The Learning Center, located at 2153 S. Millard Ave., offers free education to women and men in North Lawndale and Little Village. Students acquire knowledge and skills in reading, writing, math, English as a Second Language, and related subjects, as well as prepare for the GED test.
The Learning Center has its roots at St. Luke’s Church in River Forest, and was started by parishioners and Dominican Sisters with the desire to provide justice for the poor.
“The Learning Center provides a vital service to the Lawndale and Little Village communities,” said Martin J. Noll, chairman of the board and CEO of Community Bank. “Their work epitomizes what the Champion Grant is truly about, which is providing education and training for those in need.”
In May, the Columbus Park Food Pantry, located at 5701 W. Jackson blvd., received a $300 grant from Community Bank. Marjorie Cobbs, director and founder, started the pantry 17 years ago. It operates on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Through the Champion Grant, Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest encourages growth and support in economically challenged communities by assisting organizations providing community outreach programs for low- or moderate-income individuals.
Champion Grants will be awarded to qualifying organizations throughout the year; the Champion Grant application is available on Community Bank’s web site.
During its 14-year history, Community Bank has donated over $2 million to various local civic and charitable organizations. Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest was organized in 1996 as a locally owned bank focused on creating financial solutions for individuals, professionals, owners of closely held businesses and nonprofit organizations in the Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park communities.