OPRF Area Walk-In Ministry Receives Champion Grant

Oak Park, IL, September 19, 2012 … Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest is pleased to announce that the Oak Park River Forest Area Walk-In Ministry 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. 

The Oak Park River Forest Area Walk-In Ministry is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of its clients by supporting their efforts to resolve their needs.  The Walk-In Ministry helps clients gain access to services relating to food, housing, transportation, employment, and other resources necessary to restore independent living, self-sufficiency and stabilization.  More information about the Walk-In Ministry is available on their website at www.walk-in-ministryoprf.org.

A grant in the amount of $1,500 was presented to Cristy Harris, Executive Director for the Walk-In Ministry, on Wednesday, September 19.  Bernard D. Headley II, Community Lending Specialist for Community Bank, presented the grant.  The Walk-In Ministry will use the Champion Grant to support their Job Readiness Program.  The Job Readiness Program provides employment counseling and assistance for individuals searching for sustainable employment.  The ultimate goal of the program is to improve job readiness among low-income residents so that they can conduct their own successful, self-sufficient search for, and ultimately achieve, sustainable employment.  Specifically, the Champion Grant will help provide CTA passes for clients of the Job Readiness Program, in order to facilitate job interviews. 

Through the Champion Grant, Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest encourages growth and support in economically challenged communities.  Champion Grants will be awarded to qualifying organizations throughout the year.  The Champion Grant application is available on the Community Bank website at www.cboprf.com.   

Community Bank has been a frequent facilitator of financial literacy events, and during its sixteen year history, Community 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 $320 million as of December 31, 2011, has two locations: 1001 Lake Street, Oak Park and 7777 Lake Street, River Forest.

Left to right: Cristy Harris, Executive Director, OPRF Area Walk-In Ministry; Bernard D. Healey II, Community Lending Specialist, Community Bank

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