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Team Progress, a voice for clients!

The Center for Economic Progress (CEP) is excited to launch a new client-led group called Team Progress. The team is comprised of volunteer Neighborhood Organizers that recognize CEP's growing need to hear the voices of clients within the organization.

Organizers will become trained advocates for CEP’s work and share information about the free tax, financial and legal services CEP offers low-income families across Illinois. They will also build local street teams of community volunteers to join their efforts.

If you received CEP’s free tax services, we encourage you to apply to become a Neighborhood Organizer. Email Nina for more information.

Qualifications for Neighborhood Organizers:
1. You must have received free tax services from CEP.
2. You must have a willingness to learn about the work of CEP, state and national advocacy, and community organizing.

What are the benefits of joining Team Progress?
1. Become a leader in your neighborhood by informing individuals about free tax, legal and financial services.
2. Gain new skills and attend free trainings. Trainings cover topics such as public speaking and planning a media event.
3. Become an advocate for low-income people in your neighborhood!

Do team members have to attend meetings?
Yes. There are required quarterly meetings at our downtown office at 29 E. Madison, Chicago, IL. You will also be required to hold meetings in your neighborhood to build your street team.

What are the minimum requirements to be a Neighborhood Organizer?
1. Volunteer a minimum of 40 hours over the course of a year in at least one of the following areas: Advocacy organizing, client and community outreach, volunteer recruitment, and/or building a team of neighborhood individuals for your street team to assist in the above efforts.
2. Commit to a year of volunteering.
3. Maintain steady communication with Volunteer Services at CEP and log your volunteer hours.

Will I be paid to do this work?
No, this is unpaid volunteer work, but we may be able to help cover transportation costs to meetings.

Questions? Please don’t hesitate to email Nina Limbeck or call her at 312-630-0288 x 1.