Austin Coming Together

Austin Coming Together We are a CONNECTOR, CONVENER, and FACILITATOR of collaborative efforts to support all residents of Chicago's Austin community. We provide backbone support to a network of 50+ agencies who are all committed to improving quality of life for Austin residents.

Our imperatives:
1. Enhance human service delivery by supporting and facilitating connections to local resources.
2. Attract public and private investment in Austin.
3. Build capacity for policy change.

Operating as usual

Our latest resource list includes the 11/10 Holiday Job Fair; 11/16 virtual info session to Learn about FREE resources f...
11/08/2021

Our latest resource list includes the 11/10 Holiday Job Fair; 11/16 virtual info session to Learn about FREE resources for new moms through ACT member New Moms; 11/10 Virtual Workforce Readiness Music Festival; new culinary apprenticeship, and more.
https://mailchi.mp/austincomingtogether/weekly-resources-110821

No-cost workforce training!
11/04/2021

No-cost workforce training!

Next Shipping & Receiving Training starts this week! Includes job placement, transportation assistance, and compassionate instructors. Our graduates have been placed in logistics careers involved with scenery building for radio city music hall! No cost for income-eligible. https://sr.gwtp.org/ or call 312-563-9570

Free concert this Sunday at Kehrein Center of the Arts in Austin.
11/03/2021

Free concert this Sunday at Kehrein Center of the Arts in Austin.

The Apollo Chorus of Chicago will be hosting its Fall Preview concert this Sunday at 3:00pm!
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The concert will feature thrilling and strong choruses from Händel’s Messiah, Bach’s St John Passion, and other musical gems.
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Don’t miss out on this FREE event at the #kehreincenterforthearts [5628 W Washington Blvd Chicago, IL 60644]. Parking is available! #apollochoruschicago

If you live in Chicago’s Austin community, we want your thoughts on how to create a healthy neighborhood food system. Co...
11/03/2021

If you live in Chicago’s Austin community, we want your thoughts on how to create a healthy neighborhood food system. Complete this survey by November 19th to be automatically entered to win a gift card to use at Forty Acres Fresh Market!
https://austincomingtogether.org/austineats/

If you live in Chicago’s Austin community, we want your thoughts on how to create a healthy neighborhood food system. Complete this survey by November 19th to be automatically entered to win a gift card to use at Forty Acres Fresh Market!
https://austincomingtogether.org/austineats/

11/02/2021

All seniors can and should get their booster shot. Watch this video to learn more.

Our latest resource list includes the chance to WIN a Forty Acres Fresh Market gift card by completing the Austin food s...
11/01/2021

Our latest resource list includes the chance to WIN a Forty Acres Fresh Market gift card by completing the Austin food survey by 11/19; Youth Voices on Climate Change event 11/4 hosted by One Earth Film Festival; new jobs at Austin Weekly News, Defy Ventures, and more.
https://mailchi.mp/austincomingtogether/weekly-resources-110121

Emma Alderman Mitts 37th Ward is hosting a FREE Covid-19 and Flu Vaccination Event on November 1, 2021, from 10am - 1pm ...
10/29/2021

Emma Alderman Mitts 37th Ward is hosting a FREE Covid-19 and Flu Vaccination Event on November 1, 2021, from 10am - 1pm at 4924 W. Chicago Ave. in Austin.

For questions or if you need any further assistance, call 773-379-0960.

Emma Alderman Mitts 37th Ward is hosting a FREE Covid-19 and Flu Vaccination Event on November 1, 2021, from 10am - 1pm at 4924 W. Chicago Ave. in Austin.

For questions or if you need any further assistance, call 773-379-0960.

This week’s resource list has details on a 10/26 virtual info session on local Mental Health services; 10/28 event with ...
10/25/2021

This week’s resource list has details on a 10/26 virtual info session on local Mental Health services; 10/28 event with FREE diapers, kid coats and boots; CPS vaccination sites; Cook County Emergency Rental Assistance application closes 10/29; new jobs and more. https://mailchi.mp/austincomingtogether/weekly-resources-102521

Our latest resource list includes Free Movie Event for Austin: Can You Dig This? & Free Virtual Film Screening: Can You ...
10/18/2021

Our latest resource list includes Free Movie Event for Austin: Can You Dig This? & Free Virtual Film Screening: Can You Dig This? Movie Event 10/21; Get vaxxed and receive $100 gift card; 10/23 Austin’s Community Breakfast hosted by Root2Fruit Youth Foundation; West Side United Small Business Grant deadline 10/31; jobs at Austin Weekly News and more. https://mailchi.mp/austincomingtogether/weekly-resources-101821

Are you looking for virtual or in-person #mentalhealth services? Or ways to avoid homelessness? Join us 10/26 virtually ...
10/14/2021

Are you looking for virtual or in-person #mentalhealth services? Or ways to avoid homelessness? Join us 10/26 virtually for our Info session on FREE mental health resources to learn about Renaissance Social Services - RSSI and their FREE resources like The Living Room, a safe, home-like atmosphere for those experiencing a mental health crisis.

https://mailchi.mp/austincomingtogether/oct-hub101-invite1-101421

Our latest resource list includes “Can You Dig This”? #AustinEats Film Screening 10/21; 10/12 A House in Austin My Fresh...
10/12/2021

Our latest resource list includes “Can You Dig This”? #AustinEats Film Screening 10/21; 10/12 A House in Austin My Fresh Table event; 10/14 Contractors Networking BBQ hosted by Westside Health Authority; 10/17 learn about the #AustinForwardTogether #qualityOfLife plan during Northwest Austin Council Northwest Austin Council’s online show; jobs at St. Joseph Services and more.

https://mailchi.mp/austincomingtogether/covid-resources-101121

Our latest resource list includes Austin Harvest Market led by youth from By The Hand Club For Kids; 10/10 Explore Natur...
10/05/2021

Our latest resource list includes Austin Harvest Market led by youth from By The Hand Club For Kids; 10/10 Explore Nature in Garfield Park with Chicago Park District; 10/15 Austin African American Business Network Association - AAABNA Back to Business Bruch 2; Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago SCaN program for youth ages 14-24; Cook County Emergency Rental Assistance starts today; jobs at West Side Forward Chicago and more.
https://mailchi.mp/austincomingtogether/covid-resources-100421

LAST CHANCE to shop the Austin City Market is TODAY 9/30 1-6pm! The best #beanpie around from The Supreme Bean Pie, fres...
09/30/2021

LAST CHANCE to shop the Austin City Market is TODAY 9/30 1-6pm! The best #beanpie around from The Supreme Bean Pie, fresh produce from Forty Acres Fresh Market, #homemade salsa, honey, and pickles from Garfield Park Community Council Garden Network, Bahn Mi sandwiches, Texas Red Chilli, plus microgreens from Contemporary Farmer, Inc.!

This week there will even be a DJ!

#ShopLocal #farmersmarket #endofsummer

LAST CHANCE to shop the Austin City Market is TODAY 9/30 1-6pm! The best #beanpie around from The Supreme Bean Pie, fresh produce from Forty Acres Fresh Market, #homemade salsa, honey, and pickles from Garfield Park Community Council Garden Network, Bahn Mi sandwiches, Texas Red Chilli, plus microgreens from Contemporary Farmer, Inc.!

This week there will even be a DJ!

#ShopLocal #farmersmarket #endofsummer

09/30/2021

Didn’t have the chance to attend our first Back to Business Brunch? No problem! AAABNA invites you to our Back to Business Brunch 2! This time we’re partnering with the Minority Supplier Development Council!

We’re asking that those who attend, plan to apply by brining your device (laptop, cellphone or iPad/tablet) 2019 & 2020 tax documents, ONE CURRENT bank statement and ONE bank statement between the months of March 2020 and December 2020, to complete the application! We will be here to assist businesses with questions and concerns.

RSVP By calling our office at 773 626 4497, emailing [email protected] or [email protected]

We hope to see you there!

#soulcityisnow #backtobusinrssgrant #grantoppportunities #statefunding #smallbusinessassistance #dceoillinois

Heard of a gangster gardener? Join us 10/21 for Free Movie Event for Austin: Can You Dig This?! The film, produced by Jo...
09/28/2021

Heard of a gangster gardener? Join us 10/21 for Free Movie Event for Austin: Can You Dig This?! The film, produced by John Legend, is the story of four unlikely gardeners, discovering what happens when they put their guns down and put their hands in the soil. Free snacks, resources, and the chance to hear from urban farmers and good food experts! https://mailchi.mp/austincomingtogether/can-you-dig-this-092821

Heard of a gangster gardener? Join us 10/21 for Free Movie Event for Austin: Can You Dig This?! The film, produced by John Legend, is the story of four unlikely gardeners, discovering what happens when they put their guns down and put their hands in the soil. Free snacks, resources, and the chance to hear from urban farmers and good food experts! https://mailchi.mp/austincomingtogether/can-you-dig-this-092821

Our latest resource list includes the LAST Austin City Market of the year 9/30; weekly virtual Austin community conversa...
09/27/2021

Our latest resource list includes the LAST Austin City Market of the year 9/30; weekly virtual Austin community conversation with Northwest Austin Council; 9/28 Chicago Public Redistricting Hearings; Emergency Rental Assistance application opens 10/4; jobs at PCC Community Wellness Center and more. https://mailchi.mp/austincomingtogether/covid-resources-092721

Photos from Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)'s post
09/27/2021

Photos from Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)'s post

Our latest resource list includes Austin City Market every Thurs thru 9/30; Hub 101 virtual Info session: Learn about jo...
09/20/2021

Our latest resource list includes Austin City Market every Thurs thru 9/30; Hub 101 virtual Info session: Learn about job & financial resources with The Journey Forward & West Suburban Cook County American Job Center is Tues 9/21; Yoga for men at Bethel New Life every Weds; Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Grant deadline 9/24; volunteers needed for Austin Community 5K Run/Walk & Festival 9/25; jobs at PCC Community Wellness Center and more.
https://mailchi.mp/austincomingtogether/covid-resources-092021

09/20/2021
Microsoft Forms

Community input is needed! Project Survey #1 is now online, and CDOT wants to hear from you.

Please take 5-7 minutes to answer 16 questions to provide input about the corridor character and project priorities by clicking here:
https://tinyurl.com/ISWChicagoAveInput

Help us spread the word by sharing this survey with your neighbors. The survey will be open until September 22, 2021.
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) is conducting a corridor improvement project along Chicago Avenue from Austin Boulevard to Cicero Avenue. As an initiative of Invest South/West, the project will build off the ‘Soul City Corridor Development Framework Plan’ and the ‘Austin Forward. Together.’ quality of life plan to provide a safe, walkable, and attractive street that will foster community and economic growth to support re-activation of neighborhood cores that have historically served as focal points for pedestrian activity, shopping, services, transportation, public spaces and quality-of life amenities for local residents. The project is in the early stages of design and the project team is gathering information to help guide the improvements.

On August 24, 2021, the first public meeting was held for this project to introduce the project and the potential improvements to the area as well as provide an opportunity for questions and answers.

The meeting was recorded and posted along with the presentation slides to the project website. Anyone who missed or needs to replay parts of the meeting can find it here: www.tinyurl.com/ISWChicagoAve

Whether it's a job, a lack of financial skills, or past trauma that's holding you back, The Journey Forward takes a fami...
09/17/2021

Whether it's a job, a lack of financial skills, or past trauma that's holding you back, The Journey Forward takes a family-focused approach to offer the help you need. Join us 9/21 to learn about their no-cost services for ALL 18 and older Chicago residents, even reentering citizens, those struggling with homelessness, or individuals who speak English as a second language!
https://mailchi.mp/austincomingtogether/sep-hub101-invite2-091721

Whether it's a job, a lack of financial skills, or past trauma that's holding you back, The Journey Forward takes a family-focused approach to offer the help you need. Join us 9/21 to learn about their no-cost services for ALL 18 and older Chicago residents, even reentering citizens, those struggling with homelessness, or individuals who speak English as a second language!
https://mailchi.mp/austincomingtogether/sep-hub101-invite2-091721

Only a few Thursdays left of the weekly Austin City Market 1-6pm! #Chicago #FarmersMarket #ShopLocal
09/15/2021

Only a few Thursdays left of the weekly Austin City Market 1-6pm! #Chicago #FarmersMarket #ShopLocal

Are you new to the workforce? Could you benefit from a financial coach? Join ACT's Austin Community Hub, The Journey For...
09/14/2021

Are you new to the workforce? Could you benefit from a financial coach? Join ACT's Austin Community Hub, The Journey Forward, and Employment & Employer Services (E&ES) to learn about job and financial services that can transform your life! RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdfwrz-Sce30d9DHrCyL23nWe2mkIN5SRTxP1MCFu0zgVF7Nw/viewform

https://mailchi.mp/austincomingtogether/sep-hub101-invite1-091421

Are you new to the workforce? Could you benefit from a financial coach? Join ACT's Austin Community Hub, The Journey Forward, and Employment & Employer Services (E&ES) to learn about job and financial services that can transform your life! RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdfwrz-Sce30d9DHrCyL23nWe2mkIN5SRTxP1MCFu0zgVF7Nw/viewform

https://mailchi.mp/austincomingtogether/sep-hub101-invite1-091421

Our latest resource list includes Austin City Market every Thurs; 9/15 Taste of the #Westside; The Island Oasis Nature P...
09/13/2021

Our latest resource list includes Austin City Market every Thurs; 9/15 Taste of the #Westside; The Island Oasis Nature Play Garden grand opening 9/19; 9/21 Info session: Learn about job & financial resources with The Journey Forward; jobs at Kids First Chicago and more.
https://mailchi.mp/austincomingtogether/covid-resources-091321

Have you seen Austin's documentary? 🎥 Through the creation and implementation of a 5-year effort called #AustinForwardTo...
09/10/2021

Have you seen Austin's documentary? 🎥
Through the creation and implementation of a 5-year effort called #AustinForwardTogether (AFT), the community is leading the change needed to improve quality of life for everyone who lives and works here.
https://mailchi.mp/austincomingtogether/aft-austin-film-091021

Have you seen Austin's documentary? 🎥
Through the creation and implementation of a 5-year effort called #AustinForwardTogether (AFT), the community is leading the change needed to improve quality of life for everyone who lives and works here.
https://mailchi.mp/austincomingtogether/aft-austin-film-091021

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5049 W Harrison St
Chicago, IL
60644

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Austin Coming Together (ACT) was founded in 2010 to improve education and economic development outcomes through collaborative action. Our strategic plan, Thrive 2025, aims to achieve specific benchmarks within four Impact Goals by the year 2025: 1. Quality Early Learning 2. Living Wage Careers 3. Safe Neighborhood 4. Stabilizing the Housing Market Visit our website to learn more: www.austincomingtogether.org

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Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 6pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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How it all began

There are hundreds of organizations, institutions, and community leaders that passionately serve the children and families in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood and who are deeply committed to addressing the challenges we face. We believe they are worth investing in!

Unfortunately, due to the size (we’re the LARGEST geographic neighborhood in Chicago), complexity, and need for resources in Austin, efforts by these leaders and organizations are often uncoordinated, disjointed, and small in scale.

In 2010, a small group of community leaders recognized a need to harness the collective power from within the community to address issues and better coordinate efforts for systemic change in Austin. With this foundation, Austin Coming Together (ACT) was formed to be an advocate for unity, commitment, transparency, collaboration, and action.

We are a connector, convener, and facilitator of collective impact, providing backbone support for a network of more than 50 non-profit, faith-based, public, and private entities committed to improving education and economic development in the Austin community.

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Join the Oak Park Regional Housing Center at the Community Fall Harvest Resource Fair and Music Extravaganza! Our Housing Counselors will be providing rental application assistance, eviction prevention counseling, and more housing resources at an event filled with community services and musical entertainment.
Lisa Johnson, United Way of Metro Chicago board member, and Lamar Johnson of the Lamar Johnson Collaborative recently hosted a tour of the Austin neighborhood, highlighting key aspects of the “Austin Forward. Together.” Quality of Life plan. Thank you to Lisa and Lamar, along with our Austin Neighborhood Network lead agency partner Austin Coming Together (ACT); their executive director, Darnell Shields; Schweet Cheesecake; tour attendees; and Austin community leaders for coming together to learn more about how we can build stronger, more equitable Chicago neighborhoods. #LIVEUNITED #NeighborhoodNetwork #Austin
Next Shipping & Receiving Training starts this week! Includes job placement, transportation assistance, and compassionate instructors. Our graduates have been placed in logistics careers involved with scenery building for radio city music hall! No cost for income-eligible. https://sr.gwtp.org/ or call 312-563-9570
Join the Halloween fun! Please share!
Join Austin Coming Together’s Austin Community Hub team for a virtual info session on Facebook Live and explore the benefits of RSSI’s new Living Room, a safe, home-like atmosphere for those experiencing a mental health crisis. RSSI also focuses on homelessness prevention, supportive services, and much more! Respond to the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/297334312222125
Alderman Taliaferro's FREE Shred Event is this Saturday.
Today is Manufacturing Day and because of #TeamFreedman's dedication to show up every day -- we're able to make products that keep North America moving, responding and delivering hope. On #MFGDay21, we're also giving a shout out to many community, industry and workforce development partners that lift us up when we need it the most. Jane Addams Resource Corporation Manufacturing Renaissance Illinois Manufacturers' Association Safer Foundation Made In Chicago Made in Illinois mHUB Chicago Skills for Chicagoland's Future Heartland Alliance Cara Chicago Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT) RefugeeOne A Safe Haven Foundation Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Business and Career Services, Inc. Austin Coming Together IMEC American Public Transportation Association Bottom Line Institute for Nonviolence Chicago Women Employed West Side Forward Chicago See the full at freedmanseating.com/about/mission-culture. #CreatorsRespond #CreatorsWanted #manufacturing #ManufacturingMonth #mfgday
Are you ready to start a new career? Could you benefit from a financial coach? Austin Coming Together 's Austin Community Hub team will be talking about employment and financial services available through ACT member organization The Journey Forward and their partner Employment & Employer Services (E&ES) during a virtual info session on Facebook Live on September 21 from 4-5:15pm! Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdfwrz-Sce30d9DHrCyL23nWe2mkIN5SRTxP1MCFu0zgVF7Nw/viewform
Hello! I hope you're all doing well. I'm writing because I'm helping the city get the word out about Soul City Blues coming to Austin this weekend. As community stakeholders, I just wanted to make you aware in case you didn't know. Please share, if you will, with your network for awareness and see you on SUNDAY 9/12 at this all FREE event! #ChicagoInTune 2021 SOUL CITY BLUES Austin Sept 12
Tomorrow, we will be teaming up with our friends at Austin Coming Together for their Hub 101 virtual info session to talk about our free trainings in foundational job skills, digital and financial literacy, and industry certifications like OSHA, food service, and commercial cleaning. Join us! Register to attend the virtual event on Facebook Live: https://forms.gle/yUKmkR1KGj83BM5j7. #LetsGetToWork
Our Columbus Park performance of Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks DREAM wouldn't be possible without our partners at Austin Coming Together! Austin Coming Together (ACT) harnesses the power of collective impact to improve education and economic development outcomes in Chicago’s Austin community. Through the Austin Community Hub, ACT offers housing, legal, senior, and food assistance, as well as workforce development and job assistance programs, to all Austin residents. They also provide backbone support to a network of more than 50 community organizations working on behalf of the Austin community. Check out their newly released documentary about their plans to move #AustinForwardTogether >
Have you heard? The Austin community released a short film about their Austin Forward Together (AFT) quality-of-life plan! Watch it now on Austin Coming Together's page.