UAO aims to serve as the African Community Resource Clearinghouse wherein constituents gather, access information, share experiences, exchange views, and coordinate organizational capacity development. UAO's hub of resources on this website is intended to assist community members in navigating services, programs and resources that are available to help them cope better in the United States.
African Community Resource Guide: 2017 Edition
This is a directory of African community associations, restaurants, businesses, religious congregations in Illinois.
Rob Paral & Associates Maps and Data Sets
Rob Paral & Associates is a consulting firm that analyzes (predominantly Census) data. Most of their work relates to the Chicago area. This website contains maps showing, among other things, immigration patterns over the years.
Resources for Hair Braiders
In 2011, United African Organization and allies succeeded in passing a law (HB5783) that recognizes natural hair braiding as a profession in Illinois, separate from Cosmetology. Under this law, hair braiders are freed from the cost and time spent on training for chemically proceeded hair treatments. Hair braiders can now pursue their dreams as legitimate entrepreneurs, creating jobs and opportunity for low-income women.
Instructions and applications for a Hair Braiders License is available online, by click here.
For questions, further information or assistance with applications, contact the UAO on 312-949-9980.
US Census: American Community Survey
Click on American Fact Finder to see figures by region, country of origin and other demographics. If you’re looking for more stats, the US Census website is also worth visiting.
Guide to Healthy Eating
Healthy African cooking. Modified traditional recipe outlining health benefits.
Health Center Resource List
Find a local health center that provides services for immigrants and limited English proficient familes.
Office of Refugee Resettlement
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), an office of the United States government, provides support for refugee populations in the United States. For more information, visit the ORR website.
Golden Door Coalition
The Golden Door Coalition is a coalition of individuals and organizations committed to the resettlement of refugees in Illinois with dignity and the support necessary to thrive in our nation. Its members represent a broad range of ethnic communities, faith communities, employers, community-based organizations and others.
For more information, visit the website: www.goldendoorcoalition.org