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YWCA
1215 Church St, Evanston, IL 60201
The YWCA in Evanston is both a public swimming center and a social service that offers emergency housing, financialMore literacy lessons for women, and support for victims of domestic violence. The aquatic programs include swimming lessons for kids, a master program for adults, and aqua aerobics. The main focus of the YWCA is fighting racism and empowering women, and the Evanston location organizes the annual Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate.
Ted Fund
1825 Asbury Ave, Evanston, IL 60201
The Ted Fund provides financial assistance for 100 Evanston children whose families are among the one-third of theMore city's residents living below the poverty line so they can participate in summer sports and cultural activities and other programs during the year. The fund was founded in 1996 in memory of Ted Muller, a District 65 teacher and beloved summer camp counselor who died at the untimely age of 29. Children accepted into the program receive $800 each summer for three years to enroll in one the 16 summer youth programs partnered with the fund. They can also take part in a special mentoring program at the Evanston YMCA, and are given financial support for swim lessons at the YWCA, whose Flying Fish team is the largest in the state. Candidates for the program are referred by District 65 social workers in the Evanston public schools. The organization has a base of 1,200 supporters including corporate sponsors and hosts one large fundraising event each year plus an annual appeal whose goal is to expand the number of children served by the program.
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