Make a Difference
The Community Service Committee of the Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League consists of members who strive to plan, execute, and achieve the social and civic goals of the organization's efforts in giving back to the community.
Our monthly meetings are on the last Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Chicago Urban League Headquarters. We ask that non-Metropolitan Board members contact the committee prior to our meeting to attend.
Our Service Mission
The community service program focuses on five target areas: Civic Engagement, Civil Rights and Racial Justice, Economic Empowerment, Education and Youth, and Health and Quality of Life. Our annual service calendar consists of many unique programs such as Project Etiquette, MB Lab, and Second Chance for Success that have a specific focus within each area.
In the past 3 years, we performed over 7,000 hours of service, partnered with over a dozen social agencies in Chicago, and earned the National Young Professional Central Region Chapter of the Year Award three times.
A Proven Commitment to Restoration
In 2005, Metropolitan Board volunteers helped the United Way transition hurricane evacuees to a life in Chicago. In November 2006, 22 members traveled to New Orleans to clear and gut homes. Members returned in May 2007 to help in the rebuilding process.
Project NOLA 2007: The Account of One MB Volunteer
"Hurricane Katrina was real. It may sound foolish to say or even a little redundant considering we've all read the stories in the newspapers and watched the daily television coverage detailing the devastation of this natural disaster. Before traveling to New Orleans I knew that Hurricane Katrina was real, but it was different when I stood in the middle of the Lower Ninth Ward— surrounded by pieces of a family's life; dishes, TVs and CDs— on a plot of cement knowing a house once stood there. It was different being right there touching, seeing, smelling and walking through history."
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Service Project Swatch
Children of the Boys Leadership Institute learn how to generate voltage using vinegar, lemon juice, and other household items during MB Lab: Current.
Greater Chicago Food Depository
The Metropolitan Board helps feed Chicago by packing and sorting food at the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
This one-day seminar is designed to assist high school teenagers in successfully navigating life's choices. Topics range from career ambitions, conflict resolution to financial management and dealing with the societal pressures teens face.
The Metropolitan Board and local health care professionals provide free health screenings and tips to the community.
Second Chance for Success
Second Chance for Success provides ex-offenders with employment leads in addition to expungement services, resume help, and interview attire.
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