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NCAP Hails Long Overdue Shift in America’s Commitment to Address Poverty Through the American Rescue Plan

Statement by the National Community Action Partnership Media Contact: Johnny Eudaly jeudaly@communityactionpartnership.com WASHINGTON, March 11, 2021 - Today, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law, sending necessary relief to communities and populations across the country that have been hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to funding for...

Love Letters to WIC

When women and children thrive, communities thrive. Studies have shown that nutrition and education are key to stabilizing and economically mobilizing communities across the world – and that’s why our Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program is so important to our mission. As part of a national program, our team...

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...

CEDA Family Talks: Diversity & Inclusion

[caption id="attachment_8196" align="alignright" width="300"] Jermaine (left) is a Production Supervisor. Charis (right) is an Energy Auditor. Both work with our Home Weatherization team.[/caption] 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...

Two little Black girls cling to one another wearing masks and winter coats. They look afraid,

How You Can Prevent Human Trafficking and Slavery

A common misconception is that slavery in the United States ended in 1863 when Abraham Lincoln made his Emancipation Proclamation. Legally speaking, it was actually the passage of the 13th Amendment two years later which abolished slavery (except as punishment for a crime). Unfortunately, the truth is slavery continues today...

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...

Recap: CEDA Annual Meeting 2020: Empowerment and Innovation

On Human Rights Day, December 10, 2020, we hosted our virtual Annual Meeting 2020: Empowerment & Innovation. The meeting brought together our CEDA Family - a family made up of supporters, partners, staff, board, volunteers, and clients – to look back at this monumental year and forward at how we...

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...

CEDA Programs: A Lifeline When They Needed It

For over half a century, CEDA has been making a difference in the lives of countless Chicagoland residents. So far, we’ve served 334,122 individuals and 172,751 households. But while these numbers might tell you the size of our impact, what really matters is the people. Today we’d like to take...