IMPRUVE is the Assumed Name of BNICEH, the Black Network In Children's Emotional Health


Since Feb. 2000, paratransit riders have been standing up for their rights and the  rights of wheelchair taxi riders

and those who ride fixed route accessible transit.



WE WILL NOT BE SILENT

   Like an oak we bend, but do not break

IMPRUVE​​

IMPRUVE observes Kwanzaa annually during our board elections. We are recruiting organizers, volunteers, advisors, directors to help move us forward in 2020. The image of headstone and casket above represented the death of fairness, equality in human services as Illinois budget cuts ran rampant like a giant wave over the clients from the disability, youth, labor and senior community. ADAPT, AYLP, Alliance for Community Services, members of the Mental Health Movement, STOP, Progress Center, and Access Living were there. Inside the casket were stories from DHS clients on how the budget cuts are affecting them. They call us consumers, but what are we consuming. Seems private entities like Maximus and others are consuming services by cutting persons off, while legislators refuse to raise the income tax or make the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes or make traders pay a fee on their transactions at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange or Board of Trade. This fee is nicknamed the "Robin Hood" tax. 

Upcoming events, just in case you missed them on Home Page

Meetings In Which Paratransit Riders Should Take Action to Voice Opinions or Attend

Next action or meeting, 

RDA  (Rider-Driver Alliance) meets 

March 16, 2020 5:30-7:30 pm at Access Living 115 W. Chicago Ave Chicago 60654

RSVP 773-46-7366


March 23, 2020 10:30 am - 11:45 am   

RDA and IMPRUVE Action at Willis Tower ​ 233 S. Wacker (between Jackson and Adams)  Chicago IL

Call 773-416-7366 for information


March 23, 2020 12-3 PM

Pace ADA Advisory Committe meets 12-3 pm. Need st ate ID or be escorted  to go upstairs.   


April 1, 2020 - TBA - Action Re:  Pace Mini buses on all 3 carriers 


Contact [email protected] or 773-544-9488


Annual Membership/Board meeting is always in December - 2nd day of Kwanzaa--Kujichagulia 

Board elections

Pace ADA Advisory Board Meeting (Chicago)  is always at 12:30-3 pm Willis Tower 233 S Wacker.  Bring state id with you.  Suburban meeting is always held at Pace headquarters. Contact Pace for dates. www.pacebus.com 847-364-7223

Former Events:


RTA Board Meeting June 22, 2017 after Committee meetings (begin 8:30 am) 175 W. Jackson Suite 1650 Chicago IL

April 8, 2017

25th Anniversary for BNICEH

(Black Network In Children's Emotional Health)

Spring Wellness Fair

at Kennedy-King College

740 W. 63rd St. Building U

Produced by

Co-Sponsors: Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center and IMPRUVE

Info:

UrbanArtIMPRUVEWellness

@impruve.org

773-416-7366; 708-262-2804,

773-542-9126

Tue. December 27, 2016 12-4 pm

5333 N. Sheridan at Breakers, Marine Room, 34th floor RSVP/Call or email

773-544-9488 

Free, but donations requested. No one turned away who registers as long as there is space.  

Limited space. Priority: Members, Board nominees, paratransit rders, supporters, donors, paratransit drivers

Refreshments-organic or non-GMO, some gluten-free, no alcohol,

vegan or vegetarian To your healthy pleasure

Kwanzaa Kujichagulia observance

pouring of libation 

Honor your ancestors

Annual Meeting

Kwanzaa/Board Elections

Announcement of New Organizers for Rider-Driver Alliance

End of Summer Events:

Fri. August. 28: 5-8 pm - IMPRUVE is supporting Chicago ADAPT Annual Fundraiser: Roast of Scott Nance, at Access Living 115 W. Chicago Chicago 60654 RSVP to [email protected] Pay via Paypal or check/money order to Scott Nance 1055 W. Granville Ave #702 Chicago IL 60660 Scent-free event. PAs and CART services provided

$50 RSVP, $30 Unemployed, $60 at Dor, Dinner Included

Fall 2015 Events: Sat. October 17, Support Dr. Maat, CEO-president of IMPRUVE who receives an award from NorthSide Action For Justice for 23 years of leadership in advocacy and communty organizing in housing, disability issues, Black issues, youth issues and prevention issues on the northside and former legal advocacy/para;ega work in human services.

DO YOU NEED A LOW VOC OR GREEN VEHICLE? WANT TO WORK WITH US TO GET A GREEN PARATRANSIT SERVICE LOCALLY AND NATIONALLY?

IS YOUR PARATRANSIT SERVICE A NIGHTMARE?

WANT TO WORK WITH US ON GETTING CONGRESS TO SPONSOR THE CONGRESSIONAL TRANSIT SUMMIT ON PARATRANSIT, WHEELCHAIRS, & MEDICARS

TIRED OF BEING STRANDED OR TAKEN ON LONG, OUT OF THE WAY TRIPS 2-3 HOURS?? OR YOUR CLIENTS, WORKERS, MEMBERS, RELATIVES??

OR BEING INJURED WITH HAIRLINE FRACTURES RIDING IN CUTAWAY VEHICLES IN ZONE 3 WITH MV OR IN ANY ZONE WITH ANY CARRIER THAT WHO PICKS YOU UP IN VEHICLES WITH POOR SUSPENSION OR LIFTS THAT CAUSE PAIN, TEARS IN BONES,

OR DO ODORS FROM DIESEL, AND CLEANING PRODUCTS AFFECTOR CAUSE YOU ENVIRONMENTAL ILLNESS, ALLERGIES

April 30, 2015 - 11:30 am-2:30 pm. Join IMPRUVE Minuteman Campaign at Access Living 115 W. Chicago Ave. Be part of the 500 to Stop horrible Pace Paratransit service, stop fare increae to $5 Paratrasit rders - 50,000. Minutemen - The 500, our one percent

RSVP (Tell us you are coming). Call 773-544-9488 OR 773-916-6228 email: [email protected]

April 9, 2015 - 11:30am-1:30 pm Power to the People rally to Stop the Cuts, Demand Revenue to Protect Civil Rights.at State of IL Thompson Center Host: Adam Ballard 312-640-2100 [email protected]

UPDATE

See photo from the rally. Consumer stories were delivered to the Governor in a casket with a tombstone by the Grim Reaper. 

Afrikan Heritage events for Black History Month. All invited. RSVP for each date to 773-544-9488 Food, speakers

Mon. Feb. 16, 2015 11am-4 pm- 1701 S. 1st Avenue Maywood IL Guest speaker: William Dock Walls. Storytelling. Black History Charades. Youth Back Histpry Quiz . 

Sat. Feb. 21, 2015 12-4 pm - 846 S. 17th Ave Maywood IL