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The 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.
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

  • Enrollment is open for the Spring to Fall programming at Chicago Austin Youth Travel Adventures, NFP that starts April 1. Visit caytaworld.org to learn about opportunities for youth and families to broaden their horizons, or watch this ABC7 video.
  • The deadline is April 8 to apply for the RaD Lab+Outside the Walls Fellowship that supports ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab and Native American) artists and creatives who use radical imagination to practice a racially just society. The opportunity will support a combination of project grants at $40K per year for research, implementation and continuation. Details here.
  • Are you registered to vote? Not sure? Need to change your address? Come out to Soul City Community Market or the Veterans Peace Garden on Saturday, April 2 to get help, or 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In response to COVID-19, the Cook County Assessor’s Office will continue the automatic renewal of the Senior Freeze, Veterans with Disabilities, and Persons with Disabilities Exemptions; the Homeowner and Senior Exemptions. If a homeowner received any of the aforementioned five exemptions last year (tax year 2020), they do not need to reapply this year (tax year 2021). Learn more at cookcountyassessor.com/exemptions
  • 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. 
  • Interested in purchasing a home or vacant land? The City has incentives for purchasing in certain areas through its Micro-Market Recovery Program (MMRP). For questions, contact Austin Coming Together's MMRP Coordinator Natalie Goodin at ngoodin@austincomingtogether.org.
  • Meta (Facebook and Instagram) now offers Parental Supervision Tools and insights for parents with their new Family Center, which will eventually allow parents and guardians to help their teens manage social media experiences across Meta technologies, all from one central place.
  • 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.
  • Only half of booster-eligible Americans have received their third shot. The additional shot provides us with a crucial layer of protection as the Omicron subvariant BA.2 becomes more prevalent. Don’t hesitate—get your booster now.



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.
  • Through March 31 the "Everyday Activists" photo story exhibit will be on display at the Austin Branch Library and features local leaders like ACT's Engagement Specialist Dollie Sherman, Forty Acres' Liz Abunaw, Pastor Acree, and others. Click here for the flyer.
  • Saturday, April 2 come out to Soul City Community Market or the Veterans Peace Garden to find out if you're registered to vote, get help registering, or to update your address. Or, visit ova.elections.il.gov.
  • Intro to Homeownership & Financial EmpowermentWednesday, April 6 is an Intro to Homeownership & Financial Empowerment hosted by Oak Park Regional Housing Center. Details here.  
  • Tuesday, April 15 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 Live! RSVP and even if you cannot attend, we will send you information on this valuable resource.
  • Saturday, April 30 is the Austin Community Housing Summit hosted by Oak Park Regional Housing Center, and is a chance to meet 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:
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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:

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