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Walmart opens new store in Pullman neighborhood

 
 

Pullman Walmart opens doors, brings jobs

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September 11, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — Hundreds of Chicagoans were headed to new jobs Wednesday in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood as a Walmart store opened its doors for the first time.
 
Edgar Ruffin loves taking pictures. So, working as a Walmart photo specialist was a natural fit, but any job at the new Far South Side Walmart would have been fine with Ruffin. The 51-year-old Roseland resident says he needs the work to survive.
 
“I’ve been homeless. I’ve lived in my vehicle, but God has blessed me. I appreciate this job,” said Edgar Ruffin, Walmart employee.
 
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Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement Receives $55,000 from the Walmart Foundation to Assist with High School Program

Chicago, IL – The Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement received a $55,000 contribution to assist with their el Futuro High School Program. The grant – which was given to the non-profit organization through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program – will be used to assist with the program hosted for juniors and seniors at four Chicago high schools.

 
Over the years, HACE has consistently demonstrated the impact of providing access, resources and developing the skills of the next generation of leaders through the el Futuro Program. “Latinos represent a rapidly growing and significant segment of our future workforce and that requires a significant investment. Our sincerest appreciation to the Walmart Foundation for recognizing this and supporting these types of programs,” said Simon Lopez, President of HACE.

 
The Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) received its second grant from the Walmart Foundation totaling $80,000 in grant donations in the past two years. The funds will support HACE’s el Futuro High School program including investment in the program’s curriculum and College Week—a program hosted for juniors and seniors at Curie, Richards, Benito Juarez, and Schurz High School in Chicago.

 
The grant was presented to Lopez during a check presentation ceremony held following the grand opening ceremony of the new Wamart in Belmont Cragin. John Bisio of Walmart presented the check following the ceremony on July 17.

 
“The Walmart Foundation is very pleased to be supporting HACE and are committed to helping those in need in the communities where we serve,” John Bisio of Walmart said. “Through this grant, we are hopeful that these students have the opportunity to learn more about career paths so they can make an educated decision about their future.”

 
The contribution to HACE was made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s Illinois State Giving Program. Through this program, the Walmart Foundation supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better. The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program strives to award grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

 
In Illinois in 2011, Walmart, Sam’s Club locations and the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $35.1 million in cash and in-kind donations to local organizations in the communities they serve in the state of Illinois.

 
To be considered for support, perspective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application.

 
Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria. Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.

 

Greater Chicago Food Depository Receives $143,000 from the Walmart Foundation to Assist with SNAP Outreach

 

The Greater Chicago Food Depository today received a $143,000 contribution to assist with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program outreach efforts. The grant – which was given to the non-profit organization through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program – will be used to help guide clients through the SNAP application process expanding access to food resources.

 

“At a time of record need, we are very grateful for the support Walmart has provided to our SNAP Outreach efforts,” said Kate Maehr, executive director and CEO of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. “This gift will enable the Food Depository to reach more communities and assist many more individuals with the SNAP application process. The result will be more food available to men, women and children in Cook County.”

 

The Walmart Foundation’s contribution to the Greater Chicago Food Depository will ensure that low-income individuals will have access to food resources beyond the emergency food network. Specifically, in partnership with its network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and programs as well as volunteers, the Food Depository will work to increase participation among its member agency clients in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Through in-person assistance as well as a SNAP hotline, the Food Depository guides individuals through the complex application process to ensure that the benefits to which clients are entitled are awarded. Last year, the Food Depository’s SNAP application assistance resulted in an estimated $17.1 million in local economic impact. This year with Walmart’s support, the Food Depository is targeting to increase the number of SNAP applications completed and submitted to IDHS by 25 percent, and thereby ensuring that more families and individuals continue to have expanded access to food resources.

 

The grant was presented to Maehr during a check presentation ceremony held today at the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Little Village following a store tour. Karisa Sprague, Walmart Vice President, General Manager for the Northern Illinois Region joined John Bisio, Walmart Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations, in presenting the check.

 

“The Walmart Foundation is very pleased to be supporting the Greater Chicago Food Depository and are committed to helping those in need in the communities where we serve,” said John Bisio of Walmart. “Through this grant, we are hopeful that people will have the opportunity to gain access to much needed food for themselves and their families.”

 

The contribution to the Greater Chicago Food Depository was made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s Illinois State Giving Program. Through this program, the Walmart Foundation supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better. The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program strives to award grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

 

In Illinois in 2011, Walmart, Sam’s Club locations and the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $35.1 million in cash and in-kind donations to local organizations in the communities they serve in the state of Illinois.

 

To be considered for support, perspective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application.

 

Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria. Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.

 
 

Walmart ‘Market’ Proposed For Rolling Meadows

A Walmart Neighborhood Market is proposed for the site of the former AMF bowling alley at 3245 Kirchoff Rd. in Rolling Meadows.
Representatives from the chain presented information to aldermen during the city’s Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday, July 16. Tracy Richard, a civil engineer for the project, explained the store would not be like a supercenter with both dry goods and grocery. “It is intended to be a local neighborhood store.”

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Wal-Mart opens on Chicago’s Northwest Side

July 17, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — A grand opening was held for a new Wal-Mart in Chicago Wednesday on the city’s Northwest Side.

Dozens of people lined up outside the store on the 4600-block of West Diversey.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and 31st Ward Alderman Ray Suarez were on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The store sells clothing, sporting goods along with groceries and other items.

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Walmart Supercenter in Hermosa Set to Open Next Month

The city’s third Walmart Supercenter is set to open this summer in Hermosa, just west of Logan Square.

The new store will become the ninth Walmart and the third Supercenter in the city, joining several of the smaller Neighborhood Markets and two Walmart Express stores.

The new store will open in a shopping center at 4600 W. Diversey Ave. that includes Big Lots, Dunkin’ Donuts and an Illinois Secretary of State’s facility.

Chicago’s first Walmart Supercenter — and the first Walmart of any kind in the city — opened in North Austin in 2006 amid protests and criticism of the company’s wages and treatment of workers.

Read more at DNAinfo Chicago

 

Urban Partnership Bank Opening Branch at South Side Wal-Mart

PULLMAN —When Wal-Mart opens its newest South Side store in September it will do so with Urban Partnership Bank as a tenant.

The bank announced Thursday it would open its ninth Chicago branch at the store. The bank, which also has locations in Chatham and Grand Crossing, has 11 branches.

“We are preparing to open a brand new bank branch in a community region where access to responsible and affordable financial services is too often limited,” William Farrow, president and CEO of the bank, said at a Thursday news conference. “We would not be here today without the strong support of Ald. Anthony Beale and Wal-Mart. We’re proud to participate in the continuing revitalization of Chicago’s historic Pullman and Roseland communities.”

The bank was chosen over other banks including U.S. Bank, which has had a Pullman branch adjacent to the Wal-Mart site for years.

Karisa Sprague, regional vice president for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., said Urban Partnership Bank has proven itself to be a quality lender to small businesses and local residents.

Read more at DNAinfo Chicago

 

Northern Illinois Food Bank Wins $45,000 Grant as Part of Walmart’s Fighting Hunger Together Initiative

Northern Illinois Food Bank has been selected as one of 40 winning Feeding America food banks to receive a $45,000 grant from Walmart’s Fighting Hunger Together initiative. Throughout April, customers voted for more than 300 Feeding America food banks and their partner agencies by visiting www.walmart.com/hunger.

As a result of the votes cast, 100 food banks and partner agencies will receive a total of $3 million in grants — 40 Feeding America member food banks will receive $1.8 million in grants ($45k each) and 60 of their partner agencies will receive $1.2 million in grants ($20k each).

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