Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP) of Chicago, IL
2558 W. 63rd Street
SWOP's mission is to build a broad-based organization of Christian, Muslim and Jewish faith institutions, public and private schools and other institutions in Southwest Chicago, which will enable families to exercise common values, determine their own future and connect with each other to improve life in their neighborhoods. To this end, leaders of SWOP have dedicated themselves to building relationships across racial, ethnic, generational and faith differences and to bringing the common concerns of their institutions into the public life of the community as they develop the capacity to act collectively and "stand for the whole."
Formed in 1996, SWOP is known for its fight to end predatory lending and foreclosures, its work to reduce violence, its efforts to win rights and protect the civil liberties of immigrants, and its commitment to achievement in public schools through the Parents-as-Mentors, Grow Your Own teachers, Elev8, TeenReach and VOYCE initiatives. SWOP was the Chicago Lawn lead agency for LISC’s New Communities Program and continues as the LISC Neighborhood Network Lead Agency. SWOP was honored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as one of 13 winners worldwide of the 2013 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. SWOP’s 35 member institutions are located in the Southwest Chicago neighborhoods of Chicago Lawn, West Lawn, Gage Park, West Elsdon and Ashburn and represent more than 35,000 residents.