Who We Are
Work of the Foundations of East Chicago is funded by the AMERISTAR East Chicago Casino and Hotel.
Our Mission is to support local schools, churches, municipal agencies and nonprofit organizations that work to improve the quality of life in East Chicago.
To advance this mission, the Foundations of East Chicago will provide financial support through educational assistance in the form of scholarships; the awarding of grants that are strategic to achieve our objectives and by our service and leadership within the community.
To be recognized as the model for philanthropic leadership and community partnership, demonstrating that positive change is possible and East Chicago residents can live in hope of a bright, safe and prosperous future.
What we believe and hold as core values in our organizational responsibilities and operational priorities:
- Integrity and Fairness
|Board of Directors||Staff|
|Rosa M. Peña
Education Program Director
Director of Office Administrative Services
Community Program Director
|Cedric Gamble||Evelyn Goins
Office Operations/Grant Support
|Nadyne Kokot||Raquel Avila
Office Operations/Data Support
Office Operations/Scholarship Support
|Grant Committee Members|
|Nereida Harretos||Rev. Moses Paez|
|Juanita Hill||Richard Peterson|
|Rita Jacque-Gillis||Jose Rivera|
|Rev. Willie Johnson||Maria Vargas|
|Peter Smith||Kathleen Zipko|
|Dolores Lakich||Ken Harris|
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For two years, Rev. Willie Johnson has been involved with the Foundations of East Chicago (FEC). He has been a part of two different grant cycles and has found his experience with the organization to [...]