For 30 years, the Institute for Community Empowerment (ICE) has taught residents of Chicago the skills of community organizing to ensure that they can participate fully in addressing the issues that matter most in their communities and their lives.

ICE believes that all residents in a democracy have the capability and right to Initiate change, Combat injustice, and Empower themselves and their communities.



ICE is currently helping to pioneer three very different projects to help strengthen citizen engagement and democracy in Chicago.

Read about ICE’s work with the Coalition to Save Our Mental Health Centers;

and with the Citizens Now Program;


Check below for ICE's upcoming events and/or related events

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ICE is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization that has made democracy work in Chicago for 30 years thanks to its generous supporters. Your support can help ICE:

  • Hire and train effective community organizers in a new Chicago COMMUNITY;

  • Develop civics education after school for 12 weeks in a Chicago public school;

  • Teach leaders in all COMMUNITIES how to use ICE’s TESTED leadership model to build majorities and win issues That matter most to their residents.


The strength of free peoples resides in the local community.
— Alexis de Tocqueville