For a community struggling during one of the hardest years in recent history.
In the Chicagoland area, the most vulnerable populations face the threats of COVID-19, racial injustices and shrinking job opportunities. The year 2020 and all its challenges has made the need to diminish poverty more urgent than ever.
TOGETHER, we can transform the future for families who have endured generations of institutional poverty without resources and a voice for far too long.
“COVID-19 has magnified the deep-rooted issues of poverty. Senior citizens and the disabled struggle to safely go outside for critical needs like food and medicine. African Americans are six times more likely to die of this disease and most profoundly impacted by job loss.
Our clients are really struggling.”
John Pady, Chief Expansion Officer – CEDA
Nearly 68% of Chicago’s coronavirus deaths have involved African Americans, who make up only about 30% of Chicago’s total population. The sobering statistics suggest black Chicagoans are dying at a rate nearly six times greater than white residents.
Individuals over 60, especially those with underlying health conditions, have been shown to be a particular risk for severe health implications from COVID-19. Low-income senior citizens are placed in a position of greater fragility and isolation by the lockdown and continued social distancing.
53% of households with children reported loss of employment income in Chicagoland since quarantine began, as compared to 48% of the general population.
In the Chicago Metropolitan Area, 21% of households did not have enough to eat sometimes, or often in the last 7 days, following loss of employment income after the stay-at-home order. Prior to the pandemic, only 10% of the population was in this circumstance.
58% of Latinx households reported a loss in employment income in the Chicagoland area, making it more common for the Latinx community. This is compared to 48% among Blacks and 44% among non-Hispanic Whites.
822,000 people in Chicagoland are living in poverty and this continues to rise. Our neighbors are struggling to pay bills and afford basic necessities.
As a sprout member, you will feel connected to a larger purpose. You can see your investment at work through exclusive program updates. You are a change maker. You can give poverty its place in the history books.
You will be investing in shaping stronger communities within Chicagoland. You ensure the creation of innovative solutions – including the development of affordable housing, new training and educational programs – to diminish poverty in our own backyard.
You may not be making history, but you are making a place in history. You will put more goodness in the world through sprout. With income and education, the future begins to look different from the past. The individuals and families you are empowering will be able to change their lives and the lives around them. Your support today, will change the future.
This incredible community of generous and passionate people needs YOU. With your support, we’re investing in the future. CEDA, with our nearly 54 years of experience proudly serving Chicagoland communities, will ensure your hard-earned dollars are put toward doing the most good.
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If you have any questions, please reach out to Kate Murphy, Senior Development Coordinator, at (312) 448-0541 or email [email protected].