Illinois Tech Raises $11,000 in Support of Bronzeville Families Impacted by COVID-19

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By Linsey Maughan

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A fundraising initiative at Illinois Institute of Technology has exceeded its $10,000 fundraising goal, raising $11,000 in two weeks in support of the university’s Bronzeville-area neighbors who’ve been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recognizing that the pandemic has resulted in the loss of thousands of jobs in Chicago, which has increased families’ reliance on food pantries in their community, Illinois Tech faculty and staff donated funds from June 2–15. President Alan W. Cramb and Provost Peter Kilpatrick joined the group in making personal donations to the fund.

The effort was spearheaded by Professor of History Margaret Power with support from faculty in Lewis College of Science and Letters.

“I think it’s wonderful that so many members of the Illinois Tech community donated so generously to support food banks in the Bronzeville area,” Power says. “It makes me feel really proud to be part of such a caring community.”

On Friday, June 19, the funds were distributed to Bronzeville-area community partners, including Chosen Tabernacle Food Pantry, Saint James Food Pantry, Figueroa Wu Family Foundation Pilsen Food Pantry, West Point Missionary Baptist Church Food Pantry and Clothing Ministry, Matthew House Chicago, Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization, and St. Elizabeth Church Food Pantry.

Photo: The Victory Monument in Bronzeville

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