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49th Ward Update
September 3, 2022
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Good Morning Neighbors,

This has been a full week in the ward with lots of ups and downs. Last Sunday, 5 year old Devin "Boom" McGregor and his father were shot in a drive by on Paulina St, north of Howard St. These acts of violence are attacks not just on any one individual, but on our entire community. The lasting impacts of trauma and fear that they leave behind is something our city has grappled with for years. The violence leaves wounds in the families impacted, the survivors and the surrounding community which are difficult to heal - but it's not impossible.

On Thursday, Devin passed away after several days of fighting for his life. Devin had just begun kindergarten this year. The loss to his family and our community cannot be measured and I offer my sincerest condolences. On Tuesday, we gathered at Good News Community Church for a prayer response organized by the congregation and pastor - the shooting took place just outside of their building. All week, we've had increased police patrols and a focus on bringing the shooters into custody. A person of interest was brought into custody by police earlier in the week in relation to the shooting, but after questioning, the person was released. The police department is now offering a $15,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest of Devin's murderers.

Yesterday, representatives of multiple city departments including Police, Fire, CDOT, Water Management, Business Affairs, and Streets and Sanitation conducted a City Service Blitz to bring our Howard Area some extra attention. Streets were cleaned and improvements, such as repainting cross walks and hydrants, were made. We were joined by Principal Leal and Mr. Smith's 5th grade class from Gale Community Academy, as well as Father Noel Reyes of St. Jerome Parish and Toni Duncan, CAPS facilitator for the beat, to show our community strength and resilience as well as to call for peace and an end to retaliatory violence.

Today at noon, we'll be gathering at Paulina and Howard in a rally for peace and justice for Devin and his family. You can also support Devin's family in their medical and related expenses through a donation to their GoFundMe, organized by his grandmother.

I hope to see people out and about this Labor Day Weekend.  Please note that our office is closed on Monday in observance of the holiday.

Take care,


Alderwoman Hadden

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- CELEBRATIONS & APPRECIATIONS - good news for the week
- WARD UPDATES - infrastructure updates and community announcements
- COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT - local events and ways to get involved
- COMMUNITY AID - organizational and personal requests for support
- GOVERNMENT CORNER - connect to your other elected officials
- COVID-19 UPDATES - latest news on covid from the Public Health Dept.
- PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES - Important public health resources
- NEED TO KNOW INFO - alerts, services and government aid
- BUSINESS NEWS - local announcements and services for small businesses
- SCHOOLS SHINE IN 49 - school news and updates
- EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES - hiring events and job postings
Celebrations & Appreciations
Let's celebrate and appreciate what's wonderful about our ward, the people, the places, and accomplishments. We need this more than ever, so please, send us the people, organizations, and actions you want the ward to know about next week! Email us at office@49thward.org
49th Ward Office Welcomes Masha and Clarissa!
The 49th Ward Office welcomed Masha and Clarissa as part-time Constituent Services Coordinators this month. Both are seniors at Loyola University pursuing their degree in political science.

Clarissa transitioned into the part-time role after serving as an intern over the summer. Masha served previously as an intern for ONE Northside and is passionate about public policy issues. Masha will also be able to help our Russian and Ukrainian-speaking constituents, as they are fluent in both! 

Make sure to say hi if you see them in the ward office or neighborhood! 
Loyola Students Join Ward Office for Monthly Howard Street Clean Up
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End of Summer Festivals a Success
We had the last of our summer festivals last weekend, and they were wonderful. Chalk Howard Street celebrated it's second year after a two year pandemic interruption. World class chalk artists joined community members. and local businesses in celebrating Howard Street and providing a fair-like environment for people of all ages. Thank you to the Rogers Park Business Alliance and SSA #19 for brining it back. Alderwoman Hadden, Bob's Red Mill, and Boxed Water were proud sponsors of this event. Youth led and peace-focused nonprofit, Circles & Ciphers held their first annual block party showcasing local artists in Chicago's hip-hop scene. A great mix of food, music, and activism, we can't wait to celebrate with them next summer!
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Ward Updates
Ward Office Closed in Observance of the Labor Day Holiday
Please take a moment this weekend to reflect on the efforts of workers who fought for workplace protections, 40-hour workweeks, and collective bargaining. It's because of their fights that we enjoy these rights in the workplace today and get to celebrate the Labor Day holiday.

Over the past couple of years, we've seen new efforts spring up across the country for workers, with unions forming in major corporations. While these battles can feel like David v. Goliath, the successes demonstrate how much power can come from the people when we work together towards a common goal. The 49th Ward supports these efforts and remains committed to creating fair conditions and wages for Chicago's working class.

Please be advised that in observance of the Labor Day holiday, the office will be closed on Monday, September 5. It will reopen on Tuesday, September 6, at 9 am. 
Refuse Collection for the Labor Day Holiday
In observance of the Labor Day holiday, the Department of Streets and Sanitation will be making minor changes to the refuse and recycling schedule the week of September 5. Streets and Sanitation will collect all refuse Tuesday through Friday. To ensure refuse is collected, residents should leave their black carts accessible throughout the week of collection, not solely on the regular day of collection. 

With the shift in the regular collection schedule, residents might see a slight delay in their regular trash collection. For more information on your regular collection day, you can email my office at office@49thward.org, call 773-338-5796, or check the schedule on the 49th Ward map
Why I'm Declining the Salary Increase for 2023
On Thursday, I submitted an affidavit to Budget Director Susie Park officially declining the pay increase for 2023. Aldermanic salary adjustments are by ordinance tied to the consumer price index. When it's up, we are offered increases. When it's down, we are offered decreases. My first year, I did not accept the pay increase as I was only on the job for a few months when the decision needed to be made, and so didn't think it was appropriate to take the increase. I accepted the pay increases for the last two years as they were modest and in line with cost of living increases. The increase planned for 2023 will be the highest ever due to skyrocketing inflation at nearly 10%. We don't have the option to accept a partial increase, so I'm declining the increase altogether.

My salary is fair and it allows me to do this work full time and not need other employment to support myself and my family. But, there are expenses I bear personally in the course of doing my job that aren't covered by my expense budget. This wasn't the case in 2019, but the additional demands placed on my office since 2020 (as a result of the pandemic) have come with additional costs. I make up these costs through personal and political funds. Those expenses include covering the benefits and additional costs of a full-time staffer beyond what the City gives us.

I share this to make clear that just like every business, organization and household in our country, my cost of doing business and living has gone up. However, I understand that every business, organization and household in our city isn't afforded an automatic increase commensurate with the inflated cost of living. We'll stand in solidarity as we work through these difficult times. For this reason, I am declining the pay increase. If all of City Council declined the salary increase for 2023, the City would have roughly $610,000 to use on other services. It's not much, but every little bit helps. We re in this together. 
Share Your Feedback to Inform the Metra Renovation Design
The Rogers Park Metra station is slated for renovation. On Monday, representatives from Metra joined our office for a community meeting to share information about the scope and timeline of the project. You can view that community meeting on our Facebook page by clicking here

Our office is now working with Metra to provide community feedback to inform the final design plans. Please take a moment to share your feedback and ideas to improve the Rogers Park Metra station. Feedback will be accepted through September 5 and can be submitted online at bit.ly/RPMetraFeedback.
Become a PB49 Community Rep!
Are you interested in becoming a PB49 Community Representative volunteer to help develop the ideas that the community has submitted? If so, please sign-up for the PB49 Community Rep. Orientation set for Thursday, September 8th at 6pm via Zoom! During the orientation you'll learn about what your role will be during the process and you'll get to meet our returning PB volunteers. We look forward to seeing new participants, too! Spanish translation services will be provided.

You may register for the meeting at bit.ly/PB49CommunityRep

Also, there's still time to submit an idea of what projects you'd like to see in the 49th Ward. Take a moment to fill out an online idea submission form by clicking here
Film Notice: September 8
Please be advised that Richter Studios will be filming scenes for a commercial on the 1100-block of West Morse on Thursday, September 8. During filming, streets will have "No Parking/Tow Zone" signs posted from 7 am until 7 pm.

If any questions, concerns, or special needs arise, please contact the producer, Ben Uribe, at 773-972-3666.
49th Ward Town Hall September 14
Join Alderwoman Hadden and the 49th Ward team for the monthly virtual town hall on Wednesday, September 14, at 6 pm. Attendees will hear important updates for the ward and the city.

These meetings now take place on the second Wednesday of each month at 6 pm. Register to attend the meeting by visiting bit.ly/2022TownHalls. Spanish translation will be available. 
49th Ward Shred-a-Thon September 24
The annual 49th Ward shredding event will take place on Saturday, September 24th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm in the parking lot on the Southwest corner of Clark and Morse (6934 N Clark St). Please keep the following things in mind: 
  • Only bring sensitive paper documents to shred.
  • Limit is 2 Bankers Boxes per person.
  • The shredding service is only for private residents (no businesses or organizations).
  • Please remove all paper clips and binder clips from your documents. Staples are fine!
  • You must stay until your documents are reviewed and approved for shredding.
Empowerment Self-Defense for Teens at Culture of Safety
What’s that new business that just opened up on Clark?  Why, it’s Culture of Safety!  Culture of Safety has existed since 2019, but just opened its first storefront at 6961 N. Clark.  Check out the new space while helping your teen get off to a good start this school year by signing them up for this workshop to help them feel and be safer, stronger, and more self-confident.  Saturday, September 17th from 4:30 – 6:30 PM.  Open to teens of all genders ages 12 – 18. The standard rate is $50/teen; reduced and supporter rates also available. 

Limited slots, register now by clicking here.   Check out Culture of Safety at www.cultureofsafetychi.com , call or text 847-790-4226, or email info@cultureofsafetychi.com with questions or for more information.
Glenwood Sunday Market to Serve as
Senior Voucher Distribution Site

Illinois Department of Human Services, Experimental Station and The Chicago Farmers Market Collective are pleased to partner together on the Senior Farmer Market Nutrition Program in 2022!

Glenwood Sunday Market's director, manager, staff, and volunteers will aid in distributing Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) benefits.

Seniors who are at least 60 years and older and are at or below 185% of the federal poverty income guidelines qualify to receive a booklet valued at $25 to spend with participating farmers now through October 31. Farmers will have the above image at their booth to show customers they accept the checks.

Stop by the Glenwood Sunday Market information booth this week to fill out the application to receive your coupon book for the farmers market. The market takes place every Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm on Glenwood between Morse and Lunt. 

Infrastructure Updates
Sewer Main Replacement Project (PN7439):

Through the Building a New Chicago infrastructure improvement program, the Department of Water Management (DWM) is installing a new sewer in the 49th Ward.

Scheduled to begin tentatively on Tuesday, September 6, DWM's private contractor will begin to install a new mainline sewer, structures, and pavement in the following areas:
  • On Greenview from 330 feet north of Rogers to Rogers
  • On Greenview from Howard to Birchwood
  • On Rogers from Greenview to Ashland
  • On Birchwood from 300 ft east of Greenview to Greenview
Crews will work in phases through the footprint of the project, only shifting to a new area after replacing the sewer main along a separate leg of the project. Crews plan on starting the work on Rogers between Rogers and Greenview. Once the temporary concrete sewer trench is poured on Rogers, crews will then transition to the Greenview and Birchwood legs of the project. 
Construction crews have begun preparing the site for the sewer installation already, including marking the location for utility lines. Residents may start to notice construction equipment and materials placed in the area ahead of the project start date. 

As construction is underway, crews may close the streets to through traffic for safety reasons. Local traffic for area residents and business owners will be allowed in the area of construction. 

Throughout the project, crews will post "No Parking" signs as needed during work hours (generally 7 am - 4 pm). Crews will work to preserve as much parking as possible. "No Parking" signs will only be posted where crews are actively working and the parking restrictions will move along as the crew makes progress in the project. 

Once the pipe has been installed, the street will be temporarily restored with a concrete trench until they are able to completely restore the street with new ashpalt. ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps will be repaired or installed where needed, along with repairs to damaged parkways and sidewalks. The final restoration of the street will include milling the surfacing, placing new asphalt, and prepainting the street markings. The project will not be considered complete until damaged sidewalks, parkways, and streets have been repaired. 

Inclement weather and unexpected underground conditions may cause delays to the project. Asphalt plants also close in the winter, which can create delays to the final restoration of the street. 

Before the project starts, the Department of Water Management will take photographs of the streets and the surrounding properties. These photographs help them restore the area to its preconstruction state. DWM does not assume, however, responsibility for damage to privately installed parkway improvements, including sprinkler systems, fences, flower beds, and shrubbery.

To receive updates about the project, visit BuildingANewChicago.org to register for notifications. You will need to enter your name, email address, and project identification number (PN7439) to sign up. The 49th Ward has also compiled a list of FAQs that residents may review by clicking here
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Community Engagement
Join the ISKCON Temple for its Radhastami Celebration
Join the Hare Krishna temple this Saturday for the day of Radharani - the consort of Sri Krishna! The celebration ends with a flower festival inside the temple followed by a vegetarian dinner. 

The temple is located at 1716 W. Lunt. The event will kick off at 6 pm.
North of Howard hosts 2nd Annual Community Clean-Up and BBQ September 17
Jon North Of Howard Together for its 2nd Annual Community Clean-Up and BBQ on Saturday, September 17. 

Folks will meet at Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard, beginning at 9:30 am to register for the event. Between 10 am and noon, participants will help beautify the area. Then convene back at the park beginning at noon for a BBQ picnic. Make sure to bring lawn chairs and games!

For more information and to register to attend, click here
Attend Community Events at Leone Beach in September
Join the Leone Beach Park Advisory Council for a variety of programming throughout the month of August! There's something for everyone.
  • Sunday, September 11, 8 am - Fall Bird Walk (meet at Leone Beach Park, 1222 W. Touhy, at the end of the parking lot by the lake)
  • Sunday, September 25, at 9:30 am - Workday (meet at Leone Beach Park, 1222 W. Touhy, in the nature area)
For more information and to sign up to receive emails from the Leone Beach Park Advisory Council, email leone.nature@gmail.com
2nd Annual Care for Real Community Celebration September 18
Care for Real is excited to welcome every member of the community to their Second Annual Community Celebration taking place during Hunger Action Month on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 2-4 pm at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway, in the parking lot.

The free event will feature delicious snacks, entertainment from DJ Dan Luna and School of Rock Evanston, remarks from Care for Real leaders, and an exciting raffle featuring prizes from local businesses and an overnight stay at the Peninsula Chicago in a Deluxe Guestroom with breakfast for 2! 

Contact Care for Real for more information at jen@careforreal.org. See you there!
Conversations with a Commander September 20
Join Commander Brennan from the 24th District for a conversation on public safety in the ward during a Conversations with a Commander event. The next conversation will take place on Tuesday, September 20, from 11 am to noon at Cermak Market, 6623 N. Damen.

To view upcoming events, click here
NieghborsTables Art Markets Sundays at the Glenwood Bar
 Join your creative neighbors every Sunday at The Glenwood Bar, 6962 N. Glenwood, for the NeighborsTables Art Markets! Makers and creators of all sorts share their talents and gifts with you! The NeighborsTables Markets take place every Sunday between 11 am and 2:30 pm. 

For more information or to share your artistic skills with the community, contact Sarah via email at sarah@noddpottery.com.
North Side AARP Meeting September 6
The Chicago Northside AARP Community Group will hold its next monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 6, at 12:30 pm. Congressman Mike Quigley will join to share what's new in Washington. Make sure to submit questions in advance of the meeting. 

Participants are welcome to join the meeting in person at the Lake View Presbyterian Church, 716 W. Addison, or via Zoom. To register to join the Zoom meeting, email northsideaarpcommunitygroup@gmail.com. For more information on the AARP community group, click here
36th Rogers Park West Ridge Historical Society
Historic House Walk: Newgard's Hidden Gems

Did you know that four-block long Newgard Avenue is sometimes called Chicago's shortest street? Once named Lincoln Avenue, the short street runs through the Henry Newgard "farm" (called that even though he wasn't a farmer), where Newgard built one of the first homes in 1892. The lush trees and large post-Victorian houses that line the streets of Newgard's original property have wide sweeping porches, beautiful interiors, and elaborate backyard spaces that make the six homes on the Rogers Park West Ridge Historical Society's 36th Annual House Walk true treasures.

Take this opportunity to look inside, behind the graceful porches of these lovely homes, and meet the homeowners who have maintained and restored their hidden gems from the turn of the 20th Century while updating them to suit 21st Century living.

Where: The self-guided tour covers two blocks of Newgard and Greenview Avenues between North Shore and Pratt. The total walking distance between homes is less than a quarter of a mile. Tour check-in and parking will be available at Sullivan High School.

When: Sunday, September 18, 12 noon to 4 p.m. Appropriate Covid-19 precautions will be in place based on guidelines from the Chicago Department of Health and the preferences of the homeowner hosts.

Cost: Tickers are $30 per person, $25 with RPWRHS Member Discount.

For more information and to register for the event, click here. Proceeds from this annual fundraising event are used to support the ongoing educational and outreach activities of the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society.

The Factory Theater Presents The H.O.A.
The Factory Theater presents The H.O.A. Cassie and Steve, both successful professionals, are moving to a new city after Steve receives a promotion. Their new neighbors seem nice, but it becomes clear to Cassie that something is really off. See what happens when a local couple finds their dream home in a neighborhood that’s not quite right.

Written by Angelina Martinez and directed by Christy Arington, The H.O.A. will preview Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11. Opening night will be on Friday, September 16, at 8 pm. The show will run on Fridays and Saturdays through October 22. Tickets cost $25. More information is available on The Factory Theater's website
Apply to be a 2023 Fellow with Disability Lead
Disability Lead is gearing up for its 2023 Recruitment season and that means they're seeking leaders with disabilities to connect with.
 
Disability Lead builds a network of positive disruptors with disabilities to increase civic engagement and diverse leadership. As the leading disability leadership nonprofit, Disability Lead commits to advancing leaders in an ever-evolving world where the need is high for disabled innovators who are positive disruptors. 

The deadline to apply is October 14, and the early bird deadline is September 23. The early bird applications guarantee an interview.

For more information and to apply, click here
Attend The Year of Healing 2022 Summit on September 22
The Year of Healing Summit is a lively and reflective exploration of the City’s Year of Healing Work. The event will feature performances from local artists, presentations from the City, and reflections from community leaders. For more information and to register for the online event, click here
Volunteer as a Coach for Gale's Girls on the Run Team in the Fall
Gale Community Academy is seeking coaches for its 
  • Girls on the Run (Grades 3-5)
  • Heart & Sole (Grades 6-8) 
Gale needs a minimum of 2 COACHES per team. New and returning coaches must submit the 22/23 Volunteer Application and begin moving through the training and requirements.

Things to know:
  • Practice will start on Tuesday, September 6th
  • Practice will be twice (2) a week
  • Practice will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Practice time will be 3:45 PM to 5:15 PM
  • The 5K has not been scheduled yet BUT is usually a Saturday morning in November
  • RECRUIT GIRLS! FALL 2022 Girl Registration is OPEN!
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Community Aid
Volunteer for Howard Area Community Center's Food Pantry
Howard Area Community Center is recruiting volunteers for its Friday food pantry delivery day. Volunteers must be able to lift 50 lbs and work inside and outside. Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes.

The Friday volunteer hours are from 8 am to 12 pm. Volunteers can also volunteer on Mondays from 12-4:30 pm and Wednesdays from 8-12:30 pm.

For more information and to sign up, all 773-262-6622 ext 106, email volunteers@howardarea.org, or click here
Volunteer to Tutor Kilmer Students!
LivingWorks AfterSchool is seeking volunteers to tutor students each week. Volunteers will meet with students in grades 1-8 at Kilmer School, 6700 N. Greenview, Mondays through Thursdays from 4-5:30 pm. 

LivingWorks is also seeking volunteers to help students in grades 9-12, with online or in-person options. 

LivingWorks' mission is to develop the whole person, cultivating within each of our students a desire to learn and equipping them through mentoring, one-on-one teaching, and play. 

For more information or to volunteer, contact Kathy Amstutz at tutor@livingworkschicago.org. The deadline to apply is September 11, 2022. For more information, visit LivingWorks' website by clicking here
Trilogy's Changing Lives Fundraiser September 29
For more than 50 years, Trilogy, based right here in the 49th Ward, has provided people in our Rogers Park community and beyond with support to recover from mental illness and move toward stability. Trilogy provides clients with an array of essential services and support that help them live independently and thrive ian our community. Their big fundraiser of the year is coming up on September 29! Trilogy’s Changing Lives presented by Armitage Pharmacy, is a celebration of 50+ years of mental wellness. Tickets and sponsorships are available online.
 
Trilogy is also seeking donations for their event auction! Can you help them out with a donation of a memorable meal, tickets to an event, or maybe even a getaway? Please let them know at development@trilogyinc.org.
 
Two fantastic local businesses, Independent Spirits, Inc. and Picnic Wine & Provisions, are supporting the event by taking bottle donations to donate to their wine pull (a fundraiser where attendees buy a ticket to select a mystery bottle of wine). Stop in today and donate a bottle or two for Trilogy – or you can purchase wine to donate at the stores’ websites – just select "in-store pickup" and add a note in the comment section of your cart to let the shop know that your purchase is for Trilogy – the store will handle the rest!
 
Independent Spirits, Inc is located at 5947 N. Broadway. Independent Spirits, Inc., is offering a 10% discount for all wine bottles purchased for Trilogy. If ordering online, use code TRILOGY at checkout for 10% off your order!
 
Picnic Wine & Provisions is located at 7301 N. Sheridan Road. Picnic Wine & Provisions is offering $2 off a glass of wine or beer in-store when you purchase a bottle of wine for Trilogy.
Host an AFS Exchange Student this Fall
AFS-USA is a non-profit organization that promotes peace through the exchange of high school students. AFS was founded 75 years ago by volunteer ambulance drivers from WWI & WWII. Students come on J-1 visas and stay for 5 or 10 months and attend high school in their host communities. AFS-USA has a variety of students who still need a family to host them.

What’s involved in hosting an AFS student?  
  • The program is 10.5 months long. Students arrive in August/September 2022 and depart in June 2023.  
  • Students attend a local high school while living with their host family. AFS can help facilitate school approval. Academics are a top priority for our students, though they are also excited for cultural exchange! 
  • Host families are responsible for providing 3 meals a day, basics of household expenses, and treating the AFS student as you would any other member of your family. Compensation is not provided for hosting.  
  • AFS provides regular orientations for families and students, a volunteer liaison who supports both family and student throughout the experience, and 24/7/365 staff support in case of emergency.  
Learn more and sign up at afsusa.org/host or by calling 800-AFS-INFO. 
Visit Howard Area Community Center's Computer Lab
Howard Area Community Center has a community computer lab. The community computer lab is open to the public Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm at 7468 N. Paulina. 
Volunteer for Care for Real
Care for Real is excited to welcome new volunteers at both its Edgewater and Rogers Park food pantries! Volunteer opportunities are available for the entire family seven days a week, offering both day time and evening shifts that are client-facing and behind-the-scenes. To learn more about how to get involved and give back to the community, visit www.careforreal.org/volunteer.
Help Support the Rogers Park Free Store
The Rogers Park Free Store is a community mutual aid group, currently operating out of the Living Water Church at the corner of Pratt & Ashland. They've been supporting neighbors with household, personal, and baby supplies since March of 2021, & invite you to join them!  On an average week, it provides supplies to 100-130 families & neighbors in Rogers Park!

If you're able to donate, consider making a monthly or one-time contribution at Rogers Park Open Collective. Your generosity will ensure they can continue providing resources on a weekly and, if possible, twice-weekly basis. 
  • Monthly contributions are a really impactful way of building support for your neighbors into your monthly budget.  We take care of each other.
     
  • Help the Rogers Park Free Store find space: it has been lucky enough to have had space offered by Living Water, however, it welcomes any leads on free-to-use space in Rogers Park (e.g. empty storefronts, etc.); whatever connections you have would be helpful.  Email rpfreestore@gmail.com if you have any information!
     
  • Spread the word: follow the Rogers Park Free Store on FacebookTwitterInstagramLinktree, and let your neighbors know about this resource in Rogers Park. Its current open hours are Saturdays from 12:30 - 2 PM at Living Water and all are welcome!
     
  • Volunteer your time or skills: email rpfreestore@gmail.com to get connected or ask questions.
Thank you for your consideration and the Rogers Park Free Store hopes you'll be part of supporting our community!
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Government Connect
Connect with Your Elected Officials
Want to get connected with your other elected officials? Find links to sign up to their newsletters and website information below!
 
Apply to be an Election Judge for the November General Election
The Chicago Board of Elections is seeking election judges and election coordinators ahead of the November 8 general election. Election judges can earn up to $230 and election coordinators can earn up to $450 for Election Day. 

Requirements of election judges:
  • Judges must be U.S. citizens. If they are 18 or older, they must be registered voters in Cook County.
  • Judges must be able to speak, read and write in English.
  • The Board of Elections encourages bilingual judges — especially those who speak Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Polish, Korean or Tagalog — to apply right away.
  • High school and college students can also apply.

Election judges’ responsibilities Include:

  • Arriving to the polling place 5 a.m. to set up on Election Day.
  • Opening the polls at 6 a.m.
  • Issuing the correct ballots to each voter and helping voters with registration and other questions through 7 p.m.
  • Completing reports after polls close.
More information on election judges and applications is available on the Chicago Board of Elections website

Requirements of election coordinators:
  • Coordinators must be U.S. citizens. If they are 18 or older, they must be registered voters in Cook County.
  • Coordinators must have be able to speak and understand English.
  • Coordinators must have expertise in the operation, maintenance and proper use of a wide range of computer technologies.
  •  Coordinators must have a cellphone available for making and receiving calls and text messages on Election Day.
  • Coordinators have to complete all required training courses and successfully pass the examination after each class.
  • High school and college students can also apply.
Duties of election coordinators include: 
  • Ensuring the polling place is accessible to voters with disabilities by following an accessibility guideline/check-off list.
  • Serving all day on Election Day from 5 a.m. until all work is completed after the polls close and until election judges have secured their materials and are about to leave to deliver those materials to the receiving station.
  • Having extensive knowledge of the Election Day registration procedures and directing the voter-registration activities on the e-poll book in the precinct.
  • Assisting election judges with Election Day processes and procedures.
  • Troubleshooting equipment problems and making minor repairs, such as changing the paper tape rolls.
  • Assisting election judges with completing polling place closing paperwork
More information on election judges and applications is available on the Chicago Board of Elections website
CTA Will Host "Ask CTA Events" through First Week of October
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is hosting "Ask CTA" events at key rail stops beginning August 30 through the first week of October (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays of each week). At each event, CTA will have at least two CTA Senior Staff Members available to address customers’ comments and feedback during the AM (7:30-9:30 am) and PM (4:30-6:30 pm) rush hours. 

Below is the schedule and location for the events:

  • September 1, Central Green Line, PM rush hour
  • September 6, UIC Halsted, PM rush hour
  • September 7, Clark/Lake, PM rush hour
  • September 8, 35th Archer Orange Line, AM rush hour
  • September 13, Cermak Chinatown, PM rush hour
  • September 14, Belmont Red Line, PM rush hour
  • September 15, Howard Red Line, AM rush hour
  • September 20, Forest Park, AM rush hour
  • September 21, Western Brown Line, PM rush hour
  • September 22, 35th IIT Green Line, AM rush hour
  • September 27, Damen Pink Line, PM rush hour
  • September 28, Roosevelt, AM rush hour
  • September 29, Davis Evanston, PM rush hour
  • October 4, Midway, PM rush hour
  • October 5, Garfield Green Line, AM rush hour
  • October 6, Jefferson Park Blue Line, AM rush hour
Provide Feedback on the
We Will Chicago Draft Plan thru November 1
The Chicago Department of Planning and Development released the draft We Will Chicago Framework Plan—Chicago’s first citywide plan since 1966. This document is a community-driven and data-informed 10-year vision for Chicago that is rooted in the principles of equity and resiliency.

Read it & contribute your voice here: http://wewillchicago.com/draft. Feedback will be accepted through November 1. 

Chicago Transit Authority Launches new CTA Bus Tracker
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) announced the release of a newly designed website for CTA Bus TrackerSM. The upgrade creates a mobile responsive website for CTA’s Bus Tracker, allowing customers to view bus arrival information and buses on route from their mobile devices. It will also provide customers with easier-to-access bus arrival information and a more modern design.
 
The updated Bus Tracker website provides estimated bus arrival times for 129 bus routes, and now provides customers with the following improvements: 
  • A new, responsive website design allows the website to adapt to whatever device being used – from smartphones to desktop monitors. 
  • New navigation gestures. Simply pinch to zoom in and zoom out on the map display for more detailed views and information. 
  • Find stops near you using your phone's GPS (Global Positioning System); the site will remember what stops you've looked up previously, and also allow you to set favorites without requiring you to create an account. 
  • Modernized mapping features for improved viewing of live buses across the city. 
  • Behind the scenes, the modern codebase will help the CTA and their vendors iterate more quickly to improve tracking and prediction accuracy. 
To learn more about CTA’s “Meeting the Moment” Action Plan, please visit: https://www.transitchicago.com/meetingthemoment/   
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Public Health Updates
CDPH Provides Resources for Monkeypox (MPV)

Monkeypox Virus (MPV) is spread through close contact with body fluids, sores, shared bedding or clothing, or respiratory droplets (kissing, coughing, sneezing). Common symptoms include a rash or unusual sores that look like pimples or blisters on the face, body, and genitals. Symptoms also include fever, head or muscle aches, chills, and swelling of the lymph nodes. If you think you have the MPV or are showing symptoms, it's time to reach out to your healthcare provider.

If you do not have a doctor or health insurance, then please contact CDPH at 312-746-4835 or the HIV/STI Resource Hub at 844-482-4040 for assistance.

For more information, visit chicago.gov/MPV.

What is Monkeypox?
Get Your Monkeypox Vaccine

We are starting to see an increase in monkeypox infections. Monkeypox is a disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox is part of the same family of viruses as smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).  According to Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Arwady "The city has already received 5,409 doses. Distribution has targeted those in close physical contact with people diagnosed with monkeypox, as well as people who may be at higher risk of contracting the disease because of their sexual activity."

Symptoms of monkeypox can include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
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

Heartland Health Offering COVID-19 Testing to Non-Patients
Heartland Health Centers is offering COVID-19 testing for non-patients starting this week.

What do you need to know?
  • The test is a PCR test, and the results are available in 2-3 days.
  • This service is available only by appointment
  • It is open only Wednesday from 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
To make an appointment, call 872-245-3790.
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Need to Know Info
ComEd Offering 30% Higher Project Incentive for a Limited Time
ComEd wants to help make energy efficiency upgrades more affordable for residential, small businesses and public facilities, especially now while the cost of doing business is more expensive. Simply apply between August 15, 2022, and September 15, 2022 (October 31 for residential). Your home or business can receive this increased incentive to help lower the cost of your upgrades so you can ultimately save energy and reduce your energy costs.
 
Be sure to ask ComEd about the Comprehensive Campaign incentives, too. You can stack this promotional 30% incentive on top of the comprehensive incentives to help you save even more. It’s easy to take advantage of these incentives that can cover up to 75% of your project costs. The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program will perform a free facility assessment, make recommendations that are right for your home or business and install the upgrades you choose.
 
Get started today!  Email BusinessEE@ComEd.com, call 855-433-2700 or visit https://www.comed.com/WaysToSave
Home and Business Protection Program
The City of Chicago has launched the Home and Business Protection Program (HBPP) to ensure that Chicagoans have access to private security equipment to protect their property and feel safe. Starting today, the City will provide select rebates to cover costs associated with outdoor security camera systems, cloud storage for video footage, outdoor motion-sensor lighting, vehicle GPS trackers, and subscription costs.

Only security devices purchased on or after Monday, June 6, qualify for reimbursement. No rebates will be provided for private security equipment purchased prior to this date. Installation costs of cameras, lighting, and GPS tracking devices are currently not eligible for reimbursement. 
 
Learn more about the program and apply for rebates at Chicago.gov/HBPP. If you have any questions, feel free to email HBPP@cityofchicago.org or call (312) 742-3317.
Home and Business Protection Program
Elevate, an energy equity non-profit, is conducting outreach for the Multifamily Energy Savings Program. The goal is to have buildings with 3 units or more assessed to determine the energy-saving projects they qualify for. Projects such as air sealing and insulation, pipe insulation, and HVAC equipment replacements are examples of projects that can be completed from start to finish via the program at little to no cost.

The best way to initiate a free energy assessment is to go directly to www.multifamilyportal.com and fill out the online form.
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Business Updates
BACP to Host Small Business Expo at Truman College Sept 17
The Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection's (BACP) free Small Business Expo will take place on Saturday, September 17th from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Truman College, McKeon Building, in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.

The expo will feature resources from nonprofit and government agencies, workshops presented by local business service organizations, and a networking hour to meet and connect with other current and aspiring business owners.  A keynote address by entrepreneur Corey Gilkey, will leave attendees with tangible takeaways to pursue their dreams of business ownership.

For more information and to register to attend, visit Chicago.gov/BizExpo.
Register for Loyola's Part Time Job, Internship, and Service Fair
The Part-Time Job, Internship & Service Fair offers students of all majors and levels part-time opportunities (paid or unpaid) while balancing their studies but is also open to the public. There will be 60 employers at the fair with part-time, full-time, internship, and service positions available for those looking for employment. The fair will take place Wednesday, September 7th, in person at Damen Student Center located at 6511 N. Sheridan Rd. Visit the website for additional information and employer registration.
ARPA Funding Opportunities
Information about all active city, county, and state ARPA RFPs and grant opportunities can be found at greaterchicagotogether.org. Information on City programs can be by clicking here.
Sign Up for Loyola's inQbate Program
inQbate is a Loyola Limited venture devoted to helping small businesses, organizations, and startups in Chicago expand their reach and multiply their impact through strategic, data-driven marketing solutions.

Subsidized by the university and its other student-led businesses, inQbate is able to provide marketing services that are both affordable and effective. inQbate is available to serve businesses year-round.

Clients can contact them any time of day or night at inqbate@luc.edu.
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Loyola Community Literacy Center Offering Adult Tutoring Services
The Loyola Community Literacy Center is beginning its 31st year of offering tutoring services to adults in the local community. It offers assistance in English with:
  • Conversation and listening skills
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Pronunciation
  • Preparations for exams such as the GED, citizenship exam, TOEFL, or IELTS
Tutoring is conducted over Zoom. The center's online tutoring hours are from 7:20 pm to 9:00 pm Monday through Thursday. The center will open for tutoring beginning on Monday, September 12. 

Those interested in participating need to apply by September 5. Applications should be sent to literacy@luc.edu with the following information:
  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Goals (what you want to learn)
  • Any previous tutoring experience you had with the Literacy Center and when
  • Days available for tutoring (based on the Literacy Center's hours)
For more information, visit luc.edu/literacy
Apply for a Spring 2023 Internship with COPA
COPA announced it is now seeking applicants for internship opportunities for the 2023 Spring semester. It is accepting applications for internships in its Legal, Investigations, and Policy, Research & Analysis Division (PRAD). This is a great opportunity for young people who are interested in investigations, criminal justice, legal or policy-related careers. Applications or further information are available on COPA's website: Chicagocopa.org/careers.

Applications will be accepted through September 16, 2022.
CIADC Offers Free After School Program for Youth in Grades 6-12
Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center, a Rogers Park non-profit offering classes for youth and adults in industrial arts: Metal Casting, Welding & Forging, CNC Technology, and Woodworking, is offering FREE afterschool classes to all CPS students grades 6-12 this Fall!
 
Learn more by clicking here
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Employment Opportunities
A Just Harvest is Hiring!
A Just Harvest is hiring a Case Manager / Employment Coach for its new The Accompaniment Project (TAP).  The Case Manager will work with 11 apprentices that have barriers to employment, such as being justice-involved. 

For a full job description and information on how to apply, click here
Apply for an Apprenticeship with A Just Harvest
A Just Harvest (AJH)  is seeking apprentices for AJH’s  The Accompaniment Project (TAP). TAP provides participants one to two year apprenticeship opportunities to Rogers Park area residents who face employment barriers.  Barriers may include those who are justice-involved or face other obstacles to gainful employment. TAP apprentices will work with one of three AJH programs: Urban Agriculture, Community Kitchen, or Community Engagement programs.  During their participation in TAP, apprentices will learn program specific job skills.  In addition, TAP will offer holistic support for apprentices, including employer paid healthcare, case manager support and coaching,  workforce training, and life skills workshops.  Apprenticeships are hourly positions for 30 hours per week at $15 per hour, including coaching and training sessions.
 
More information on apprentice positions can be found on the TAP Google form application at: https://forms.gle/aJZ4SqtR94Po6r1Z7

 
Purpose Workforce Solutions is Hiring!
Purpose Workforce Solutions is hiring youth positions. For more information, call 312-549-8360 ext 121 for more information. 
Start a Career in Aviation Mechanics
Train to become skilled, employable and essential. At Aviation Institute of Maintenance, we train tomorrow’s technicians. The demand for skilled technicians in Aviation, Manufacturing, Welding, Energy, and other industries is outpacing those entering these career fields. Our nation needs men and women to develop technical trade skills for today and the future. AIM campuses are proud to teach these skills. Find out more and apply here: https://aviationmaintenance.edu/
NAMI Chicago is Hiring!

NAMI Chicago has positions in Mental Health Services and is looking for outstanding and dedicated people to join its growing team. 

Since 1979, NAMI Chicago has fought for families and individuals impacted by mental health conditions. It promotes community wellness, breaks down barriers to mental health care, and provides support and expertise for families, professionals, and individuals in Chicago and beyond.

NAMI Chicago currently has openings for the following positions (click on the job title to view the job descriptions):      

Mary Crane Center Now Hiring!

Mary Crane Center at 1545 W. Morse is now hiring key positions in the organization. For more information or to send your resume, email enorthern@marycrane.org

State Farm is Hiring
Successful Local State Farm Agency is looking for an entry-level Part-Time Customer Service Representative. Duties would include premium payment follow-up via phone, text, and email.  Also various customer service-related follow-up tasks. State Insurance Producers License is not required but would be helpful for future promotion and commission eligibility
 
Please send resumes to dave.frederickson.g5p4@statefarm.com for consideration.
Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service Now Hiring
Superior Air-Ground Ambulance is now hiring for EMT positions. The program includes 12 weeks of training, a free accelerated EMT course, and a guaranteed job. For more information, visit emsjobs.org or email emtclass@superiorambulance.com. 
i.c. stars Tech Training and Job Placement Opportunity
 i.c.stars. is an immersive technology training not-for-profit attracting, training, and putting Chicagoans to work in the Information Technology field. It pays candidates a weekly stipend upon being accepted into its rigorous 16-week program.

i.c. stars is currently recruiting for its next cycle, which will start on August 8, 2022. Interested residents can apply directly on its website at icstars.org/program.
Compudopt Now Hiring
Compudopt is now hiring part-time technology instructors. Compudopt's mission is to provide technology education and access to under-resourced youth in Chicago and Northern Illinois. 

The position is a seasonal trainer for its educational programming for elementary, middle, and high school students. The role is anticipated to require up to 20 hours per week of instruction and will span afternoons, evenings, and weekends depending on partner requirements. Programming may be facilitated in-person or virtually depending on partner requirements.

The pay range is $20-$25/hour depending on experience and qualifications. To apply, email ashaki@compudopt.org and include your name, phone, email, resume, and two references. 
Misericordia is Now Hiring
Misericordia seeks to hire for several key positions within the organization. 

Misericordia is home to over 600 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It has a 31-acre campus that provides around-the-clock care to support its residents. They strive to find compassionate and hardworking individuals to join its team.  Misericordia offers competitive pay rates and excellent employee benefits. 

For more information on current job openings, visit Misericordia's Careers website.
Greater Chicago Food Depository Job Training Programs
The Greater Chicago Food Depository now offers free and paid hospitality and supply chain career path training programs. These programs are available to unemployed and underemployed adults living in Cook County. Programs are background friendly and welcoming to those without a high school diploma or GED.

More information on the program is available on the Greater Chicago Food Depository's website by clicking here.
CTA Second Chance Program
The CTA Second Chance Program allows individuals with a barrier to employment an opportunity for a fulfilling and stable career with the CTA. Those interested in the program should complete a survey of interest by clicking here. More information on the Second Chance Program is available on the CTA's website here
Join the Chicago Park District Team
The Chicago Park District is seeking to hire several key year-round and seasonal positions. To view all openings, visit ChicagoParkDistrict.com/Jobs.
PACE Bus is Hiring

Pace Bus is hiring for bus operator and mechanic positions at its facilities across the suburbs to ensure that it can provide the level of bus service that our regional economy depends on. Working for Pace has many advantages:

  • Competitive starting pay
  • Paid on-the-job and ongoing training
  • Promotion from within
  • Working close to home
  • Health insurance benefits
  • Retirement benefits
  • Paid vacation and other paid time off
  • Safe, clean work environment (visit PaceBus.com/health to see all of our COVID-related safety precautions in place to protect personnel)

Applications and a list of open positions can be found at PaceBus.com/Careers

CPS is Hiring Substitute Teachers
Chicago Public Schools is seeking committed substitute teachers to ensure our students receive quality instruction in the absence of their teacher. To apply, visit cps.edu/iwanttosub
CPS is Hiring Board Custodians
CPS is hiring Board Custodians. To apply for the position, click here. To register for an interview, click here. For more information, call 773-553-2100 or email HRFacilities@cps.edu
Getir Chicago is Now Hiring
Getir Chicago is now hiring delivery drivers and order packers for its locations throughout the city. Learn more and apply on their website
Collective Resource is Hiring
Collective Resource Compost, a specialty waste hauler that collects food scraps for composting, is hiring. They work out of a site just over the border in Skokie (near McCormick, between Howard and Touhy). The Driver / Compost Service Specialist job starts at $16 per hour and goes to $17 after a 90-day review. They're looking for people who are reliable, hard-working, tech-capable, and committed to reducing environmental harm.

Learn more at: collectiveresource.us/join-our-team/.
CPS is Hiring Lunch Attendants
CPS is hiring lunch attendants across the district! Employees get to work a regular Monday to Friday schedule with holidays off. Positions include medical, dental, and pension benefits.

For more information and to apply, visit cps.edu/careers
Apply to be a Crossing Guard
Earlier this year, the City of Chicago transferred the crossing guard program from OEMC to Chicago Public Schools. During this transition, many crossing guards decided to retire or resign while school was not operating in person due to the pandemic.

As we have CPS has returned to in-person learning, they have been working hard to fill vacant positions. They are still seeking applicants to fill the positions to help families and children safely get to and from school. 

To apply to become a crossing guard, please follow the steps below:
  1. Please visit the CPS Careers Website at cps.edu/careers
  2. Click on "CPS Job Board" at the bottom of the page.
  3. On the top of the next page, click on "Basic Search."
  4. Type "Crossing Guard" into the "Keywords" field.
  5. Click on the Crossing Guard job posting for the location you want to apply to, and follow the instructions to fill out the applications.
If you have any questions, please contact Crossingguard@cps.edu.
Greater West Town Training Programs
Greater West Town Community Development and Project has over 30 years of expanding economic opportunities in education, job training, and job placement for Chicagoans. Check out the academic and location opportunities available to Chicago residents now, then schedule your orientation today. For more information, please call 312-563-9044 or visit http://GWTP.org
Find a Career with S&C Electric Company
S&C Electric in Rogers Park is seeking to hire team members for several key positions in their organization. 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.
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare Job Openings
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare sees to hire for several key positions within the organization. 

As one of the leading community mental health organizations in Illinois, Trilogy is committed to excellence, diversity, and opportunity. They are a mission-driven organization as committed to innovative practice models in mental health treatment as they are to helping our employees do their best work.

Working at Trilogy is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors and help strengthen the community.

For more information on current job openings, visit Trilogy's Careers website at trilogyinc.org/careers.

 

Heartland Alliance Job Openings
Heartland Alliance has several positions open across Chicago. These positions include a bilingual mental health clinical practitioner, a clinical supervisor, an LPN, case managers, and more. 

Heartland Alliance works to advance human rights and champion human dignity by providing services and promoting solutions to achieve a more just global society. Heartland Alliance's mission is to advance human rights and respond to the human needs of endangered populations—particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced—through the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the promotion of permanent solutions leading to a more just global society. Its approach is multi-faceted and intentional and intersects through three focus areas: health and healing, safety and justice, and economic opportunity.

For more information on job openings, visit Heartland Alliance's Careers website by clicking here
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