LivingWorks is a 501c3 located in the diverse Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. LivingWorks seeks to foster holistic development in local elementary school students by addressing the needs of the whole child through academic enrichment and extracurricular activities that allow students to explore their own interests and potential. Started as a program of Living Water Community Church in 1994, LivingWorks began operation as a distinct 501c3 in 2010 in order to expand the After School Program’s potential for development and community impact. Since that time, LivingWorks has connected with a number of community organizations that allow us to provide quality programming to children in Rogers Park.
LivingWorks seeks to foster development of the whole child: mind, body and spirit.
LivingWorks is rooted in the Mennonite Christian tradition and is committed to the following principles:
- Non-Violent Peacemaking: LivingWorks is committed to empowering people to live in peace by providing tools for preventing violence and transforming conflict.
- Multiculturalism & Anti-Racism: LivingWorks is committed to promoting respect for all cultures and to helping undo the effects of structural racism through promoting access to high quality educational opportunities for students of color.
- Ecumenical, inter-faith and community collaboration: LivingWorks program participants and tutoring staff come from a broad range of cultural and religious backgrounds. LivingWorks is committed to working beyond cultural borders to build a stronger community.
- Asset-Based Community Development: LivingWorks believes strong communities are built from the inside out, drawing on the strengths and resources of community members and local organizations.