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Durbin Announces Over $1.7Mil in Grants for Community Service Organizations

December 16, 2010. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) has awarded roughly $1,720,000 in funding to 10 Chicago nonprofit organizations working to expand economic opportunities. Grantees will use this funding to help low income families boost their earnings, reduce expenses, and make better financial decisions.

CNCS is a federal agency that leads President Obama’s national call to service initiatives and engages more than 5 million Americans to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.  Today’s funding was awarded through the Local Initiative Support Corporation which is a national nonprofit organization that combines corporate, government, and philanthropic support to help community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity.
The following Pilsen organization will receive funding under today’s announcement:

• Instituto del Progresso Latino: $360,000 in funding to increase the reach of its services to three new populations: graduating seniors of the Rudy Lozano Leadership Academy, parents of students enrolled in the Academy, and working single mothers. Instituto del Progresso Latino expects to help 175 clients obtain employment, 175 improve their new income, and 10 improve their credit scores.