for women in the trades and other nontraditional occupations and is a leader of this work nationally.
Address: Chicago Women In Trades
  1455 S. Michigan, #210
  Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312-942-1444