Welcome

We are a community collaboration working 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 Seminars

SkokieCares is partnering with local community organizations to lead SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) seminars. The mission of the National SEED Project is to drive personal, organizational, and community change toward greater equity and diversity.

The following are comments from previous participants of Skokie’s SEED initiative:

  • "I view the world very differently since participating in SEED. On a daily basis I am struck by some bias of my own or others. For myself, I work every day to overcome the biases I have and make choices both personally and professional that hopefully create a more equitable space for everyone."
  • "It has made it easier to speak up when I hear something or read something or see something that isn’t ok."
  • "I listen to others more deeply than before this training. I also have more empathy for people’s different points of view."
  • "At every opportunity, I share with my adult children, friends, church community, articles from the SEED curriculum."

SEED seminars are not lectures. Rather, they include activities and conversations often stimulated by videos 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. Individuals who complete this training often look for ways to help create more inclusive, just, and equitable communities.

Join a SEED Seminar

We are pleased to announce that starting in September 2019 there will be four Skokie cohorts each consisting of ten monthly sessions, hosted by

  • Village of Skokie in partnership with Skokie Public Library at Village Hall
  • Skokie School District 69 at Maier Administration Center
  • Skokie Park District at Tot Learning Center
  • Skokie School District 73.5 at Elizabeth Meyer School

Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2019-2020 cohorts. Please check this space in 2020 for information about plans for 2020-2021, or contact us at info@SkokieCares.org.

We are committed to making SEED open to everyone, regardless of income. Therefore, there is no registration fee for individual participants. Organizations whose employees or board members are selected for SEED will be asked to pay $200 per participant to help offset the costs of running SEED cohorts. If you would like to make an individual donation to Skokie Cares, you may send a check to:

Skokie Cares
C/O John Ohrlund
9300 Weber Park Place
Skokie, IL 60077

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

The Skokie Cares SEED Initiative is partially funded by a Partnership Grant from the Reaching Across Illinois Library System provided through the Illinois State Library and the Secretary of State from revenue appropriated by the Illinois General Assembly or granted under the federal Library Services and Technology Act.

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.

#SkokieCares

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

Community Partners

If your group or organization is interested in learning more about the SEED program, please contact us and let us know.

About Us

Skokie Cares is a collaborative group including organizations serving the Skokie community. Our primary purpose is to promote an equitable and welcoming community, through meaningful dialogue and action. Members and the organizations they represent include:

Susan Carlton Community Member
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
Nancy Kim Phillips Skokie Public Library
Ann Raney Turning Point

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