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.
Gift of Essential Computing Technology
A huge THANK YOU to the Edmond and Alice Opler Foundation for the gift of funding to provide up to thirty laptops for our program participants involved in vocational training or work that requires technology.
Our Pharmacy Technician Training Program
We are excited that our Pharmacy Technician Training Program has been approved by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board as a recognized educational or training program! This means that graduates from our program will gain a nationally credentialed Pharmacy Technician license after passing the certification exam.
Thank You to Northwestern Memorial Healthcare Grant in Support of Mental Health Care
We wish to express our sincere gratitude to Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (NMH) for the generous gift of $9,999.00 in support of mental health care for our job seekers. As part of NMH, Northwestern Medicine Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is dedicated to identifying vital health needs across all social strata in the community.
New Program Launch
AACF is launching a new program designed to train program participants to become career coaches, case managers, and customer service representatives. The new initiative called Career Coach Corp will be run by
Success for Our Summer Youth Program
We are both excited and proud to be on track towards reaching our goal of placing 50 youth in jobs! So far this summer we have enrolled and placed 30 out of 30 youth in stable jobs. We are going strong towards reaching our goal of 50 youth participant placements by the end of September.
Proud Recipients of DHS Grant to End Homelessness
The financial support granted from the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) has enabled AACF to provide rental assistance and up to one year of supportive housing assistance for program participants experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity.
Executive Director Wins Seat in CFW’s 2022 Willie’s Warriors
We congratulate AACF Executive Director, Evelyn Mensah, for winning a seat in the Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) 2022 Willie’s Warriors Leadership Initiative cohort. CFW is dedicated to serving women and girls in the Chicagoland area through grantmaking, advocacy, leadership, and organizing for change.
Black Health and Wellness
Black Health and Wellness is this year’s theme for Black History Month, during the month of February, shining light on Black contributions to the field of health and wellness and also commemorating the ways in which Blacks have stayed well throughout the course of Black history in the US.
Meaningful Beautiful Season of Giving
We believe that no one should go hungry and be without having their personal needs met, especially during the holidays and during these challenging times. At AACF, we judge each day by planting seeds and the harvest we sow. For that reason, our Board of Directors will be providing meals and toiletries to ten community members who are elderly or who have disabilities. If you are a low income elderly person or a person with a disability please contact us to receive food and toiletries for up to $100, now until Christmas and through January 2022.