Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest is pleased to announce that Vision of Restoration 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.

Vision of Restoration is a community based nonprofit organization that provides job assistance training, food assistance, and youth programs in Maywood. Their mission is to repair the breach in the community by advancing welfare and improving the quality of living for Maywood residents by providing comprehensive and rehabilitative programs and services.

The vision of the organization is to build and restore the lives of people and communities that have been broken and disenfranchised.

A grant in the amount of $2,000 was presented to Vision of Restoration by Bernard D. Headley II, Community Lending Specialist for Community Bank. Accepting the Grant on behalf of Vision of Restoration were Yvette Ford-Lovely, Executive Director, and Rev. Marvin E. Wiley. Vision of Restoration will use the Champion Grant to support their job readiness and job placement assistance program. The program provides unemployed adults with skills and resources that will help them secure and retain employment, thus enhancing their ability to be self-sufficient. More information about Vision for Restoration is available on their website at

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 $320 million as of December 31, 2011, has two locations: 1001 Lake Street, Oak Park and 7777 Lake Street, River Forest.

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