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Our newsletter, ‘The Link’gives you an inside look at the latest news, events, programs, and a special insight into the PAA. View the current edition of The Link
Summer 2018


PAA Announcements


Chicago Emergency Heating Repair Program 2020-21

November 17, 2020

Emergency Heating Repair (EHR) is a grant program available to income-eligible Chicago homeowners for service to repair or replace their furnace or boiler heating system. Limited funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. More info HERE.

Miejski program naprawy systemów grzewczych dla kwalifikujących się właścicieli domów. Więcej informacji TUTAJ.

Maximum gross income (Limity zarobków, aby się kwalifikować): HERE


The Chicago Society Foundation for PAA

November 16, 2020

For many years the Chicago Society Foundation has been a steadfast champion of the Polish American Association’s many programs, including the Families in Crisis, victims of domestic abuse, and the homeless shelter. Thanks to the support of the Chicago Society Foundation, our Clinical Services Department provided a safe space for homeless men, and traumatized victims and their children where they received intensive mental health, substance abuse, and victim violence counseling. We are enormously grateful for the help we received from the Chicago Society Foundation over the years that has allowed us to provide assistance and counseling to the most vulnerable members of our community. That support has been critical in addressing their needs. One of the areas which the PAA has to quickly update and improve, is its records keeping systems, Electronic Health Record. The Chicago Society Foundation has provided the PAA with funds to help underwrite the cost of purchasing and building the Electronic Health Records system, which will enable us to appropriately serve clients without stable homes, as well as victims of domestic violence. The PAA is deeply grateful for the Foundation’s generosity and friendship.

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The PAA Mourns the Passing of An Exceptional Woman – Henryka Blusiewicz

June 25, 2020
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All of us, the leadership, staff and clients of the PAA have been uniquely blessed to know and be lifted up by the remarkable Henryka Blusiewicz. A deeply spiritual woman, Henryka passed on June 14, 2020, just months after a lifetime of service to others.
In 2007, Henryka was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award in a special ceremony at the White House, but for Henryka, helping feed a family, or arranging medical care for the ill and the broken members of our community, were the only rewards she sought. She never walked away from a ‘lost cause,’ and never gave up when various bureaucracies’ attempted to defy her efforts on behalf of her clients; her family. To know Henryka, was to know love, kindness, beauty and compassion. Her spirit has touched each and every one of us and we are all better for knowing her.
The world is now a less beautiful place without our beloved Henryka. Obituary info - click HERE. In order to attend mass tomorrow (6.26.2020),  attendees must pre-register with the funeral home 773-588-5850.

Daily Updates on COVID-19 Pandemic - State of Illinois

May 7, 2020

The Illinois Department of Health is providing daily COVID-19 updates at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19. It contains information about the number of new cases, testing results and locations, and general information to help us manage under stay-at-home orders as well as public health approach to safely reopen our state.

Polish military medical team joins Illinois' virus response

April 24, 2020

Nine members of the Polish military’s Medical Corps are in Chicago for 10 days to support the state’s response to COVID-19. Read more HERE.

Important Update - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Polish American Association is committed to ensuring the health and safety of its clients, students and staff as we work to maintain the CDC and WHO guidelines on limiting individual exposure to COVID-19, and containing its spread further into the community. We will begin instituting new protocols to ensure that our most vulnerable clients are not forgotten during this required necessary period of distancing. The pandemic may be with us for months; we need your help now. For most recent updates please visit: polish.org/coronavirus

Your donations will provide food and access to health care. It will cover unanticipated costs for those who lose their low-wage jobs. Now, more than ever, we are called upon to help those who for whom this pandemic will be catastrophic. Your gift has never been more important. Please give generously today.

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 polish.org/donate - thank you!

SONJI JONES - PAA INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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.​

Current employment listings

Our most employment job listings are available at polish.org/jobs

ALL JOB SEEKERS ENROLL TODAY!

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

SOUTH SIDE OFFICE HOURS - DUE TO THE COVID-19 SOUTH SIDE OFFICE IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED

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