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Dear friend,

Just a reminder: COVID-19 is still real and rampant! My youngest and I recently tested positive for the virus, and I’m so grateful we are both up-to-date with vaccines and booster shots. With new, more transmissible variants constantly evolving, I wanted to make sure you remember the three Ws:

  • Wear a mask
  • Watch your distance in public, crowded spaces
  • Wash your hands frequently

Additionally, it’s critical that we all do our part and stay up-to-date with vaccines and boosters. Cook County Health at the Belmont Cragin Health Center accepts walk-ins throughout the week and two Saturdays a month. More information on vaccines, data, and more can be found in English and Spanish on the Illinois Unidos website.

Read on for additional information on resources for you, opportunities to have your voice heard, job opportunities and more.

As always, feel free reach out to my office for assistance by calling 773-278-2020, sending a text message to 773-207-7838, or sending us a note at www.senatorpacionezayas.com/contact-us.

Sincerely,

State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas | 20th District

We’re putting all of this week’s featured resource in one, easily-accessible webpage, which can be found here. Featured resources include:

  • A first draft of  the We Will Chicago Framework Plan including a chance to give input
  • Information on an opportunity to receive a free bike from Chicago Department of Transportation
  • Opportunities for youth in Chicago
  • COVID-19 vaccine and booster information

Check out my webpage featuring a list of job opportunities in Chicago and the 20th District. There, you can find links to jobs with the State of Illinois, Chicago Public Schools, local organizations and more.

Early childhood education highlight

We know early childhood education provides a backbone for our communities. That’s why I want to highlight various opportunities for ECE providers, families and other stakeholders with information they can use to make sure our children get the best care possible.

This week, I’m highlighting $60 million in capital grants to go toward Illinois ECE providers to construct, expand, and improve facilities throughout the state. Qualifying public school districts and not-for-profit early childhood facilities can apply for the early Childhood Construction Grant through Oct. 10, 2022. Learn more and apply here.

Upcoming events

July 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Legislative Community Report Forum

Join me, Sen. Omar Aquino, and our colleagues in the House of Representatives at the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance for a forum bringing you all the latest information on the 2022 legislative session. RSVP by July 22 at https://www.praachicago.org/community-forum-2022

Aug. 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Kelvyn Park’s 5th Annual Back-to-School Fair and Mercado

I’m so excited to welcome back this great event to help kick off the upcoming school year. Featuring free goodies, vaccines, dental checks, music, vendors and more, this event is fun for the whole family!

And in case you missed it…

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, calls to mental health crisis lines have been on the rise. That’s why, we made it easier than ever to get the help you need. Dial 9-8-8 to be connected to a trained counselor within the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. You can learn more at 988lifeline.org.

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Springfield Office:
M120 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8191
 
District Office:
3140 W. Montrose
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 278-2020