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Summer 2018

PAA Announcements

Donate in memory of Mike Lesniewski

Mike Lesiniewski, a much loved and valued Polish American, recently passed. To honor his memory and continue to help others, his family has chosen the Polish American Association as one of the organizations worthy of receiving memorial donations in his name. Mike was deeply proud of his Polish Heritage and we are honored to be a beneficiary of his dedication and compassion.

You may donate in Mike’s name at - thank you!


The Chicago Election Board is increasing pay for Election Judges to recruit full panels for every precinct and reward poll workers for their service. Please see the full press release below (PDF files):


On Friday, November 15, 2019, the Polish American Association Board of Directors announced that Sonji Jones, the PAA Human Resources Director, has been appointed as our Interim Executive Director. It is with the Board's unanimous vote of confidence that we will work together to during this period of transition and into an exciting time under the new Strategic Plan. Please join us in congratulating Sonji as we move into the PAA’s next chapter.​


November 6, 2019

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement today on the Department of Homeland Security’s announcement regarding Poland’s entry into the Visa Waiver Program. Starting November 11, 2019, citizens of Poland will be able to apply to travel to the United States for tourism or business purposes for up to 90 days without obtaining a U.S. visa.

“For years, I have worked in Congress for visa waivers for our Polish visitors. I know so many Polish Americans who simply want their family and friends from Poland to have easier access to visit America. Today’s announcement is welcome news and recognition of the close, trusting relationship between the United States and the Polish people.” (...)

PAA Receives Grant from Ecolab

November 6, 2019

Ecolab, an innovative, international provider of water, hygiene, safe food, and energy technologies has awarded the PAA a grant to assist Families in Crisis. Ecolab’s reach is global, yet they are generous supporters of the communities where they are located and the PAA is grateful to be a recipient of their generosity. Check out the fascinating work they do at Thank you Ecolab!!!

PAA Receives Grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation

BoA Grant

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation awarded the Polish American Association a $25,000 grant to help people access basic benefits including SNAP and Medicaid. The Board and staff expresses its profound gratitude to Bank of America for supporting the services we provide to immigrant communities. Pictured below is PAA Executive Director Magda Dolas, accepting the $25,000 grant.

Polish American Association Receives Grant from Chicago Society Foundation to Fight Domestic Violence

Chicago Society Award 2019

PAA Executive Director Magda Dolas accepts the grant from the Chicago Society Foundation. From left to right: Richard Ciesla, Frank Gondela, Magda Dolas, Ted Makarewicz (CSF President), Peter Dykas, Romuald Matuszczak, Stanley Sawa, Adam Konopka, Walter Piecewicz

The Chicago Society Foundation (CSF) awarded the Polish American Association (PAA) $10,000 in support of its programming to assist the victims of domestic abuse. The Foundation has long been a committed benefactor of the PAA , and an unwavering champion of the Polish American community in accordance with its mission to “improve the well-being of the Polish American and Polish communities by supporting cultural, historical and educational projects…” The entire Polish American community is lifted up by the philanthropy of the Chicago Society Foundation.

PAA is the Proud Recipient of 2019 Vanguard Award

The Polish American Association is the proud recipient of the Chicago Bar Association’s 2019 Vanguard Award ”for the work the PAA does to make the law more accessible to its clients.” Executive Director Magdalena Dolas accepted the award on behalf of the agency at the Awards Luncheon, on April 10, 2019. Her moving acceptance speech can be viewed here.

Thank you Steve Rakowski for nominating the PAA and the Advocate Society for selecting us to receive this tremendous honor!!!

UIC- PAPA working with the PAA Starting Point Program


The UIC chapter of the Polish American Pharmacists Association (PAPA) is a group of pharmacy students who strive to raise awareness of various health topics among Chicago's Polonia. They enjoy interacting with patients and teaching them about hypertension, diabetes, the flu, and substance used disorders. During the summer, you may find them at various Polish picnics checking patients' blood pressure and blood glucose levels. UIC's chapter of PAPA is passionate about community outreach and empowering patients to learn about and take control of their health".

Current employment listings

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Free Employment Services for Chicago and Cook County Residents - We offer job search assistance and funding for vocational training to income eligible individuals and Unemployment Insurance (UI) recipients. Registration: 3819 N. Cicero Ave, Monday to Thursday 9am – 5pm. Program Orientation: Tuesdays at 1pm. Information: (773) 282-1122 ext. 412


Our South Side office hours have changed, and are as follows:

  • Monday 9 am- 5pm, closed between 1pm-2:20pm
  • Tuesday – 9 am- 5pm, closed between 12pm-1:20pm
  • Wednesday 9am - 5pm, closed between 1pm-2:20pm
  • Thursday 9am - 5pm, closed between 12pm-1:20pm
  • Friday 9am - 3pm, closed between 12pm-1:20pm