Thursday, July 24, 2014

Girls on the Run Chicago - Entry Level Positions

JOB DESCRIPTION:
5k Coordinator
Girls on the Run-Chicago
Hours: Full-time
Organization Description
Girls on the Run-Chicago (GOTRC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to inspire girls
to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively
integrates running. In the past thirteen years, thousands of individuals throughout Chicagoland have
volunteered their time and dedicated their hearts to empower more than 27,000 young girls with the
confidence and character they need to become strong, healthy women. In our Spring 2014 season we
had more than 1,300 coaches mentoring more than 6,500 girls at nearly 300 sites in seven Chicago
area counties. More than just a running program, GOTRC uses a cutting-edge curriculum that
addresses the unique developmental stages of 8-14 year old girls. The fun, innovative program
combines training for a 5k event with interactive lessons that encourage positive emotional, social,
mental and physical development.
Position Summary
The 5k Coordinator is a member of the Program Department and reports to the Director of Programs.
The 5k Coordinator is responsible for all aspects of our 5k events and should have experience with
some form of event coordination; sporting, community, fundraising, etc., and a proven track record of
positive experience delivery. A successful candidate will be innovative and will have the ability to bring
a 360° perspective to the 5k experience.
Position Details
• Ensure the successful implementation of our 5k events; currently one (1) event in Chicago at
the end of our fall season (November, 3750 total participants) and a series of three (3) regional
events at the end of our spring season (May/June); Chicago (6000 total participants), Northern
suburbs (4000 total participants), and Southwest suburbs (3500 total participants)
• Handle permitting procedures within various jurisdictions
• Steward relationships with key 5k partners including our event management partner,
transportation partner, security firm, traffic management entities, and municipal support
organizations such as police, sheriff, TSA, and City Agencies
• With the Director of Programs and event management team, develop site maps, course
designs, transportation plans, emergency plans, and crisis communications; create policies and
secure vendors accordingly
• Work with the Director of Programs and Volunteer Manager to establish volunteer targets and
define volunteer and event staff roles
• Inventory and order all necessary 5k supplies, including office supplies, running bibs, runner
refresh items, etc.
• Lead bib assignment efforts, including directing volunteer groups accordingly and conducting
quality control throughout the process
• Provide support to the part-time office coordinator when developing online 5k registration
page and help to monitor 5k registrations
• Develop staffing plans and schedules for Packet Pick-Up dates and locations
• Supervise the 5k Budget with the Director of Programs
• At each 5k, serve as a key lead and decision maker in the Event Command Center
• Help to identify trends and patterns in 5k attendance so that we understand our capacity for
upcoming seasons, and if/when to expand the 5k events further
• Serve as a member on the Program & 5k Committee
• Work with the Director of Programs to establish timelines for upcoming seasons
• Collaborate with members of the Program Department and the Communications Manager on
all aspects of department communications to our external partners including parent, volunteer,
coach, 5k runner, and sites, to streamline messaging
• Lead 5k team meetings, including weekly check-ins, Production Meetings, and re-cap meetings
REQUIREMENTS:
Bachelor’s degree in hospitality, with a concentration in sports management, hotel and tourism,
or event planning, or the equivalent in work experience
1-3 years of event planning experience; non-profit familiarity a bonus
Personal passion for the mission of GOTR and ability to be a role model for healthy living and
self-esteem
Able to present convincingly through a depth of knowledge, or have a willingness to learn about,
the GOTR program & philosophy
Ability to build relationships with vendors, community leaders, school personnel, volunteers,
parents, children, and funders
Excellent communication skills, especially in project management, writing, grammar, and public
speaking
Familiarity with Chicagoland geography, educational systems and community organizations
Ability to travel within assigned territory
Able to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends, with willingness to fill in as
needed for program requirements
Capacity to maintain the confidentiality of all GOTRC-related information
Willingness to undergo a comprehensive background check
Computer competence, including but not limited to: Microsoft Excel, SalesForce, and Microsoft
Office
Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
Evening and weekend hours are often required. Vacation blackout periods due to program and event schedule
may apply.
Girls on the Run-Chicago is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V.
To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Carynn Olsen at jobs@gotrchicago.org with 5k Coordinator
in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Job Opportunity with "Girls On The Run"

JOB DESCRIPTION:
North Region Program Coordinator
Girls on the Run—Chicago
Hours: Full Time
Organization Description:
Girls on the Run-Chicago (GOTRC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to inspire girls
to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates
running. In the past fourteen years, thousands of individuals throughout Chicagoland have volunteered
their time and dedicated their hearts to empower young girls with the confidence and character they need
to become strong, healthy women. In our Spring 2014 season we had more than 1,300 coaches
mentoring almost 6,600 girls at nearly 300 sites in seven Chicago area counties. More than just a running
program, GOTRC uses a cutting- edge curriculum that addresses the unique developmental stages of 8-
14 year old girls. The fun, innovative program combines training for a 5K event with interactive lessons
that encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development.
The North Region Program Coordinator is responsible for all aspects of program expansion and delivery
within North Cook, Lake and Kane counties and as such, a successful candidate will be familiar with the
schools and agencies within the territory. The North Region Program Coordinator will sever as the
primary contact for our program sites, schools, site coordinators, volunteer coaches and parents. The
North Region Program Coordinator is a member of the Program Team, and will work collaboratively with
our Program Manager, Volunteer Manager, Volunteer Coordinator, 5K Manager, and other staff on the
successful implementation of Girls on the Run and Girls on Track curriculum within their area of service
and our council region.
The North Region Program Coordinator reports to the Program Manager.
The North Region is defined as schools/sites in North Cook, Lake, and Kane counties.
The North Region Program Coordinator is responsible for the following areas:
North Region Program Coordination:
Site/Schools
• Provide high quality program support and service to our sites and volunteers within the region to
ensure high site retention and satisfaction with Girls on the Run-Chicago.
• Work collaboratively with the Program Manager and other Program staff to continuously improve
delivery of the program to our sites, schools, coaches, parents, volunteers and girls.
• Ensure sites, predominately public, private and charter schools, have the resources and
information they need to successfully deliver the program each season.
• Maintain a healthy balance of sites representing all girls within region through both retention and
outreach efforts to new and returning schools and agencies.
• Steward new sites through the successful completion of the application, selection and completion
of their first season.
• Monitor the number of sites, coaches, teams and girls signing on for a particular season and
report projections to the Program Manager and Director of Programs.
• Work with Site Coordinators to recruit enough coaches per site and team to serve the number of
available and interested girls, and ensure that all coaches meet the requirements of the position.
• Determine the total number of girls that can be served per site based on certified coaches
available, assist in recruiting more coaches if needed to field a team.
• Collaborate with site coordinators and coaches to ensure smooth and successful recruitment of
girls, determine any registration caps, and help facilitate the process that site has elected to use
for selecting girls for their team.
• Coordinate the delivery of supplies necessary to implement the program prior to the season’s
launch; track receipts and items that need to be returned at the end of the season.
• Have a clear understanding of each Girls on the Run and Girls on Track curricula
• Under the direction of the Director of Programs, implement any Program Evaluation within region,
including determining sites, sending out evaluation tools, and processing returned evaluations.
• Under the direction of the Program Manager, ensure the program is being delivered to the highest
quality by facilitating site visits by staff, board, associate board and trusted volunteers.
• Steward successful delivery of Girls on the Run and Girls on Track programs within region by
observing priority sites’ best practices.
• Update and maintain important site information and notes within the SalesForce System.
• Work with the Program Team to continuously improve our delivery of the program to our sites,
site coordinators, coaches, girls and parents.
Coaches and Site Coordinators
• Build and maintain relationships with site coordinators and coaches while acting as a liaison and
serving as the first person of contact.
• Collaborate with Volunteer Services team to ensure our volunteer coaches and site coordinators
are properly managed, including coordinating recruitment, training, recognition and retention
efforts.
• Support the internal day-to-day tracking of site coordinators and coaches who have completed
their online registration form, coach, cpr training, and background check
• Update and maintain coach and site coordinator files in SalesForce
• Along with fellow GOTRC staff, facilitate coach trainings
Outreach
• Respond to inquiries from potential sites within region, and walk through the new site application
process.
• Attend community events (i.e., festivals, health fairs, race expos) as a representative of GOTRC
to promote the organization and mission to potential new sites, coaches, volunteers and donors.
• Reach out to potential new sites in territory to expand the reach of Girls on the Run in Northern
Cook, Lake and Kane counties.
• Build programming within region in line with organization goals and strategy.
5K
• Prepare sites, families, and girls to participate in our multiple 5K runs each year by
communicating deadlines and being the first responder to questions.
• Serve as the primary Event Staff lead in the Coach Check-in Tent for the North 5k, preparing and
delivering all day of materials to coaches and site coordinators
• Support the Program Manager or other regional leads in their role as the Primary Event Staff lead
at all other 5ks within the Coach Check-in Tent.
• Staff Packet Pick-Up in the days prior to the North Region 5k during peak hours, and as needed
for other 5ks.
Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in social work, education, communication or related field (or equivalent
combination of education and experience)
• 1-3 years of previous work experience with nonprofits and/or program coordination
• Familiarity with schools, youth-serving organizations, and community leaders in our north region
counties (Cook, Kane, and Lake)
• Ability to be an excellent ambassador for GOTRC, possessing the skills to quickly engage, relate
to, and motivate a wide variety of GOTRC stakeholders
• Excellent communication skills, especially in writing, grammar and public speaking, and the ability
to interact effectively with school personnel, volunteers, parents, and children
• Superior organizational skills
• Passion for the mission of Girls on the Run
• Ability to travel within assigned territory
• Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends, with willingness to fill in as
needed for organizational requirements
• Computer competence including but not limited to Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and
Salesforce
• Capacity to maintain the confidentiality of all GOTRC-related information
• Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds
• Willingness to undergo a complete background check
To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Shavonne Worthy at jobs@gotrchicago.org with
North Region Program Coordinator in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Obamacare is (still) working

Democrats
There is no real debate about the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act at this point.

Here's why:
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We're clearly better off than we were before Obamacare, but we need to win big this November to keep moving the country forward and prevent the GOP from undoing our progress. Add your name to stand with Democrats who support Obamacare.

The Affordable Care Act has made our health care system more effective and easier to access for customers -- and it also prevents insurance companies from discriminating against the millions of Americans with pre-existing health care conditions.

But 24 states are still denying their citizens the law's full benefits, which means that nearly 5.7 million Americans are left uninsured by those who would rather play politics than do what's right for hard-working families. And despite the hard evidence that Obamacare is working, the GOP is as determined as ever to repeal it -- they've voted over 50 times to dismantle the law.

That's simply unfair, Maryellen. We've got a lot of work to do over these last three months before Election Day to make sure that our supporters know how much their votes will contribute toward providing coverage to those in need and defending the progress we've already made.

So add your name and show your support for Obamacare:

http://my.democrats.org/Fight-for-Obamacare

Thanks,

Mo

Mo Elleithee
Communications Director
Democratic National Committee

PUT THE GUNS DOWN

     
    PUT THE GUNS DOWN!!
RESPECT HUMAN LIFE,  READ A BOOK, DEVELOP A NEW SKILL,  GET AN EDUCATION,  PREPARE FOR A NEW OPPORTUNITY, HELP A SENIOR,  PLANT A GARDEN, VOLUNTEER AT A SCHOOL, HELP OUT AT A LOCAL PARK OR SCHOOL, CUT GRASS AT AN ABANDON HOUSE OR BUILDING. BEAUTIFY YOUR BLOCK.
         PUT THE GUNS DOWN!!
  WHO DRIVES DOWN PROPERTY VALUES IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITY?
WHO DESTROYS THEIR OWN BLOCK,
ENDANGERS THEIR OWN CHILDREN AND FAMILY? WHO KILLS THEIR OWN PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY CAN’T GET ALONG? WHO HAS NO STANDARD AND ANYTHING NEGATIVE GOES? LEARN HOW TO
RESOLVE YOUR CONFLICT PEACEFULLY. LET’S HAVE PEACE AND
HARMONY IN OUR COMMUNITY.
WHO FIGHTS OVER TERRITORY THEY
DON’T OWN.
   PUT THE GUNS DOWN!
 WAKE UP, WAKE UP, LOOK UP , PAY ATTENTION BLACK PEOPLE.
THE CHAINS WERE REMOVED FROM
OUR ANKLES, BUT REMAIN ON OUR
HEARTS AND ON OUR BRAINS. THIS
IS GENOCIDE BY OUR HANDS. LET’S
NOT DO THE JOB OF ELIMINATING
OURSELVES FOR  THE KLU KLUX KLAN. WAKE UP BLACK PEOPLE, GOD AND THE WORLD IS WATCHING.
 EVERY LIFE IS PRECIOUS
PLEASE PUT THE GUNS             
           DOWN!!
A message from the Concerned Residents of Chatham.



                

   

                                                         

What can you do to SPEAK UP for OPEN SPACE?


SPEAK UP for OPEN SPACE
While the Lucas Museum may be the most visible and time-sensitive challenge to our city's public open space, it is one of a number of important park and public open space issues impacting Chicago.  

As stated by Serge Pierre-Louis, Friends of the Parks board member, in the  DNA Article about our July 15 SPEAK UP for OPEN SPACE Forum "our mission is the same as the park district's: preserving, protecting, and improving open space in the city... It should be clear to the public we are not just standing here saying 'no' to every new idea.  We have a clear purpose in mind, and what we are protecting is in the interest of everybody in Chicago, including the park district, the mayor and other officials."

There is a long road ahead in preserving and protecting our public lakefront and parks and we hope you will take the next step with Friends of the Parks. Now is the time to SPEAK UP! 


What can you do?:
SPEAK UP!
Tell your friends!

Friends of the Parks 312-857-2757 x17

Friends of the Parks is a thirty-nine year old nonprofit parks advocacy group whose mission is to preserve, protect, improve, and promote the use of Chicago's parks and preserves. We advance our programmatic, educational, and advocacy work with the support of our members, donors and volunteers, and (through) our governmental, community, and environmental partnerships.

Give us a call and SPEAK UP! 
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CCLF 2014 Second Quarter Newsletter



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COMMUNITY BLUEPRINT 
CCLF'S E-NEWSLETTER OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS, ISSUES & FEATURES

2nd Quarter/2014
President's Message
 
Calvin Holmes (credit: Steve
Becker)
As you have been reading in our newsletter, website and other CCLF communications, Chicago Community Loan Fund continues to grow its loan portfolio - already reaching $11.1 million in financing with an additional $11.4 in commitments in the first half of the year. This compares to the $18.8 million in total closed last year. To keep up with this record pace and ensure internal capacity continues to meet our borrowers' demand, we have affected major changes which include new hires and promotions. I am delighted to share with you that I have promoted Rob Rose to Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Programs of the Chicago Community Loan Fund effective May 1. Rob served as our Vice President of Lending over the past two years and led the organization to our new and higher standards of lending and technical assistance provision.  

Rob will continue to serve as the executive lender for the corporation with a team of middle managers to support him. New positions created include Director of Lending Operations, Director of Portfolio Management, Director of Operations and Director of Economic Development. I am also bifurcating our finance and administration functions which become separate departments overseen by Rob as their executive. Jane Ames, who has greatly improved our accounting systems over the past five years, will focus on accounting and finance with a new greatly expanded team which includes a Controller and Finance and Accounting Associate. As CCLF grows, we are moving to expand these departments so they can focus on their ever-broadening, but distinct, responsibilities.

My board and I are confident that our new structure will allow us to improve cross-department integration and communications, develop our terrific team of emerging leaders, improve operational efficiencies and provide better service to our customers, investors, funders and other partners. We will be able to do more for the people and places that deserve a higher quality of life.

Calvin L. Holmes, President
And The Winner Is? 

The suspense level was high and all the nominees were present at the Annual Symposium held by the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management of North Park University. Chicago Community Loan Fund was in the running for the coveted 2014 Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence and had shared detailed information on our strong qualifications including financial management, use of volunteers, fundraising, governance, operating policies, human resource management, strategic planning, external relations, programs and impact. CCLF had applied for this award in the past and had received honorable mention as we continued to improve our internal capacity over the years to better serve our customers.

This year's Large Category award winner was Chicago Community Loan Fund! This announcement was made by a video that played to an audience of 400 nonprofit sector leaders. Calvin Holmes, CCLF President, was present to accept the award. He acknowledged the other finalist in the Large Category, La Casa Norte, and the winners in the Small and Emerging Category - Literature for All of Us and Waukegan to College. "This award will make CCLF work harder to improve our management practices so that we can continue to proudly display this trophy in our offices as a reminder to be the best we can be for all of our stakeholders," stated Calvin.

The awards committee selected CCLF because it "demonstrated effective management through its in-depth strategic planning process, cultivation and relationship building with volunteers, effective resource management, and transparency with stakeholders. The award review committee believes the effectiveness of these practices will fuel the expansion of CCLF's economic impact, and directly enable the individuals, families, and communities it serves to thrive."


Photo by John Martin-Eatinger
Pictured: CCLF Board Member, Ailisa Herrera; CCLF COO, Rob Rose; Axleson Center Director, Dr. Pier Rogers; CCLF President, Calvin Holmes; widow of award namesake Jimmie Alford, Marie Bullock; and CCLF VP of External Relations, Juan Calixto
CCLF Holds Second Annual Stakeholders Meeting

Chicago Community Loan Fund held its annual stakeholders meeting at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago on June 12, 2014. Funders, investors, partners and public agency representatives were present to hear the programmatic goals that CCLF achieved in 2013 and year-to-date. Board member Ed Jacob opened the meeting by setting the stage and then introducing Jason Keller, Economic Development and Illinois State Director for the Community Development and Policy Studies Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Jason welcomed CCLF's stakeholders to the Federal Reserve and reflected on trending new regulations and CommunityReinvestment Act requirements for the financial industry. 

Board Chair John Tuohy acknowledged special guests and Jason for providing a wonderful venue and support team for the meeting and introduced the CCLF board and management team to the audience. He thanked PNC Bank for once again sponsoring the stakeholders meeting and announced that they have just become CCLF's largest investor at $8 million. Thurman Smith, SVP Community Development Bank - Market Manager for PNC replied, "PNC Bank strategically partners with organizations that can efficiently and prudently address the unique demands of low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. CDFI partners like CCLF have demonstrated a proven ability to navigate under-served neighborhoods and to address the unique capital requirements that too often impede revitalization, growth and equality."

CCLF celebrates PNC Bank as its largest investor. Pictured are Calvin L. Holmes, CCLF President; Thurman "Tony" Smith, PNC Bank's SVP Community Development Bank - Market Manager; Jane Ames, CCLF's VP of Finance; Rob Rose, CCLF's COO and EVP of Programs and Paul Labonne, PNC Bank's VP and Community Reinvestment Act Officer

CCLF President Calvin Holmes joined with great news: CCLF won the 2014 Alford-Axelson Award for Managerial Excellence, CCLF's CARS rating was improved from A 3 to AA 2 and CCLF reached its asset goal of $50 million two years ahead of schedule. He also highlighted the new organizational structure that positions CCLF to proactively meet the growing demand for financing. The news continued to get better from the other presenters, which included Rob Rose, newly appointed COO and Executive Vice President of Programs and Jane Ames, Vice President of Finance.


CCLF's stakeholders at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago 6/12/14
Partners in Progress Initiative: Bringing Firsthand Knowledge of Successful Corridors to the Table
Chicago Community Loan Fund and West Humboldt Park Development Council representatives meet with Betina Dowdell of Citi Community Capital (center) and Marcus Samuelsson (second from left), Chef/Owner of Red Rooster in Harlem, NY on March 1, 2014.
Meet an Investor: Irene D. Ginger
by Alyce Eaton

Community Blueprint showcases our borrowers and their projects that are helping to revitalize low- to moderate-income neighborhoods in the Chicago area. What may be less apparent is where CCLF gets the capital to be able to make these loans, and the answer is: investors. Some of our investments are from banks and corporations, but almost half of our investors are individuals and families. Irene D. Ginger is one such investor placing worth on the social impact that CCLF can help deliver.

Irene D. Ginger
Ginger, who lives in Park Ridge, first learned about CCLF through her son, Paul, who now works for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. In the past, he was a member of the CCLF Board of Directors and mentored CCLF president Calvin Holmes when he was a lender.

"I decided I was interested in socially-conscious investing and so I decided, well, a couple thousand dollars is not going to break me, so I went ahead and gradually, I increased my investment in CCLF," Ginger said. 
CCLF Noteworthy
Thank You to Funders and Investors
For their recent grants, CCLF thanks Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management, Citi Foundation, MB Charitable Foundation, The PrivateBankand the Searle Fund at The Chicago Community Trust.

For their recent investments and renewals, CCLF thanks Kathy Tholin, Trinity Health, The Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth and Marisa Whitesell.
 
Staff & Board News
Deborah Sabol joins CCLF as our new Director of Operations. Deborah was originally hired as the Office Manager and was immediately promoted. She has over 10 years of experience as an operations manager for several corporations. Deborah holds a bachelor's degree in Business Management and Development from DePaul University. CCLF welcomes Senior Loan/Program Officer Kevin Truitt who further expands our lending team. Prior to working at CCLF, Kevin spent the bulk of his career in finance as a corporate and commercial banker working for major financial institutions. Kevin earned his Bachelor's in Business Administration from Loyola University and MBA from DePaul University's Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.Deandre Tanner joins CCLF in the newly created position of Finance and Accounting Associate. Prior to his employment with CCLF, Deandre was an accounting intern. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Chicago State University.
New CCLF staff, from left: Sabol, Truitt and Tanner
Recent staff promotions include:
Rob Rose to Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Programs from Vice President of Lending; Mark Fick to Director of Lending Operations from Senior Loan/Portfolio Officer; Lycrecia Parks to Director of Portfolio Management from Senior Portfolio Management Officer; Deborah Sabol Director of Operations from Office Manager, Evelyn Turner to Senior Loan Closing Officer from Loan Closing Officer and Lincoln Stannard to Portfolio Management Associate from Lending Associate. 
  
Credit Memos: CCLF Lends $2.23 Million in 2nd Quarter
5655 S Indiana, LLC received a $440,000 permanent loan to refinance 22 units of affordable rental housing in Washington Park. This loan is part of theCook County Preservation Compact.

Community Service Council of Northern Will County received a $150,000 revolving loan to purchase and renovate foreclosed properties across Will County. This loan is part of the Neighborhood Investor Lending Program. Thanks to Doug Tedeschi of Kirkland & Ellis LLP for serving as CCLF's counsel on this transaction.

Genesis Cooperative received a $410,000  construction/mini-permanent loan to refinance and complete minor repairs to a 22-unit housing cooperative in South Shore. This loan is part of the Cook County Preservation Compact. Thanks to Esther King of Kirkland & Ellis LLP for serving as CCLF's counsel on this transaction.

Blue Chair Capital, LLC received a $90,000 construction/mini-permanent loan to refinance two affordable rental properties in Burnside and Greater Grand Crossing. This loan is part of CCLF's Neighborhood Investor Lending Program. Thanks to Joy Spezeski and Coree Smith of Kirkland & Ellis LLP for serving as CCLF's counsel on this transaction.

XT Properties, LLC received a $666,240 mini-permanent loan to finance 2-3 unit rental properties across Chicago's South and West Sides. This loan is part of CCLF's Neighborhood Investor Lending Program. Thanks to Patrick Herndon of Mayer Brown LLP for serving as CCLF's counsel on this transaction.

West Humboldt Park Development Council received a $225,000 mini-permanent loan to refinance a community office and a healthy food restaurant in Humboldt Park. This loan is part of our commercial real estate initiative. Thanks to Brian Dole of DLA Piper LLP for serving as CCLF's counsel on this transaction.

Lifeline Productions, Inc. received a $250,000 mortgage refinance and working capital loan to offer access to live theatre and education in Rogers Park. Thanks to Meredith Morgan of Chapman and Cutler LLP for serving as CCLF's counsel on this transaction.

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The mission of the Chicago Community Loan Fund is to provide flexible, affordable and responsible financing and technical assistance for community stabilization and development efforts and initiatives that benefit low- to moderate-income neighborhoods, families and individuals throughout metropolitan Chicago.
 
In This Issue
President's Message
Alford-Axelson Award
Second Annual Stakeholders Meeting
Meet an Investor
CCLF Noteworthy
Chicago Green Office Challenge
CCLF 2013 Annual Report
CCLF Technical Assistance Report
Alford-Axelson Award Video
Stakeholders Meeting Presentation
Donate to CCLF
Connect with CCLF
Board of Directors and Staff
CCLF Completes Chicago Green Office Challenge
The Chicago Green Office Challenge Award & Recognition Ceremony took place on June 18. The event, held at the Chicago Cultural Center, recognized the Round 3 participants who had scored the most points in the Challenge or achieved other milestones. The Challenge makes Chicago more sustainable by having buildings and tenants engage in friendly competition to reduce environmental impact. Participants complete activities, such as providing recycling bins at each desk or taking a quiz on recycling, for which they receive points. 

With 3625 points, Chicago Community Loan Fund received 18th place out of over 150 scoring participants, and was awarded a gold-level business award. In her speech to the awardees, Karen Weigert, chief sustainability officer for the City of Chicago, mentioned CCLF specifically, sharing our "Big 3" challenge as an example of intra-office competition. The "Big 3" challenge called for staff members to turn off the three electronics at their desk - computer, monitor and printer - before heading home each night. Other notable efforts by CCLF included our purchase of a set of dishes, so that each time we receive catering, we are not using disposable dishware.
Round 4 of the Green Office Challenge will begin around Labor Day in 2014.

CCLF 2013 Annual Report
CCLF's 2013 Annual Report highlights the stories of three borrowers whose projects help revitalize Chicagoland's more challenged neighborhoods: a commercial retail property in the Chatham neighborhood completed by Veja Enterprises; an affordable housing program for refugees that leads to homeownership operated by Emmanuel House in Aurora; and a project currently under development by Theaster Gates, owner of The Stony Group, in Chicago's South Shore that is creating a cultural space that will house arts, food, the John H. Johnson archives and more. You can read about the impact of these projects and all the highlights from 2013 by accessing the Annual Report onlinehere.   
CCLF Technical Assistance Assessment Report
CCLF conducted a multi-year assessment of its Gateway to Community Development Technical Assistance Program from 2009-2013.  The report indicates CCLF's technical assistance has been instrumental in helping a wide range of developers make meaningful impact in their communities.CCLF's staple of workshops including Project Readiness and Building for Sustainability have been well received with 680 participants attending 135 workshops between 2009 and 2013.  To learn more, access the reporthere
2014 Alford-Axelson Award Video
The announcement of the 2014 Alford-Axelson Award Winner is available for viewing on You Tube.  The video, created by the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management, highlights CCLF as the winner in the Large Category.  To view the video, clickhere.
Stakeholders Meeting PowerPoint Online
CCLF's Stakeholders Meeting PowerPoint presentation is now available on our website for those funders and investors that were unable to attend the event. You can find the presentation here
Federal Reserve Community Development Resource
The Federal Reserve's community development offers research, outreach and technical assistance and other activities to promote a more robust economy overall with a focus on low- to moderate-income communities. They have launched FedCommunities.org as a gateway to access community development resources from all 12 Federal Reserve Banks and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Be sure to bookmark this site to learn about practical resources to help you in your role as a community development professional. You can access the site here
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