A uniquely Evanston coalition of business, government, and non-profit organizations is urging Evanstonians to “shop locally, shop Evanston” each of the four Tuesdays in August.
If it works the way organizers hope it does, additional funding will be available to help the homeless and the unemployed to find work, while at the same time increasing the sales of local participating businesses.
And all this without government funding.
“Evanston Works Together: 4 Tuesdays in August” has the full support of Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, who helped launch the campaign at a news conference Monday in the offices of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, along with Carolyn Dellutri of Downtown Evanston, Kathy Slaughter of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, and Sue Loellbach of Connections for the Homeless.
Each Tuesday this month, participating businesses have agreed to donate 5 percent of their sales to the two non-profits.
Funds generated will support free financial literacy, job-readiness, and job training programs at both organizations.
Loellbach says the group has no idea how much revenue will be generated, but that it hopes to make this an annual event.
“This is truly an experiment,” she said.
In addition to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the initiative is being sponsored by two other local businesses—Romano Wealth Management and Acquirent LLC.
If you wish to support the effort, here’s where you should shop:
Downtown Evanston: Affordable Portables, Bloom3, Edzo’s Burger Shop, Eve J. Alfille Gallery, FlowersFlowers, GiGi Bottega, Lemoi Ace Hardware, Lollie, Saville Flowers, Trattoria Demi, and Williams Next Door.
Dempster Street Area: Hand Me Downs, Shaker Traditions, and Squeezebox Books & Music.
Main Street Area: Campagnola, Oceanique, Plain and Simple, Ten Thousand Villages, and Trattoria D.O.C.
Central Street Area: Happy Husky Bakery, Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony, Notice, Perennials, Stella, and Walsh Natural Health.
Top: Karen Singer of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, Carolyn Dellutri of Downtown Evanston, and Mayor Tisdahl at campaign kickoff news conference