ESDC in Pilsen extends partnership with Worth Township
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CHICAGO, IL (Pilsen), July 25, 2022— Economic Strategies Development Corporation (ESDC) in Pilsen and Worth Township located in Alsip, are taking their partnership to a new level. ESDC is proud to announce its support for extending its current partnership to further advance Worth Township’s economic development efforts. This includes workforce development, technical assistance to businesses, financial literacy, and other services that will be hosted at the Township located at 11601 S. Pulaski in Alsip.
Worth Township currently serves all or parts of Alsip, Blue Island, Bridgeview, Chicago Ridge, Crestwood, Evergreen Park, Hometown, Merrionette Park, Oak Lawn, Palos Heights, Robbins, and Worth. The partners said the extension of their broader collaboration will further opportunities for those interested in these types of services.
Starting this week, ESDC will be present at the Township office one day every other week, during which individuals and business owners will be able to schedule one-on-one consultations with experienced professionals. ESDC will also facilitate workshops and other educational opportunities. A list of the services offered may include interview preparation, resume writing, bookkeeping seminars, grant writing, and maybe a legal clinic for entrepreneurs with many services aimed at individual job seekers.
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Beginning Thursday, July 28, ESDC will be at the Township Hall to offer these services and help facilitate workshops and other educational opportunities. The first day will offer free professional portrait sessions applicants can use for business cards, resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and other platforms. The photos will be offered between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and registration is encouraged but no appointment is necessary.
“We are excited to expand our presence and start staffing the ESDC Worth Township office,” stated Alex Esparza, CEO and Executive Director at ESDC. “By being there, we will get to learn more and understand the needs of the community so we may help to serve them better.”
The organizations began working together during COVID-19 to implement the Food for Hope or emergency food distribution program that ESDC initiated in Pilsen and is being adopted by other neighborhoods to address food insecurity. To date, Worth Township has distributed approximately 10,000 food boxes in a 13-month span. By sharing its existing capabilities, ESDC’s economic development efforts at Worth Township will also complement its existing community support programs.
Economic Strategies Development Corporation is located at 1843 S. Carpenter St. in Pilsen and has been serving the community for 46 years. Formerly known as Eighteenth Street Development Corporation, the nonprofit was founded in response to the housing crisis that impacted the predominantly Hispanic community of Pilsen.
Today, ESDC assists early-stage startups to the next phase of development, as well as fostering the advancement of the industrial corridor and more. It has expanded its scope of services geographically and supports a more holistic model of economic development that respects diverse social and economic backgrounds.
McMahon believes working with a respected and community-based organization such as ESDC will bring much-needed resources and benefits to our township residents. “ESDC is a proven partner, who has already demonstrated to the people of Worth Township that they are ready and willing to deliver vital services to our community. Local government and community groups like ESDC are a powerful force when we pull together. I’m looking forward to working with Alex and his team to find new ways to serve.”
ESDC, known for small business development, has partnered with many companies and community organizations since the pandemic to distribute prepackaged fresh produce and non-perishable goods to thousands of families across Chicagoland neighborhoods through its emergency free food distribution program, Food For Hope.
Currently, Worth Township provides a wide range of services to seniors and families in the twelve communities they serve. Services include the areas of property taxes, voter registration, election services, general assistance for those without income or resources, energy assistance for low-income households, passports, youth programs, and senior services just to name a few.
To make an appointment for the program, residents are encouraged to contact Colleen Kenny or Julie Jackowiak in the Clerk’s Office at 708-371-2900, extension 125 or 127.
For information on the ESDC Workforce & Business Resource Center at the Alsip office, call the ESDC office in Pilsen at 312-733-2287 or email Pete Vale, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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