Why We Celebrate Black History Month

Why does the US celebrate Black History Month? The answer to that question is a part of Chicago history! Carter G. Woodson sparked the Black history movement and was a graduate of the University of Chicago. In February 1926, Woodson established Negro History Week to encourage “people of all ethnic and social backgrounds to discuss […]

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CEDA Family Talks: Diversity & Inclusion

During Black History Month, we’re reflecting on the key role diversity and inclusion plays in the fight for racial and economic equity. Two spectacular members of the CEDA Family, Jermaine Terrell and Charis Humphrey, shared their thoughts on how CEDA’s diverse staff helps further our mission. Here’s what they said: How long have you worked in […]

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CEDA Gifts and the CARES Act: What You Need To Know

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on what we have seen in our communities throughout CEDA’s 55 years of service. Hundreds of thousands of people in Chicagoland are held back by racial injustice, stagnant wages, institutional bias, and generational poverty. Now more than ever, Black and brown communities are suffering. Households are into poverty […]

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CEDA’s Year in Review

What a year it has been. Without a doubt, we are living through one of the most challenging moments in modern history. From the COVID-19 crisis taking hundreds of thousands of lives, to the civil unrest in response to racial injustice, to the millions of people slipping into poverty as the result of the economic […]

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Investing in Our Communities

Jobs play a central role in the lives of most adults, allowing individuals not just to afford basic needs, but also to build a secure life and be positive forces in their neighborhoods. Unfortunately, not everyone is offered a seat at the table. The last economic recovery saw an increase in jobs, however the growth […]

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President Lyndon B. Johnson

Community Action: Our Beginning

  In the 1960’s, over one fifth of the population was living below the poverty line. They were the invisible poor, unskilled workers, migrant farm workers, minorities, people for whom work was sporadic, demeaning and demoralizing. They were damaged in body and spirit, existing at levels beneath those necessary for human decency. They were hungry […]

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View from the Field: Home Weatherization

“Now, more than ever, timely & efficient emergency support for our clients is critical. Our Weatherization team continues their work to stabilize our clients and communities throughout Cook County. “ We know how challenging this time can be for our clients. While Utility companies are suspending shut-offs, many economically challenged individuals and families still face issues in their […]

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Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides food, education and support for pregnant, breastfeeding and post-partum women, infants and children under the age of 5.

View from the Field: WIC In Action

With over 50 years of experience working in low-income communities, we know now, more than ever, our work is critical to stabilizing the hundreds of thousands of lives we touch every year.  As we settle into our new normal, we know how challenging this time can be for our clients.  Notably for our WIC clients seeking […]

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