Current committees are listed below. Please contact Peopleofwestridge@gmx.com if you’d like to join.
- HOPE Committee – Economic development has been neglected by the current alderman. POWR served as Community Partner for the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s 2017 Biennial project for the 50th Ward and organized the HOPE Committee, which is collaborating with ward residents, business owners, and community organizations to begin the process of revitalizing the business corridors in West Ridge (California, Devon, Lincoln, Touhy, and Western Avenues) . Through public discussions and workshops we will together create a comprehensive plan for inclusive economic development that meets the needs and serves the demands of West Ridge residents. Economic development includes housing, cultural and recreational opportunities, green spaces, and transportation challenges such as traffic control and improved public transit.
- Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee – The 50th Ward does not participate in PB. In 2018, this committee will host workshops throughout the ward as well as screen a documentary focusing on Chicago’s PB experience, particularly in the 49th Ward. Volunteers who speak Arabic, Hindi, and Urdu are needed to help translate educational materials and present the facts to our immigrant community.