Women make up more than half of the population but are a small number in government representatives. Anna Valencia, Office of the City Clerk, discusses the need to change the structure & support other women to become leaders.
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.
Jon Bates, Community Foundation of Northern Illinois discusses the availability of over 85 scholarships. Through the website, you only need to fill out one application and then students are matched to scholarships they are eligible for.
Paula Capone, GiGi's Playhouse Rockford discusses how they serve 320 families in the region and try to bring awareness to Down's Syndrome. They offer networking for caregivers and programs that are career oriented, therapeutic and educational.
Carrie Meghie, Jackson Chance Foundation discusses the foundation started to honor her son. With a critically ill child, she was surprised at the cost of parking. They provide parking passes for families in similar situations in 2 Chicago hospitals.