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49th Ward Update
February 11, 2021
LEE EN ESPAÑOL

Hello neighbors,

We’ve got more cold and snow coming this week, so please take care. Check on family and neighbors to make sure their heat is working and they have what they need. Property owners, please remember to shovel your walks to allow safe passage to your neighbors. 

As always, there are some important opportunities for community engagement and city updates in the newsletter this week, so please scroll through the whole thing. Also, in case you don’t normally make it to the end, that’s where we share school updates and job postings. There have been some good job opportunities lately, so if you’re looking for employment, make it to the end of the newsletter!

As the Governor announced an expansion of vaccine eligible people in 1b this week to include those with serious illness, underlying conditions and people with disabilities we were informed by our Commissioner of Public Health, Dr. Arwady, that Chicago would not be making the same expansion. Her reason for this decision is that there is not enough supply available and increasing the demand in this group will only cause more problems. I understand her reasoning, but still disagree with the decision.

I’m advocating for our community to have City vaccine sites and more testing sites made available to us as soon as possible. In the meantime, we are working with local healthcare providers to offer pop up events. This Saturday, I’m excited to say that we were able to get 400 vaccine appointments with Howard Brown Health for some of our most vulnerable residents. We did direct, targeted outreach to make sure that these vaccines were going to be made available to folks who needed them most - senior citizens and essential workers who live and work in our ward. We will continue to work to set up more events like this that get the vaccine to our neighbors. We’re working with Heartland Health to set up a longer-term popup in one of our Park District locations - stay tuned for details.

Last but not least - today is the Lunar New Year! We are entering the Year of the Metal Ox and I wish for prosperity and good fortune for us all this year.


Stay safe, and take care,

Maria Hadden
Alderwoman, 49th Ward

Ward Office Closed in Observance of
Lincoln's Birthday & Presidents' Day Holidays

 
Please be advised that in observance of Lincoln's Birthday and Presidents' Day, the 49th Ward office will be closed Friday, February 12, through Monday, February 15. The ward office will re-open on Tuesday, February 16, at 9 am.

Due to the government holidays, please be aware that garbage and recycling service may be delayed. Please ensure your carts are accessible Tuesday through Friday next week so Streets and Sanitation can collect your refuse.
Celebrations & Appreciations
You didn't think we were going to allow a pandemic to make us stop celebrating and appreciating our community did you? Of course not! We need this more than ever, so please, send us the people, orgs and actions that you want the ward to know about next week! Email us at office@49thward.org
Honoring and Celebrating the Life of Karen Lewis
This week, a champion passed on. Karen Lewis is a name all Chicagoans know- and for good reason. She fought not just on behalf of the people but WITH the people. She stood with teachers every step of the way in their demands for safer, healthier, more equitable conditions and was the unstoppable force behind many wins. Her heart and spirit were big enough to move mountains. To say her loss will leave a hole in our community is an understatement. Karen, you will be missed by so many. May all of us honor her memory by continuing the fight.
Resolution Celebrating India’s Democracy Passes Committee
Yesterday, we passed our resolution honoring India's Democracy  in the Committee on Health and Human Relations. I brought this resolution forward last year at the urging of residents in my ward and from across our city. Our republic is rooted in values like freedom of speech, personal expression and religion.

The nation of India is great and I have deep respect for them as an important partner and the largest democracy in the world. We share the same democratic values.

That is why when South Asian-American residents brought me concerns about those shared values of democracy being threatened along with tales of friends and family facing persecution, I knew amplifying their voices was the right thing to do.

Thank you to South Asian-American residents throughout the City for using an opportunity to celebrate our good friend, India, to also remind Chicagoans of our shared democratic values and the ways that both our nations must continue to fight to uphold those values.

Ward Updates
Participatory Budgeting Town Hall Tomorrow, Feb. 13
The 49th Ward office and the 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting Committee will host a special Town Hall on Saturday, February 13, at 11 am. This virtual meeting will replace the traditional PB expos that typically happen before the vote. PB committees will share the items that will be on this year's ballot before opening begins. The PB committee will also share information on how and when to vote.

As we continue to combat COVID-19, this year's process will once again look different than in previous years.  To attend to learn more, register for the Town Hall in advance at bit.lypb49townhall. Spanish translation will be available. 
Chicago Teachers Union Ratifies CPS Reopening Plan
The Chicago Teachers Union fought hard to win the best agreement they could to make sure students, teachers and staff are safer in our schools. Without them fighting hard, we would not have the protections that were won. They were forced to do so because Chicago Public Schools did not prepare a reopening framework that took serious considerations of staff health safety issues during this pandemic. Other school districts have done what is needed and developed reopening plans with their unions centered on the safety of all.

The vaccination and reopening schedule still leaves me with concerns. A couple of weeks is not sufficient time to get everyone the two shots they need. I have heard from numerous teachers and staff that they voted against the proposal because it doesn't do enough to ensure their safety. There are many families who need to have students back in class for a variety of reasons, and I am happy this decision brings them relief. That being said, students returned to in-person learning this week. I will continue to work with CPS families, principals, teachers and staff to support them in this step forward and to continue supporting our neighborhood schools.

For more information on CPS's re-opening plan, visit their website
Shop Where Your Heart Is in February
Shop Where Your Heart Is, is a campaign to encourage shoppers to support small-independently owned businesses in Rogers Park. This new campaign is essentially a weekly raffle competition. The Rogers Park Business Alliance will conduct weekly drawings throughout the month of February for a chance to win gift cards from local restaurants and stores.

Customers/shoppers will shop at local businesses and submit as many receipts to us using an online form or by dropping them off RPBA's office, 1448 W. Morse.

All businesses located between Howard St. to Devon Ave. and Ridge Ave. to the Lake are invited to participate. All we ask is that they help promote it. 

Rules:
  • Each receipt submitted must total $25 or more to be eligible
  • Receipts must be from an independently-owned business in Rogers Park
  • Boundaries are Howard to Devon, and Ridge to the Lake
  • Participants can enter as many receipts as they want, but they have to make sure to submit each one with a separate form when submitting online
  • To enter, participants must take a picture of the receipt and submit it through our online form,  tinyurl.com/shoprp2021 or drop it off at RPBA's office at 1448 W. Morse Ave.
  • Each Wednesday, RPBA will announce 3 winners using a random number generator
Each week there will be 3 prize winners:
  1. First Place Winner: $100 | Two, $50 gift cards from two RP restaurants of their choice
  2. Second Place Winner: $50 | A $50 gift card from an RP business of their choice
  3. Third Place Winner: $25 | A $25 gift card from an RP business of their choice
  4. A grand prize of $1,000 at the end of the month will be awarded for use at independent grocery stores in Rogers Park. All participants will be included in the grand prize raffle.
Provide our locally-owned small businesses some relief this winter by shopping small and participating in the Shop Where Your Heart Is event. 

For more information, visit RPBA's website.
Housing Plus Will Host ADU Workshop February 16
Chicago has opened opportunities for property owners to add new accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, that can meet diverse groups' housing needs.  Our community offers many ways to add ADUs – from basement spaces in existing buildings such as a 2-flat, for example, and in vacant or unproductive commercial spaces.  Housing Plus NFP shows property owners how to do it.

ADUs meet the needs of different groups- families with children, seniors, people with disabilities, and many others.  ADUs are naturally affordable and, when located at or just below grade level, can provide much-needed housing for people with modest mobility difficulties and even those in wheelchairs.  For participating owners, each ADU can add rental income and property value.

Housing Plus is partnering with the 49th Ward office to launch a pilot program for the 49th Ward. The workshop will show how building owners can add one or more ADUs.  It'll feature ADU project examples, explain how projects can get approved for permits and zoning, and discuss financing options.

The workshop will take place on Tuesday, February 16, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Register in advance at bit.ly/49thWardADU
Community Survey on Proposed Development at 1415 W. Morse

Last night, we held a community meeting about a proposed residential development at 1415 W. Morse and we want your input too! You can view the proposal on our website and you can watch the recording of the community meeting here. Please submit your feedback on the proposal using this community survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VDGSVWB

Read below for more details about the proposal.

The owner of 1415 W. Morse is requesting to a zoning change from B3-2 to B3-3. They are also requesting a rear setback variation, which would reduce the rear yard setback from 30 feet to 10 feet. 

The parcel at 1415 W. Morse has an existing four-story building with a total of 14 residential units and three commercial storefronts facing Morse Avenue. The zoning change would allow the owner to construct on the rear of the building a five-story addition that would comprise of 16 residential 1-bedroom/1-bathroom units.

The zoning change would trigger the Affordable Requirements Ordinance, which means that two units would be set aside as affordable for people making 60% of the Area Median Income. 

The existing four-story building is undergoing a complete renovation. The addition on the rear of the building would be a continuation of the improvements to the property. 

The plans include ground floor parking for 11 vehicles, a roof deck lined with plantings, and the installation of an elevator. The existing building does not have an elevator and only has seven parking spaces. The site is adjacent to the Morse Red Line station, making it a transit-oriented development. 

The rear addition would not be visible from Morse street. The increased height from the addition on the rear building will be offset by the front, thereby decreasing the massing on Morse Avenue. 

Block by Block First Community Meeting - Feb 25!
Join Alderwoman Hadden and your neighbors for the inaugural Block by Block Ward gathering on Thursday, February 25 from 6-8pm! We need to build block-level community solutions and we need your help to do so. This first meeting is open to everyone, but we'd love you to also sign up to join or start a Block Club.

Register for the event to learn about the program and how you can join! It's going to take all of connecting to build a better community.
Loyola Park Advisory Council Celebrates
Black History Month Virtually this Year
The Loyola Park Advisory Council has hosted a Black History Celebration for the past 19 years. This year, they won't let a pandemic prevent them from joining together to celebrate Black History Month. 

This year, they will host a virtual celebration with the theme: "One Pen, One Page." The theme was inspired by Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history who shared her original poem, "The Hill We Climb," at the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. 

For the event, folks will get to create art using any Adinkra Symbol. In your artwork, share what this symbol represents to you. 

No fees are required to participate in the event. Entries will be accepted through February 22. Then at 12:30 pm on Sunday, February 28, join in on Zoom for a live virtual exhibit. 

For more information, visit the Loyola Park Advisory Council's website
Kilmer IB Information Sessions
Kilmer Elementary is submitting an RFP through CPS again this year to bring an International Baccalaureate program to the school. Parents are encouraged to join an informational session to learn more about how this vital program will strengthen the Kilmer community and Rogers Park as a whole. 

Kilmer will host two virtual information sessions on February 23. During the sessions, parents will have the opportunity to learn more about the IB program and how they can support these efforts. 

Session 1
Date: Tuesday, February 23
Time: 8 am - 9 am
Join Google Meeting: meet.google.com/gxa-rhog-cfn
Join by phone: 317-393-1732 (PIN: 648468984)

Session 2
Date: Tuesday, February 23
Time: 5 pm - 6 pm
Join Google meeting: meet.google.com/prh-pqko-rcy
Join by phone: 219-654-2322 (PIN: 894680308)
49th Ward Property Tax Exemptions Office Hours
Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer will host a Property Tax Exemptions 1:1 session for 49th Ward residents from 10 am to 12 pm on Wednesday, March 3. Join in to have all your property tax exemption questions answered.

To join the Zoom on March 3, go to bit.ly/49PTax. To view available exemptions, visit the Cook County Assessor's Office's website.
Theatre Above the Law Opens New Show - Constellations
We have been waiting to bring this amazing and moving play to YOU for almost 3 years. It was to be the closing production of our 4th season last May. Covid had other plans. The cast and production crew stayed vigilant and dedicated to have it come to fruition. We began rehearsing online and then creating a production bubble of 2 cast members, stage manager and director and rehearsed the past 5 weeks with masks on. Our cast both just tested negative to begin tech without the 2 of them masked and we are filming the performance this weekend with a masked audience of 6 from our bubble and another with no audience.

This production is a long time coming and well worth the wait. We feel it deserves a live audience. That is not possible right now. Hopefully someday we can all experience it together. It the meantime, YOU have 10 opportunities to watch from home. 

Streaming tickets are available here. Thank YOU for supporting Theatre for YOU!
Lifeline Theatre's Fillet of Solo Is Back
Celebrating the breadth of Chicago’s enduring storytelling and live lit scene, Lifeline virtually brings 15 storytelling collectives and 17 solo performers together from all over the world in a three-week (February 8-28), online gallery of powerful personal stories.
This year’s Fest will take place entirely online! Upon ticket/pass purchase, a confirmation will be sent with information on how to access the Fillet of Solo website that features the gallery of this year’s stories.

There are two types of tickets:
– Single Tickets are Name Your Price (suggested donation of $20) and give you access to the Fest website for the full run (Feb. 8-28).
– Festival Passes are only $45 and give you full access PLUS live virtual extras including panel discussions and storytelling workshops with Festival artists.

Tickets/passes can be purchased on our website www.lifelinetheatre.com or through our Box Office at 773-761-4477.
COVID-19 Updates
As we continue to combat COVID-19 across the city, state, and country, we are bringing back our section with the most up-to-date information on the ongoing public health crisis and any changes that are being implemented to address it. Information on aid and relief programs will continue to be housed in the "Need to Know Info" section of this newsletter. 
CDPH Partners with Zocdoc to
Launch Vaccine Appointment Scheduler
The Chicago Department of Public Health has partnered with Zocdoc to create a more centralized platform where people can schedule vaccination appointments when they’re available. To view available appointments through Zocdoc at zocdoc.com/vaccine

At this time, this platform is showing available appointments at the city's Point of Distributions sites (PODS) and Rush University Medical Center. More information on where to locate other vaccination sites is contained below in this newsletter.
Three Ways Chicago Residents can Receive a COVID-19 Vaccine:
The City of Chicago began inoculating people in phase 1b of the vaccine rollout this week. Individuals in this group include essential frontline workers and residents aged 65 and older. 

There are three ways Chicago residents can receive a COVID-19 vaccine:
1. Your health care provider
Your first contact should be your health care provider, including your primary care provider, health clinic, or hospital where you have gotten medical care in the past. Over 350 health care providers have signed up with CDPH to distribute vaccine. Providers are also reaching out directly to schedule appointments with their existing patients, prioritizing those who are older with more underlying conditions. Health care providers can still sign-up to be vaccine providers.
2. Your pharmacy
The City of Chicago has provided vaccines to pharmacies across Chicago. These pharmacies each have their own registration link which can be found below.
The City of Chicago does not endorse any of the listed organizations. This list is provided only as a convenience. See the full disclaimer here.
3. Your employer
Specific employers in prioritized essential workers groups will be able to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to their employees in 1b. CDPH is working directly with employers as vaccines become available. For example, first responders are already being vaccinated and others will begin soon. If you receive your vaccine through your employer, you will not need to take any other action. 
For those that have insurance but do not have a primary care provider, please check with your insurance company for a list of providers accepting new patients. One option is to enroll with one of Chicago’s many Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) if you do not have insurance. 

For especially vulnerable populations (e.g., those facing housing insecurity or undocumented immigrants), the city will partner with city colleges to set up PODs (points of distribution) to vaccinate residents. At this time, PODs are continuing to vaccinate health care workers included in phase 1a, and no appointments are available yet to those included in phase 1b. 

While the city has transitioned to phase 1b of the vaccination rollout, supply remains limited. Last week, CDPH informed aldermanic offices that they're currently receiving 34,000 doses of the vaccine a week, which amounts to roughly 5% of people in group 1b. This means that appointments are filling up fast. On Tuesday, President Biden announced that his administration is working to purchase an additional 200 million doses of the vaccine. Their goal is to have enough vaccine supply for the entire adult U.S. population by the end of the summer. 

You can track the vaccine data for the city of Chicago on CDPH's website by clicking here
Howard Brown Health Vaccine Appointments

Howard Brown Health is now offering the COVID-19 vaccine to established patients and community members who are essential frontline workers or age 65 or older. Reserve your vaccine appointment online.

Appointments may be rescheduled based on the availability of the vaccine. Due to supply, vaccination appointments are available at limited clinic locations in Chicago. The appointment for the second dose will be scheduled at the end of your first appointment.

All appointments are subject to change based on vaccine availability.

Details regarding the Howard Brown vaccination rollout plan will continue to change in the coming days. Please visit howardbrown.org/covid-19/vaccine for the latest information regarding scheduling and availability.

Rush Medical Vaccine Appointments
Rush has been working with local and city officials to begin delivering the COVID-19 vaccine to its community, following the guidelines outlined by the Chicago and Illinois Departments of Public Health. Based on those guidelines, eligible people will include those 65 years of age or older and essential workers, including health care workers. 

To view available appointments at Rush Medical, visit their website.
Heartland Health Vaccine Survey
Heartland Health Center, located at 1300 W. Devon in Rogers Park, is a designated Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). As we continue with the vaccine rollout for phase 1b, they will be giving the vaccine to established patients who meet CDC and IDPH guidance. 

At this time, Heartland Health has limited vaccines. They are currently contacting their highest risk patients in 1b to ensure that they're receiving their dose. As they receive more vaccines, they'll continue to reach out to the remaining eligible 1b patients. This meant that they're not currently accepting calls for vaccine appointments until they have a steadier supply of vaccines.

However, they are looking to support residents while they await more supplies. If you are interested in receiving the vaccine from Heartland Health Centers, please take a moment to complete their online survey. As soon as more doses become available, they will contact individuals who have completed this survey. 
Swedish Covenant Vaccine Waitlist Registry
Swedish Hospital has created a waitlist to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at their facility. At this time, they are preparing to vaccinate seniors ages 65 and older and those that still remain in group 1A. However, you may complete their online waitlist to receive more information as vaccine appointments become available. 

For more information and to sign up, visit Swedish Hospital's website.
Transportation for COVID-19 Vaccines
For seniors and people with disabilities who need assistance to access their COVID-19 vaccine appointment will be able to take advantage of transportation resources. 

Special Needs Chicago

Special Needs Chicago has wheelchair accessible transportation throughout the Chicagoland area (city and suburbs) to assist people with getting to their COVID vaccine appointment. Call 630-668-9999 for more information or click here to book a reservation

Uber to Provide Free Rides to Vaccine Appointments

Uber has partnered with Walgreens Pharmacy to make it easier for people who don't have a car or a nearby pharmacy to get their COVID-19 vaccine. Uber will offer free rides to Walgreens stores and clinics for those who book an appointment and live in an underserved community. Uber will work with community organizations, such as the Urban League, to determine underserved communities that will be eligible for free rides. Those organizations will then work to distribute codes that community members can use to get the free rides. 
Sign-Up for Chi COVID Coach
Our office has received several inquiries about how to register for a COVID-19 vaccine. At this time, the city does not have registration open. However, we recommend that folks sign up for the Chi COVID Coach, developed in 2020 by CDPH. As registration becomes available for a vaccine, Chi COVID Coach will notify you over text message with updates on the vaccine and how to receive one. 

The registration will walk you through four steps to sign up, including identifying any underlying health conditions that might put you at an elevated risk or if your occupation falls within an essential services category. To register, visit covidcoach.chicago.gov.
Sign Up for CDPH's E-Newsletter
The Chicago Department of Public Health is dedicated to ensuring that all Chicagoans get trusted information about its local COVID-19 response. Sign up online for their email list and be among the first to receive press releases, current guidance, and other important information. 
How the COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Works
The approved COVID-19 mRNA vaccines do not contain any live virus of COVID-19. Instead, scientists used the genetic sequence of the virus to create a blueprint of the COVID-19 virus. The virus will trigger the body to produce the spike protein in the COVID-19 virus, which will signal our immune systems to produce the proper antibodies and T cells to combat the RNA blueprint. This means that should an individual contract the COVID-19 virus after being inoculated, the body's immune system will already have stored the information necessary to combat the virus. 

When people receive a vaccination, they might feel some side effects as their immune systems respond to the spike protein. The most common side effects include swelling and some pain at the injection site as well as fever, chills, headaches, and fatigue. These side effects are temporary and indicate that the immune system is imprinting its response to combat COVID-19. 
State Eviction Moratorium Extended to March 6
Governor Pritzker announced that the State's eviction moratorium will be extended to March 6, 2021 as the COVID-19 crisis continues to impact our state and our country. 

On November 14, protections for Illinois tenants were changed under the latest eviction moratorium extension. Landlords can now file evictions unless tenants give them a written declaration that they should be protected by the COVID Eviction Moratorium. The Lawyers Committee for Better Housing. Tenants can use IDHA's declaration template to provide their landlord with written notice that they've been financially impacted due to COVID-19. That declaration is available online

The Department of Housing has put together a Know Your Rights website for tenants who are facing illegal lockouts during the eviction moratorium. The Lawyers Committee for Better Housing has also put together information for tenants facing an illegal lockout and may be able to provide legal assistance to income-eligible tenants. Learn more on their website here
Updates to the Emergency Travel Order

The Chicago Department of Public Health announced updates to the Chicago Emergency Travel Order. Effective Friday, January 15, 2021, states will only be categorized as yellow or orange. Previously, the city had three category levels for the Emergency Travel Order.

The updates to the order are meant to simplify the message by putting states into one of two categories. Regardless of which category a state falls into, CDPH is still advising that people avoid any kind of travel as we see COVID-10 cases surging across most of the U.S. Additionally, the new COVID variant that is more transmissible has now been detected in at least 8 states, including Indiana and Wisconsin. 

Anyone traveling from a state on the Orange list is directed to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago or quarantine for a 10-day period (or the duration of their time in Chicago, whichever is shorter).  They must practice strict social distancing, mask-wearing, and avoid any in-person gathering. Anyone traveling from a state on the Yellow list is not required to quarantine or provide a pre-arrival test. However, they should practice strict mask-wearing and social distancing.

The lists are updated every two weeks based on state and Chicago case averages. There are no travel restrictions within Illinois. However, non-essential travel to the areas of high incidence is discouraged. If essential travel is needed, follow the prevention techniques such as using a face covering, frequent hand washing/sanitization, and maintaining social distancing.

Please visit chi.gov/eto for additional information.
Latest Information on COVID-19 from the
Chicago Department of Public Health

For the latest information on COVID-19 in Chicago, visit the Chicago Department of Health's (CDPH) website at chicago.gov/coronavirus. For the latest information on COVID-19 in Illinois, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health's (IDPH) website

Community Aid
Loyola Park Support Fund
Loyola Park is one of the gems of the Chicago parks system. Loyola Park Advisory Council (LPAC) is a non-profit that promotes activities in the park and invites all our neighbors to participate in events like the Daddy Daughter Dance, Black History Celebration, Kids Reading Library, and the Artists of the Wall Festival.  Along with its beautiful lakefront beach, the park has tennis courts, basketball and baseball facilities, and a full roster of field house based team sports. LPAC raises money for scholarships to these events, plus Movies in the Park and many other reasons to visit year-round.

This past year has been tough on the organization. The Artists of the Wall event, which is their main fundraising event, had to be canceled. Compounded with the financial challenges local sponsors are experiencing, the regular donations to the Park Advisory Council have decreased. 

Despite these challenges, the Loyola Park Advisory Council remains committed to continuing its mission and will plan creative ways to reach out and involve the Rogers Park community in 2021.

Consider making a contribution to help the Loyola Park Advisory Council continue providing rich programming to the Rogers Park Community. 
49th Ward Youth Advisory Council Food Drive
The 49th Ward Youth Advisory Committee has launched a food drive. All donations will benefit the United Church of Rogers Park's weekly free hot meal to help feed our hungry neighbors. Drop off non-perishable items through February 28 at Rogers Park Fruit Market or Devon Market. 
Help Our Elderly and Disabled Neighbors
with Snow Removal this Winter
City ordinance requires residents and businesses to keep clear their sidewalks of snow in a timely manner after a storm. The 49th Ward has residents who might need a little extra assistance this winter in clearing their sidewalks. Our office is looking for volunteers with their own shovels to help lend a hand to our elderly and disabled neighbors by shoveling the sidewalks in front of their building. After a snowstorm, our office will email you with a list of locations that need an extra hand in snow removal. If you're interested in volunteering, please fill out this short Google Form

Are you a neighbor that is in need of extra assistance with snow removal? Please fill out this short Google Form. Our office won't share any contact information gathered in this form; we will only include your address on the list that we send volunteers after a snow storm. 
Commissioner Gainer's Annual Women's Toiletry Drive
Commissioner Bridget Gainer is hosting her annual women's toiletry drive. Please consider donating travel-sized products of shampoo and conditioner, soap, shower gel, deodorant, and body location to a drop off location to help women that are currently incarcerated. For more information, call Commissioner Gainer's office at 312-603-4210 or email district10@cookcountyil.gov. 
Community Engagement Opportunities
Loyola Community Nursing Center Hosting Series
on Community Health and Nutrition
The Loyola Community Nursing Center is hosting a virtual educational series on community health and nutrition throughout the months of February and March. Join a session to learn more about a variety of topics. To join a virtual session, visit luc.zoom.us/j/96131142188.
24th District Seniors Film Series
The 24th Police District invites seniors to join them for their Rogers Park Seniors Film Series. The next film in their series will be shown via Zoom on Wednesday, February 24, at 2 pm. 

To celebrate Black History Month, they will share Pamela Sherrod Anderson's 2020 documentary, The G Force.

From Joe Strother in MSU Today (January 21, 2021):

"All her life, Pamela Sherrod Anderson has had a passion for storytelling. “I had a father and a mother who were very conscious about being informed,” said Anderson. “My parents would read the newspaper to me at night, and tell stories from their life, instead of the fairy tales. I always enjoyed hearing the old folks’ stories from around the neighborhood. So even then, I guess I was laying the groundwork for being a storyteller by taking in these stories.” 

Anderson has translated that passion for stories into a long and successful career working in a variety of different roles. She is the founder of Graceworks Theater and Film Productions LLC. She is also an award-winning writer, filmmaker, playwright, educator, and journalist.

Her most recent documentary “The G Force,” was recognized as a semi-finalist at the 2020 Cannes International Independent Film Festival. "The G Force" is a film that highlights the rising trend in society of grandparents raising their grandchildren."

As a special addition to their program, they will be opening the screening with Hair Love, by writer and director Matthew Cherry. Cherry won the 2020 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, which tells a heartwarming story of an African American father helping his daughter with her hair.

Join the screening via Zoom using the login information below. No RSVP is required to attend the screening. Email caps.024district@chicagopolice.org with any questions. 

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86395644740?pwd=bXl6WGphWlh3M2U2MDFtK3FJdzU1dz09
Meeting ID: 863 9564 4740
Passcode: 320402

One tap mobile:
+13126266799,,86395644740#,,,,*320402# US (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 863 9564 4740
Passcode: 320402

Chicago Northside AARP Community Group
The Chicago Northside AARP Community Group will hold their next monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 2, at 12:30 pm. 

The meeting will be a continuation of their series: "Be Part of the SOlution - Come Together to Affect Change" and will focus on women trailblazers in observance of Women's History Month. 

To register to join the Zoom meeting, email northsideaarpcommunitygroup@gmail.com. For more information on the AARP community group, click here
Apply to Join the Care for Real Board of Directors

Care for Real has provided food, clothing, and other support to the community for nearly 50 years with the help of many caring volunteers.

As the organization is growing and expanding its service to meet the increasing levels of food insecurity, it is a very exciting time to be involved. The primary role of the Board of Directors is to provide governance and fundraising for the organization. They are looking to fill openings on the Board and encourage those passionate about serving our communities to consider joining.

Those who represent the diversity of the communities they serve (Edgewater and Rogers Park) and those who may have lived-experience with food insecurity are especially invited to apply. If you are passionate about addressing food insecurity in our communities and serving as a Care for Real volunteer Board member or committee member, they would like to hear from you. Please contact Nina Newhouser at Nina@CareforReal.org for more information or to apply. 

You're Invited to Virtually Attend Edgewater Village Programs
Meet people and share your thoughts when you participate in these upcoming programs: exercise (Feb. 9-April 20); Movie Chat about "West Side Story" (Feb. 13); Coffee & Conversation (Feb. 16); and Greek Dancing (every Saturday). Check out the website, EVChicago.org, and sign up for the newsletter so you don't miss out on some interesting programs. All activities are held via Zoom. Review the "join a meeting" tutorial if you aren't familiar with using this video conferencing platform. 
Grow Your Own Food with the Peterson Garden Project
Learn how to grow your own food! Do you know there is an organic edible community garden at Howard and Ashland? Join your fellow gardeners and neighbors in the community to learn how to grow food, share what you learn, and enjoy some much-anticipated sunshine with Peterson Garden Project. Membership is $85 for the gardening season of April 24th to November 7th and includes education, events, some supplies, water access, and a 4'x8' plot. Visit www.petersongarden.org today to register or for more info!

Contact registration@petersongarden.org with questions or for scholarships. 
Government Corner
With the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a lot of information and resources available to people at all levels of government. To make sure you're receiving all the information to help you through this time, please consider signing up for the following newsletters or keeping your eye on the following pages. See something that should be added to this section? Email it to the office at office@49thward.org. 

City of Chicago Resources:
City of Chicago Coronavirus Resource Center Website
City of Chicago Coronavirus Updates Distribution Sign-Up
CPS COVID-19 Resources & Updates
Chicago Park District COVID-19 Response Page
BACP COVID-19 Resource Page

Cook County:
Cook County COVID-19 Response Website
Contact Commissioner Suffredin's Office
Commissioner Gainer Newsletter Sign-Up

State of Illinois:
State of Illinois COVID-19 Response Website
Sen. Steans Newsletter Sign-Up
Rep. Cassidy Newsletter

Federal Government:
Sign-up for Congresswoman Schakowsky's newsletter
Federal Government COVID-19 Response Website
Need to Know Info
Each week we've been updating this section with the rapid information coming down from all levels of government. This has resulted in a long email with the information running for several weeks. To shorten the length of the newsletter and provide the freshest content, we have archived all the COVID-19 newsletters on the 49th Ward website. You can also refer to the Rogers Park Community Response Team's website, where resources and information are abundantly available for our neighbors. 
City Launches Financial Navigator Program

 Financial navigators are now available to help residents deal with the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The service is free and available over the phone to provide customized response plans and immediate action steps to help residents better manage expenses and maximize income. Assistance is available in both English and Spanish.  

To sign up for this Financial Navigator Program, residents can complete the online at bit.ly/FinancialNavigatorsChicago. A financial navigator will then send a short service agreement and call the resident to begin a one-on-one session. During the session, the navigator will identify the next steps to resolve the resident’s financial issues. The resident will then receive a document via email outlining those next steps. 

This initiative is administered through the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services’ Workforce Development Division, in partnership with Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund) and Heartland Alliance. CFE Fund, provided grant funding along with significant technical assistance and training to launch the program in Chicago and other cities and counties across the nation. The Financial Navigators initiative is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Citi Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and the Wells Fargo Foundation.  

For a full scope of DFSS workforce development initiatives, visit Chicago.gov/workforce.  

Emergency Relief for Affordable Multifamily Properties (ERAMP)
The ERAMP program is a financial assistance program established to help preserve the availability of safe, clean, and affordable housing units in the City of Chicago’s existing portfolio of multifamily affordable rental projects, for individuals and families that may experience financial hardship resulting from COVID 19. 

The program provides grants or no-interest, deferred payment loans of up to $75,000. Eligible uses of funds include expenses associated with deep cleaning services, the purchase of PPEs and disinfecting agents, and/or maintaining property operations including general operating, maintenance, utilities, administration, taxes, and senior debt service payments. Partnership fees are ineligible uses.

Qualified affordable housing properties must have five or more units and subject to a Regulatory Agreement requiring affordable housing units on the premises. Properties that are not under regulatory requirements to provide affordable units are ineligible (i.e. properties that are considered naturally occurring affordable housing will not be considered at this time). Portions of properties that receive unit-based rental assistance (e.g., Section 8 Project-Based Vouchers) are not eligible. 
File Your Taxes with Tax Prep Chicago
The City of Chicago will offer free, confidential tax help through mid-April in partnership with Ladder Up. Trained volunteer tax preparers can assist you in completing and electronically filing Federal and Illinois tax returns for Tax Year 2020 and, in some cases, for prior years. They'll also be able to help determine if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit (CTC), and other tax credits!

The tax filing deadline is Thursday, April 15! For more information, visit www.taxprepchicago.org or call (312) 588-6900 to schedule an appointment and see if you qualify.
Senior Sewer Rebate Program Update
The Office of the City Clerk no longer functions as the intake office for receipt of eligible first-time applicants and renewals for the Senior Sewer Rebate program. Instead, the Department of Finance's Utility Billing and Customer Service Division processes the applications.

The yearly renewal form requires the claimant to provide a copy of their government-issued identification and a recent property tax bill for verification purposes. To simplify the application process, the Senior Rebate for multi-unit buildings and the Senior Exemption for single-family homes use the same application form and require the same documentation. The property type determines for which program the senior is eligible. Renewal letters have been mailed to those who received the rebate in 2020. 

Current information and application forms can be accessed online at chicago.gov/utilitybill. When you're on the website, make sure to click utility charge exemptions and rebates. Those with questions about the program can email utilitybill@cityofchicago.org or call 312-744-4426.

Seniors can return their application and documentation in an email to utilitybill@cityofchicago.org or by mail to the following address:

Chicago Department of Finance
Utility Billing & Customer Service
P.O. Box 6330
Chicago, IL 60680-6330
2021 CityArts Program
Applications are now open for the 2021 CityArts Program, offering grants to nonprofit arts and culture organizations of all sizes. This year’s program includes opportunities to apply for general operating grants and project grants focused on rebuilding and recovery across all artistic disciplines. Project grants will support initiatives that have the potential to impact the Chicago arts sector at large. 

The application deadline is March 3, 2021, at 5:00 pm CST. To learn more and apply, visit DCASE's website.
LIHEAP For All: Financial Assistance for All,
Regardless of Legal Status

Low-income families in the state of Illinois can still apply for financial assistance to help pay for gas or electric bills through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) until June 30, 2021. However, the sooner you apply, the better.

CUB recommends that to avoid misinformation, the most reliable way to get details about LIHEAP benefits is to always use the State of Illinois’s website.

LIHEAP remains available up to 200% of the federal poverty level, and undocumented applicants are welcome. Currently, the LIHEAP system accepts an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) in place of a Social Security number (SSN). Even if you don’t have an ITIN, you can still apply. 

To apply for LIHEAP, fill out the pre-qualification application. Once you fill out your application, your local LIHEAP office will contact you. 

For more information and to learn about other financial assistance programs, visit the state’s Help for Illinois Families website.

If you have any questions, please call the Citizen's Utility Board's consumer hotline at 1-800-669-5556. If you need help in Spanish, you can call 1-833-711-0374. 

Senior Citizens can Apply for Property Tax Deferral

Senior citizens having a hard time paying their property taxes can take advantage of a loan program administered by the Cook County Treasurer’s Office.

Seniors whose annual household income is $55,000 or less can apply now for the Senior Citizen Real Estate Tax Deferral Program, which issues loans to cover property tax payments.

The loans, which are issued by the State of Illinois, do not have to be repaid until the property is sold or the homeowner dies. The state charges a simple interest rate of 6 percent per year. The maximum loan is $5,000 per year. To qualify, homeowners must be at least 65 years old by June 1 of the year in which the application is made.

To apply:

  • Download the application from cookcountytreasurer.com
  • Submit the completed application and copies of the required documents to the Treasurer’s Office
  • The deadline is March 1, 2021. Applications after that date cannot be accepted
  • Homeowners must reapply every year
  • The First Installment for Tax Year 2020 is due March 2, 2021, but late charges are waived through May 3, 2021
Two Month Waiver Available for Property Tax Late Fees
In November, the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to waive late fees for two months on both property tax installments due in 2021, giving cash-strapped property owners more time to juggle their finances.
 
The Board unanimously waived for two months the 1.5 percent per month late fee on all Tax Year 2020 property taxes, according to a news release. Specifically:
  • The First Installment of 2020 taxes is due March 2, 2021, with application of late charges moved back to May 3, 2021.
  • The Second Installment of 2020 taxes is due August 2, 2021, with application of late charges moved back to October 1, 2021.
For more information, visit the Cook County Treasurer's website.
Submit Comment on City's Demolition Regulations by Feb. 18
Following the demolition of the smokestack in Little Village owned by Hilco Development Partners, the City Council passed measures further regulating demolitions by implosion. These new proposed rules are available for public comment until 11:59 p.m. on February 18, 2021. To review the proposed rules and provide a written comment, please visit the City’s website. You can submit a written comment using the tool found at the bottom of the webpage.

In addition to written comments, a virtual public hearing on the proposed rules will be held on ThursdayJanuary 28, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. To participate in the hearing, please register at https://rb.gy/rwp9aq.  If you wish to offer public comments at the hearing, please check the appropriate box on the registration page. Speakers will have up to 2 minutes to share their comments.  

Simultaneous interpretation in Spanish will be available at the hearing. If you require other accommodations, please contact communityengagement@cityofchicago.org or call (312)720-5523.
Need Help?
Call or email the Rogers Park Community Response Team!

The Rogers Park Community Response Team is an action-oriented group created in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. RPCRT was created by 49th Ward Alderwoman Maria Hadden in coordination with local service providers and community organizations. Partners include IL State Representative Kelly Cassidy, Protect RP, Northside Community Resources, Loyola Community Nursing Center, and hundreds of deeply committed community volunteers.

We are working together to support each other. We will do so, to the best of our combined ability care for all of our RP family, with fierce love and compassion. We want every Rogers Park resident to know that you are cared for and not alone.

Contact us at rpcrt49@gmail.com or call our Support Hotline at 773-831-7668. Volunteers are available to answer your questions and direct you to resources now.


Please also take a moment to look at the Rogers Park Community Response Team's robust website, rpcrt.org. This website acts as a centralized location where a variety of resources can live to help residents in the wake of COVID-19. 

Business Updates
Grant Opportunities for Small Businesses
There are a variety of funding opportunities available small business owners can apply for to provide some financial relief from the impact of COVID-19:

Grants for Small Businesses funded by Verizon
  • On Monday, February 8, LISC launched the grant application that small businesses can use to apply for a grant of up to $10,000. Grants will be eligible for small businesses across the U.S., particularly in historically underserved communities hit hard by the pandemic. Eligible expenses for the grant include: paying rent and utilities, meeting payroll, paying outstanding debt to vendors, upgrading technology infrastructure, and other immediate operational costs. For more information, click here.
Citi Trends Grant
  • Black entrepreneurs with a confirmed selling history of their products in at least one of the following categories: apparel, beauty, skincare, haircare, footwear, home decor, bedding, bath, technology, or accessories are eligible for this grant. Ten grants of $5,000 will be awarded. Applications close on February 28, 2021. For more information, click here
2021 New Voices + Barefoot #WeStanForHer Grants
  • Grants of $10,000 each to five entrepreneurs will be awarded to Black women-owned businesses. The grants program also includes complimentary business coaching and mentoring from New Voices Foundation for each grantee's company. Applications close on February 28, 2021. For more information, click here
Women Who Tech
  • Open to North America-based, women-owned startups in tech that have already raised $50k in seed revenue or that are already generating revenue. The organization awards equity-free grants to women-led tech startups on a rolling basis throughout the year. For each grant period, there is a different theme. For the first grant period of 2021, the theme is Emerging Tech; applicants should be focused on emerging technologies to solve systemic global problems. The first-place prize for the Women Who Tech Emerging Tech grant is $15,000 and the second-place grantee will receive $5,000. The deadline to apply is February 19, 20201. For more information, click here.
SBA Loans & Small Business Relief Town Halls
Commissioner Bridget Gainer will join the Small Business Administration District Director Robert Steiner to host a series of town halls for small businesses. Learn about SBA loans and other business relief opportunities. For more information, email Commissioner Gainer's office at district10@cookcountyil.gov
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

For eligibility requirements, more information, and to apply, visit the SBA's website.

COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners, including agricultural businesses and nonprofit organizations in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories can apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). The EIDL program is designed to provide economic relief to businesses currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

For eligibility requirements, more information, and to apply, visit the SBA's website.
Payment Protection Program Application Now Open
The Small Business Administration (SBA) opened another round of Payment Protection Program (PPP) loans this week. The latest PPP loans were included in the second federal relief package passed in late December 2020.

On Monday, businesses that did not receive a loan during the first round of the PPP became eligible to apply for a First Draw PPP Loan at participating Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). On Wednesday, certain businesses that have already received a PPP loan through the first round became eligible to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan through a participating CDFI. After these first two tiers, PPP will open for applications through all participating lenders, including traditional banks.

As a reminder, businesses apply for Paycheck Protection Program loans through a bank, credit union, CDFI, or other lenders. Initially, businesses will only be able to use CDFIs to receive loans in order to promote access to capital. For a list of Illinois CDFIs, click here. Please note that some CDFIs may not be participating in the program- please contact your preferred lender to determine if they are participating. The program will then open up to all participating lenders, including traditional banks, at a later date.

To learn more about the PPP, please visit these links:
Rogers Park Business Alliance COVID-19 Resources

The site maintains updated information on how we can support our small business community as well as resources for businesses in how they can adapt during this unique and challenging time. From their site:

Rogers Park Business Alliance is proud of the caring, work ethic, dedication and resiliency of our community. We firmly believe that, together, we will meet the challenge that we are all faced with today and going forward.  

Out of an abundance of love and concern for the health of our community we are closing our offices. Based on recommended precautionary measures and public health guidelines, team RPBA will be working remotely until given the all clear. We are available via phone and email. We appreciate your patience at this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at (773) 508-5885 or info@rpba.org.

You can view our growing list of Rogers Park businesses that are open and/or receiving donations. You can also checkout the Chicagoland Dining at a Distance list.

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LSC Summit 2021
The LSCs.4.ALL coalition has rescheduled its annual LSC summit for Saturday, February 27, from10 am to 3 pm. They are also adding additional time to the end of the summit for an organizing plenary.

View the program events online. To register, click here.
Become a Tutor with Connecting Chicago
Connecting Chicago was founded in March 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 crisis in order to offer free tutoring services to students across the city. They currently have 550 students and tutors enrolled and recently registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Joining their team offers a great experience from which students can earn service hours. Students interested in volunteering to tutor should sign up for their third-quarter cycle by January 30th.

You can find more information on their website, where you can sign-up to be a tutor or to receive tutoring services.
CPS Pick-Up Meals Continue through Winter
With the return of pre-K students to in-person learning, CPS will continue to offer free meals to the community. Any child under the age of 18 can receive a 3-day meal kit at over 450 CPS locations across the city. You do not have to be a CPS student to receive a meal. Families simply inform the cafeteria staff how many children are in their household and they will receive meals for each child.

The grab & go meal service is Monday through Friday from 8 am to 1 pm. To find a location, visit CPS's website or call (773) 553-KIDS.
Employment Opportunities
Office of Emergency Management & Communications
Hiring Police Communications Operator

The Office of Emergency Management & Communications (OEMC) is currently accepting applications for our Police Communications Operator I (9-1-1 call taker) position. Please note, this is a union-represented position; therefore, internal City of Chicago bargaining members will receive first preference on these vacancies.

For more information and to apply, visit the City of Chicago's careers website. This job posting will be live on DHR’s website until February 22, 2021.

City of Chicago Hiring:
Asphalt & Concrete Construction Positions
The City of Chicago is looking to fill positions for asphalt and concrete jobs. The city offers competitive compensation as well as benefits, including a pension and healthcare. For more information and to apply, visit the City of Chicago's careers page
Find a Career with S&C Electric Company
S&C Electric in Rogers Park is hiring several key positions to join their team. S&C Electric is a 100% employee-owned team seeking several team members in the Rogers Park community to keep the lights on across the globe.

To learn more and apply, visit ww.sandc.com/careers.
RGB Properties Hiring Janitor Positions
RJB Properties is hiring full time and temporary positions janitors in the Chicago area. The starting wage is $15.55 an hour. For more information and to apply, contact their HR Administrator Mariana Diaz at 312-898-3467.
Work for Move-Tastic
Move-Tastic is hiring local movers and drivers. Join their team, explore the city, and make great money while you work out. 

They are now hiring local drivers and movers with a starting wage of $15-$18 per hour plus cash tips. 

Move-Tastic is located at 3100 N. Tripp (near Belmont and Pulaski). To apply, visit their website
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
Seeking Director of Communications
The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) is seeking an experienced Director of Communications who has a deep understanding of the role communications plays in building power to effect systems change. The ideal candidate will be able to apply political analysis, deep knowledge of the media landscape, and an understanding of how to craft messages that resonate with target audiences. In addition, the candidate will understand how to collaborate with grassroots leaders – CCH’s term for the people with the lived experience they organize – to leverage their knowledge, build their power, and use their skills.

The Director of Communication is a strategic thinker advancing CCH’s mission. This professional reports to the Executive Director and is a member of CCH’s management team. The position advances CCH by leading the development of and executing a strategic communications plan that aligns with and supports CCH’s strategic goals and will work to advance racial equity.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Oversee the development and execution of CCH’s communications strategy, working in close collaboration with the Associate Director of Marketing and Digital Media, CCH’s Management Team, and other key staff and leaders.
  • Strategic Advocacy Communications - Serve as the chief communications strategist for public-facing campaigns that leverage CCH’s policy, community organizing, and communications capacity.
  • Manage media relations, including cultivating media contacts, responding to media inquiries, preparing press releases and media advisories as needed, and working with staff to determine the appropriate spokesperson, as needed.
  • Oversee and contributes to the development of all internal and external messaging for CCH, including talking points, publications, and fundraising content as appropriate.
  • Identify and capitalize on opportunities to secure media coverage that advances CCH’s mission.
  • Maintain a deep knowledge and understanding of the political and media landscape.
  • Monitor media coverage and track CCH’s earned media coverage.
  • Mentor and Supervise the Associate Director of Marketing and Digital Media, who is responsible for maintaining and growing CCH’s digital presence, design work, and maintaining and strengthening CCH’s brand identity.
  • Works in collaboration with all CCH departments—CCH believes strongly in interdepartmental collaboration and expects all staff to work in close partnership with the other departments at the organization.
Qualifications/Skills:
  • Demonstrates in-depth experience with leading strategic communications to advance and achieve advocacy and organizational goals.
  • Demonstrated leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels.
  • Ability to think strategically and communicate strategy.
  • Ability to make decisions based on strategy.
  • Ability to translate strategy into plans of action.
  • Demonstrates strong written communications abilities.
  • Ability and desire to work collaboratively in a team environment and work to advance racial equity.
  • Proactive, problem-solving orientation.
  • Effectively uses technology to communicate/collaborate with colleagues and manage work.
  • Experience working with community organizing campaigns preferred.
Salary range: $94,000-98,000 based on experience, highly competitive benefits package.

Please send your resume and cover letter to doug@chicagohomeless.org by February 15.
Howard Area Community Center Seeking a
Family Support Worker/Family Engagement Liaison
Howard Area Community Center is seeking a Family Support Worker/Family Engagement Liaision. 

Title: Family Support Worker/Family Engagement Liaison
Program/Department: Early Childhood
Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week: Full Time
Salary: available upon request
Last Date to Apply: Until Filled!
 
Brief Description:
This position will develop and maintain relationships with families and provide case management to ensure that they receive comprehensive services through their participation in our Head Start/ Early Head Start Program.  Responsibilities also include developing and implementing a comprehensive program of parent involvement.
 
Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Bachelor's degree in social work or related field preferred, experience in social service field, and bi-lingual (Spanish/English) recommended.
  
How to apply:
Send your resume and transcripts to Maria Elena Roman, M.A. (mroman@howardarea.org) or   view our website for other job opportunities https://howardarea.org/

 
Spinning Wheels in Uptown is Hiring
Spinning Wheel Brands is currently looking for temporary assistance at our Uptown Chicago warehouse with "pick and pack" creation of customized food kits of our snack items for Amazon and getting them palletized for shipping. 
 
Daily tasks include:
  • Setting up the workspace with inventory, boxes, and labels
  • Create new items with multiple items from existing inventory
  • Double-check each package to confirm it complies with Amazon requirements
  • Close and label packages
  • Palletize items for shipment via truck
  • Some reorganizing of warehouse and simple cleaning may be needed 
Must be able to:
  • Stand for a few hours at a time
  • Lift 50 lbs for brief periods
  • Be highly detail-oriented
  • Follow directions exactly
  • Be very observant of current tasks to avoid mistakes 
COVID-19 Precautions:
  • Everyone on the team must wear their masks throughout the day
  • Working area will be kept separate to ensure at least 6 feet social distancing
  • Everyone will need to be very aware of health - watch their own temperature, sense of taste and smell, headache, etc.
 The current project build is over the next two weeks for two days a week at about 7-8 hours a day. The exact days are still being planned. There is potential for future jobs.
 
Please contact Tony Boring at tony@spinningwheelbrands.com with your resume and contact information.
Doctors Test Centers (DTC) Job Opportunities

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) has long been an economic engine for the City and region at large. They recently announced that they will begin offering the most comprehensive COVID-19 testing of any airport in the country at O’Hare and Midway International Airports.

The program will require a workforce to fill the more than 100 available positions.  Doctors Test Centers (DTC) has been selected as the vendor to assist the CDA with the endeavor. They have a variety of employment opportunities open and are seeking applicants. For more information, visit DTC's website here

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