Community Engagement Services
The Community Engagement Program organizes events, activities, outings, and workshops for clients to connect with each another, as well as their broader host community, through cultural, artistic, and informational programs.
• Organize cultural events and attend community festivals to forge connections with the broader Chicago area community
• Build support networks among clients through groups and activities, in order to share important information and build community
• Arrange skill building groups to provide opportunities for clients to fill in gaps in their integration into the U.S.
• Bring experts in a variety of topics to speak with IMAS clients at life skills and cultural orientation workshops in order to improve clients’ understandings of the systems and opportunities in Chicago
• Plan community service opportunities for clients, so that they become invested in the success of the community of IMAS and their neighbors
attended community empowerment events, including programming such as:
• Community Picnic
• 4th of July Picnic
• Middle Eastern Poetry Festival
• Take on Hate Community Information Session
• Service Leadership Course
• Oriental Institute Trip
• Knitting Workshops
• Health Insurance Workshop
• English Conversation Group
• Youth Service Group
• Women’s Group
To learn more about our upcoming community events, or to learn more about our volunteer opportunities supporting our community engagement program, email our Community Engagement Specialist Ekram Hanna at:
When I moved to the United States as a refugee from Iraq in 2014, I was surprised by the difficulty I faced in finding new friends and an accepting community to be a part of. I became very depressed and increasingly frightened to meet new people until I met some IMAS staff members.
They shared with me information on their services, including their English Conversation Group and Women’s Group. I started meeting new people, making friends, and building relationships within the community.
Through these regular group meetings, I learned about IMAS programs and began attending workshops and classes in areas such as how to use public transportation —which had been a major challenge for me— computer skills training, knitting classes, and others.
In IMAS, I feel like there is a place where I belong and people who support me, encourage my interests, and advise me in areas where I need guidance.
I consider the staff at IMAS to be a second family, and I cannot imagine life without their service to our community.
IMAS client & volunteer