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Reaching Out to Homeless LGBT Community

April 17, 2012

I would like to highlight a very special faith group who is going above and beyond the realm of what most faith institutions do when it comes to community service. They are called the Emmaus Ministries (EM) and they are located in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago.

Many Hands

April 17, 2012

Late Wednesday night at the Community Clothes Closet, poking through some clothes, wondering what it’s all about. The Pastor Cyndi Gavin is excited to have me help out with some clothing organization and I am happy to do so, but the workload is daunting…there are clothes everywhere, on racks, in boxes and in bags; it’s hard to know what goes where!

Uniting America will be on CAN TV

April 16, 2012

About two weeks ago Monika and I met with Omari, the nonprofit services coordinator for Chicago Access Network Television, to discuss different ways to partner with CAN-TV as a way to spread the word about Uniting America and the different ways that people can become involved in their communities.

Bridge to Identity – Discovering Chicago’s Filipino American History

April 16, 2012

I’m very excited to share about a new friendship and upcoming event! Uniting America and the Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago are partnering up for a special event in May, which is Asian American Heritage Month, to explore the history of immigration in Chicago.

Free Citizenship Fee Waiver Webinar

April 13, 2012

WHAT: Register for a free citizenship fee waiver webinar hosted by the New Americans Initiative of Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

Opening Eyes Through Books

April 13, 2012

It started as just a regular project for some of the local volunteers from the Joliet Job Corp. Joliet Job Corps is a local learning institution that partners with the Spanish Center and volunteers with Uniting America. I love having the group from Joliet Job Corp volunteer with us. They have helped with many different programs and find new ways to relate to people that they have never met.

Uniting America Waukegan Park Clean-up

April 12, 2012

Two and a half hours, over 20 trash bags, a shopping cart and several tires later, we were done cleaning Roosevelt Park.  I held my first community service day last Saturday and it was a great success. Forty people came out to help clean up the park. The sun was shining, it wasn’t too cold and spirits were high. F.I.S.T.

Undocumented and Inspiring

April 12, 2012

Sometimes I forget what a blessing it is to be born in the United States, but stories like Carla’s quickly remind me.  Carla came to the US with her parents when she was only two years old.  She says she has no memories of Mexico, or the family that they left behind.  Most of her friends don’t know that Carla is not a US citizen.

Uniting America working with Literacy DuPage

April 11, 2012

I just want to share some amazing news, my host organization, Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project, is going to participate with one of our partners Literacy of Dupage. They are going to have their annual Human Race which is an amazing cause to help all students that are not sure of themselves and shy away of society because they don’t know the English Language.

Running Brings Everyone Together

April 10, 2012

I decided to help out with our Bunny Run 5k because I knew it was an event that anyone and everyone could help at, and attend. The volunteers that helped for the day were volunteers that I have recruited through Uniting America events. The groups of volunteers were more than happy to help out for the day.

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