I Grow Chicago, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering the Englewood neighborhood through community connection, skill building, and healing, will host their third annual Peace Fest on September 1, 2018.
The event aims to celebrate the Englewood neighborhood while also inviting all Chicago communities to visit the neighborhood and commit to peace in Chicago.
Peace Fest will feature over 30 social service organizations, arts, games, music and food along with a basketball tournament on the recently opened Healing Justice Court.
“The goal of Peace Fest is to not only shine a light on the Englewood neighborhood, but to bring communities together,” said I Grow Chicago Director of Development, Zelda Mayer. “Even though the Englewood neighborhood has been plagued with violence, many in our community want peace, and for that to be possible, we need all of Chicago involved. This event gives us the ability to celebrate peace with all communities.”
“We are thrilled to support Peace Fest which embodies what happens when you focus on what brings people together, not what drives them apart,” said Strides for Peace Director, Mary Stonor Saunders. “I Grow Chicago is one of the most community-driven organizations I know, where those most impacted by gun violence are a real part of the solution. I think the Peace Fest is a celebration of that spirit.”
Peace Fest will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on September 1 at 6402 S. Honore Street. The event is open to the public and all ages. Families are welcome.
About I Grow Chicago
As a 501(c)3 organization, I Grow Chicago’s mission is to grow Englewood from surviving to thriving through community connection, skill building, and opportunity. I Grow Chicago’s vision is a world where love lives in public, and promotes collective healing and empowerment. I Grow Chicago is supported through many sponsorships from the local community. For more information, visit: http://www.igrowchicago.org/
About Strides for Peace
Strides for Peace is a 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 2014 in response to the shockingly high incidence of gun violence that takes place throughout Chicago each year. Our purpose is to identify and financially assist local Community Partners who have achieved demonstrable success in an array of strategies and programs needed to reduce violence and improve life outcomes, including mentoring, sports and recreations, arts, education, job and career preparation, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and leadership development. For more information, visit: https://www.stridesforpeace.org/