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If you are an Austin resident in search of resources or know someone in need, contact ACT's Hub Coordinator Janelle Martin at jmartin@austincomingtogether.org or text your Full Name to (708) 529-5042.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Do you work in childcare or early childhood education? Austin Childcare Providers Network (ACPN) is a progressive association that focuses on building the education and leadership skills of early care practitioners. Benefits of being part of the Network include professional development opportunities, personalized English Enrichment sessions to strengthen or refresh your writing and comprehension skills, and more. Details here.
  • Are you registered to vote? Not sure? Need to change your address? Elections are coming up soon! Visit ova.elections.il.gov. As part of the Austin Forward Together quality-of-life plan’s goals to increase civic engagement in Austin and help residents get their voices heard, several local groups are collaborating on a Voter Registration Drive. 
  • Volunteers are needed from Noon-6pm to help local folks with their resumes during a Job Fair happening on April 21 at La Follette Park in Austin. To sign up for a shift and to get more information, contact ACT's Engagement Specialist Dollie Sherman at dsherman@AustinComingTogether.org or 765.600.2698.
  • Deadline April 18 to sign your group up to volunteer for Chicago's citywide Clean & Green Day of Service happening April 23. This is a chance for residents and organizations to team up and beautify areas in their neighborhood. The City provides brooms, bags etc. Click here for details or to sign up.
  • The Chicago Reader named Austin's own Kehrein Center for the Arts as “The Best New West-Side Arts Space” in their annual “Best of Chicago” edition. Read more here.
  • After 90 years in Galewood, the Mars Candy Factory is closing and before the site is redeveloped, community feedback is needed. Click here to take the survey. Click here to read about the project.
  • Students at Michele Clark Magnet High School are asking for the community's support to speak up in reference to CPS's plan for the property adjacent to Michele Clark Magnet HS, located between the school’s parking lot, W. Flournoy St., and Lavergne Ave. Please take a moment to sign the petition to request that the community voice be heard before any future decision-making involving this land. Chicago Board of Education and Chicago Public Schools must organize events to which students and staff of neighborhood schools, including our own, residents of South Austin, and other community organizations, will be invited and allowed to share their opinions on what should be done with the land recently purchased by CPS. 
  • Austin Awarded $1.5 Million for Columbus Park Upgrades! What improvements would you like to see? Your ideas are wanted! Please take a moment to fill out this survey.
  • Institute for Nonviolence Chicago (INVC) helps create safe, healthy, and equitable communities through partnerships and collaborations. Watch the video here about INVC's Victim Services, Nonviolence Training, Community OrganizingWorkforce Development Program, and more. More info at nonviolencechicago.org/our-programs.
  • Do you like action? Are you happier on your feet than sitting still? Warehousing and logistics may be the career for you! Greater West Town's Shipping & Receiving Training will get you up to speed on the skills you need to enter this essential and exciting field, and assist you with job placement after graduation to find the satisfying, steady, growth position that fits you best! Call 312-563-9570 to get started or learn more at gwtp.org.
  • Greater West Town also offers job placement services, as well as Woodworkers Training that includes CNC programming & operation, cabinet construction, precise measuring, 10-hour OSHA Safety Card, forklift operation, and more! Call 312-563-9570 or visit gwtp.org.
  • Legal Aid Chicago offers complimentary legal services. Call (312) 341-1070 Monday to Friday between 8am - 4:30pm or apply online at legalaidchicago.org. Or, stop by Westside Health Authority at 5422 W. Division in Chicago for in-person intake available every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 10am-4pm. View the Austin flyer here, or the general flyer here
  • New Moms’ Academic Coaching Program helps young moms to complete college degrees, while also challenging the systemic barriers that make it difficult for them to do so. Learn more here.
  • A House in Austin provides Parent-Child Classes, Parent Support & Education to Austin families. Click here to learn more about their services.
  • The state of Illinois is accepting applications from homeowners for grants of up to $30,000 to eliminate or reduce past-due mortgage and property tax payments! To find out if you’re eligible and get prepared visit IllinoisHousingHelp.org or call our West Cook Homeownership Center at 773-887-5187. Info sessions will be held on April 12 and 14.
  • Is your family in need of rental, mortgage, or utility assistance? Click here to check out current emergency funds that are available through the City of Chicago, State of Illinois, and Cook County. Oak Park Regional Housing Center's West Cook Homeownership Center can help Austin residents find and apply for resources. They also assist with loan modifications, foreclosure prevention counseling, and more: (773) 887-5187, or email, info@westcookhomeownership.org, for more information. West Cook Homeownership Center also runs Credit and Debt Management classes on the fourth Saturday of each month, a Homebuyer Class, and a Homebuyers Club. Click here for more information. 
  • Austin and Oak Park residents are encouraged to provide feedback on the new community Climate Plan being developed by and for the Village of Oak Park. Details here.
  • Though April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the City of Chicago is committed to addressing sexual violence and other forms of gender-based violence every day. As part of the Citywide Strategic Plan to Address Gender-based Violence, the City of Chicago seeks to shift cultural norms by acknowledging these harms and equipping community partners to respond to gender-based violence in trauma-informed and supportive ways. Join the City to take the Start by Believing pledge, committing to believing survivors when they disclose that they have experienced sexual violence. This can be a co-worker, a resident, a close family member, or a friend. One in four women and one in six men experience sexual assault in their lifetime. That number significantly increases for individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+. There are a plethora of resources here.
  • The Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA) requires employers to provide employees who are victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, or gender violence, and employees who have a family
    or household member who is a victim of such violence, with unpaid, job-guaranteed leave; reasonable accommodations; and protections from discrimination and retaliation. Learn more here.
  • April is National Minority Health Month and this year the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) and its partners are highlighting the important role individuals and organizations can play in helping to reduce health disparities and improve the health of racial and ethnic minority and American Indian/Alaska Native communities. The theme for this year’s National Minority Health Month is Give Your Community a Boost! The theme focuses on the continued importance of COVID-19 vaccination, including boosters, as one of the strongest tools we can use to protect communities from COVID-19, which has disproportionately affected communities of color.
  • More than half of the COVID-19 booster-eligible population has not yet received a booster, including more than one-third of the 65 and older booster-eligible population. Being up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines means you’ve received all recommended doses in your primary series AND a booster shot when eligible. Everyone ages 12+ should get a booster dose at least five months after the last dose in their primary series.
  • Cook County Health continues to administer the COVID-19 vaccine at its community health centers, hospitals and through pop-up vaccination events. The centers are also distributing free high-quality KN95 masks for all, regardless of vaccination status. More information can be found at myshotcookcounty.com. Click here for the Spanish flyer.
  • The FDA just authorized second booster shots of the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines for everyone 50 and older. The move comes amid worries over waning immunity in older Americans and a rise in some states in cases of BA.2, an Omicron subvariant that is highly transmissible. If you’re older than 50, talk to your health care provider immediately to determine if a second booster shot is right for you. 



For a comprehensive list of COVID-19 related resources, click here.






For other resources relevant to our community, including where to go for food or help with rent, ways to support your neighbors, and more, visit austincomingtogether.org/community-resources

UPCOMING EVENTS


Events hosted by ACT members or partners:
  • 15th District Police Department (Austin) Beat Meetings happen virtually on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of every month. Click here for more information or email CAPS015DISTRICT@chicagopolice.org.
  • Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Chicago Public Schools hosts COVID-19 vaccination sites from 9am-1pm. View the list of schools here.
  • Wednesday, April 13 is the "My Ancestry Road" Spring Break Field Trip hosted by Chicago Austin Youth Travel Adventures and is free for youth. Details here.
  • Tuesday, April 19 is ACT's next Hub 101 virtual info session "Enriching Lives Through Education” with City College’s West Side Learning Center from 12:30pm-1:45pm on ACT's Facebook LiveRSVP using this link and even if you cannot attend, we will send you information on this valuable resource.
  • Thursday, April 21 is a Youth Job Fair for ages 14-24 at La Follette Park from 1-6pm hosted by Austin's Youth Empowerment Committee. Those interested in attending should RSVP here. Volunteers are needed! Contact ACT's Engagement Specialist Dollie Sherman if you can help out: dsherman@AustinComingTogether.org or 765.600.2698.
  • Saturday, April 23 is an Earth Day Neighborhood Cleanup
    and Celebration
    . Come out to either BUILD or Columbus Park in Austin to help, then enjoy a free light lunch after. Register here.
  • Saturday, April 30 is the Austin Community Housing Services Summit hosted by Oak Park Regional Housing Center and is a chance to take a trolley tour with the leaders working to improve homeownership rates among residents of color throughout Chicago's west side. Details here.
  • Every Saturday & Sunday will be the Soul City Community Market, a pop-up shop on Chicago Avenue created with the purpose of promoting healthy food options and increasing access to affordable fresh foods in Austin. Come and shop for fresh produce, enjoy live entertainment, products from local vendors, and more. Interested in vending or performing at the market? Email jrand@healthauthority.org
  • The Austin running crew facilitated by CARA, focuses on improving the health and wellness of the Austin Community via walking/running. The group meets every Thursday at 5pm at La Follette Park (1333 Laramie Ave., Chicago). Learn more at cararuns.org/arc. View the flyer here.
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JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Austin Coming Together (ACT) is hiring for a full-time Marketing & Development Coordinator!

ACT is a group of incredibly passionate community-minded folks who work hard, but also have fun together, we live and breathe our core values of unity, commitment, transparency, and action. We make space for open, honest communication to collectively plan and reflect on how to improve both individual and organizational growth through annual wellness retreats, planning sessions, and restorative justice practices including circles.

Whether it’s shooting mini-hoops, a game of strategy with giant Jenga, a spin of the wellness wheel or enjoying a meeting on the outdoor patio, we love to find ways to add more joy to our days.

Sound like a company and culture that interests you? Consider joining the ACT team.

Click here for the job description.
 

Other Employment or Job Training Opportunities:
This weekly Activities in Austin email was created as a way to help Austin residents connect to ACT member and partner organizations by highlighting the events, jobs, and community-specific resources they offer. For a comprehensive list of resources and opportunities available to Austin, click here.
Are you an ACT member or partner and want your announcement, job, or event included in our Weekly Activities email that is sent every Monday?
Send details and a PDF to Alicia at aplomin@austincomingtogether.org NO LATER than Noon on the Friday before the week you want your information included.
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Since 2010, ACT has helped our members take a strategic and collaborative approach to improving education and economic development outcomes in Austin.  What links ACT to its members are our five core values: Unity, Commitment, Transparency, Collaboration, and Action. These core values are the foundation for our decision-making process, current culture, and all ACT aspires to be.

Since 2010, Austin Coming Together has provided backbone support to a network of agencies with the mission to create conditions that foster collaboration. Today, we work together with our 50+ members to:

Enhance human service delivery
Consistently engage with the community
Attract public and private investment 
Build capacity for policy change

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