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Who We Are

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Who We Are

Work of the Foundations of East Chicago is funded by the AMERISTAR East Chicago Casino and Hotel.

Mission Statement

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.

Vision Statement

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.


 Core Values

What we believe and hold as core values in our organizational responsibilities and operational priorities:

  • Transparency
  • Accountability
  • Consistency
  • Integrity and Fairness

Our Leadership

Board of Directors Staff
George Weems
President
Rosa M. Peña
Executive Director
Joseph Verduzco
Vice President
Tereka Boone
Education Program Director
Mario Palacios
Treasurer
Alexis Jimenez
Director of Office Administrative Services
Sylvia Morrisroe
Secretary
Janet Wozniak
Community Program Director
Nadyne Kokot Evelyn Goins
Office Operations/Grant Support
  Raquel Avila
Office Operations/Data Support
  Veronica Perez
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
  Michael Muskin

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Scholarship Recipient Living Many Dreams

October 31st, 2018|0 Comments

So many of Ruben Ramos’ dreams all happened at once. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, he was hired as a 7th grade Social Studies teacher at Block Junior High in [...]