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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...

Mr. Williams is an older gentleman, sitting on his couch for this picture.

Client Spotlight: Meet Allan

Meet Allan! Allan has recently received our assistance from our weatherization program! CEDA staff visited Allan in his home after all of the work was done to discuss the program, how he learned it about it and the ways it has helped him since. Watch this short video from the...

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...

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....

Bernida looks into the distance with a determined look on her face.

Client Spotlight: Meet Bernida

CEDA staff recently got in touch with Bernida who spoke out about CEDA’s Energy Services Programs and the relief gained from the help on her gas and light bill. Bernida described her experiences with having to use the program when she had no other way to have her utilities turned on and how she now...