Community Bank awards Champion Grant to West Suburban PADS

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By Community Editor

Courtesy Frank Frigo

Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest is pleased to announce that West Suburban PADS is the recipient of Community Bank's Champion Grant. The purpose of the Champion Grant is to assist organizations in providing community outreach programs for low or moderate income individuals.

Founded in 1992, West Suburban PADS is the only agency whose sole purpose is to end homelessness in Cook County's 20 near-west suburban communities. Headquartered in Maywood, IL, West Suburban PADS supports five main program areas: emergency shelter, supportive services/case management, supportive housing, employment readiness, and homeless prevention. More information about West Suburban PADS is available on their website at

A grant in the amount of $2,000 was presented to Lynda Schueler, Executive Director of PADS, on Thursday, May 30. Bernard D. Headley II, Community Lending Specialist for Community Bank, and Frank Frigo, Marketing Officer for Community Bank, presented the grant. PADS will use the grant to support their Career Passport Program. The Career Passport Program is an intensive employment readiness program that identifies and resolves long-term barriers to retained employment and career advancement. The Career Passport Program was developed by the Chicago-based Career Advancement Network, and is customized for PADS to serve the homeless population.

Through the Champion Grant, Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest encourages growth and support in economically challenged communities. Champion Grants will be awarded to qualifying organizations throughout the year. The Champion Grant application is available on the Community Bank website at

Community Bank has been a frequent facilitator of financial literacy events, and during its sixteen year history the Bank has donated over $2 million to various local civic and charitable organizations. Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest was organized in 1996 as a locally owned bank focused on creating financial solutions for individuals, professionals, owners of closely-held businesses and nonprofit organizations in the Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park communities. Community Bank, which had assets of $300 million as of December 31, 2012, has two locations: 1001 Lake Street, Oak Park and 7777 Lake Street, River Forest.

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