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Here's a working list of Evanston groups and organizations whose missions align with Dear Evanston's goals and values. Missing something? Let us know!

Teaches rising generations that they have the power to effect change no matter their in interests, experiences, or future goals.Through hands-on learning and guidance, we equip participants with the skills they need to make a positive difference in our world.

Engages and empowers communities facing violence with the philosophy and methodology of Kingian Nonviolence, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s approach to nonviolent conflict reconciliation.

Established in 2016, AWCNT offers workshops, retreats and other programs on Kingian Nonviolence theory and practice to Chicago-area schools, school communities and youth-serving agencies

A network of Illinois residents determined to make a difference. To empower each other and strategize on politics and policy with a singular goal: improving our state and our nation. This local chapter is open to anyone in the Evanston area or with ties to the area. It's run by Alisa Kaplan and Daina Jauntirans. Please visit the Illinois umbrella website to sign up for vetted, high-impact political action alerts and to find local events. Click here for the local Evanston Facebook page.

Helps connect Evanstonians in need to existing resources. Group priorities: Crisis first, needs before wants, those with none before those with some. Everybody joins, everybody helps, everybody wins. Our goal is to raise awareness of homeless, transitional, and crisis resources in Evanston and to offer resources and support as available.  

A group of Black business owners who have come together to share resources, network, discuss common concerns, and to facilitate support among each other.

A daily before school program offering a healthy morning meal and homework help to students who need additional support.

Bundled Blessings

Bundled Blessings supplies diapers to families in need through partnerships with local social service agencies.  The diaper pantry is a mission and outreach program of First United Methodist Church of Evanston and is member of the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN).
The pantry works with nine partner agencies serving up to 340 children in the local community – distributing up to 15,000 diapers each month.  It is the only diaper pantry in Evanston.

Provides school supplies to Evanston youth, so every child is prepared to learn.

Founded in 1958 by William (Bill) Logan and Andrew (Andy) Rodez to engage and provide services to the youth and Black community.

Works to make Evanston a more sustainable community— environmentally, economically and socially—and to address climate change by dramatically reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. CGE's Environmental Justice Committee fosters awareness and promotes action on environmental justice within the City of Evanston.

To establish a system to provide a shield for all citizens, with particular emphasis on citizens of Black and Latinx descent, from harassment, maltreatment, physical harm and other forms of police misconduct. Offers educational programs and materials to inform all citizens of their rights under the law.  Develops and distributes educational materials to instruct citizens how to handle themselves when detained by law enforcement officers. Strives to establish an independent civilian police-review board to investigate complaints of citizens against police or other law enforcement officers.

Community Builders of Evanston

An organization of companies, real estate professionals, and tradesmen involved in the construction industry to increase the number of jobs and contracts for its members and provide training and other learning experiences to improve the quality of the member firms and individuals.

Serves and catalyzes our community to end homelessness, ​one person at a time.

Improves outcomes for young adults living in at-risk situations through work and life skills training. 

A collaborative organization formed in 2015 to improve the diversity and inclusiveness of its partner arts organizations. A key component of the joint work of Enrich Evanston is to provide racial equity training for several members of each organization, as well as to provide a safe and collaborative forum to discuss issues of diversity and inclusion. Founding organizations include Actors Gymnasium, Evanston Dance Ensemble, Evanston Symphony Orchestra, North Shore Choral Society.

Neighbors who act in solidarity with vulnerable people in our midst who are targeted with harassment or expressions of hatred and violence.

A network of ETHS parents, staff, and community members who work to promote the academic achievement and well-being of black students at ETHS. E-BAN serves as forum for sharing resources, expertise and experiences with families related to the education and personal development of black students. The network also seeks to build connections between ETHS and the black community in order to better serve families as they navigate students through four years of high school. For more information, contact E-BAN at eban@eths.k12.il.us.

Provides community, advocacy, support and education for families affected by special needs. Empowers parents so that they can secure appropriate educational services for their child. Provides support to reduce the isolation and stress that goes along with raising a child with a disability and promote the inclusion of families and children in school and community activities and programs. The go-to place for families whose children have special needs.  

Organizes, supports, and empowers African American families and ideas in Evanston.

A collaborative partnership of more than 40 organizations and 150 community members who aim to be a catalyst for change by addressing systems that affect and undermine children and families in Evanston. 

A non-profit organization that promotes reduction of waste in landfills through deconstruction and sustainable building practices. Reclaimed building materials are sold at its warehouse at low cost to the community and support its education, job-training and job-development programs which foster individual, community and economic growth in Evanston and beyond.

Formed to honor friends, families, and community leaders past and present who have paved the way for excellence and pride within our communities. Organizes an annual picnic to to reconnect with old friends from across the country and to instill in Evanston's children the idea that youcan achieve anything you want in life with love, education and dedication. 

The goal of ‘Evanston Own It’ is to build a stronger sense of community; to help mold the community to be engaged with one another in all aspects of community life. Evanston faith-based organizations provide support to and work with residents to achieve these goals and help spread the idea that what happens to one person in the city affects everyone. To help create a stronger, safer Evanston. Hosts 'Evanston Sings,' an annual choir concert with proceeds supporting the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program.

A non-profit organization that improves college access and success for a diverse group of ambitious Evanston students who are traditionally first-generation college entrants, low-income students, and students of color, starting with the college admissions process and continuing through college graduation.


The comprehensive, six-year program offers workshops, mentors, ACT prep, and college counseling to support students with financial and/or academic needs.

ESCCA's motto is“No Evanston child should miss a single day of school for need of warm, sturdy clothing.” Operates a clothing center from District 65 headquarters at 1500 McDaniel. Has clothed thousands of children with the help of countless volunteers and contributors.

Offers a wide range of family support programs for children and families, plus outreach, referral and crisis services.

  • Children and Teens in School

  • Pregnant Teens and Teen Parents

  • Adult Services

  • Other Family Support Programming

Helps homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response.

Presents powerful, thought-provoking, African American and African community-centered Theater Arts programming with a commitment to diversity and creative excellence. Dedicated to providing a nurturing and creative environment for directors, playwrights, set, light, and costume designers, as well as for experienced and novice performers. In this positive environment, they can develop their skills and fully express their talents.

Helps grow food for the Family Focus Evanston food pantry and the Teen Baby Nursery at Infant Welfare Society of Evanston (IWSE), both located in the historic Family Focus building at 2010 Dewey.

Foster Street Garden educates youth in programs at Family Focus and the Infant Welfare Society of Evanston about growing food in partnership with The Evanston Food Exchange and Northwestern University.

During the spring, summer, and fall seasons, children in the program learn about planting, urban agriculture, and entrepreneurship. They also learn how to cook with the produce they have grown.

The food that they harvest is sold at the Evanston Farmers Market in the summer.

The garden is located at the far North end of the Family Focus parking lot

 

Illinois Coaltition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society.

The oldest and largest statewide organization working to prevent the devastation caused by firearms.

A group of Chicago-area residents alarmed by the 2016 election and committed to resisting the Trump agenda. Its strategy is informed by Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda, which focuses on direct actions that small, local groups can take to influence their representatives in Washington. Despite the significant challenges ahead of us, we sincerely believe that together we can make a difference.

Inspired by diverse faiths and shared values, Interfaith Action of Evanston brings people together to serve hungry and homeless people, pursue interfaith dialogue, and engage in advocacy that promotes social justice.

Serves Evanston and its surrounding communities with programs that nurture, support, and educate the whole family. In 1971, the Society shifted its focus of care to provide quality early childhood education to low-income, working families. This model center, Baby Toddler Nursery, was one of the first in the country and continues to operate as Illinois' longest standing center-based infant toddler program. The Infant Welfare Society of Evanston is committed to the care and early education of infants and toddlers, and to supporting their families’ efforts to be self-sufficient providers and effective parents. IWSE Mission statement

Managed by Connections for the Homeless. Advocates for affordable housing solutions by partnering with organizations that support people in need in North Suburban Cook County.​

More than 70% of its 100+ families are low-income and receive full- or partial-tuition subsidy through state and private grants and individual philanthropy.Serves children aged 0-5 years old with in-home and center-based full-day care and early education.

Latino Advisory Committee

Supports and advocates for the Latino community at ETHS in matters relative to the learning environment and the educational needs of students. Supports and sponsors projects and initiatives to resolve problems and positively impact the learning environment and academic results for students.Helps parents/guardians learn how to navigate the school system and acquire new skills. ETHS students, parents/guardians and staff, and District 202 community members may be part of this committee. Meetings are held in Spanish with English interpreting. For more information, contact the Latino Liaison Office at 847-424-7166.

Connects Latinos to networks of support for access to community resources, services and educational programs. Latino Resources Club Éxito?/Success Club?, College Scholarship Fund and Latino Voter Outreach programs serve as the framework that guides our work. Since 2013, Latino Resources has organized the Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off Celebration in collaboration with the City of Evanston. Our work strives to positively impact the community at large. Latino Resources vision is to increase Latino student success and Latino civic participation.

Uses books and writing to facilitate circles of connection, healing and growth in the face of social inequity. By inviting participants to explore the transformative power of their own voices, we help build resilience.

Helps families and individuals struggling with relationships, abuse, grief or loss find the help they need, and has been part of the community since 1910. Metropolitan Evanston/Skokie Valley is part of Metropolitan Family Services, which has been empowering Chicago-area families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities since 1857.