Peace In The Streets Block Party & Job Fair Unites North Lawndale Community

Sponsored by 1-800-TruckWreck and iHeartMedia Chicago, the Peace In The Streets Summer Block Party & Job Fair returned to North Lawndale recently (Photos courtesy of 1-800-TruckWreck).

The Peace In The Streets Summer Block Party & Job Fair sponsored by 1-800-TruckWreck, in partnership with iHeartMedia Chicago and the North Lawndale Employment Network (NLEN), returned to North Lawndale on Saturday, June 29, from noon to 3 p.m.

Taking place at the NLEN workforce campus located at 1111 South Homan Avenue, the event brought the community together for a day of summer fun and career opportunities. The event was free and open to the public.

“It was so much fun kicking off summer in May with the first Peace In The Streets event of the year, and we are ready for another great weekend before the Fourth of July holiday,” shares Amy Witherite, owner of Witherite Law Group and 1-800-TruckWreck. “These events show us what it means to be a part of the incredible Chicago community, and we can’t wait to spend the day with neighbors, see some familiar faces, and hopefully new ones as well!”

Peace In The Streets Summer Block Party and Job Fair

The Peace In The Streets series welcomes over 500 neighbors as they spend time with Tone Kapone and the WGCI-FM crew for a day of family-friendly games, food from local trucks, entertainment, music, community resources, giveaways, and more! Created in 2017, Peace In The Streets was established to inspire peace in underserved communities throughout Chicago and show neighbors that they have the support of their local broadcast stations. 

Local companies were on-site to promote and share details about open positions within their companies. Attendees were able to complete applications on-site or submit their resumes, as many participating employer vendors indicated that they have open roles to fill. Employment partners participating included Chicago Center for Arts & Technology, Community Legacy Resource Collective, Get I-Pass, Happy Feelings Healthcare, Hire 360, Illinois Department of Employment Security, Koch Foods, North Lawndale Employment Network, the K Chicago, and Wintrust. 

Local organizations and businesses shared a wealth of resources and information on upcoming programming as well as provided activities and services, including a book giveaway, mental wellness art activities, health awareness, job resources, and more. Community resource partners participating included Chicago Early Learning and Aspira, City of Chicago – Cycle Breakers, Illinois Prison Project, North Lawndale Collaborative, North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council, One Lawndale Children’s Discovery Center, Open Books, and Expressive Arts. 

Peace In The Streets Summer Block Party and Job Fair

“Our goal to reduce the unemployment rate in North Lawndale by 10% by June 2027 is advanced through events like the Peace In The Streets Community Hiring Resource Fair and Block Party,” said Jessica N. Butler, Chief Development and External Relations Officer, NLEN. “By connecting job seekers to employers, we make significant strides toward our goal. We are thankful for the unwavering support from WGCI and Amy Witherite and her team at Witherite Law Group for making this event possible.”

1-800-TruckWreck has been dedicated to giving back to the local Chicago community since coming to the city one year ago. Since January 2023, the organization has given away more than $440,000 in food, essential items, scholarships, school supplies, groceries, and more by partnering with local organizations in the Chicago community. 

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