Chicagoans Get Resources to Make a Difference

March 03, 2011

Last year, we told Chicago residents about a grant program aimed at helping Chicago’s communities most in need.

And now . . . drum roll, please . . . the first round of winners.

Cricket Communications Inc. has awarded 10 Chicago organizations with funding and resources to make a difference in their communities through the inaugural Cricket Community Voices Grant program.

The grant winners and the diverse Chicago neighborhoods they represent:

*Because I Care Inc – Youth Mentoring and Computer Literacy Training – Austin

*Ravenswood Manor Improvement Association – Community Awareness Project – Ravenswood Manor

*Project VIDA – VIDA Wellness Center – Little Village

*Friends of Parks – Nature Along the Lake – City of Chicago

*Casa Aztlan – Technology Access in Pilsen – Pilsen

*The Strawberry Girls – Letters to Our President – Austin

*Latino Progressando – Teatro Americano Institute – City of Chicago

*Michael Trout – Good From the Hood Community Garden – Lawndale

*Essie Little Fold Daycare – Go Green – Austin

*A Special Wish Chicago – Watch-A-Wish Video Program– City of Chicago

A panel of community leaders and activists served as judges for the program. They reviewed more than 75 grant applications and chose the ones they felt made the biggest positive impact to their Chicago communities.

The winners each received a grant of up to $2,000 to “activate the dream.”

“We are excited to have support from Cricket to create a community garden for the children and families of Lawndale,” said Michael Trout, one of the grant recipients. “The Good From the Hood Garden is an opportunity for neighborhood families to enjoy a safe place to meet and play, while also learning about how to grow their own fruits and vegetables and the importance of fresh foods as part of a healthy diet.”

Congratulations to all the Chicago heroes.

For more information about the program or the next round of the Cricket Community Voices Grant program, visit

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