Taryn Marko, Winnebago County CASA Program discusses how CASA is appointed to difficult foster care cases. Trained CASA volunteers are matched to a child and will represent their best interests in court. They build a relationship with families.
Little For Elementary School in Waukegan, IL partnered with Comcast for the 17th annual Comcast Cares Day. Volunteers gave the school some much needed TLC. They refreshed the classroom by refurbishing shelving units and painting. They also cleaned up grounds and planted flowers.
Comcast employees and community members gathered at the Elgin Salvation Army to spend day volunteering to spruce up the grounds, remodel the clothing closet, and move their food pantry to the first floor. Comcast has been partnering with the Elgin Salvation Army for 6 years.
Comcasters gathered at the Tinley Park office for Well Wish Note Project which included sorting through donations and writing notes for theCradlestoCrayonsorganization. Employee donations of clothing,toys, shoes, and basic essentials were sortedtobe included in care packages for local children living in low-income and homeless situations. Comcasters also wrotesupportive and enthusiastic messages, decorated with fun drawings, stickers & picturestosend words of encouragement and bring joytokids during the school year.
Foster children doing well at school are at risk because of financial issues and tuition costs. In the mid 90's, Illinois had the highest rated higher education. Now we are at the lowest. The Bridge Program is a mentor program that helps to keep students being lost to the summer melt. We will change this state by investing in higher education.
There needs to be a universal 72 hour waiting period for all gun purchases instead of the current 72 hours for hand guns and 48 hours for long guns. Lawmakers need to pass responsible legislature instead of just putting out there more guns. Also discussed is the need for more transparency at restaurants to help families with food allergies.
Illinois has a shortage of teachers. Other states offer a streamlined curriculum which specializes in your area of teaching. This cuts down on time and money spent on college costs and helps students who have financial difficulties.
Allison Daze, By The Hand Club For Kids discusses their beginning in 2001 has grown to 5 locations which serve 1,300 kids annually and target kids most likely to drop out of school. Offered is homework help, literacy programs, eye & dental care.
The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago or RIC) has been named the #1 rehabilitation facility in the U.S. for the past 27 consecutive years, as ranked by US News & World Report. The hospital aims to Advance Human Ability - to be the leading source of science-driven breakthroughs in Human Ability. Derek Daniels manages the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab's Adaptive Sports Program, one of the hospital's many community-based Quality of Life Programs, which helps introduce youth and adults with a primary physical disability to the social and physical fitness outcomes of participating in competitive and recreational adaptive sports activities. The program features a great variety of year-round sports and recreation opportunities such as sled hockey, handcycling, wheelchair rugby and basketball, and golf. The program engages athletes of all skill levels, from those interested in learning a new sport to athletes wishing to hone their craft for elite-level competition in the Paralympic Games. The majority of participants join teams at the recreational level, and compete in local and regional competitions.
Tommy Meeks, Inner City Reconstruction Group discusses the WAKE-UP Program which helps ex-offenders get back on their feet find employment. This program helps people to think differently, show them how to enjoy their life & be appreciative of their ancestry.
Gilbert Villegas, Chicago City Council discusses being the new chairman of the Latino Caucus, & his focus on bringing resources back to the community. Also discussed is helping students entering college by offering scholarships.