About Community Builders Chicago
Tel. 773 770-6166
Community Builders, Chicago (CBC) is a group of community activists engaged in facilitating the social and economic development of the Muslim community in Chicago. There are presently two locations where monthly forums are held. CBC DesPlaines meets at the Sabeel Center on the first Friday of each month. and CBC Glendale Heights meets at 399 Wall St in Glendale Hts on the third Friday of each month.
We believe that in order to promote Muslim interests in America there is a need to establish more than Mosques and Islamic Schools in our communities. We need to establish institutions that will serve the social, political and economic needs of Muslims and our neighbors. Such institutions could be in the area of health care, business, finance, social welfare, media, public policy, philanthropy, etc.
Thus far Community Builders is promoting the establishment of the following independent programs in the community:
1.Hunger Relief Programs:
Sabeel Food Pantry, providing free food distribution to the needy in Chicago,
2. Youth Service Programs:
Career Mentoring Service, providing mentoring opportunities for high school and college students with various professional and business mentors in the community.
3.Community Education Programs:
A.Family First Workshops, bringing together local experts in family counseling and family law, to address issues of spousal relationships, parenting, marriage, divorce and domestic abuse.
B.Voter Education Workshops, addressing the political issues of the day at the time of national and statewide elections to help community members make a more informed choice at the ballot boxes.
C.Money Matters Workshops, to promote essential financial literacy in matters of cash / credit management, home and college financing, strategies for wealth building , wealth protection and estate planning.
4. Business Assistance Programs:
Networking Forums, in DesPlaines, Glendale Hts and Naperville for business professionals to meet informally and exchange their business information.
5. Civic Engagement Programs: promoting community blood drives, voter registration and phone banking during elections
We realize that knowledge is power and education is a life long process. Hence education does not end with school or college but continues thru various mediums both formal and informal thru all stages of our lives. By sponsoring and organizing forums, workshops, emails and web pages we hope to serve the educational needs of our community members.
Such an education we believe can positively impact on the individual as well as the collective life of the community. We also believe in the axiom that no man is an island and human beings can only reach their fullest potential through networking with others. However networking is a skill to be learnt and practiced in order to be realized. Providing opportunities for networking is another important aspect of our work and commitment. Empowering people through education and networking, hence remains our core mission.