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“When West Englewood thrives, Chicago thrives”

We Grow Chicago (WGC), is a trusted community-based coalition that creates a safe community space where West Englewood residents and stakeholders demand action to improve their quality of life. WGC is led by Imagine Englewood If in partnership with Growing Home, Grow Greater Englewood, Teamwork Englewood and Metropolitan Family Services. 


WGC partners strategically align programs, services and advocacy efforts with the mission to empower West Englewood families to go from surviving to thriving. The coalition provides residents resources to access immediate basic needs support, family social services, empowerment programs, skill building classes and community connection. 


WGC builds on the legacy and foundation of I Grow Chicago established on the Peace Campus, a block-based community center covering 16 properties. WGC aims to establish the Peace Campus as a new place-based model for uplifting Black and Brown communities that can be scaled across Chicago and in other cities across the United States. 

We Grow Chicago Priorities and Goals

  • Build coalition capacity to operate as a sustainable, scalable, and community-based coalition model.

  • Build a responsive and proactive multi-generational system of support that aligns partners and resources.

  • Build community and actively engage residents in planning to ensure Peace Campus services are rooted in community needs.

  • Establish the Peace Campus as a space that nurtures and develops local leaders.

  • Establish WGC as an organizing body that provides a platform for unifying Black and Brown collective voices about issues in the community.

  • Create a marketing and communications strategy to promote WGC services and events

  • Create leadership development opportunities for team members and local leaders  

  • Host events to increase neighborhood political power and improve representation.

membership eligibility

We Grow Chicago membership is invitation-only and contingent upon organizational mission and alignment with coalition priorities and goals. Organizations that have a credible and successful track record in serving residents in the Greater Englewood community will be considered for membership.

membership requirements

  • Partners are required to pay X annual membership dues; Dues are used to cover operational cost and curate community building efforts and events

  • Partners are required to attend or have a designated member(s) of organization attend monthly partner meetings

  • Partners are required to support and participate in annual community events: Greater Englewood Unity Day, Peace Fest and Share The Love WinterFest.

membership Benefits

  • Organization receives (1) seat as a coalition voting member 

  • Access to reserve program and recreational spaces on the Peace Campus

  • Recognized as a coalition partner on marketing materials and at staple campus events 

  • Public Relation opportunities to highlight organization’s work on diverse media platforms 

  • Access to professional development trainings and capacity building opportunities

  • Special member discount at Englewood Fresh Market, Growing Home Farm Stand, Englewood Village Market*

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