Advocating for stronger communities since 1971
CHICAGO FAMILY PARTERS formerly WACA (The Westside Association For Community Action) is a community-based, social service agency that has provided a wide range of critical services to residents within the North Lawndale, Austin, Brighton Park, and Garfield communities for over 40 years. Founded in 1971, and located on Chicago’s Westside, their mission has been to identify and alleviate problems that contribute to the disintegration of its communal fabric. Within their multi-service community-based network, they work diligently to increase the strength of family ties, while maintaining and developing important bi-partisan relationships. This is done while expanding their local, state, and national networks of community-based providers committed to working with at-risk youth by offering positive alternatives to negligent lifestyle.
CFP offers several programs that have a significant impact on the surrounding community. Several of these programs allow for participation by our supporters through volunteer opportunities. For more information on the services offered or volunteer opportunities, please see the information below.
Become a Mentor
Come and make a difference in a kid's life by giving back your time to the community. Assist with homework, do a craft project, visit a museum, tour a college campus, or help a kid build a healthy relationship by being a positive influence.
Community volunteers are contributors who help CFP to carry out social welfare, community building, and outreach operations sponsored by either CFP or CFP partner organizations, including state and local government.
Internal CFP Operations
Volunteers who would like to support CFP by assisting with day to day operations are welcome. Past volunteers have supported communications campaigns, grant writing, and community outreach.
CFP Programs and Services
Evening Reporting Center (ERC)
Youth who are awaiting trial while on home confinement are referred from Cook County Juvenile Court to report five days a week from 5:00PM to 9:00PM for structured activities inclusive of: educational and life skill curriculums, homework based tutorials as well as cultural and recreational activities. Advocates pick up participants daily and bring them to the ERC and take participants home at the end of the evening.
Partnership for a Safer Chicago
CFP has partnered with UCAN to offer a safe space for youth and families living in neighborhoods affected by violence. Partnership for a safer Chicago promotes peace, builds trust and strengthens relationships among neighborhood residents by offering positive programming for youth and families. The initiative is a "proactive response" to violence in the city, with a focus on street intervention.
Our community-based, social service agency that provides a wide range of critical services mission is to identify and alleviate problems that contribute to the disintegration of its communal fabric. We work diligently to increase the strength of family ties while maintaining and developing important bi-partisan relationships. We are committed to working with at-risk youth by offering positive alternatives to negligent lifestyle.