In Chicago's West Englewood neighborhood -- which has been plagued with violence and trauma -- residents have been working for years to transform their community from surviving to thriving, one block at a time.
And then came Covid-19.
More than six months in, the pandemic continues to disproportionately impact communities of color in the US.
"Look at the amount of Black Americans that are dying from Covid. And let's look at the fact that these communities just are lacking resources and opportunities," said CNN hero Robbin Carroll, whose community-led nonprofit, I Grow Chicago, has been embedded in West Englewood since 2013.
Through its Peace House and surrounding campus, the organization helps provide anything the community wants and needs to improve residents' lives -- from fresh food and employment assistance to afterschool and wellness programs.
Now, in the wake of Covid-19, the organization's efforts are more crucial than ever.
"We know that we are in a community that is very vulnerable ... and that they would be extremely hard-hit," Carroll said. "We needed to step in and just provide even more supplies and comfort and security."
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