State Senator Mattie Hunter collaborated with Adler Professional School of Psychology and local organizations in a panel discussion focusing on the impacts of social factors on urban communities.  The “Summit on Proven Approaches for Action Improving Community Well-Being” included different Englewood and Chicago organizations in the panel discussion including Safer Foundation, Teamwork Englewood, Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.), and the Chicago Area Project. 

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Cheryl Francis from Chicago Area Project, Senator Mattie Hunter, and Elder Kevin Ford (2nd from right), Director of Training for Project Pride, pose for a group photo after completion of "A Step Up to Opportunity" Construction Trades orientation.  Project Pride is a program of the St. Paul Church of God in Christ Community Development Ministry.

 

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This past holiday season, Senator Hunter, with the help of volunteers, handed out over 1,000 turkeys and hams to low-income senior citizens in the district. Each year, Secretary Jesse White, Representative Ken Dunkin, Alderman Walter Burnett, local businessmen and volunteers work with the Emergency Fund to raise money for this holiday tradition. Since 1973, the Emergency Fund has helped tens of thousands of individuals who had nowhere else to go for assistance and has brought national attention to the importance of alleviating homelessness.

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Blood supplies are at their lowest levels in the early months of the year due to inclement weather and seasonal illnesses that prohibit donors from contributing.  To help bring more awareness to this cause, each January since 1970 has been designated National Blood Donor Month.  The awareness program is designed to educate new donors on the simplicity of donating blood. 

According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in America needs a blood transfusion.  That means over 38,000 individuals need to utilize donated blood on any given day, yet only three out of every 100 people give blood.  And since blood only has a shelf life of 42 days, even those who donate regularly cannot keep supply levels stable, even if they donate the maximum limit of six times a year, or every 56 days.

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