Hear from North Lawndale residents about the positive impact more than 50 community gardens are making in their West Side neighborhood.

October 25, 2020
2:00 pm
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

This program will be hosted on Zoom. Approximately 3 hours before the start of the program, you will receive a link directly from Zoom with details about how to access and view it.

If you do not receive your link 2 hours prior to the start of the event, please contact tickets@architecture.org. Please note, if you do not contact us at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the program, we cannot guarantee admittance.

Discover the stories behind empty North Lawndale lots that have become beautiful havens for residents to share gardening skills and gather outdoors for peace circles, storytelling, art and music events and outdoor recess. This discussion will highlight nine of the more than 50 community gardens in the neighborhood and examine how they are steering North Lawndale toward a safer, more sustainable future.

Community members will share their experiences working in the gardens as well as the impact of the gardens on the North Lawndale community.


Odile Compagnon is a licensed architect with a practice in Chicago and Paris, France, as well as a professorship at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), in the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects. She has taught classes at SAIC’s North Lawndale campus, where her students have engaged in meaningful design collaborations with neighborhood organizations. As a design advisor to the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council (NLCCC)’s Greening Open Space, Water, Soil and Sustainability committee, Odile creates blueprints and drawings that speak about the community’s strong vision and intentional purpose.

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North Lawndale Employment Network E-Learning and COVID-19 Community Survey Results

We are pleased to share with you the results of the first COVID-19 NLEN client survey, prepared by Director of Evaluation, Adam Levine.

Frontline employees and program directors wanted to better understand, challenge or confirm assumptions about the impact that program modifications have had on U-Turn Permitted job readiness program and READI, participants, as a result of COVID-19.

As we seek to expand the pathways in how to serve the most vulnerable in our community, we will utilize this survey and other feedback tools to further inform how we deliver programs and services today and tomorrow, after the pandemic. 

Here a few initial highlights:

73% said this was their first e-Learning experience

73% said they had all the necessary technology they needed

• Computers/laptop were the most in-need technology

About one-quarter prefer e-Learning (28) | nearly half prefer in-person (49%)

Aspects of e-Learning people like:

• Convenience | flexibility | accessibility | something new | reduced costs (transportation) | being at home | off the streets | freeing up time (transportation)

Aspects of e-Learning people don’t like:

• Human connection and interaction | Less individual focus | not being in the classroom | network

Connectivity issues | less depth of conversation | getting ‘up and going’ | privacy concerns

Chicago Furniture Bank is looking to hire a Development & Communications Director

The Chicago Furniture Bank is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to provide dignity, stability and comfort to Chicagoans moving into supportive housing by allowing them to handpick furnishings for their entire home.

Since opening in July of 2018, the CFB has furnished 1,550 homes for 4,100 people, distributing 28,000 pieces of furniture (800 tons). We currently furnish 8 homes per day and have 22 full-time employees (75% being hired through nonprofit workforce development agencies). The CFB is a rapidly growing organization that plans to continue to expand into 2020.

As a young and growing organization, they are looking for a person for an executive role who is passionate about the mission and wants to continue to improve/grow the organization.

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