Chicago Community Trust, United Way, Teamwork Englewood talk COVID recovery in black and Latino neighborhoods, like Auburn Gresham

CHICAGO (WLS) – Two years ago, the Chicago Community Trust and United Way of Metro Chicago launched the Chicago Community Covid-19 Response Fund.

The goal is to raise funds for non-profit organizations providing emergency services to those most affected by the pandemic.

$35 million went to over 400 organizations. Now the focus is on recovery, especially in Chicago’s Black and Latinx neighborhoods.

Gloria Castillo is the director of We Rise Together, an initiative of the Chicago Community Trust. She said it was important that the money they invest goes to people in the neighborhoods they help.

“Community members know what’s good for them. They know what amenities they need, what services they need. And we kind of have a mantra that we really listen to and believe in and invest in. people and communities”, Castillo mentioned.

Sean Garrett, president and CEO of United Way of Metro Chicago, said neighborhood residents have embraced this.

“They created plans, they created coalitions, they brought in resources to help bring their plans to fruition. One example that we are very proud of and Gloria and her team have been a part of as well is in Auburn Gresham. from the 79th street corridor, they’re taking a building that’s been vacant for over 40 years, they’re turning it into a health care center that’ll have a bank, it’ll have a cafe, it’ll be part of revitalizing a major corridor of our city, this is all driven by the community itself,” Garrett said.

Our Chicago: Part 2

Teamwork Englewood has received funding from the Chicago Community Trust and the United Way of Metro Chicago. Residents of the neighborhood have developed a quality of life initiative Teamwork Englewood. Executive Director Cecile De Mello said now that the pandemic is easing, “we are asking residents and stakeholders, ‘What do you think we should be focusing on now? Where are there new opportunities? And what’s no longer relevant about the world we had in 2016? And what are our new realities that we need to tackle head-on in 2022?”

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