Welcome to AACF
AACF was established as a not-for-profit agency in 1985, and has helped to create employment opportunity for community residents regardless of race, color or religious affiliation.
Programs & Services
AACF offers a broad range of programs designed to empower and meet the growing needs of the underemployed in Illinois.
Breaking the Cycle of Poverty
Resilience Over Adversity
With The Courage to Reach Out
Tey exemplifies the strength and courage of reaching out for assistance. We are grateful that Tey has reached out for help among many others.
Join Our Black History Month Poetry Contest
Celebrate Black History Month with us by entering our Black History Month poetry contest and let your voice be heard! Submit a poem in rhyme or free verse about what is important to you about Black History Month.
The Community Technology Center offers Basic Microsoft Word and Excel courses monthly. To register for a course, call 708-848-1700. Through the KAM Institute of Healthcare and Technology, AACF offers vocational training in a wide range of computer applications and technical skills. For more information, contact us.
Work for AACF
We look for dedicated people who are committed to changing lives. Sound like you?
We are a Service provider
As a Service provider, we offer employment and vocational training services under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. read more
Digital Manufacturing Technology Internship Program
This program is designed to provide classroom instruction with hands-on training in the digital design and digital manufacturing. This program focuses on training critical to success in manufacturing careers such as laser cutting, machining, 3D printing and CNC milling. Career and Employment Assistance services, a component of the program provides job readiness skills training, vocational training, guidance and support throughout all phases of the employment process for program participants and job seekers.
Preparing Today’s Youths And Young Adults for the Challenges of Tomorrow
The current minimum wage in Illinois $9.25, and will increase to $12.00 by January 2022 however still not a living wage.
High school dropout are less likely to earn a living wage, and more likely to be poor and rely on public assistance, engage in crime and generate other social costs. (Rumberger).
Join AACF to help create economic equality for low income members of our community and end the cycle of poverty.
Future CNA Classes are starting soon. Class sessions meet Tuesday and Friday or Saturday from 9:00 am until 3:30 PM for 10 weeks or 20 weeks. Students must qualify to register for a class. Call to register today.
Our Community Job Fair will be held twice annually. See our Event page for further details and to register or become a sponsor.
We hold regular Volunteer Information Sessions at our office. If you are interested in volunteering for AACF, join us and explore your options. Learn more and sign up to become a volunteer.
Black Star Gala & Awards, the first annual benefit of the African American Christian Foundation to celebrate our work and achievements on October 19, 2023.
Breaking Down Barriers to Mental Healthcare at Work
We have come a long way in the realm of mental healthcare at work, with huge leaps being made due to a mental health crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Spikes in stress, burnout, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and substance abuse issues have occurred in the past years compounded by economic insecurity and social unrest brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic since 2020.