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Provide Emergency Funding to a Cara Participant

Thank you for your support of Cara. We are facing an unprecedented emergency, and the motivated job seekers who come to Cara are among the most affected by the impact of COVID-19. That is why we need the support of our Cara community now more than ever.

As the economy shifts in response to the global pandemic, we have augmented our services to provide emergency assistance to our participants and alumni. We ask for your support today to expand upon the work we are doing and allow us to quickly grow capacity so that we may increase the assistance we are able to provide. Every dollar makes a difference in these difficult times and helps keep our participants — those employed, recently laid off, or in the midst of their job search — on their pathway out of poverty. Thank you.

Updates on Cara's response to COVID-19


Cara’s offices in downtown and south side Chicago have suspended physical operations through May 1. While we are not providing in-person programming during this time, we have augmented our services to continue supporting participants in their job search through virtual coaching services via phone, email, IM, and text.


With Governor Pritzker’s Stay at Home order beginning Saturday, March 21 at 5 pm, we are suspending non-essential Cleanslate operations and Cara Connects assignments to be compliant with this mandate. Our administrative teams will continue to work remotely and our participants will continue to receive virtual engagement from our program support team at Cara during this order.


We have postponed the March 2020 Cara classic cohort, but our recruitment and admissions team is still working with prospective Cara participants to join us in April. Anyone interested in joining Cara can reach out to 312-798-3309 or


We have cancelled our Fifth Annual Cara Gala, scheduled for April 17. We still plan to honor our distinguished Cara alum, Philile Mabuza, and trailblazer philanthropists Jim and Kay Mabie in a virtual capacity next month. Stay tuned for details.


We have chosen to postpone our sold-out April Cara Institute, which was slated to bring multiple organizations from across the country together to learn with and from each other on best practices and failures in workforce development. Our Cara Plus team is working on rescheduling this three-day gathering for later this year.


Our leadership will continue monitoring all news about the Coronavirus, particularly as it relates to its spreading in Chicago and any correlation these cases may have with our community. We will continue sending updates to our entire community via email, on our website, and through our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.