OPERATION UPLIFT, INC. is an Illinois grassroots Not-For-Profit Corporation, founded in 1968, to provide self-help development services to the unemployed, underemployed and low-income residents of the Proviso Township and Western Metropolitan Chicago land community’s unemployed, underemployed, and low income population. The agency also designs strategies that promote academic, social, cultural and economic advancement for individuals and minority small business owners. The agency’s programs and services extend “A HAND UP, NOT A HAND OUT.”
The organization conducts two grass-root programs:
Operation UpLift Training and Resource Center - Provides hands on Computer Training, Job Readiness Skills, Employment Referral Assistance, Life Management Counseling, G.E.D. Studies, Nutritional Counseling, and Small Business Seminars. The center is a member of the Maywood Chamber of Commerce, Triton College Advisory Council on Adult Education, and the Mayor’s Summit on Crime & Violence.
The West Town Museum of Cultural History - Established in 1995, by
Northica H. Stone with the expressed purpose of researching, designing, exhibiting and re-echoing the heritage of Chicago’s West Suburban Community. The West Town has a 80% focus on Black History with a blend of other cultures; that together compose the true story of American History. The archives are a major vehicle for historic preservation, oral history, photographs, videos, textiles, cultural tourism, self-esteem building and overall community pride. This multifaceted mission promotes the legacy of historic achievement and highlights the importance of the present, with hope for the future.
The West Town Museum is a member of the Illinois Association of Museums, the Oak Park Visitors Bureau and is certified by the Village of Maywood as the community’s official public museum. It is supported by admission fees, memberships, museum store, donations and contributions from individuals, private corporations and social groups.
During its 40 year existence, the Operation Uplift Center has served more than 20,000 low to medium income individuals and families; who have needed a social economic and cultural “Hand Up and Not a Hand Out.” Our service delivery area is Proviso Township which is located in the near West Cook County Community.
Operation Uplift , Inc. networks with other agencies including the Cook County Department of Planning, The United Way of Metro-Chicago, Illinois Department of Human Services – Substance Abuse Department, the Maywood Chamber of Commerce, Elementary School Districts 88, 89, 92, as well as Proviso Township High Schools District 209. The Maywood Public Library and Triton College are also a part of our social service network.