Weekend of Action Against Lead

Friday May 27 2011

In 2010 the average lead levels in Pilsen’s air were at federal limits or above during most of the year. Lead pollution was above the standards for a fifth of the days monitored, and on one occasion it climbed to more than 10 times the norm. Lead is very dangerous to young children, and readings were recorded from a 500-student elementary school. In response, Pilsen Alliance has teamed up with the City of Chicago, Alivio Medical Center, PERRO and other organizations to conduct lead screenings at designated testing sites to as many at risk individuals as we can: Children between six months and six years of age, and pregnant women. The screenings are absolutely free, and no one will be turned down.

The Weekend of Action Against Lead will take place during the tree days starting Friday June 10 to Sunday June 12. The testing sites include churches, schools, parks and Alivio Medical Center.

– Friday June 10, from 8 AM to 8 PM at designated neighborhood schools TBA
– Saturday June 11, Anytime from 9 AM to 1 PM at
– City parks
– Alivio Medical Center
– Saturday June 12, Anytime from 10 AM to 2 PM at:
– St. Procopius Church, 1641 S. Allport St.
– St. Paul Church, 2127 W. 22nd Pl.

Partly due to important news coverage, we expect that many parents will welcome the opportunity to screen their children. Pilsen Alliance is trying to recruit additional volunteers qualified to draw blood. If you are a Phlebotomists or are otherwise qualified to draw blood please join this effort, please support this effort!

For more information please call or visit Pilsen Alliance: 312.243.5440 or email at pilsenalliance@thepilsenalliance.org.

Call to Volunteer Phlebotomists, Individuals Qualified to Draw Blood

Pilsen Alliance, in collaboration with the City of Chicago, Alivio Medical Center, PERRO and other organizations, is sponsoring free lead testing for every child 6 months to six years of age, and pregnant women in Pilsen. In order to fully accomplish this task, we are asking for your help. If you are Phlebotomists or are otherwise qualified to draw blood please join this effort, sign up as a volunteer!

– Friday June 10, Anytime from 8 AM to 8 PM
– Saturday June 11, Anytime from 9 AM to 1 PM
– Saturday June 12, Anytime from 10 AM to 2 PM

This would be a great volunteer opportunity for you or your organization, and great way to help the Pilsen community.

For more information please call or visit Pilsen Alliance: 312.243.5440 or email at pilsenalliance@thepilsenalliance.org.