Civic Engagement / Participación Civica
The engagement of immigrant community members in all aspects of civic life is crucial to the strength and vitality of any community. P.A.S.O. is focused in integrating civic engagement and community organizing with the purpose to ensure that immigrant families in the West Cook Suburbs have access to effective integration as well as are empowered to be involved and directly engaged in their communities, their children’s schools, and in the local decision-making process.
P.A.S.O. has made an impact in the West Cook Suburbs in the civic engagement field:
- Since 2009, through our Citizenship Program have directly assisted over 1,200 eligible residents begin the citizenship process and outreached over 2,600 through direct contact
- Ensured immigrant families were informed about the 2010 Census, by conducting a door-to-door education campaign targeting the zone with the lowest return rate in 2000 in Melrose Park. In three months, over 40 trained, bilingual volunteers contacted 1,490 households door-to-door and effectively increased the 2010 Census return rate.
- In 2011, P.A.S.O. worked to ensure the creation of new legislative district boundaries that protect the voting rights of Latino residents and strengthen their political representation. In partnership with a coalition of 49 organizations, P.A.S.O. was involved in the passage of 6 new minority-majority legislative district maps, including one drawn and championed by P.A.S.O. that includes the Leyden and Proviso townships.
- Through our non-partisan voter engagement project, we’ve registered 3,563 new voters, focusing on new citizens and children of immigrants, and ran Get out the Vote operations on Election Day, effectively increasing the voter turnout in targeted high density precincts.
If you are interested in our civic engagement and community organizing work,
contact Estela Vara at 708-410-2000.