Your support is very important to helping us to succeed and have measurable impact in achieving our mission of improving the quality of life for the community of North Lawndale and beyond through innovative employment initiatives that lead to economic advancement and an improved quality of life for everyone.

The North Lawndale Employment Network is a 501C (3), non-profit organization in good standing.  We sincerely appreciate your investment.

If you wish to make a contribution specifically to Sweet Beginnings please note this in your memo and make your check payable to the NLEN to ensure you receive a tax deduction.  A contribution of any amount is greatly appreciated and will immediately help real people seeking improved lives.

Sweet Beginnings Major Funders
Advocate Bethany
The Boeing Company
Cedar Concepts
The Chicago Urban League
Exelon Corporation
Field Foundation
Garfield Foundation
Jim & Kay Mabie
J.P. Morgan Chase
Oprah’s Angel Network
Steans Family Foundation
Taproot Foundation
Wilbur Wright College
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Your generous contributions will help Sweet Beginnings, LLC expand our production and distribution capabilities and allow us to provide employment and training for the many people who need resources to gain skills, employment, and a pathway out of poverty.

Currently we are looking for:

  • Industrial mixing equipment for Sweet Beginnings production
  • Stainless steel tables or work surfaces for product batching
  • Large, wheeled storage bins for use at off-site marketing events
  • Pick-up truck or van for company deliveries
  • Metal folding chairs for classroom instructions
  • Three-ring binders for training manuals

Let us take the work out of hiring for your business!
We can meet your entry-level recruitment needs. NLEN provides full service staffing support, including: pre-screening, GED testing, drug testing, life-skills training, resume and interview skills development, adjustment to workplace culture, and on-the-job troubleshooting. NLEN provides these services at no cost to you!

To learn more about NLEN employment services, click here.

Spring and Summer beekeeping assistance
Industry professional workshop leaders – eg. shipping and receiving/customer service training

To learn more about volunteering opportunities at Sweet Beginnings, click here.