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Senator Clayborne to Host Urban Weatherization Initiative Day in East St. Louis

Illinois Senator James F. Clayborne will host an Urban Weatherization Initiative (UWI) Day on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the East St. Louis Higher Education Center located at 601 Thompson Blvd.


The purpose of UWI day is to increase participation in the free UWI workforce development training and weatherization programs offered in St. Clair County by the Urban League, Southwestern Illinois College and Emerson Park Neighborhood Corporation.


“I am proud to help our 3 UWI Awardees in the Metro-East offer this economic opportunity in St. Clair County.  We are excited and encourage interested residents to join us on January 14th,” said Sen. Clayborne.


The Urban Weatherization Initiative is the nation’s first state-funded weatherization program and one of the largest job creation initiatives for urban communities in the State of Illinois. The Weatherization Specialist Training and Home Energy Auditor Training programs provide underemployed and unemployed St. Clair County participants an opportunity to receive job readiness training, OSHA and Lead Training, BPI certifications and/or RBE-WHALCI certifications that can lead to employment in weatherization or weatherization-related fields. In addition, the Urban League received funding from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to weatherize 50 homes in East St. Louis this year.

 “The Urban League is excited to offer the weatherization programming to Illinois residents through our St. Clair County location,” said Michael P. McMillan, president and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.

Each year, the Urban League works to fulfill its mission of Empowering Communities and Changing Lives of over 80,000 individuals in St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Clair County, IL.  The Urban League was founded in 1918 as a result of a race riot which occurred in East St. Louis, Illinois. The agency’s headquarters were later moved to St. Louis. The mission of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis is to empower African Americans and others throughout the region in securing economic self-reliance, social equality and civil rights. The Urban League is certified by the Better Business Bureau and is a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis. For more information about Urban League programs and services, please call (618) 274-1150.


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