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Volunteer: Stories of Philanthropy The Urban Art Retreat

On this edition of our series on volunteerism, reporter Christoper Johnson takes us on a day trip to the Urban Art Retreat in North Lawndale. It's a community center, art space, and refuge for women who've suffered abuse. Dianna Long is this volunteer-run organization's director. She guides art programs for kids in the neighborhood, programs she wishes she'd had access to during her own traumatic childhood. Long says the kids "need to know we care about them, and if they really need us, there's a place to go."

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Topics: art for kids, art programs, chicago, chicago community trust, community center, north lawndale, peace parks, trust100, urban art retreat, volunteer, volunteering, volunteerism, women's shelter