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LEADERS Network @ Columbus Park Refectory
Jun 9 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Austin Military Families Initiative Community Action Team Meeting @ Arthur Lockhart Resource Institute
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This community-based effort is one of the most effective ways we have found toward achieving this mission, and our Community Action Teams are hard at work in Austin and Palatine Township to help improve the lives of military and veteran families there. If you require any additional information about ChildServ, our direct services, or the Illinois Military Families Initiative, or if you know of any military families in need of services, please Jacques at or 773.867.7321.

Austin Community Action Council Meeting @ Michele Clark HS
Jun 9 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Austin Community Action Council (CAC) was established by Chicago Public Schools to engage community members in leading efforts to improve the quality of education in Austin. The Austin CAC is chaired by Alderman Deborah Graham. Meetings are open to the public.

Chicago Police Department Beat Meeting: 1511 & 1524 @ Hope Community Church
Jun 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Contact CAPS015District@CHICAGOPOLICE.ORG for more information

Austin FREE Food Distribution
Jun 11 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Chicago’s Austin neighborhood was among the areas hit hardest by COVID-19. The pandemic made pre-existing issues, like accessibility to healthy food, an even bigger challenge.

In response to this growing need, Austin Coming Together (ACT) has collaborated with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the City of Chicago, to mobilize weekly “pop-up” food distribution events to provide access to a variety of healthy and nutritious foods, including fresh produce and shelf-stable items for residents of Austin.
These Austin Food Distributions run every Thursday from 10am-1pm through June 18th on the corner of Leamington and Kinzie. Through this effort, we hope to distribute up to one thousand boxes of food for anyone who needs it during each event. Resources will be given away on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS. Walk Up or Drive Up available. If walking, bring a cart, suitcase, wagon etc because the food boxes can add up to 75 pounds!

Food distribution at pop-up pantries is part of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Racial Equity Rapid Response to combat the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color.

More details at

Interested in supporting this or similar efforts? Volunteers are needed for distribution days. Each volunteer must complete this form in advance of event day:

Parent Chat Hour — A House in Austin
Jun 11 @ 10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Call to confirm event is still happening: 773.234.1899

Parent Chat is an hour for parents and caregivers to have guided discussions about parenting topics they want to explore further together. The discussions are led by our very own Boppin’ music parent, Rebekah Martin. Becky has been a committed member of the Boppin’ Babies & Toddlers Class since the spring 2016, and she holds a degree in social work. She has experience with family counseling and individual counseling and specializes in trauma. Learning with others is her passion. The children are engaged in language-rich and imaginative play activities with volunteers during the Parent Chat Hour.

Chicago Police Department Beat Meeting: Beats 1513N & 1513S @ New Jehovah Baptist Church
Jun 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Contact CAPS015District@CHICAGOPOLICE.ORG for more information

Reentry Circle
Jun 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm