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Block Club Chicago’s FREE West Side Resource Fair Is On Jan. 25

This month, head to Sinai Community Institute for free food, toiletries, information about expungement and more.

Project I Am, led by 12-year-old Jahkil Jackson, will also be on hand to create and give out bags of essentials to those in need.
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NORTH LAWNDALE — Block Club Chicago is known for boots-on-the-ground reporting. Our reporters live and work in the communities they cover, talking to people every single day, building relationships and trust.

But we want to go beyond telling stories. 

Each month this year, Block Club will host an event in one of the city’s neighborhoods in an effort to connect with you and let you know what we’re working on.

And our first event of 2020 is a big one: We’re hosting Block Club Chicago’s Free Resource Fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 25 at Sinai Community Institute, 2653 W. Ogden Ave.

We’re thrilled to be working with a slew of amazing West Side organizations for this event, where you can get a free meal, access blood pressure screenings, legal aid, workforce development and mentoring programs, Census 2020 info, a dropbox for unused/expired medications, Austin Weekly newspapers, drug deactivation kits, Triibe Guides to Black Chicago, behavioral health information, packaged toiletry items, trauma assistance, immigration aid and so much more.

Project I Am, led by 12-year-old Jahkil Jackson, will also be on hand to give out bags of essentials. You can donate toothpaste, water, socks and other items to help those in need through this Amazon Wishlist.

We’ll also hand out Community Resource Guides created by Block Club and Public Narrative and have several media organizations on hand ready to listen. How do you want to see yourself portrayed in the media? What stories are important to you when reading the news?

Thanks to Sinai Community Institute, the North Lawndale Employment Network, the Chicago Bridge Project, Metropolitan Family Services, Public Narrative, Austin Weekly, West Side Heroin/Opioid Task Force, I Am Able, UCAN, Field of Dreams Visionary Center, Catering out the Box, Project I Am, The Triibe and ReCAST via Metropolitan Peace Academy for being a part of this important event.

Hope to see you there!

Are you a West Side nonprofit or group interested in providing a free resource or information at the fair? Email Block Club Director of Development and Engagement Maple Walker at