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Ada S. McKinley Bringing the Community Together for a Spring Clean Up of South Side Neighborhood


Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Chicago’s 103-year-old human services agency, is hosting a community clean up event “Let’s Clean Up Together” on Wednesday, May 25 from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm. The clean-up will begin at 1112 E. 87th (between Greenwood & Avalon), and move west for a one-half mile, ending at 87th & Cottage Grove Avenue.

“‘Let’s Clean Up Together’ is a Springtime opportunity to strengthen ties with community members and local businesses and keep the area fresh and vibrant all year round,” said Jamal Malone, CEO, Ada S. McKinley Community Services.

Volunteers, including 25 senior citizens with disabilities and staff from Ada S. McKinley’s Community Day Services Program, will be picking up trash along the half mile stretch along 87th street to exhibit the care and pride felt by local residents and businesses about their South Side neighborhood.

“The people that we serve are excited to be out in the fresh air and making a difference in our neighborhood,” said Juanita Irvin, Director, Community Day Services at McKinley’s Aztlan site. “We’re happy to be joined by staff and others who benefit from Ada S. McKinley programs,” she added.

The clean-up will begin at Ada S. McKinley’s Aztlan site at 1112 E. 87th where the agency facilitates a Community Day Program serving people with disabilities, including seniors. The program provides social activities and community experiences that encourage individuals to use their talents through horticulture, culinary classes, art expression, fitness, music therapy, and more.

The Community Day Program is one of many offered by Ada S. McKinley Community Services. The agency serves over 7,000 people with and without disabilities at over 70 sites throughout Chicago, Wisconsin and Indiana, a majority of which are located on Chicago’s south side. Visit to learn more about the agency’s efforts to empower, educate and employ people.

About Ada S. McKinley Community Services

Ada S. McKinley Community Services is one of Chicago’s largest, most respected and impactful Human Services organizations. Serving more than 7,000 people annually at over 70 program sites in the Chicago metropolitan area, Wisconsin and Indiana, Ada S. McKinley Community Services’ wide-ranging programs fall under the umbrellas of child development and youth, employment and community support, and behavioral health and clinical. The 103-year old nonprofit was founded during the Spanish Flu Pandemic with a mission to serve African American World War I veterans who were denied government services, and to help southern families fleeing to Chicago during the Great Migration. The organization’s mission is to empower, educate and employ people to change lives and strengthen communities.

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