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Phone: 773-777-8898
5216 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago
Illinois 60630
USA
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Target demographics: Community health & information seminars, Community meeting space, underwrite performing art groups & students, Raise funds for children with medical needs, underwrite ESL classes, Support other non-profits via Venue usage

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5000

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: • Assist in various ways during one of our festivals.• Help office staff • Help with event postings on internet & monitor for new comments & ?’s• Help us during events• Volunteer theater usher• Volunteer parking lot guide/assistant

Geographic areas served: Metro Chicago

Programs: 1.) English as a second Language classes ( 6 days a week )
2.) Underwriting support for Paderewski Symphony orchestra
3.) Underwriting for Polonia Ensemble dance group
4.) Underwriting support - Agata Paleczny Children's Theaterworks
5.) Underwriting support - Scena Polonia - theatrical program
6.) Underwriting of WOSP event ( last year raised over $ 60,000 for children's hospitals
7.) Sponsor of neighborhood Sunday Farmer's Markets ( held in our Parking lot )
8.) Sponsor and underwrite community events ( Aldermanic debates, community meetings, Chamber of Commerce meetings, Police Community outreach
meetings, Social Security seminars, OSHA safety seminars, official neighborhood polling location

Mission:
The Copernicus Center is a community center sponsored by the Copernicus Foundation and primarily the Polish community for the benefit of Chicago and the northwest side communities. Its mission is to promote Polish cultural events in Chicago and to serve the needs of the multicultural communities in Chicago. The Center houses a historic theater, classrooms, and other venue spaces for events and meetings.
Results:
Total underwriting for community and charitable causes exceeds $200,000 annually for the 5th year in a row.

WOSP Benefit - First event sponsored 3 years ago raised $15,000 for child health care, second year raised $25,000 and last year's event raised over $80,000 for children's hospitals

Community Meetings, Workshops, & Events: Flu Shots, Voting, Tax & Health Seminars, Election Information, Various Information Fairs, Farmer's Markets, OSHA safety seminars, ESL classes, Christmas tree lighting/entertainment.

The Copernicus Foundation underwrites or supports a MINIMUM of 12 OTHER nonprofits annually.

Our Programs:
1.) English as a second Language classes ( 6 days a week )
2.) Underwriting support for Paderewski Symphony orchestra
3.) Underwriting for Polonia Ensemble dance group
4.) Underwriting support - Agata Paleczny Children's Theaterworks
5.) Underwriting support - Scena Polonia - theatrical program
6.) Underwriting of WOSP event ( last year raised over $ 60,000 for children's hospitals
7.) Sponsor of neighborhood Sunday Farmer's Markets for Jefferson Park
8.) Sponsor and underwrite community events ( Aldermanic debates, community meetings, Chamber of Commerce meetings, Police Community outreach meetings, Social Security seminars, OSHA safety seminars, official neighborhood polling location, Flu Shot Clinic, and more...

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10/29/13
It would be difficult for me to imagine the cultural life of our large Polish-American community in Chicago without the Copernicus Center, a venue of the Copernicus Foundation. After its recent renovations the Copernicus is now gorgeous, functional, clean and comfortable. It has become the heart of ... more »
10/28/13
We have been to many events hosted by the Copernicus Foundation and they have all been a great time. The taste of Polonia makes the Copernicus Center a great focal point for the huge Polish population in Chicago. The Taste of Polonia's mix of Ethnic foods, traditional polish entertainment, ... more »
10/25/13
I am an employee of a nonprofit, social services organization serving Chicago area residents. Over the course of this year, we have organized several community workshops and informational seminars at the Copernicus Center. The foundation provided us with beautiful and functional meeting space and ... more »
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• Assist in various ways during one of our festivals.• Help office staff • Help with event postings on internet & monitor for new comments & ?’s• Help us during events• Volunteer theater usher• Volunteer parking lot guide/assistant

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