In the U.S., approximately 1 in 5 children under the age of 18 live in poverty, shouldering more than they should have to. Communities In Schools works directly inside schools, building relationships that empower students to succeed inside and outside the classroom.
Immigrant students are suffering more anxiety over the “rhetoric around immigration and ICE raids,” said Dale Erquiaga, the president and CEO of Communities In Schools, a national nonprofit that works to connect schools with community services. “The other is race. We hear a lot from our sites about African-American students… [that] race conversations in the country ratchets up their anxiety and anger.”
AbbVie’s donation of $30 million will allow Communities In Schools to provide essential support services to nearly 70,000 underserved children, including for children in 16 high-need Chicago public schools. This investment represents the largest single corporate donation Communities In Schools has received in its 40-year history.