For Related Midwest, real estate development and community development go hand in hand. When we work in a community, we see ourselves as guests—and over the last 30 years, we have put a lot of effort into strengthening the communities that host us by bringing opportunities to the people who live in them.
We’re dedicated to ensuring that local residents, minorities, and women have opportunities that lead to successful careers, and we invest in accordance with our values. We’ve hired more than 450 community residents. For more than 15 local companies, their first ever contract came from Related Midwest—a valuable partnership that has paved the way for their business growth. Between 2007 and 2017, Related Midwest awarded more than a quarter of a billion dollars of work to minority-and women-owned businesses. Our mentorship program for small business owners provides support to local entrepreneurs as they navigate the complex process of starting a business, finding financing, scaling up operations, and building capacity.
We also work to make communities better for the people who live in them. In Woodlawn, we installed a new 8,410 square foot turf field and gymnasium floor at Dulles Elementary School in Woodlawn. At the Marshall Field Garden Apartment Homes, we hired a Community Liaison to engage residents and help them shape their own community. We set up a collaboration with a local art initiative, Art on Sedgwick, to create a series of opportunities for residents to experience programs including art workshops, dance classes, recreational events, and mentoring and leadership. We also work to make sure our impact reaches even further, by donating to After School Matters, a nonprofit that provides apprenticeships for public high school students citywide.
We believe Chicago will reach its full potential when every resident from every community has the chance to have a good job and the opportunity to participate in the city’s economic growth. We consider it our responsibility to help make that vision a reality.
The 78: Our Community Commitment, The Greatest Power for Change
The 78 will bring more than $7 billion of economic activity into Chicago. At Related Midwest, commitment to the community and innovation for constant improvement is woven into our culture.
The 78 will serve as a model for how socially responsible development can transform communities when strategic resources are invested.
Learn more about our Community Commitment Programs at The 78, our Community Inclusion Council and The Related Community Commitment Ecosystem here.
Uplifting a Community
Furthering its commitment to promoting job growth in the neighborhoods that house its developments, Related Companies partnered with Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. to implement a local hiring program at Marshall Field Garden Apartment Homes
CNN Hero Jennifer Maddox works to give kids a safe space
Jennifer Maddox was one of 10 people honored at CNN's annual "Heroes of the Year" awards. Maddox founded Future Ties, a program that provides free after school and summer programming for youth living in the Parkway Gardens apartment complex. Related Midwest is a proud partner of Maddox and Future Ties.