Doris & Clara Community Initiative (DCCI) was founded in August 2018. DCCI registered the organization in the state of Illinois in September 2018 and obtained 501c3 in the same month. DCCI's ultimate goal is to go beyond the band-aid solution of community clean-up; but truly serve the individuals in the community working with them to enhance their personal lives and subsequently improve their own community.
Summer 2018, two native Chicagoans gathered to discuss the despair of many communities on the Westside and Southside of Chicago and what needed to change. During the conversation they begin to realize they have the knowledge, tools, resources, passion, and commitment to work collaborative residents (their neighbors and childhood community) to improve these communities. The founders are Westside and Southside residents born and raised and ready to give back to their roots and make a positive change.
October 2019, DCCI expanded their reach to include communities in Southwest Louisiana (SWLA). The concerns that were identified in Chicago, also plague other communities across America. We are excited to have SWLA residents on the board and ready to work to be the change they want to see in the world!
Financial Literacy Academy (Chicago, IL and Jennings, LA)
Blooming Bull Pups Early Learning Center (Jennings, LA)
Workforce development programs for youth and adults (Illinois and Louisiana)
Project Greenspace: Repurpose Vacant Lots (Chicago, IL)
Affordable Housing (Illinois and Louisiana)
Community and Economic Development (Illinois and Louisiana)
Cheronda Everett - Board Chairperson Clarence Matthews, III - Board Member Antwon James - Board Member (Acting Director) Advisory Board Members Denise Everett, Retired Army Veteran Candace Knight Tassany McShan, Program Director of SWLA (DCCI)
Myah Kimbrough (Class of 2020) Khalyl Warren (Class of 2020) Chyann Young (Class of 2021)
Aamiyah Matthews (Class of 2022) Kenjal Reed (Class of 2023) Amariah Wattie (Class of 2023)