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The Chicago Jobs Council (CJC) is leading the battle in Chicago against poverty and unemployment by helping people find employment as a sustainable escape from poverty. As a member of Investing In Communities®, CJC can receive funding as a result of any brokered real estate transaction – home sales, home purchases, or commercial leases. Through this partnership, $745 has already been raised to CJC. Using this free platform, anyone planning to have a brokered real estate transaction can support their mission to help people escape poverty and find gainful employment.

Since its beginning in 1981, the Chicago Jobs Council has been committed to making sure that no one is left out in the cold. Regardless of a person’s background, they believe that everyone deserves a chance to work and support themselves. In order to help pull people up out of poverty, the CJC hosts networking workshop activities, Workforce 360 meetings, and also helps their clients utilize the free job-finding resource

Networking Workshop Activities 

Navigating the Chicago job market can be tricky. To help its clients understand the opportunities available and to equip them with the skills and knowledge necessary to capitalize on those opportunities, CJC hosts a variety of workshops. These workshops cover topics such as “making your education work for you,” “retention in your program,” and “fighting employment discrimination.”

Workforce 360

CJC hosts Workforce 360 meetings throughout the year to help connect attendees with policymakers and scholars dealing with issues such as workers’ rights and building a healthier Chicago job market.

Illinois Joblink

For those searching for work in the Chicago area, illinoisjoblink is a great, free resource. CJC can help clients get oriented on the website, to more easily find local job opportunities.

Transit Table

Transportation can be an expense that stands between a person living in poverty and a job opportunity. To help people work around such transportation problems, CJC created a coalition of social service providers called the Transit Table. The coalition concentrates on two main issues:

  1. Obtaining public transportation passes so job seekers can make it to important job opportunities.
  2. Helping those who have their driver’s licenses suspended due to their inability to pay fees and fines. 

Your Purchase, Sale, or Lease Helps People Find a Job

At no cost to themselves, anyone who cares about helping people find self-sustaining employment can turn virtually any brokered real estate transaction into funding for the Chicago Jobs Council. For example, the purchase or sale of a $300,000 home can result in about $1,300 of free funding. You can support CJC’s mission of connecting impoverished people with employment when you use IIC’s free platform to make arrangements with an agent you already have in mind. Or use IIC to find and choose among real estate agents that are appropriate for the specifics of your residential or commercial real estate needs. Ready to start?

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Focus Area: Community Development, Social Justice

Budget: $1 million - $5 million

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As a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization, Chicago Jobs Council is eligible to receive at least 70% of the referral fee when you use Investing In Communities (IIC) to sign up with ANY real estate broker to handle your residential or commercial property transaction. Referral fees are a common expense paid by brokers only to other brokers for much desired referrals. As a licensed broker with a charitable mission, IIC is able to accept referral fees and pass most of those funds to your charity of choice - at no cost to you.
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