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By the Hand Club for Kids Receives $25,000 from the Walmart Foundation to Assist with After School Programs

Chicago, IL April 10, 2013 –By the Hand today received a $25,000 contribution to assist with their after school program serving 895 children. The grant – which was given to the non-profit organization through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program – will be used to assist with providing nutritional food, sports enrichment programs and nutritional classes.

“We are extremely grateful to the Walmart Foundation for their continued generosity and commitment to the health and wellness of the children who attend By The Hand,” said Donnita Travis, founder and executive director of By The Hand. “Walmart’s support ensures that all of our students receive a healthy snack and a hot meal every day of programming. It also enables us to provide sports enrichment programs and nutritional classes that are essential to our students’ overall wellbeing.

Students who attend By The Hand are recommended by teachers and principals as kids who are failing in school. At By The Hand, they are tutored in reading, math and other subjects and receive social counseling as well as spiritual guidance. Students also get safe transportation to and from the clubs, medical attention and special help where needed.

The grant was presented to Donnita Travis during a check presentation ceremony held today. John Bisio of Walmart presented the check prior to touring the new facility in Austin.

“The Walmart Foundation is very pleased to be supporting By the Hand 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 these students not only receive nutritional food but also learn about it to help make good, smart choices.”

The contribution to By the Hand Club for Kids 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.

 

BUILD, Inc. Receives $40,000 from the Walmart Foundation to Assist with At-Risk Youth

 

Chicago, IL April 4, 2013 – BUILD, Inc. today received a $40,000 contribution to assist with programs for at-risk youth.  The grant – which was given to the non-profit organization through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program – will be used to help support the BUILD Model which exposes youth to multiple staff and community resources in order to meet their educational, behavioral, social and cultural needs in a safe community-based setting.

“The BUILD Model is strategic in its approach to service delivery because it specifically targets the at-risk demographic for participation and exposes them to multiple community resources, education, leadership training, mentoring, and opportunities traditionally unavailable within their communities,” said Roslind Blasingame-Buford, Executive Director at BUILD, Inc.

Anchored in combined Prevention, Intervention, and BUILDing Futures (College/Career Prep and Leadership Development) Program Methodologies, the BUILD Model provides in-school, after-school and out-of-school resources, instruction, training, and leadership opportunities to youth during times when they are most at-risk.

The grant was presented to Blasingame-Buford during a check presentation ceremony held today. John Bisio of Walmart presented the check prior to the BUILD Public Speaking Contest.

“The Walmart Foundation is very pleased to be supporting BUILD, Inc., 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 these youth are getting the support and resources they need both in and out of school.”

The contribution to BUILD, Inc. 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.

 

 

Bronzeville Celebrates “Shops & Lofts” Groundbreaking

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined with Bronzeville community leaders and site developers today for the groundbreaking of Bronzeville’s new $45.6 million “Shops and Lofts” project at 47th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue, which is part of three-acre development that includes new homes, stores and employment opportunities.

“Neighborhoods are the fabric of Chicago. Communities need anchors, and these ‘Shops and Lofts’ will create an important foundation for more jobs, more housing, and more goods and services along 47th Street and beyond,” Mayor Emanuel said. “I will continue to work with community and private partners in Bronzeville and throughout the city’s neighborhoods as we are all invested together in these projects that will allow a better quality of life for Chicagoans and their families.”

The project includes a new five-story, 72-unit building with 55,000 square feet of retail space; two new six-flats; a new nine-flat; and a rehabilitated three-flat; along with parking for residents and visitors. A Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market will occupy most of the retail space, which is being developed by Skilken and TROY Enterprises. The Community Builders Inc. will develop the residential component, comprised of 44 affordable, 28 public housing and 24 market-rate apartments. The development is projected to create 100 permanent jobs and 144 temporary jobs. The Quad Communities Development Corporation (QCDC) is the community organization that first called for the redevelopment of the corner over a decade ago and worked hand in hand with the City and developers to achieve the revitalization.

 

 

Read More about the Groundbreaking and “Shops and Lofts” Project


 

Remarks by Walmart President and CEO Mike Duke Introducing First Lady Michelle Obama at the Business Roundtable

Walmart President and CEO Mike Duke will introduce First Lady Michelle Obama at the Business Roundtable and deliver the following remarks, as prepared for delivery, today, March 13th at approximately 11:40 am EDT:

“We are pleased to be joined by our guest today, First Lady Michelle Obama.  Mrs. Obama speaks movingly about the service, strength, and sacrifice of our current generation of troops, veterans, and military families.  It is a personal privilege to share some of her work and to start our discussion around creating opportunity for this new group of heroes.

Read more at Walmart.com

 

Rebuilt Road Which Will Lead to South Side’s First Walmart Supercenter, Lauded as Link to Pullman Park Revitalization

Gov. Pat Quinn and community leaders gathered Monday in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood to reopen a reconstructed Woodlawn/Doty Avenue, which will lead to one of the South Side’s first Walmart Supercenters and an adjacent retail center. “Today is a great day for everyone who lives and works in Pullman Park,” Quinn said. “Infrastructure improvements like this support communities as they grow by putting people back to work and laying the foundation for economic development for years to come.”

Read more at the Northwest Indiana Times

 

Walmart Neighborhood Market Opens in Little Village

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Wal-Mart Opens Latest Chicago Store to Mixed Reaction

Wal-Mart is opening a location in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side. It’s branded as a “Neighborhood Market,” a Wal-Mart that the Arkansas-based company is opening around the city. The store’s smaller footprint, however, has not completely eased local grocers’ fears.

Jovani Martinez has been working at El Guero supermarket, a locally owned grocery store, for more than three years. He predicts nearby supermarkets will see some stiff competition.

Read more at WBEZ.com

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Walmart Opens Today on North Broadway

After heated debates and months on construction, the new Walmart Neighborhood Market is officially open in Lake View. See photos of the finished grocery store here.

Along with a store in Little Village and Back of the Yards, Walmart opened its new Neighborhood Market in Lake View today, making it one of 8 in Chicago and 230 in the United States.

Walmart employees opened its doors Tuesday evening to the media and neighborhood officials to get a pre-grand opening sneak peek. However, the store is open to customers this morning starting at 6 a.m.

Read more the LakeView Patch

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Chicago Walmart Manager a Rising Star Winner

Noemi Rios, general manager of the East Dundee Walmart, has received the Rising Star Award from the National Hispana Leadership Institute. Rios, a daughter of a citrus farmer in the state of Veracruz, Mexico, arrived in the United States at the age of 17 speaking no English. Today, at 30 years old, she’s the general manager of the East Dundee Walmart, her eighth promotion in 13 years with Walmart.

Read more at the Courier-News‎‎