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Summer 2018

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President Biden Announces Key Appointments to Boards and Commissions

The PAA congratulates Maureen Pikarski, a life long supporter of the PAA, its causes and efforts. President Biden Announces Key Appointments to Boards and Commissions | The White House (Maureen Catherine Pikarski, Commissioner, U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad.)

Happy Birthday Greg!

January 11, 2022

On behalf of the entire PAA staff we would like to wish a very happy birthday to Greg Kojak, Chairman of the PAA Board of Directors. We are immensely grateful for Greg's hard work, dedication, and guidance he tirelessly gives to the Agency. Happy Birthday! Sto lat!

PAA Reopens the Food Pantry

October 28, 2021

The Polish-American Association is reopening its Food Pantry on November 16th, Tuesday, at 10:00am. The Food Pantry will be open every week, on Tuesdays, from 10:00am to 2:00pm. We will be observing social distancing and COVID-19 safety precautions. Please enter at 4808 W Berenice. The Food Pantry is sponsored by the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Zrzeszenie Amerykańsko-Polskie informuje, że po przerwie spowodowanej pandemią otwiera na nowo bank żywności (Food Pantry) w dniu 16 listopada, wtorek, o godzinie 10:00 rano. Wydawanie żywności będzie się odbywać co tydzień, we wtorki, od godziny 10:00 do 14:00 z zachowaniem zasad bezpieczeństwa pandemicznego. Wejście od 4808 W Berenice. Bank żywności sponsorowany jest przez Greater Chicago Food Depository.

White House Proclamation on General Pulaski Memorial Day, 2021

Dear PAA Friends - please read the White House Proclamation on General Pulaski Memorial Day, 2021. Thank you!

"NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 11, 2021, as “General Pulaski Memorial Day.” I encourage all Americans to commemorate this occasion with appropriate programs and activities paying tribute to General Casimir Pulaski and honoring all those who defend the freedom of our great Nation."

The Polish American Association Receives the Lloyd Fry Foundation Grant

October 7, 2021

The Polish American Association has received a $35,000 grant from the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation for the current year. With these funds, the PAA is able to support the Career Navigator Program whose goal is to help students pursuing the Certified Nursing Assistant certification navigate personal as well as educational and professional challenges. The Career Navigator provides a critical resource, that is individual professional mentoring, which enables the clients to build on their early accomplishments by raising expectations and self-confidence, and providing the means to achieve them. The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation grant provides the foundation upon which our work can continue; creating opportunities to inspire and influence a consistently underemployed segment of the immigrant population, now facing even greater challenges caused by the new COVID-19 reality.

We are extremely grateful to the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation for the award. For more information on this project, please contact the Polish American Association at (773) 282-8206. With gratitude,

The Polish American Association

Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) For Community - Event at Daley Center

September 22, 2021

On the first day of Autumn representatives of the Polish American Association participated in the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) For CommUNITY Event at Daley Center. Illinois Secretary of state, Mr. Jesse White, opened the event with a speech. The event featured representatives of the YMCA, Link Together, Sarah's Inn, A Safe Place, Illinois Attorney General, and various other organizations.

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State Representative Will Guzzardi's Staff Members Visited PAA

August 23, 2021

State Representative Will Guzzardi's Chief of Staff, Emily Melbye, and Josec Galindo, Constituent Services Liaison, visited the Polish American Association on August 20th and learned about 99 years of our history. We are looking forward to working together for the wellbeing of our communities.

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State Representative, Lindsey LaPointe Visited PAA

August 11, 2021

State Representative Lindsey LaPointe visited the Polish American Association on August 10th. Rep. LaPointe toured our facilities and learned about the work the PAA has been doing in the community for 99 years. We hope to continue this partnership, and as a result, enhance the services we provide to all those in need.

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PAA Supports The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

July 22, 2021

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy was created in 2012 during the Presidency of Barack Obama. The policy has protected around 800,000 young immigrants, known as DREAMers. On July 16th, 2021, a federal judge in the Southern District of Texas has ruled that DACA “is illegal.” It is important to note that this court ruling does not affect current DREAMers, but it has consequences for thousands of young immigrants as their future becomes unclear. Nine years after the creation of the DACA Program, Congress has still not provided DREAMers with a clear path to becoming American citizens. The Department of Justice has announced that it is going to appeal this ruling. However, only Congress can guarantee a steady and clear path to citizenship for the DACA recipients who deserve the promise of safe and secure future. The Polish American Association is urgently requesting Congress to pass the American Dream and Promise Act. Living in fear is not part of the American Dream, and we sincerely hope that Congress will provide security and safety to all DREAMers, in accordance with the United States Constitution.

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.


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