Break Description

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Heartland Alliance was originally formed in 1888 when Jane Addams witnessed the growing disparities within the large immigrant community in Chicago. Heartland Alliance’s key goals are ending homelessness and poverty. The organization believes "society is better for everyone when even the most vulnerable among us can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential". Their efforts can now be seen across legal work, healthcare, mental health, substance abuse, counseling and services for refugees, and child foster systems.

We will serve with Heartland’s FarmWorks program, an urban farm located in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side. The program both produces fresh produce for nearby food pantries (many of which are located in neighborhoods considered food deserts) and also provides job-skills training to individuals facing barriers to employment. During the day, we’ll get our hands dirty working outdoors to prepare the farm for the growing season. Each evening, we’ll discuss issues of food justice, health equity, gentrification, and our roles as active citizens within our community. Get ready to explore Chicago and begin to understand the root causes of some of its most pressing social issues!

Focus on: Supporting Wellness

Community: Chicago, IL

Leaders: Imani Sowah and Jo Tuckley

Cost: $200

What type of travel will this break use? Domestic Driving

What kind of break is this? Spring Break

Departure Date: 03-07-2020

Return Date: 03-14-2020

What community partner will you be working with? Heartland Human Care Services' FarmWorks

Currently Offered?: Yes

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