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  1. CIOGC Afghan Refugee Task Force: We need your help to support Afghan Refugees for resettlement in the Chicago area.
  2. Save The Date!: Join us for a virtual Congressional Townhall series with Congressman Sean Casten- January 25, 2022. 
  3. Join IMANA: Join IMANA for their in person CME conference on Covid-19. See flyer below for more details.
  4. CIOGC Is Hiring!: CIOGC is in search for multiple candidates to fill open roles. Please read more details below. and apply today!
  5. Join Us-The Mustard Seed Project: CIOGC Interfaith Committee is co-hosting an event with the Evangelical Church. Due to Covid event has been postponed to February 17th. Please read for more details below.
  6. NRAEF Open Opportunity for Grants: Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) will begin accepting applications for more than $1 million in scholarships and grants available to individuals pursuing a secondary degree in the food industry. 
CIOGC Afghan Refugee Task Force

Since the start of the year in 2021, over 550 Afghan children have been killed and 1,400 injured. Half the population — more than 18 million people, including more than 10 million children need assistance.  

Did you know-

- 1 Child in 16 dies before their 5th birthday.
- 38 % of children suffer from malnutrition.
- 42% of children are out of school. 
- 21% are forced into child labor.
- 55% are suffering from poverty.

These statistics illustrate that Afghanistan is among the worst conflicted countries to grow up in. Families and children that are facing these deadly situations are fleeing from their home country.
Afghans to be resettled in the Chicago area is beyond the capacity of local resettlement agencies.  Among the thousands of Afghan refugees that remain on military bases are:

  • Families who were forced to leave their personal belongings.
  • Women who are pregnant and in need of special pre-natal care.
  • Adults and children who only speak their native Afghan language.
  • Families and single persons who lack resources to meet ordinary household expenses, like rent, utilities, food, transportation.
The United States government is now asking community agencies and faith groups to help. In response to this call for help, CIOGC has assumed direct responsibility to assist 100 Afghan refugees resettling in the Chicago area. Without resources or family support, these families will need:
  • Food and toiletries
  • Seasonal clothing
  • Medical care
  • Subsidized housing and utilities
  • Household furnishings
  • Language instruction
  • Cultural orientation
  • Job readiness training
  • Assistance completing documents for immigration, public benefits, and registration

We cannot do this alone and need your help! We need our community members to step up and help our people in this time of need! Every little bit counts!


Below please find the link to sponsor one or more Afghans.

Make A Difference Now!

Upcoming News & Events

Save The Date- 2022 Congressional Townhall
Register Here
Join IMANA For CME Conference On Covid
CIOGC is Hiring!
Advocacy Coordinator
Civic Engagement Manager
Communications Lead
Join Us: The Mustard Seed Project
Event postponed due to Covid to Feb 17- CIOGC Interfaith Committee is co-hosting an event with the Evangelical Church to build better understanding between our two faiths on February 17  inshallah at Willow Creek South Barrington, 67 Algonquin Road, South Barrington, IL 60010.

The event takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
RSVP is required - please register on the link below.
Register Here
NRAEF Opens Opportunity for Grants
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Opens Applications for $1 Million in Scholarships and Grants-

On Saturday, January 15, the 
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) will begin accepting applications for more than $1 million in scholarships and grants available to individuals pursuing a secondary degree in the restaurant, foodservice, and hospitality industry.
NRAEF scholarships and grants seek to lighten the financial burden of secondary education and support future leaders in the industry. In 2021, as students continued to face unprecedented pandemic and economic challenges, the NRAEF awarded $1.1 million in scholarships and individual grants to more than 300 students at more than 130 colleges and universities across 44 states and territories. Nearly 60 percent of 2021 scholarship recipients were Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC); half were first-generation college students; and 70 percent were women.

The deadline to apply is March 15, 2022, and applications can be completed through the NRAEF's online portal –

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