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For the past year and a half, Reason to Give has been working to put together a comprehensive resource guide for residents of Humboldt Park, giving them easy access to hundreds of local services and important phone numbers. The resource guide is in English and Spanish and is a comprehensive guide to all the community has to offer, including descriptions, contact information, and bus routes. Thanks to funding from the Chi West Resource Net, Reason to Give was able to print over 1000 copies for distribution.

On January 17, 2011, Reason to Give and Public Allies Chicago hosted a Martin Luther King service day to deliver the Reason to Give Community Resource Guides to 1000 Humboldt Park residents and organizations. The event was held at Lafayette Elementary school. Starbucks provided coffee and breakfast to start off the morning. Fourteen groups of volunteers from Public Allies and Starbucks hit the streets of Humboldt Park to hand deliver the resource guides to residents and organizations. Volunteers explained the guide to each recipient and conducted surveys to help determine how residents receive information about local services and what their greatest needs are and how organizations conduct outreach. Despite the bad weather, the distribution was a great success! 

When volunteers returned to the school they were joined by the Chicago Freedom School. After a viewing of Citizen King, a documentary on Martin Luther king, Jr., Chicago Freedom School led a group discussion about community service, activism, and social justice. 

Allies and other volunteers shared several stories with Reason to Give about the impact the day had on the community. Residents were so thankful to have received the resource guides and organizations found it extremely useful in helping their clients.

Thank you to all those who volunteered their time for the writing, production, and distribution of the Reason to Give Community Resource Guide.