2015 was a groundbreaking year for the Marshall Square Resource Network. The United Way of Metropolitan Chicago made a long-term commitment to the neighborhood by selecting Marshall Square as a Live United Neighborhood Network, and Latinos Progresando to serve as the leader in driving the Network’s community-wide vision.
What followed was a year-long planning process and the development of four committees–three issue-based, and one administrative–culminating in a four-hour strategic planning session with leaders of more than a dozen organizations and the principals of every school in Marshall Square.
The sessions resulted in the creation of bold goals and action plans focused on improving outcomes in Education, Health, and Peace, while also building the Capacity of nonprofit professionals in Marshall Square.
As a Network in 2015:
we were recognized with the Marquette Bank Good Neighbor Award;
we organized a series of events called “Domestic Balance” in October in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness month, including a Peace March and rally that drew more than 200 community stakeholders;
we provided Christmas gifts for the 200 students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade at Hammond Elementary (CPS);
and with the American Red Cross, we made Marshall Square families safer, installing 133 smoke alarms in 54 homes in the neighborhood.
Amazingly, 2015 marks the fifth year of operation for the Marshall Square Resource Network–by working as partners, we were able to weather the greatest economic recession in our lifetimes. Not a single Marshall Square Resource Network member has closed, and in fact, many of us have grown.
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