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Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission provides scholarship grant to Joliet’s National Hook-Up of Black Women

New Lenox, IL (Aug. 14, 2014)—The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission gave a $6,000 grant to the National Hook-Up of Black Women (NHBW), Joliet Chapter to provide scholarships to area students. Each the following students received a $1,000 scholarship:  Destiny Alexander, Crystal Malone, Jautece McNear, Christopher Norwood, Tyashia Pierce and Louis Williamson. 

Photo caption: Tyashia Pierce, Destiny Alexander, Ardith Neal, Jautece McNear, and  Louis Williamson each received $1,000 scholarships from the Joliet Chapter of the National Hook-Up of Black Women through a grant given by The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission. 

“The National Hook-Up of Black Women is thankful to the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission,” said Lou Ann Johnson, President of Joliet’s National Hook-Up of Black Women. “By providing scholarships to local students to further their education, we are helping these children from our community improve the quality of their life.” 

The National Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc., Joliet Chapter is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable community service organization dedicated to improving the lives of families through support of the arts, culture, health, education, and human services programs. Each year, the organization awards scholarships to students who demonstrate good grades and community service. With the help of Silver Cross’ Healthy Community Commission, they are able to grant new scholarships to six deserving individuals. Scholarship recipients must live within the zip codes 60432, 60433 and 60436. 

The purpose of Silver Cross’s Healthy Community Commission is to coordinate and enhance existing programs for workforce development, education and business growth with a focus on health care and construction. One of the not-for-profit organization’s main goals is to create a stronger, healthier future for Joliet. 

In addition to providing scholarships for the area’s youth, NHBW and Silver Cross Hospital also work together to improve the literacy level in Joliet through the Reading for Life Program.   In 2011, Silver Cross donated funds, furniture and computers to help establish the first NHBW & Silver Cross Reading Room in Joliet.  Today, the hospital continues to support the program with annual grants and book donations to 9 locations in Joliet, Lockport and Bolingbrook.   In the Reading Rooms/Corners, children and parents are able to swap, borrow or take a book to keep in their own personal libraries. During the past three years, the Reading for Life Literacy Program provided more than 10,000 books to over 3,000 children and adults in the community.  For more information about the NHBW & Silver Cross Reading Rooms, call either (815) 364-2740 or (815) 727-9079.


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