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The mission of African American Family Services (AAFS) is to help the African American individual, family and community to reach a greater state of well being through the delivery of community-based, culturally-specific chemical health, mental health, and family preservation services.
The Associated Clubs of Woodlawn (ACW) founded in 1927 and incorporated in 1936, was perhaps Woodlawn´s most ubiquitous, powerful and enduring community improvement association. Until its dissolution in February 1970, the ACW served as a clearing house for information of concern to its member clubs and the Woodlawn community as a whole. It also attempted to safeguard and to promote
South Shore Country Club, originally a private club which barred African Americans, was scheduled for demolition in 1977. A grassroots coalition of community organizations organized to save, preserve and restore the historic site for all citizens.
Grassroots Chicago is a 30-minute 1991 video directed by Steve James and produced by Kartemquin Films. It is a documentary about neighborhood people creating change. Produced for the MacArthur Foundation, this piece features six vignettes on community organizing in six different Chicago neighborhoods.
The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference was formed in 1949 to "to build and maintain a stable interracial community of high standards." The collection contains correspondence, memoranda, meeting agendas and minutes, budgets and fundraising material, by-laws, directories, reports; press releases, surveys, newsletters, brochures, clippings, photographs, an audio reel, maps, posters, flyers, pamphlets, booklets, and other documents representing the activities of the
The Institute for Community Empowerment (ICE) was founded in the 1980s by Chicago community leaders and activists. ICE works with urban communities ""in crisis"" where residents have faced wrenching dispossession and relocation owing to political, social, and/or economic forces seemingly beyond local control. To counteract the democratic deficit typically lying at the root of such communities' problems, ICE provides residents
The Lincoln Park Conservation Association (LPCA) was formed in March of 1954 to combat the physical deterioration of Lincoln Park. As an umbrella organization, LPCA connected neighborhood associations to one another as well as to the Lincoln Park Community Conservation Council (LPCCC) and the Department of Urban Renewal (DUR). Organized efforts to combat the physical degradation of Lincoln Park began
Mary Ann Smith is alderman of the 48th ward in Chicago; she was appointed in 1989 by Mayor Richard M. Daley to replace Kathy Osterman; she was first elected in 1991. Mary Ann Smith's papers pertain primarily to her tenure as Alderman of the 48th Ward, and are divided into eleven series with multiple subseries that address her aldermanic duties
Born in Israel, Sheli Lulkin moved with her family to the United States when her father got accepted to Stanford University. Unable to attend due to the Alien and Sedition Act passed by the federal government, her father decided to move to Chicago where other family members already lived. Lulkin grew up on the north side of Chicago attending Roosevelt
The South Shore Community Collection contains manuscripts, printed material and photographs on businesses, clubs and organizations, religious institutions, residents, schools and street scenes in the community area.
Founded by Monica Cahill, BVM, Taproots began as a center for teenage mothers in the rectory of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in 1978. In 1980, Taproots (Teen-Age Parents Realizing Ongoing Orientation Toward Success) moved to a six-room flat at 2424 W. Polk St. Located on Chicago’s West Side, Taproots was offered its services to help ease the difficulties of teen-age
Washington Heights Community Organization (WHCO), formed in 1967 for the upkeep and economic development and growth of the area, was initially composed of formal block clubs in the Washington Heights and Mt. Vernon communities. The organization also campaigned to name a neighborhood elementary school after Marcus Garvey.
The Welfare Council of Metropolitan Chicago was founded in 1914 as the Chicago Central Council of Social Agencies; incorporated in 1919 as the Chicago Council of Social Agencies; in the 1940s, became the Welfare Council of Metropolitan Chicago; in 1971 renamed the Council of Community Services; in 1977 merged with the Community Fund of Chicago to become the United Way
William H. Hyde, Jr. was an Illinois Institute of Technology faculty member (Library Science) and the university's librarian, circa 1948.
Tax bills and receipts and other papers related to the Woodlawn Property Owners Association, a community organization. Participation in the organization reached as far south as 74th Street in the late 1920s, beyond the official boundaries of the Woodlawn Community Area of Chicago (Ill.). According to one letter (Apr. 3, 1929), this organization of white people sought to restrict ""Woodlawn