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Entrepreneurship: Turning Business Ideas into Reality

By Terrie Simmons / 23 January 2024

We champion entrepreneurship in our communities. On January 23, 2024, The Lewis Simmons Foundation partnered with the Woodforest Bank to host the Woodforest Foundry entrepreneur workshops where we help people…

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Holiday Cheer: Giving a Little Love During the Holidays

By Terrie Simmons / 26 December 2023

For the 4th quarter, we focused on spreading holiday cheer by making the holiday season a little easier for some of our clients. This helped to prevent them from repeating…

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Golf Outing: Business and Community Building

By Terrie Simmons / 15 September 2023

On September 15, 2023, local businesses, individuals and corporations joined us for a day of giving back and networking at our first BUSINESS & COMMUNITY BUILDING GOLF-OUTING! It was an…

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Entrepreneurship: Business Pitch Competition

By Terrie Simmons / 16 August 2023

On August 16, 2023, we took part in a Business Pitch Competition with Kane County Jail. The pitch competition was an opportunity for the detainees to present their business pitch…

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Job Readiness: Grooming Men for Job Interviews

By Terrie Simmons / 05 May 2023

We prepare re-entry to put their best foot forward in their job readiness search. On May 5, 2023, we hosted free haircuts for the community at Do or Dye Salon…

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Toy Drive

By Terrie Simmons / 10 December 2021

The Lewis Simmons Foundation partnered with other local organizations in the Aurora, IL and Batavia, IL to give toys to families 🤍! The partnerships we forged and the smiles we…

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Black Vax Aurora Clinic

By Terrie Simmons / 03 March 2021

Terrie and the Lewis Simmons Foundation Team have been working hard to bring awareness to the Black VAX initiative happening in Aurora, IL. This initiative is aimed at giving black…

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Love Yourself Sister Saturday Set

By Terrie Simmons / 27 February 2021

Hosted an international event that connected 13 industry experts with 60+ women to talk to, learn from and grow with each other and have meaningful engagement designed to provide the…

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Facebook Live with Congressman Bill Foster

By Terrie Simmons / 31 December 2020

Hosted a Facebook Live to educate the community about resources available through the CARES ACT and Family First Act. Had 10,000+ viewers. Catch the replay here: Make a Donation

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2020 Census outreach in Aurora, IL with Talented Tenths Social Services and the QCAAC

By Terrie Simmons / 25 September 2020

The Lewis Simmons Foundation joined the City of Aurora, Talented Tenth Social Services, and the Quad County African American Chamber on Saturday, September 25 to encourage residents in Aurora, IL…

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Kane County Sheriff’s Office Diversion Program

By Terrie Simmons / 30 June 2020

As you know, small business owners are the backbone of communities around the country. Your support of these businesses will help to fuel economic impact for minority and women businesses…

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Father’s Who Care, West Side Community Stakeholders, Talented Tenth Social Services, Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry

By Terrie Simmons / 17 June 2020

During the weekend of June 16, our Founders Terrie and Eric Simmons participated in several events across the Chicagoland area. The Lewis Simmons Foundation team partnered with Father’s Who Care,…

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