Bodhi Gives to Affinity

Bodhi Gives to Affinity

In the wake of Jussie Smollett and the events that followed Affinity has been highlighted as a resource. A trusted community partner doing the work. Bodhi Spiritual Center was one of the places that reached out and wanted to do something. They decided to give $1,000 to Affinity. We are grateful for their commitment to social justice and equity. 

Our Board President, Anna DeShawn, visited Bodhi to accept this gift and to spread the good news that is Affinity. Click the video and fast forward to 1:12:50 to hear what Anna had to say. 

Affinity Trailblazers Represented at LGBT Fund Breakfast

Affinity Trailblazers Represented at LGBT Fund Breakfast
Last week, the Affinity Trailblazers were represented at Chicago Community Trust’s LGBT FUND breakfast. Trailblazers got $25,000 for work with elders in community. Thanks to Kim Hunt and Phyllis Johnson. Good work ladies!
For full coverage of the event see the Windy City Times Article here.

Affinity Welcomes Our Interim Executive Director, Maria Glover-Wallace

Affinity Welcomes Our Interim Executive Director, Maria Glover-Wallace
As we say farewell to our Executive Director, Kim L. Hunt, the Board of Directors want to take this time to welcome our Interim Executive Director, Maria Glover-Wallace, MS, MBA.
Maria has over 16 years of professional and volunteer experience in direct care services to marginalized youth and young adults. She has previously served as Community Group Home Site Director for Lawrence Hall Youth Services, and Assistant Director for the Office of Prehealth Professions Programs as well as Safe Zone Academic Advisor at Chicago State University.  She most recently served as Board Secretary and Fundraising Chair for Affinity Community Services.
As a doctoral learner at Capella University, specializing in Social and Community Services, she continues to research disparities within the African American community with an emphasis on LGBT elders. She is married to Cynthia Wallace, has 6 children and 2 grandchildren.
The Board of Directors thanks you for your leadership and willingness to serve. We look forward to working with you during the upcoming months!

Affinity Goes To Out On The Hill

Affinity Goes To Out On The Hill

Thanks to the generosity of Proud To Run, Affinity was able to take four youth to National Black Justice Coalition’s Out On The Hill Black LGBTQ Leadership Summit and the Congressional Black Caucus’ Legislative Conference in Washington, DC last week.

Family Matters

Family Matters

Starting this month we are launching the periodic section, “Family Matters,” to illustrate the intersections of family life and social justice work. We invite you to submit pictures and stories about you define own families. Stories should be no more than a few sentences. #IAmAffinity

Affinity Intern Moves On

Affinity Intern Moves On

Jerrell Clayton first came to Affinity during the At the Intersections convening we co-hosted in August 2014. Shortly afterwards he began interning with us. While at Affinity Jerrell played an instrumental role in developing and launching our HIV program and helped manage the office. We’ll miss his energy and laughter and insistence that all the staff eat lunch together. He’ll be in good hands in his next internship, which will be with the local office of SAGE (Service & Advocacy for GLBT Elders). Jerrell is also entering the second year of the masters degree program in social work at Governors State University. We wish him all the best and look forward to seeing him walk across the stage next year.

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