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From the Executive Director

What a year this was! When the fiscal year started in July 2019, I never could have imagined what we had in store for us at the beginning of 2020. We have always been ultimately responsible to our community and, when the pandemic hit, we worked hard to quickly adapt in order to address the specific needs of community members. This annual report reflects that.


It also reflects the result of what I focused on in my letter for the fiscal year 2018/19 annual report. With continued investments in organizational administrative capacity and sustainability, we are producing more and more engaging content that celebrates the efforts, talents and dedication of staff, leaders, volunteers, participants and supporters. For the fiscal year 2019/20 annual report, we put all this content into one place to give you a tour through the rollercoaster ride that was this fiscal year.

Katya Nuques

2020 will always be associated with the pandemic.

But our fiscal year 2020 was eventful – and unpredictable – way before the pandemic started.

Summer Activity

The summer of 2019 was, as usual, full of activity.

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Youth covered the neighborhood in colorful murals as part of summer programming...


Advocacy and organizing played big roles at the end of 2019.

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Citlalli, Enlace’s Immigration Organizer, walked 230 miles over 18 days as part of Home is Here: March for DACA and TPS.

Staff worked hard

 Staff worked hard…

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They expanded mental health programming to address community need.

Time to relax

…but also took time to relax.

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They enjoyed each other’s company…

Parent Leaders

Parent leaders continued to play a huge role in improving the quality of life in Little Village.

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 The first cohort of the bilingual community health worker (CHW) college certificate program started classes.

New Infrastructure

New infrastructure increased our capacity to support staff and the community.

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We bought a second van!

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But, in March, we were forced to make major adjustments.

In March

Even before we knew that school would be remote for the rest of that year, staff jumped into action.

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They distributed meals…

Eventually, we found innovative and safe ways to facilitate programs…

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The Violence Prevention Team started to organize self-care activities for participants.

Innovative Programs

…and to celebrate.

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Graduating seniors didn’t miss out on their celebration.


How crazy is it for a Census year to fall during a global pandemic!

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It is important for our community to be counted, so we developed creative strategies for doing Census outreach and education.

Civil Unrest

Little Village was hard hit by the civil unrest that was a response to racial injustice, anti-Blackness and police brutality.

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The Violence Prevention Team worked tirelessly to address violence and racial tension, working closely with Black-led partner organizations.

Challenging year

It was a challenging year, but we adapted in order to continue to carry out our mission.

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From the BOARD Director

For many years, we have recognized the need to establish a reserve of funds that can support community members in emergency situations – the pandemic magnified this need a hundred fold. The creation of the Little Village Emergency Assistance Fund was a huge accomplishment that couldn’t have been achieved without the outpouring of support from our community and the generous donations of hundreds of individuals and a long list of private and corporate foundations. The financial information and lists of supporters on the following pages are testament to this.

Maurice Soné

Our budget has been steadily increasing.

Fiscal Year 20

Total Revenue and Support


Total Expenses


Year 19

Total Revenue and Support


Total Expenses


Year 18

Total Revenue and Support


Total Expenses


Year 17

Total Revenue and Support


Total Expenses



In fiscal year 2019, we raised significantly more money from individual donations that were not connected to a fundraising event. This had a lot to do with the fact that we set up a fundraising campaign whose proceeds went directly to the families impacted by the tragic fire on Sacramento – people were extremely motivated to support community members in need.


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Fiscal Year 18


Fiscal Year 19


Fiscal Year 20

We have also had an increase in individual donations.

Non event donations
Funder Support

The support of our funders and donors is critical for achieving our vision of improved quality of life in Little Village.

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Thank you to our fiscal year 2020 institutional supporters.



Bank of America

The Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

Bright Promises Foundation

Central States SER and Chicago Department of Family and Support Services

Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition

The Chicago Community Trust

Chicago Department of Family and Support Services

Chicago Foundation for Women

Chicago Public Schools Community Schools Initiative

Chicago Public Schools Safe Passage Program

Chicago Public Schools Sustainable Community Schools Initiative

Chicago Teachers Union Foundation

Conant Family Foundation

Cook County Justice Advisory Council

Field Foundation


Healthy Communities Foundation

Illinois Action for Children and City of Chicago

Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Illinois Immigration Funders Collaborative

Illinois State Board of Education

IMC Chicago Charitable Foundation

Jewel Osco Foundation and Albertsons Companies Foundation

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Jordan Brand Wings and NIKE USA, Inc.

Kinship Foundation and Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust

Lincoln Park Zoo

Lloyd A. Fry Foundation

The Lumpkin Family Foundation

And a very special thank you to our individual supporters.
This is a list of those who did not choose to remain anonymous.

Laura Aguilar
Simone Alexander
BJ Allen
Alejandra Alonso
David A. Alport
Fanny D. Alvarez
Shannon Andersen
Gerrit V. Arkel
Gloria Arreola
Librado Arreola
Nicolas Arreola
Patricia Arreola
Sarah Atlas
Patricia Avila
Susan Avila
Rocio Bahena
Juana Ballesteros
Emma Baumgart
Meena Beyers
Sandip Bhowmik
Liz Blume
Alexander A. Boni-Saenz
Linda Boyle

Sara Brodzinsky
Bryanna Brown
Jen Brown
Joanna Brzostowski
Monica Buckley
Docia Buffington
Sidney Buffington
Christine Bukovsky
Albert U. Burford
Jessica Burg
Laura Caballero
Martin Cabrera Jr
Tanya Cabrera
Al Cacciottolo
Cindy Cambray
Cesar Campa
Cecilia Cap
Giovanny Cardenas
Nubia Chaidez
Glo Choi
Katharine Cikanek
Arianna Cisneros

Edward Cisneros

Joselin Cisneros
Stephanie Ciupka
Amy G. Clark
Louise Clemency
David A. Coffman
Valerie Coffman
Anna Cohn
Sarah Collins
Marie Conway
Nadia Coronado
Leslie Cortez
Kevin Cosgrove
Gary Cozette
Rita Crowley
Terry Crozier
Kelley Curtin
Sofia Daly
Jaime De Leon
Jorge De Leon
Marco De Santiago &

   Mayra Almaraz-De Santiago
Julie Degraaf
Areli Delgado

Sergio Diaz
Sarah Dickinson Coogan
Antoinette Dillon
Christopher Dons
Erin Doughty
Olivia Downing
Molly Dull
Lisa Dush
Elizabeth Eberle
Guadalupe Espinosa
Tammy L. Espinoza
Hector Espitia
Denny Esquivel
Michael Esteban
Ricardo Estrada
Joe Fitzpatrick
Phoebe T. Flaherty
Imelda M. Flores Vazquez
Carla Flores

Michael A. Flores
Pablo Galarza
Mario Galindo
Carina Gallegos