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One Million Degrees: Gearing Up for the School Year

One Million Degrees is building a head of steam as it prepares for the upcoming academic year for Chicago-area community college students. The only Illinois organization – and one of few in the country – focused on surrounding community college students with essential support services to increase graduation rates is on track to serve a record 850 students this year at the seven Chicago Community  Colleges and four in the suburbs. OMD’s success in sharply increasing graduation rates through mentoring, stipends, professional development, coaching is being recognized nationally by the Chronicle of Philanthropy and Diverse. Community colleges offer a terrific, low-cost education option – taken up by most two-thirds of college-goers in Illinois. But, getting to graduation is tough. Intensive support services, such as those provided by OMD, change the odds.

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Busy Summer for the Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is having a busy summer. On June 1st, in collaboration with Access Living, the Chicago area’s largest food bank released a first-of-its-kind Disability Study that looks at the hurdles people with disabilities have in accessing nutritious food. Food Depository CEO Kate Maehr discussed the study on ABC7’s NewsViews and Justin Kaufmann’s The Download on WGN-Radio. In addition, the organization has been active providing summer meals to kids in Chicago while they’re out of school. An NBC5 Making a Difference story showed how important it is for children to get healthy meals while they’re on summer break; that’s because they’re not receiving free and reduced-price meals as they do during the school year. In 2016, the Food Depository served more than 560,000 nutritious meals at 278 partner sites, and both numbers will grow this summer.

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