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A Great Volunteerism Story

April 20, 2012

Have you ever taken for granted that you know how to call 911, or a taxi, or make a doctors appointment? I know that I have. This week I helped out in a conversational English class adults at the Waukegan Public Library. I helped people learn words like poison, car accident, drowning, choking and emergency.

America United

April 19, 2012

I just want to share this amazing picture. This past Saturday we had a citizenship workshop in Bolingbrook and we had an amazing turnout. People were waiting early in the morning, we had about 100 people becoming citizens and more than 20 volunteers helping.

One Book, One Chicago Reached Uniting America!

April 18, 2012

This year’s One Book, One Chicago had reached Uniting America! I organized three book discussion, and two had already taken place, in partnership with Chicago Public Media. The book discussed was Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li, a Chinese American author who herself immigrated to America for graduate school.

Getting Kids to Create

April 18, 2012

Uniting America brought together communities touched by incarceration and deportation by organizing a kid-friendly playroom at the April 5th Event: Forced Out! at UIC. This event brought together hundreds of people to reflect on both issues and find possible solutions. Youth performed spoken word, while others discussed the health impact of these issues in breakout sessions.

Mural: A Potential Artist

April 18, 2012

On Wednesday evening, Militza and I had the pleasure of meeting with Rachel Weaver Rivera, a local artist we are considering bringing onboard to help coordinate our art project. Rachel works throughout the Chicagoland area teaching kids how to express their creativity using everyday objects and hosting professional development workshops for teachers.

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.

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