Shefali Trivedi,Giving DuPage discusses how donating blood or volunteering at a food pantry all makes a big difference. The Do Good DuPage campaign hopes to have 150,000 volunteer and their website aids in volunteer connections.
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.
In September 2018, Ryan Banks Academy, a new middle school and high school, will open its doors and transform urban education. The RBA mission is to build Chicago's first residential school for urban youth. Our long term plan involves new construction for our permanent location so that our students can stay at RBA 24/7, but that won't occur until 2021. In the interim, our first three years we will be a day school/boarding school hybrid model, where our students attend class only at RBA (staying with their families while in Chicago) and our school year will also include multiple longer, 2-4 week extended excursions and "experiences" which will allow our students to explore new environments and cultures. RBA is named in honor of a CPS student who was shot and killed at the age of 12.
Joshua Fulcher, Erie Neighborhood House discusses preparing at risk youth for college. Since lack of funding is a hindrance, they offer a TEAM scholarship. This October they host a poker tournament for raising funds.
Joe Sosnowski, State of Illinois House of Representatives discusses the new controversial tax credit pilot program. Also discussed is the backlog of unaccounted for water & sewage services. With the upcoming race, he hopes to see more change at the state.