In its first year, the campaign to improve Austin garnered $13 million in investments. That includes a record $10 million gift from BMO Bank. “It’s been a really momentous year. There’s been a lot of success,” said Darnell Shields, executive director of Austin Coming Together. The nonprofit, launched in 2010, is the driving force behind the quality-of-life plan.
All Austin residents are invited to the community summit, where updates will be given on Austin’s quality-of-life plan. Celebrate the victories and investments, and discover how you can get involved. The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 14 at Kehrein Center for the Arts, 5628 W. Washington Blvd.
Join your friends and neighbors from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 5545 W. Harrison. The free meal is hosted by Assumption Church and St. Martin de Porres Church. Happy Thanksgiving!
All are invited to the service, which will be held Sunday at 7 p.m. at New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 4301 W. Washington Blvd. The Community of Congregations is organizing the event. Singers are welcome!
The annual, free meal will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 20 at Michele Clark High School, 5101 W. Harrison St. Mayor Lori Lightfoot will attend as will a number of other elected officials. All fathers, families and West Side stakeholders are invited.
West Side residents who attended the meeting were asked two questions: What are the key problems that you would like police to address, and how would you like the police to engage more with the community? Another community conversation to discuss the strategic plan the Chicago Police Department is developing will be held Nov. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Zoe Life Ministries, 3 S. Laramie Ave.
The 15th Police District strategic plan for 2020 will be discussed at the event, which will be held Oct. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Zoe Life Ministries International, 5155 W. Madison. This is the first of two conversations that will be held.