• Learn about the Rapid Employment and Development Initiative that we're working on in partnership with Heartland Alliance Read More
  • Curtis Butler

    Creating a Community that Works
    Congratulations to Curtis Butler, our inaugural Robert Steele Creating a Community that Works client awardee. Read More

  • Nityananda

    Creating a Community that Works
    Congratulations to Nityananda Bell, our 2018 Creating a Community that Works client awardee. Since his start with CTA in 2015, Nityananda has shown what is possible when one has determination, focus and hard work. Read More

  • Voice of the Voiceless

    Voice of the Voiceless
    The 2018 Voice of the Voiceless Award is presented to Terry Mazany, former President and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust. With his passion, commitment and compassion for the men and women we serve, Terry has worked since 2001 to improve the lives of Chicago residents by championing the North Lawndale Employment Network and organizations throughout Chicago effectively leading a local philanthropic force to build thriving organizations. Read More

  • JPMorgan Chase

    Creating a Community that Works Partner Award
    In its more than 200 year history, JP Morgan Chase has remained a philanthropic force investing in some of the most impoverished cities across the nation to resolve stubborn social and economic issues. Whitney Smith, Executive Director of Midwest Philanthropy, has remained as steadfast champion of the North Lawndale Employment Network. Read More

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NLEN is a CEDA Partner Site

To enroll in LIHEAP energy assistance, please visit NLEN on the 8th Floor of Nichols Tower, 906 S Homan Ave, Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 5 pm or Fridays 9 am – 1 pm. Click here to review program guidelines.

September 1: Households with person age 60+ OR household with a person receiving Social Security Benefits.
October 1: Household with disconnected utilities OR household with child under age 5
November 1: All eligible households

Our MissionNLEN is a proud member of the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council, revitalizing North Lawndale through bold, community-led initiatives.

The North Lawndale Employment Network’s mission is to improve the earnings potential of the North Lawndale community through innovative employment initiatives that lead to economic advancement and an improved quality of life for residents.

We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to work! More importantly, we also believe that our community flourishes when good jobs give residents both paychecks and self-worth.

We help unemployed and underemployed people in the North Lawndale neighborhood and beyond prepare for, find, and succeed at their jobs. Our clients are motivated, trained, equipped, and ready to work—qualities that employers value. We offer donors the chance to invest in an organization with a stellar track record of changing individual lives and improving the community’s quality of life, one person at a time, one job at a time.