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Summer 2018

PAA Announcements

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.

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 - thank you!


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!!!

Current employment listings

Our most employment job listings are available at


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