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May is Community Action Month

May is National Community Action Month (NCAM)! Community Acton Agencies has been a central pivotal force in eradicating poverty for low-income families and individuals for over 50 years. Community Action embraces the obligation to ensure that the barriers of structural racism, gender inequalities, and other inequities are addressed. Especially during...

Special Edition: Spring 2021 Update

Our CEDA Family is laser-focused on ending poverty in Chicagoland and building thriving communities together. CEDA has provided basic needs for our neighbors for over 50 years – needs such as keeping their electric, gas, and water utilities on, supporting moms and babies, maintaining or finding homes, and working hand-in-hand to...

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...

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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...