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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ENGAGE Harvey!

  The Cook County city of Harvey, IL, founded in 1889, was once seen as the central hub of the south suburbs. Its growth and popularity lies in the benefits of blue-collar work opportunities from local factories and a growing downtown business district to support the city’s residents. Like many Cook County areas, in these […]

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CEDA in the Neighborhood

The unique effects of the famous Chicago Fire and it’s formerly stated “fire limits’ are what drove out the city’s first wave of working-class homeowners to what we now refer to as the suburbs. One of the oldest suburbs west of the city is the Town of Cicero, IL. The 5.5. square mile town of […]

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Erin Dowland Kabwe joins CEDA

In August, we welcomed our new Chief Development Officer, Erin Dowland Kabwe.  She has devoted her entire career to service with almost 20 years of diverse, global experience in fundraising and community development. Her journey to CEDA began many years ago and is lit by amazing achievements along the way. A highlight in Erin’s career […]

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