Do you have a business or would like to start one? The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bethel New Life (1140 North Lamon Avenue) offers a FREE 15-week training program that will help participants get expert help in designing a business and learning business management strategies.

This program is intended for new or existing for-profit businesses. Enrollment is by acceptance only and evening classes will be held from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The classes are scheduled to meet weekly starting Tuesday, 3/6/18. 

The application process for "Phase One" is open through Tuesday, 2/13/18, at 12:00pm. You can also register for an optional information/orientation session on Tuesday 2/6/18, from 5:00pm to 6:00pm, at Bethel New Life, 4950 West Thomas Street.

Questions can also be directed to Curt Roeschley at 773-473-7870, ext. 113, or via e-mail at

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Anne’s Haven is an oasis where women gather to support and learn from one another, offering a variety of classes and private events for women, by women. Anne’s Haven, located at 5629 West Irving Park Road in the Portage Park community, is looking for creative women to greet visitors and answer questions about programs, classes, and fees. Another important duty will be to help create and maintain a comfortable and visually pleasing environment. Available time slots are Tuesday through Friday (and some weekends), from 3:30pm to 9:30pm. A minimum commitment of 3 hours per week is required. Compensation will be available as barter for use of the space for a show, performance or class. For more information about applying for this position, please contact Janet at

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The Irving Park Community Food Pantry is looking for organized people who could run one or more of our annual outreach programs. They comprise preparing Easter baskets (for the four weeks before Easter) and school supplies (in August) for client’s children and providing coats (one per family) to clients in October. 

The ideal candidate is connected to others in the community who can help generate the needed donations, ensure the materials are delivered to the Pantry and recruit volunteers to help with the distribution. Co-coordinators are welcome!

If you are interested or know someone who might be please contact Lee Stein at 312/608-1465 or for information.

Our special distributions are an opportunity for
local people who want to make a tangible difference 

Please note that availability on Wednesday mornings during the distribution is not a requirement to be a coordinator as long as other volunteers are committed to that time. 

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Many people rely on walking and transit as their primary way to get around, and without a wide, clear path through snow and ice, it is especially difficult for people with disabilities, seniors, and children to walk safely. According to the Municipal Code of Chicago (4-4-310 & 10-8-180), property owners and occupants are responsible for keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice.

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