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A Work in Progress

March 30, 2012

Since returning from Alabama, Militza and I have been regularly meeting to organize a community mural in the suburb of Maywood. We are looking to involve youth from one of the local high schools to play an active role in the design and construction of the mural.

Good Partnerships Take Time

March 30, 2012

Volunteer opportunities don’t happen overnight! I’ve been working with Daniel Kaplan from Moishe House Chicago over the past couple of months to develop a service event with Uniting America. MH Chicago’s mission is to build a diverse, progressive, and inclusive community in a Jewish context.

Uniting America Gets Love from a Local Student

March 29, 2012

My first interaction with Brandon Collofello was on the Martin Luther King Day of Service. He may not remember me, but I definitely remembered him.  I again saw him at St. Francis Serves, a community event that St. Francis University had to help our people from local homeless shelters. I then attended St.

Uniting America + Salvation Army = Community Unity

March 29, 2012

Today I met with Juan Alarcon, a pastor for the Salvation Army in Hanover Park.  In a wealthy, white dominated community, immigrants in the Northwest suburbs tend to become an invisible population. Sitting with Juan, he explained some of the silent struggles his congregation is facing and how the Salvation Army is responding to the needs of the community.

Power in Learning a New Language

March 28, 2012

I meet Maria when I was in middle school in my ESL class. Maria and her brother where adopted from Russia, she was 14 and her brother was 11 when she started the ESL classes with us she did not even know how to say hello, she had no idea what we were talking about, couple months past by with all the help of our ESL teacher, Ms.

Volunteers in Action

March 27, 2012

Recently I saw an incredible thing happen. Not only did I see over 500 people show up to a vigil to oppose the opening of a Strip Club in a residential area in the suburb of Stone Park, but I saw one of my Uniting America volunteers helping in those efforts by being a peacekeeper.

Uniting America Screening of "The Interrupters"

March 26, 2012
With my first community event being a little over two weeks away, a lot of my time has gone into making sure things are running smoothly. I have been fortunate enough to collaborate with Karen Danielson, the Outreach Director at the Muslim American Society, on this event.

Uniting America Partner Spanish Community Center Hosts Prom Dress Drive

March 26, 2012

The Spanish Community Center has had a very busy week this week. We had our annual banquet and fundraiser that recognizes local Mexican leaders in our community. This entire week we have been preparing for the prom event on Sunday. The prom event is my Uniting America community event.  I have had countless people coming in this week to donate dresses, shoes, accessories.

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