Community Bank Awards Champion Grant to Campaign for a Drug Free Westside

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By Evan O'Brien

Content Manager

Provided by Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest

Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest is pleased to announce that Campaign for a Drug Free Westside Inc. (CFDFW) 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.

CFDFW collaborates with existing community resources to provide outreach, prevention and educational services to Westside residents who are at-risk of alcohol abuse, substance abuse, and domestic violence. In partnership with other community organizations, CFDFW serves the Westside of Chicago through education, skills/life coaching, sustainability, and recovery workshops. CFDFW will use the Champion Grant to sponsor four individuals receiving high-skilled technical training at the Austin Manufacturing Training Center. Participants in the program will receive hands-on training for high-tech equipment used by advanced manufacturing companies. Upon completing the program, participants will have the skills to operate computerized machines used for designing and building complex, high-tech products, such as robots, airplane engines, and computer chips.

"Through collaboration, Campaign for a Drug Free Westside provides a vital service to the Westside and the Austin community. This grant is especially impactful because it provides highly-skilled job training, which is greatly needed given the state of the job market," said Martin J. Noll, Chairman of the Board of Community Bank. A grant in the amount of $1,000 was presented to C.B. Johnson, Chief Executive Officer for CFDFW, on Wednesday, September 7. Bernard D. Headley II, Community Lending Specialist for Community Bank, presented the grant. They were joined by Dudley Ade' Locke and Laurdine Glasco, both with CFDFW. Also on hand were Maqsood Iqbal and Dudley Kuramitsu, both with Manufacturers Link Inc., which operates the Austin Manufacturing Training Center.

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

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