Task Forces & Committees

The following describes the purpose of SOAR’s various task forces, committees and clubs. Streeterville residents are invited and encouraged to get involved. Any resident eighteen or older who is interested in participating should contact the chair of the task force or committee by email as indicated below.

Safety & Security Task Force

The Safety & Security Task Force actively works to secure public safety for all our neighbors.

What we do: Develop safety-related events, including town halls with elected officials; connect and communicate with local police force; create and distribute information on safety in an urban environment; develop safety programs, such as our WhistleStop program

When we meet: Monthly

Contact: Bob Johnson or Derek Brewer

Land Use & Development Task Force

Includes Land Use / Development/ Traffic & Transportation/ Parks / Preservation

The Land Use & Development Task Force addresses a variety of policy issues effecting the natural and built environment: including real estate development both new and redevelopments land/open space policy and development traffic and transportation and preservation in order to ensure the desired balance between residential commercial institutional retail recreational and mixed uses that currently exist.

What we do: Advocate for green pedestrian-friendly design and infrastructure for parking new real estate developments and green space consider and respect the variety of institutions in Streeterville identify opportunities to improve traffic patterns/flow.

When we meet: Every month on the 1st Thursday of the month

Contact: Judy Aiello-Fantus and Gail Spreen

Community Outreach Task Force

Our Mission
The Community Outreach Committee work with multiple civic, neighborhood and institutional organizations to provide resources and assistance to adults and youth.

What We Do: Identify and collaborate with community service organizations that provide support to racially and socially diverse families and youth.

Provide members with opportunities to learn and engage with resident leaders from underserved neighborhoods.

When we meet: The 2nd Tuesday of every month

Contact: Derek Brewer and Denise Delves

Membership Task Force

Our mission
The Membership Task Force works on expanding increasing local awareness of SOAR and growing the number of household, business, building, and institution memberships.

What we do: Talk with prospective members at our events, Town Halls, socials, and at  the SOAR Farmers Market located on the MCA plaza.  Develop materials to inform and encourage new members to participate in volunteer activities.  Communicate with local businesses to enhance relationships with Streeterville consumers. Create and maintain a network of SOAR Ambassadors who act as liaisons with each residential building in SOAR.  Call and collaborate with local businesses and institutions to promote exclusive offers to SOAR members. Promote and encourage SOAR membership to enhance SOAR’s mission statement. Identify points of interest to  engage members and prospects. Act as point of contact for new member onboarding.

When we meet: Wednesdays following the third Tuesday of each month.

Contacts: Pam Woodward or Christine Foh

Farmers Market Task Force

The SOAR Farmers Market Task Force is responsible for orchestrating our Farmers Market that runs from June to October at the MCA Plaza. 

What we do: Coordinate with vendors; assist in marketing efforts of the market; and run the SOAR Info Booth at the market each Tuesday.

When we meet: As needed & Tuesdays when the market is in season 

Contact: Judy Aiello-Fantus and Debby Gershbein

Marketing & Communications Task Force

The Marketing and Communications Task Force acts as the voice of SOAR. We handle all of the marketing, as well as special event planning. We communicate with our members and the Streeterville community via our electronic newsletters, social media, web and print materials.

What we do: Plan social media posts; curate neighborhood news for our SOAR Spotlight; write copy for SOAR events, flyers, and brochures; design materials as needed; assist in event planning and promotion.

When we meet: As needed

Contact: Clare Hennessy and Deborah Gershbein 

Streeterville’s Got Talent Event Committee

The Streeterville’s Got Talent committee plans this yearly event. This is our second largest fundraising event where we celebrate the talents of the Streeterville community in a fun and entertaining event.

What we do: Develop event communications materials ie. website, flyers, social media; solicit raffle auction items; communicate with talent; promote event to community; solicit sponsorship; manage event tasks and volunteers.

When we meet: As needed

Contact: Chair is Joan Wolfensberger, contact office@soarchiago.org

Fundraising Task Force

The Fundraising Committee assists in fundraising efforts through the year.

What we do: Identify fundraising opportunities; and assist with Annual Appeal.

When we meet: As needed

Contact: Debby Gershbein

Garden Club

The SOAR Garden Club is responsible for maintaining the gardens at Lake Shore Park. From purchasing the plants to weeding the beds, dedicated SOAR members keep this neighborhood garden looking fresh all season long.

What we do: Purchase plants; plant greenery; maintain weeds; and water garden.

When we meet: Saturday mornings during growing season

Contact: Judy Birk or Carol Brosk