LIFT is a growing movement to combat poverty and expand opportunity for all people in the United States.
LIFT-Chicago engages trained volunteers – mostly dedicated and talented college students – to become advocates for underserved individuals and families. LIFT clients and volunteers work one-on-one to find jobs, secure safe and stable housing, make ends meet through public benefits and tax credits, and obtain quality referrals for critical services like childcare and legal assistance. Simultaneously, the LIFT experience pushes volunteers to grapple with Chicago's most challenging issues related to poverty, race, inequality, and policy. LIFT-Chicago is part of a growing national movement – besides Chicago, LIFT runs centers in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington,DC.
Currently LIFT-Chicago operates two resource centers in the greater Chicago area. We partner closely with Northwestern University, Loyola University Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago and DePaul University in addition to numerous social service organizations, schools, and government entities. LIFT-Chicago is in the mindset of substantial expansion efforts.
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