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 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.

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. Individuals who complete this training often look for ways to move into positions of leadership to help create more inclusive, just, and equitable communities.

Join a SEED Seminar

We are pleased to announce that there will be three cohorts all starting in September 2018, each consisting of ten sessions as follows:

  • Mondays from 12-3 pm at the Skokie Public Library on 9/17, 10/15, 11/12, 12/17, 1/28, 2/11, 3/18, 4/8, 4/29, 5/13. (NOTE: THIS OPTION IS NOW CLOSED.)
  • First Wednesday of the month from 5:30-8:30 pm at Skokie Park District's Tot Learning Center.
  • First Thursday of the month from 5-8 pm (except 10/11 and 1/10) at Elizabeth Meyer School.

If you are interested in participating in a SEED seminar, please complete the online interest form no later than August 1, 2018. You will be notified about placement in a cohort by the end of August.

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.


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 Community Member
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.