Evanston Friends Meeting (EFM) is very pleased to nominate Meredith George as its Vision Keeper for 2017.
Meredith advocates for underprivileged youth. She tutors diverse, at-risk, and refugee youth at CircEsteem’s free HomeWork and CircusWork after-school program. CircEsteem, a social circus in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, combines social work and circus arts to build self-esteem and mutual respect among culturally, racially, and economically diverse children.
Her additional work with children includes tutoring groups of low-performing, at-risk children at two CPS schools, assisting and substituting at Lycee Francais, and leading youth groups at Illinois Yearly Meeting.
The interfaith focus of Meredith’s service is evidenced by leading ecumenical youth groups at Illinois Yearly Meeting (FGC). She chaperones field trips that enable students to experience social service settings; and prepares and serves meals at the Crib, REST, the Night Ministry bus, Evanston’s shelter, and EFM youth retreats. Meredith collects clothing, housewares, and winter wear for RefugeeOne, Sarah’s Circle, Christopher House, Care for Real, and New City YWCA.
Meredith advocates for women and girls. On a committee for Chicago Foundation for Women, she visits grantee agencies serving women and girls. Believing all women have the right to health services, Meredith has done clinic escorting, helping women enter women’s health clinics safely despite objecting protesters. Meredith also fundraises and serves on nonprofit boards.