For 28 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.


AT ICE, MAJORITIES MATTER IN MAKING DEMOCRACY WORK.


ICE PROJECTS

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

ICE RESOURCES

Read about ICE’s early history working with southwest and northwest side communities.

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Download ICE's one-pager with a full summary of its projects:

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ICE is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization that has made democracy work in Chicago for 28 years thanks to its generous supporters. Your support can help ICE:

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

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

  • Teach community leaders in all neighborhoods how to use ICE’s cooperative leadership model to build majorities and win their issues.

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