Community Ceneter (The Link)

Community Ceneter (The Link)

Posted in the Dixmoor Forum


Chicago, IL

#1 Dec 4, 2013
How many of us have actually taken the time to genuinely look into our own communities, and find out what kind of resources and help are available for us residents? I think a lot of the times we are constantly on the move from one place to another, we are not always aware of the community centers and resources that are available in our area. I know for me that was the case, until I was presented with the opportunity to actually take the time to research what kinds of resources exist in my community. With that being said, I came across an organization called The Link and Option Center Inc. located in Markham. This community based organization is a non-profit organization that provides education, mentoring, and support to many students. With the population of students quickly growing, there is becoming a higher demand for teachers, mentors, and even volunteers that are willing to devote a few hours of their day to help out some of these students. The Link not only offers education help but, it is also a place many young people can come and hang out afterschool to avoid getting involved with the wrong kind of influences while, their parent are away at work. It is a place where many students are encouraged to stay in school, it is where many of them feel inspired to take on the world believing that there’s no such thing as impossible, and lastly it is a place where they are motivated to follow their dreams.
I know for a fact as a community, we want to be able to aspire our future generation to do big things and further our education. We want to see this generation succeed, and in the future become doctors, lawyers, and policemen. Decrease the gangs as well as the violence not only in our community but everywhere around the state. As parents and members of our community we should rise to the opportunity and support this organization. A gesture as small as donating supplies and food to this arrangement for the students to enjoy is for a fact greatly appreciated. Also, other ways that we can provide support for this institute is volunteering at least a few hours of our day. This establishment is calling for wise and encouraging mentors, for passionate people that are more than willing to share their love and compassion for the young people that are hurt and health advisors active and ready to tackle any task. I know as for me, I will try to make time in order to volunteer and help out as much as I can. Organize a fundraiser and try to collect funds in order for help fund this club
Consequently, if more of our residents are willing to work, the outcome will be life changing. We will have more young people motivated and ready to take on their dreams. With generous donations many of the students will be able to enjoy a small snack while their time at the Link. We can begin to make a change taking small steps at a time that in the long run have a greater impact. As a result, the lives of many young people are changing; perhaps there is a greater amount of hope knowing that there are people out there other than their parents that care. So what kind of action will you take? Or are you just going to sit back while others do the work for you?
Prof Lee Schott

Homewood, IL

#2 Dec 5, 2013
Thanks so much for making this very important appeal to the residents in your community! All of us know that there are a lot of people who are struggling and need help, but letters like yours call our attention to specific ways in which we can help.
Prof. Lee-Schott

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