Welcome

We are a group of community members who are working on a campaign to welcome and support everyone who lives in Skokie. Learn more about who we are, our projects, and how you can get involved by following the links below. Be sure to check back frequently for updates as our projects develop. Got an idea for your own project? Contact us!

Equity & Diversity Seminar

Skokie School District 73½ and SkokieCares are pleased to announce a SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) seminar starting this fall. The mission of the National SEED Project is to drive personal, organizational, and community change toward greater equity and diversity.

SEED seminars are not lectures. Rather, they include interactive activities and conversations often stimulated by films and readings. Through personal reflection and testimony, listening to others' voices, and learning experientially and collectively, SEED equips us to connect our lives to one another and to society at large by acknowledging systems of oppression, power, and privilege—and challenges us to push for change.

This SEED cohort will be led by three SEED facilitators:

  • Stacy Alcala, District 73½ Preschool Teacher
  • Aasia Shahid, District 73½ Instructional Assistant
  • Katie Swierenga, District 73½ Grade 1-8 English Language Teacher

District 73½ will host this SEED seminar on Thursday evenings from 5:00-8:00 pm (dinner is included) on the dates below. There is no fee for participating, and participants are required to commit to all 10 sessions:

  • November 16, 2017
  • December 14, 2017
  • January 18, 2018
  • February 22, 2018
  • March 15, 2018
  • April 19, 2018
  • May 24, 2018
  • June 14, 2018
  • Last two dates to be determined by group

If you are interested in participating in this SEED seminar, please complete the online interest form by October 20, 2017. Space is limited, and we will notify you by November 3, 2017 whether or not we can accommodate you in this seminar.

If you are unable to commit to the dates of this seminar, but are interested in participating in the future, please complete the online interest form and check the appropriate box so we can keep you informed about additional opportunities to join other SEED seminars later this year and beyond. If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email Kate Donegan.

We hope you will consider participating in a SEED seminar as part of our community’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Show Your Support

Tell everyone that you support a welcoming community! Display a sign in your yard or business.

Download and print your own sign to hang in your window, in your business, on your locker, or anywhere else you want to show everyone that they’re welcome.

We're also making buttons that you can wear on the go! Pick one up at the Skokie Public Library's west circulation desk. Buttons are being hand made by volunteers. If you'd be willing to help us make buttons, please contact us.

If you would like to make a donation to this campaign, make a contribution on our GoFundMe page. Or send a check payable to the North Suburban Community Development Foundation with "Skokie Welcomes Everyone Campaign" in the memo line. Checks should be sent to the Skokie Chamber of Commerce at 5002 Oakton St, Skokie, IL 60077. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) and donations are tax-deductible. The tax identification number is 26-0680878.

#SkokieCares

Kindness happens in small ways everyday around our community. Tweet or post pictures to Instagram of the people, places, and stories that show the caring you’ve witnessed or experienced in Skokie. Use #SkokieCares and check back here to see all the posts.

Get Involved

Roll up your sleeves and make your community better! Find out about volunteer opportunities visiting SkokieWiki.

Need volunteers? Click Add new “Volunteer opportunities” and follow the instructions to create your own page on SkokieWiki.

Community Partners

If you are interested in becoming a distribution location for lawn signs, please contact us and let us know. We'll keep you informed about upcoming meetings and other projects.

About Us

SkokieCares is a coalition of representatives from key stakeholder groups throughout Skokie. Our primary purpose is to make Skokie the best community possible by supporting our residents. Members and the organization which they represent include:

Susan Carlton Skokie Public Library
Mark Collins Niles Township Government
Kate Donegan Skokie School District 73 ½
Dr. Steven Isoye Niles Township High School District 219
Diana Juarez Niles Township Schools’ ELL Parent Center
Richard Kong Skokie Public Library
John Lockerby Village of Skokie
John Ohrlund Skokie Park District
Ann Raney Turning Point

To get in touch, please contact us at info@SkokieCares.org.