Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Sharing the Spirit of Communities This Holiday Season

by David Hiller, President & CEO

Chicago is well known as a city of neighborhoods – diverse, energetic and always changing. I had the opportunity recently to spend time in one of Chicago’s most unique neighborhoods, Chinatown, and to visit two of the agencies we fund in our Communities Program: the Chinese American Service League (CASL) and the Pui Tak Center Chinatown is the destination for large numbers of immigrants as well as home to many generations of Chinese Americans. Education, English language training, and job training are high on the agenda of community needs. The CASL offers early childhood education, family and community support programs, and specialized elderly services to over 17,000 clients annually. As you can see from the video I shot, our welcome was warm. Pui Tak serves over 3,000 individuals annually through a variety of education, social service, and cultural programs. Through our partnership with Chicago Tribune Charities, we currently support their Adult Literacy Program. No video for that one, but once again it was an amazing experience to see what’s accomplished by a group of deeply committed people.

As we approach Thanksgiving, I am grateful to all of our partners and their amazing people who work so hard to improve the lives of people in our communities every day. They are an inspiration. During the holidays, please consider supporting the work of agencies in your community. To find out more about how you can help, please visit our donations page. And have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.

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