‘So much strength and passion’: How an Englewood nonprofit is getting funds to strengthen neighborhood programs

Good News Notes:

The COVID-19 pandemic is still exposing how many communities continue to struggle.

One Chicago neighborhood is getting a huge amount of help, through a new partnership. CBS 2’s Steven Graves explains.

Cecile De Mello does the long work of leading nonprofit Teamwork Englewood because of a love for her home and three young children.

“I say to myself if I do a good job today, I’m one step closer making this a community where they can raise their family safely.”

Another step  happening this past March.

“As a convening group, we need help too.”

When she and her team got the promise of a funding boost. For years, the group has stood on a quality of life plan, helping people and other organizations with housing – health and wellness.

But then – COVID hit the low-income south side neighborhood, which saw violence and inequities soar.

“New barriers we had around virtual learning, around workforce development we didn’t have when we first thought about this plan.”

So they drafted an adapted plan and sent it to nonprofit United Way….”

View the whole story here: https://www.cbsnews.com/chicago/news/so-much-strength-and-passion-how-an-englewood-nonprofit-is-getting-funds-to-strengthen-neighborhood-programs/

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