IJF Annual Summit
8am - 4pm
Union League Club of Chicago
65 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL
The 2013 IJF Summit will offer members the opportunity to discuss the ongoing work of IJF, learn about factors affecting military and veterans in Illinois, and facilitate collaborative opportunities across multiple Working Groups. Additional details to come.
The IJF Newsletter! 6/7/13
We’ve launched an IJF newsletter to provide IJF members and the larger community with updates about Illinois Joining Forces activities and ways to be involved. The first edition is now available here:
IJF Executive Committee Update. 5/31/13
The IJF Exec Committee – comprising the Chairs of all the IJF Working Groups plus representatives of every level of government – meets monthly to update each other on Working Group progress and provide feedback from member organizations. At May’s Executive Committee meeting, the group continued planning on the IJF Annual Summit (likely in December), worked through ways to “incentivize” member organizations updating their profiles and using the website for referrals, and the development of an IJF newsletter and brochures. Several Working Group Chairs also walked away with ideas for collaborative projects with other Working Groups whose work intersects theirs – look for these developments at your next Working Group meeting!
Provisional Membership Expires 5/23/13
IJF Provisional Memberships Expired on May 9th, six months after the IJF Launch Summit. We now have more than 120 organizations – including federal VA elements, multiple state agencies, county Veterans Assistance Commissions, the City of Chicago, and scores of not-for-profit organizations – formally signed on for IJF membership. With the website more fully developed (and continuing upgrades planned), member organizations are encouraged to update their profiles, add their next event, and use the system to find services and refer veterans. Together, we can keep the momentum going!
We heard you! The IJF Leadership team has heard from several IJF member organizations that desire greater in-person connection to and networking with other IJF organizations in their area.
The IJF Leadership Team is now prepared to support local gatherings initiated by any IJF member organization. IJF members across the state are invited to host local in-person gatherings that provide: