Greater Englewood Unites for ‘Clean & Green Day’ April 21

Posted: April 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

Greater Englewood Unites for ‘Clean & Green Day’ April 21

 More than 20 organizations call on volunteers to join community beautification, unity initiative

CHICAGO (April 16, 2012)—Englewood community organizations and advocates have organized the neighborhood’s First Annual Greater Englewood Unity Day on Saturday, April 21, 2012 as part of Chicago’s “Clean and Green Day” citywide day of service.

All Greater Englewood residents, youth and organizations are called to volunteer to help with beautification and clean-up projects at more than 10 locations throughout the community, beginning at 9 a.m. Following the clean-ups, a Unity Celebration begins at 2 p.m. at 69th and Emerald, with refreshments, music and networking for those involved with improving the quality of life in Greater Englewood.

Ongoing updates to the list of sites to be cleaned and beautified are available on the Englewood Portal, www.englewoodportal.org. For more detailed information, contact the Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.) at 866-845-1032 or email joinrage@gmail.com.

In addition to R.A.G.E., co-sponsors include ACCION, the Adler School of Professional Psychology, Beloved Community Family Services, Canaan Community Church, CeaseFire, the Center for Urban Transformation, Children’s Home and Aid, Englewood Community Cultural Planning Council, the Greater Englewood Community Development Corporation, Each 1 Teach 1, Growing Home, the Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition, Imagine Englewood If, Kusanya Café, New Birth Block Club, Phoenix Diverse Holistic Collaborative, P.E.A.C.E. Center, Illinois Senator Mattie Hunter’s Office, 65th & Peoria Block Club, Teamwork Englewood, Totally Positive Productions, Group 15, and Yale Elementary School. Churches, residents, businesses, and organizations are excited to take part in this symbolic day of unity!

The collaboration comes out of a forum that took place in January among Englewood community organizations, leaders and residents, hosted by Illinois State Sen. Mattie Hunter and the Adler School of Professional Psychology, which has worked with Englewood residents and organizations over the last six years to address issues ranging from youth violence to women’s empowerment. Following the “Summit on Proven Approaches for Action Improving Community Well-Being,” participants have moved forward on a solutions-based action plan to strengthen economic development, improve education opportunities and lower crime in Englewood.

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