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West Side Small Business Grant Opportunity

Small businesses are the heart of any neighborhood. West Side United is excited to distribute $85,000 in grants to West Side businesses that seek to strengthen their communities, in the amount of $1,000 - $15,000. There will be two community information sessions, September 20 and 27, 2018, to provide information and answer questions about the … Continue reading West Side Small Business Grant Opportunity

2 Miles, 16 Years: Chicago’s “Death Gap” is a Crisis

This event is over! Please check the 2018 schedule. In 2015, Virginia Commonwealth University released a report that calculated the life expectancies within four different American cities, including Chicago. The findings were harrowing. Under their model, residents of West Garfield Park were expected to live to age 69. Residents of the Loop, just a 15-minute … Continue reading 2 Miles, 16 Years: Chicago’s “Death Gap” is a Crisis

Durbin and Major Chicago Hospitals Join Forces on Community Initiative to Reduce Violence

Sparked By Durbin, Chicago HEAL Initiative Hospitals To Lead Groundbreaking Collaboration & Neighborhood Investment, Programming CHICAGO – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined hospital and community leaders to announce a groundbreaking new initiative bringing together 10 of the largest hospitals serving Chicago aimed at reducing violence and improving health in Chicago’s most underserved neighborhoods. … Continue reading Durbin and Major Chicago Hospitals Join Forces on Community Initiative to Reduce Violence