Mission: A volunteer based organization wes's mission is to promote the welfare of
Programs: The workers education society (wes)provided a site and intake workers for low income illinois residents to apply for state and federal-funded assistance with utility bills and weatherization. Funding was provided by the low income energy assitance program (liheap). The site was utilized as a meeting venue for agencies participating with the community and economic development association (ceda) and for training of new intake workers. Community members donated hundreds of hours to do community outreach and to administer the program.
wes's unity center community resourced program helped neighborhood residentswith cultural and educational activities as well as concrete resources. Cultural activities included its annual african american history month celebration,a may day potluck, a review of the highlights of the chicago film festival,a state of the union watch party, an outing to a white sox game, and rehearsals of the chicago chinese chorus. The center hosted a monthly southside lgbt support group as well as weekly yoga cla
the south halsted unemployed action center, a wes project to support and empower the unemployed, held weekly lunch gatherings to train volunteers to help others with job search and resume writing as well as issues concerning unemployment benefits, utilities and evictions. The unemployed action center made the voices of the unemployed heard through meetings with elected representatives, press interviews, and weekly sidewalk speak outs at the public library.