Wellness Fair Returns to Little Village
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 1, 2015 | Chicago, IL
Children participate in a free Zumba class led by the Chicago Park District at the 2014 wellness fair.
The My Wellness, Our Community fair will return to W. 25th St. in Little Village this month for the fourth consecutive year. The one-day street festival is geared toward families and aims to provide health and wellness information, resources and workshops to members of the Little Village community and beyond
WHAT: My Wellness, Our Community, a free, one-day street festival promoting healthy living in the Little Village neighborhood
WHEN: Friday, June 26th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: 4200 block of W 25th St., Chicago, Illinois 60623
WHO: Sponsored by Erie Neighborhood House, Aetna Better Health, Hope Response Coalition, Violence Prevention Collaborative and Working Bikes, the event anticipates more than 50 vendors
“Families can look forward to learning about over 40 non-profit, local, state and federal agencies with free services and information about a variety of topics including housing, legal rights, mental health services, and food pantries,” says Erie House Little Village site coordinator Cristina De La Rosa.
In addition, attendees will receive access to several free on-site services, including free dental cleanings for children and diabetes and blood pressure screenings. Activities such as zumba classes and pick-up soccer games will also be offered during the fair, which attracted more than 300 people last year.
The fair began in 2012 in an effort to specifically address wellness, a growing concern in Little Village, Chicago’s most densely-populated Latino community. “All-encompassing wellness—which includes physical health as well as other aspects of life, such as economic, mental, financial and social well-being—is a priority for us in Little Village,” explains De La Rosa. “It impacts not only the individual but the family unit and community at large.”
Founded in 1870 as one of the first settlement houses serving Chicago’s immigrant population, Erie House expanded its services—based primarily in West Town for its first 135 years—to the Little Village community in 2004. It now serves over 700 residents in Little Village alone, part of the 4,500 Chicagoans impacted by Erie House programs and services each year.
“Walking alongside Little Village residents has truly been a privilege,” says executive director Celena Roldán-Moreno. “We have grown as an organization through listening to community members, identifying needs and priorities and working to address them through education, resources and other services. The My Wellness, Our Community fair is a testimony to that model as we have worked with local partners to support the growth of a strong, thriving community.”
The My Wellness, Our Community fair is free and open to the public; for more information, please visit www.eriehouse.org/wellnessfair or contact Cristina Puzio at (773) 542-7617.