Posts Tagged: United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

Holiday season sparks volunteerism

An Oswego firefighter by day, Mark Spoo doesn’t indulge his passion for photography as often as he would like. But for the past four Christmas seasons, Spoo has made time to combine his favorite hobby with his desire to give back. At his fire department’s annual “Shop with a Hero” event at Wal-Mart, Spoo, 52, acts as unofficial photographer, snapping shots of children as they tear through the store, grabbing toys and games that will be paid for with gift… Read more »

Geoffrey Canada Leads the Charge

Last week, over a thousand people turned out to hear Geoffrey Canada, the powerhouse behind the Harlem Children’s Zone, give the keynote address at the United Way’s Education Summit at Chicago’s Park Community Church. The summit was billed as a faith-based, urban school reform revival, and Canada delivered a powerful Sermon on the Mount. “We cannot tolerate another generation of failure,” he told a racially diverse audience of teachers, parents, clergy members, politicians, and community activists. In clear and exacting… Read more »

AM News: Harlem Innovator Endorses “Stand For Children”

Chico Offers No Apologies for Upsetting Daley CNC: “It’s not about personal feelings,” Chico told the Chicago News Cooperative. “It’s about what the facts are. When I’m the mayor, I’m not going to spend a lot of time worrying about whose feelings are hurt.”… Founder of Harlem Children’s Zone calls on Chicagoans to take a stand against education failure WBEZ:  Canada’s address was followed by a panel of five authors and community activists, which included Jacqueline Edelberg, author of “How… Read more »

Education Action Summit to Address Issues Facing Chicago Public Schools; Geoffrey Canada to Keynote

Chicago – An education summit is going to be held in Chicago Wednesday night to address some of the problems facing our schools. Geoffrey Canada, CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone — a charter school highligted as an example of education reform that works in the film “Waiting for Superman” — will be the event’s keynote speaker. Laura Thrall, CEO of United Way, and Mike Rolfes of the Park Community Church joined us to talk about their effort to engage the… Read more »

Chicago-area charities urged to merge as financial woes deepen

A one-two punch of shrinking government funding and lagging private donations is ratcheting up pressure on local charities to find merger partners. In the remainder of fiscal 2011 and especially in fiscal 2012, “there will be even more substantial budget cuts that will cause (human services) agencies to either dramatically transform or go out of business,” says Terry Mazany, president of the Chicago Community Trust. The organization set aside about $275,000 this year to help spur consolidation among the charities… Read more »