CHICAGO - About a dozen volunteers came from different neighborhoods of Chicago, and shoveled sidewalks and stairs from 74th to 69th and Princeton.
A snowstorm that led to thousands of flight cancellations and disruptions for travellers in Chicago was seen as an inconvenience by most. For one non-profit, it was an opportunity to come together. One block at a time.
Via social media, the nonprofit My Block, My Hood, My City asked for volunteers to help seniors in the Englewood neighborhood with the snow. The neighborhood is known as one of the most impoverished and violent parts of the city.
Founder Jahmal Cole told Fox 32 News, "There's a lot of seniors and pregnant ladies on their block. The city can be overwhelmed and often times seniors are the last to get their snow plowed."
The organization was recently awarded $30,000 in goods and services with Mazda’s Drive for Good contest on NBC’s “Christmas in Rockefeller Center”.
Chicago has been called “the most racially segregated city in the country”, and many residents identify themselves by their immediate geographical and community boundaries. Instead of Chicago it is Lincoln Park, Hyde Park, South Side, Englewood.
My Block, My Hood, My City is “on a mission to empower youth to reach their greatest potential by expanding their worldview through explorations in their own backyard.”
Watch the video to see how police officers got personally involved to help save 3 children from Englewood.