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Community Engagement

Woodlawn is blessed with strong institutions from the venerable University of Chicago to dozens of resident, civic and cultural organizations that work together to strengthen the community. While POAH has added valuable new assets to the mix – like the Woodlawn Resource Center which offers social service and employment/ workforce development programs and services for people of all ages, residents also participate in many community generated initiatives.  In 2017, the William Hill Art Gallery took up residence there, showcasing the work of various local artists.

POAH participates with the Woodlawn Public Safety Alliance in “Safe Passage” which ensures children's safety walking to and from school and with many arts groups like “Sol Fest,” an arts-themed family festival encouraging neighbor-to-neighbor connections through an afternoon of live performances. Workshops are offered on how to create a healthy and productive summer garden, healthy eating, medicinal herbs and healthy eating for seniors.

And students from K-12th and higher education are gaining additional skills and improving access and outcomes thanks to a dynamic partnership between the Woodlawn Children’s Promise Community and the Urban Education Institute.