Our Mission Statement

We believe learning is an
ongoing interactive process

CNU develops inner-city youth by encouraging them to forge ahead in their educational endeavors. We prepare students to learn and outfit them with the tools they need for success in and out of the classroom. We believe learning is an ongoing interactive process. It's not enough to give school supplies, gifts, and scholarships. CNU supports positive reinforcement by providing healthy role models along with educational support.

Chicago Neighbors United is led
by unpaid volunteers who are
dedicated to giving back to the community

What We Do

All of our programs are designed to strengthen the community and support those who need it most.

Our activities are made possible with long-term support from the local business community, and corporations including Comcast, ComEd, Target, Walgreens, and more.

Stay in School Picnic

Since 1995, this event has provided underprivileged inner-city youth with food, school supplies, and gift certificates to help them throughout the school year.

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Back to School Parade

This annual community parade celebrates the start of the new school year. Local celebrities, including the mayor and television news personalities, have served as Grand Marshall.

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Senior Support

Our programs promote a healthy lifestyle and provide outlets for social engagement. We have established volunteer opportunities for young people with seniors that encourage valuable intergenerational relationships.

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Establish the Millenium Scholarship Fund

This fund provides scholarships to college-bound students who demonstrate need. To date, over $50,000 in scholarships have been awarded. Click here to donate to the fund.

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Meet the Team

Chicago Neighbors United is led by unpaid volunteers who are dedicated to giving back to the community.

Darlena Burnett Founder & President

Diamond Moreno Secretary

Yves Huges VP, Technology

Rachel IvyTreasurer

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If you would like to volunteer, we would love to have you!

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