Erie House Benefits from Million Dollar Round Table Foundation Grant


June 30, 2017 | Chicago, IL

June 30, 2017 (CHICAGO)—The Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) Foundation has awarded a $2,000 grant to Erie Neighborhood House in support of the agency’s READS literacy intervention program in the Little Village community.

Through its global grants programs, the MDRT Foundation is committed to building stronger families and communities around the globe. This year, the MDRT Foundation will award over $1 million in MDRT member-endorsed grants to more than 200 charitable organizations worldwide.

Paul Gassel, ‎managing partner at WWM Investments and a member of the Erie House board of directors, presented the grant on behalf of the MDRT Foundation at a small reception with READS participants at the agency’s Little Village site (4225 W 25th St) on Wednesday, June 28.

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Erie House board member Paul Gassel presents a $2000 MDRT Foundation grant to support the LV READS literacy program in Little Village. FILE PHOTO

“Our READS program is making a significant impact on students in Little Village,” says Erie House executive director Kirstin Chernawsky. “This grant from the MDRT Foundation will help sustain this effort to provide our kids with the tools they need to succeed in school.”

Students are referred to the READS program because they are reading far below grade level and additional intervention is deemed necessary. Last year 96% of students in the READS program improved their reading skills by an entire grade level.

The after-school program operates Monday through Thursday, pairing students with volunteer tutors to work on a variety of activities to support literacy growth. It also operates during the summer months to aid with retention and provide a safe, engaging environment for neighborhood kids.

“We’re grateful for the support of the MDRT Foundation,” says Chernawsky. “With the ongoing state budget crisis, community partnerships are more important than ever to ensure our programs continue meeting the needs of our participants.

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About the MDRT Foundation
The MDRT Foundation was created in 1959 to provide MDRT members with a means to give back to their communities. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated more than $30 million in more than 70 countries throughout the world and in all 50 U.S. states. These funds were raised by MDRT members and industry partners. For more information, visit

About MDRT
Founded in 1927, the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), The Premier Association of Financial Professionals®, is a global, independent association of more than 49,500 of the world's leading life insurance and financial services professionals from more than 500 companies in 70 countries. MDRT members demonstrate exceptional professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service. MDRT membership is recognized internationally as the standard of excellence in the life insurance and financial services business. For more information, visit

Erie Neighborhood House (ENH) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that reaches 18,000 people annually, empowering them to build better lives while strengthening their communities. ENH offers Chicago’s Latinx and diverse low-income residents a range of community-based education programs. With forward-thinking leadership, ENH is committed to continuing its legacy of cost effective, award-winning programming. For more information, please visit

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