By Shawn Gilley
Contributed by Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest
The Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest has announced The Learning Center as their most recent recipient of the Champion Grant.
The Learning Center was started by parishioners and Dominican Sisters at St. Luke's Church in River Forest as an attempt to provide justice for the poor. The center offers free education to men and women in the Chicago communities of North Lawndale and Little Village. Students of the center "acquire knowledge and skills in reading, writing, math, English as a Second Language, and related subjects". In addition, the center provides preparation assistance for the GED test.
"The Learning Center provides a vital service to the Lawndale and Little Village communities. Their work epitomizes what the Champion Grant is truly about, which is providing education and training for those in need," said Martin J. Noll, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Community Bank.
The $2,000 grant was given by VP and River Forest Branch Manager for Community Bank, Mary Beth McIntosh and Community Lending Specialist for Community Bank, Bernard D. Headley II to Sr. Monice Kavanaugh O.P., executive director of The Learning Center, on Wednesday, June 22.
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 www.cboprf.com.