The Humanitarian Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International is committed to developing international partnerships that provide funding and support to organizations and people in need in Chicago and our international network of sister cities.
The Humanitarian Committee facilitated the donation of over $500,000 worth of hearing aids to children in Casablanca, Morocco and Amman, Jordan. In addition, the Committee has supported programs benefiting UNICEF, After School Matters and the King Hussein Cancer Center in Jordan.
The Healthcare Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International provides a forum for health care professionals to share best practices as it pertains to global medicine. The Healthcare Committee has established a strong partnership with the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. The partnership has successfully brought physicians from throughout our network of 28 sister cities to Chicago as part of the Chicago Sister Cities Medical Initiative Program to attend the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Symposium in 2009, 2011 and 2012.
The Socials Services Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International works to bring together social services professionals from around the world to share best practices and discuss policies that address global social problems. The Social Services Committee has set up a Social Service Exchange Program that serves as a conduit for cultural discourse, mutual sharing of professional social service knowledge skills and cultural experiences to enhance social services in our global community. The Social Service Committee has initiated exchanges with Birmingham, England; Hamburg, Germany; Osaka, Japan; and Paris, France. Kathleen Borland, Chair of the Social Services Committee, received the 2011 Volunteer of the Year Award from Sister Cities International for her work with the committee.
As Chicago is known as a city of gastronomical excellence, the city is a member of the Délice Network of Good Food Cities. Délice is an international network of likeminded cities engaged in promoting the benefits of culinary excellence and good food. Created in 2007 by the City of Lyon in France, Délice is comprised of 18 cities from 4 continents and offers a platform to exchange and meet with chefs and gastronomy professionals from around the world. Chicago’s membership in Délice is administered for the City of Chicago by Chicago Sister Cities International and the Illinois Restaurant Association. To learn more about Délice, visit delice-network.com.