Ashunti Receives Champion Grant
Oak Park, IL, July 31, 2013 … Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest is pleased to announce that Ashunti Residential Management Systems is the recipient of Community Bank’s Champion Grant. The purpose of the Champion Grant is to assist organizations in providing community outreach programs for low or moderate income individuals.
Ashunti Residential Management Systems is a local nonprofit multi-social service agency that advocates on behalf of underserved members of the Austin Community on the Westside of Chicago. Their mission is to help people reclaim their dignity and to become self sufficient. Ashunti houses 16 men and 21 women who suffer from a myriad of difficulties including substance abuse, mental illness, HIV/AIDS, childhood physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, rape and illiteracy. Most members are ex-offenders, and all are homeless. While staying at Ashunti, residents are required to attend meetings which focus on financial literacy, domestic violence, substance abuse, anger management and job searching skills.
Community Bank was happy to present the Champion Grant in the form of three new computers for Ashunti’s job placement program. The three computers will allow residents to conduct online job searches, communicate with prospective employers, prepare resumes and fill out online job applications. The three computers were presented to Regina Lewis, CEO of Ashunti, on Friday, July 12. Bernard D. Headley II, Community Lending Specialist for Community Bank, presented the grant, and Anthony Brinker of Community Bank personally installed the computers. More information about Ashunti is available on their website at www.ashuntirms.org.
Community Bank has been a frequent facilitator of financial literacy events, and during its sixteen year history the Bank has donated over $2 million to various local civic and charitable organizations. Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest was organized in 1996 as a locally owned bank focused on creating financial solutions for individuals, professionals, owners of closely-held businesses and nonprofit organizations in the Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park communities. Community Bank, which had assets of $300 million as of December 31, 2012, has two locations: 1001 Lake Street, Oak Park and 7777 Lake Street, River Forest.