In a unique campaign designed to help the Evanston economy and help fund support services for unemployed residents, Connections for the Homeless and the YWCA Evanston/North Shore are partnering with local businesses for Evanston Works Together: 4 Tuesdays in August. Each Tuesday this month, participating businesses have agreed to donate 5% of their sales to the two non-profits. The funds generated will support free financial literacy, job-readiness and job training programs at both organizations.
“This is an unprecedented collaboration between for-profit and non-profit stakeholders and the City of Evanston to address issues that affect us all,” says Paul Selden, Executive Director of Connections for the Homeless. “Together we help unemployed area residents by providing broad and comprehensive support services to our clients who are out of work and looking for jobs.”
Evanston Works Together: 4 Tuesdays in August has the full support of Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, and is being sponsored by three local businesses, Romano Wealth Management, Acquirent LLC and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. “The HMH Evanston Community Investment Council is proud to support Evanston Works Together,” said Lynn Johnson, Vice-President of Development Solutions at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Johnson also chairs the Evanston Community Investment Council. “As a global education leader, we are honored to participate in local initiatives to provide job training and placement support. And as a member of the local economy, we’re thrilled for the chance to help boost local businesses.”
Twenty-eight Evanston retailers and restaurants have signed on to the partnership, including Patty O’Neill, owner of Perennials on Central Street. “We are thrilled to participate,” says O’Neill. “August is a tough month for all of us, so we’re excited about the timing and we love the opportunity to give back. It’s a win-win all the way around.”
People in need from throughout Evanston are referred to Connections for the Homeless and the YWCA Evanston/North Shore for assistance with homelessness, domestic violence and unemployment. Free programs at both organizations help end the cycle of generational homelessness and empower women and men to become stable and self-sufficient providers for their households.
A complete list of participating businesses is available at www.ywca.org/EvanstonWorksTogether. Learn more about the programs and services provided by Connections for the Homeless at www.cfthinc.com and by the YWCA Evanston/North Shore at www.ywca.org/evanston.
About Connections for the Homeless:
Connections is working to end homelessness by preventing people from losing their homes, housing those who are homeless, and helping each client to reach the greatest possible level of self-sufficiency. Programs include re-housing, employment, homelessness prevention, and health services for the homeless. Hilda’s Place is Connections’ transitional shelter. Based in Evanston, Connections serves 31 communities in north suburban Cook County.
About the YWCA Evanston/North Shore:
The YWCA Evanston/North Shore has been active in working towards eliminating racism and empowering women since 1931. Programs and services focus on ending violence against women and children; nurturing women’s economic empowerment and leadership; fostering racial, gender and economic equity; and empowering youth through swimming. Based in Evanston, the YWCA service area extends from Devon Avenue north to Lake Cook Road and from Lake Michigan west to I-294.