Unity in Community Foundation

serving Leyden Township

"Putting  Unity back in the CommUNITY"

"You have not lived today until you do something 
for someone who can never repay you." ~ John Bunyan


About Us

  • We are a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization in good standing with the IRS, Office of the Illinois Secretary of State, and Office of the Illinois Attorney General.
  • We serve the people who reside within the borders of Leyden Township: Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, Northlake, River Grove, Rosemont, Schiller Park, and Unincorporated Leyden Township.
  • "Putting UNITY back in CommUNITY" is our purpose.



In 2009, we began by raising funds to support local food pantries in Leyden Township. After our 2nd Annual Pre-Holiday Celebration & Food Drive, former Leyden H.S. teacher, Dominic Manola reached out to us asking if we would organize a fundraiser for Lucia Ramirez. At the time, Lucia was a senior at East Leyden H.S. fighting a serious medical condition (today she continues the fight). After meeting with Lucia, we agreed to help. Our 3rd Annual Pre-Holiday Celebration & Food Drive in 2011 was also a benefit for Lucia Ramirez. She was so overcome by the generosity shown to her by the community that she felt called to give back. It was Lucia's desire to create a Scholarship Program. Two (2) $500.00 Lucia Ramirez Community Involvement Scholarships were awarded to Leyden H.S. students at the end of the school year and the Unity in Community Foundation was born.


Our Programs

  • Annual Fundraiser and Food Drive (held every Fall) - to fill local food pantries and help an individual or family with a significant need.
  • Scholarships - (6) scholarships totalling $5000.00 are awarded to local high school students at East Leyden, West Leyden, and Elmwood Park High Schools.
  • CommUNITY Helping Hands (formerly Wishes) - developed to help a greater number of families with meeting smaller more immediate needs.
  • Fostering unity by participating in community events such as parades, car shows, village sponsored events, and business sponsored events.