The Hub Needs Help to Win $250K Chase Bank Grant

The Hub means more than music; it means positive outreach and support.

, the 5,400-square-foot community center where teenagers can relax is not only set to re-open with an Open House on Sept. 14, but it also has a chance to win a $250,000 grant from the nationwide Chase Bank Grant initiative.

The organization's 27-year-old president and director, , is fully aware that he faces a mountain of competition from other well-intentioned non-profit organizations that reach out to serve others, but he remains hopeful.

Because this popular hangout is both a healthy place and it's well-supervised, it has gained support from churches, schools and governmental agencies in the Lincoln-Way region. The Hub was nominated as among the 196 charities eligible for the $250,000 grant from the Chase Bank Grant initiative.

Stinnett said, "The Hub has a chance to win up to $250,000 in the Chase Community Giving's latest Giveaway."

He's asking the community for its support and outreach to friends all over the country to cast a vote for The Hub "to help make a difference in the lives of thousands of young people in our community.

"This could be a real game changer for The Hub," he said.

How do you vote?

The voting takes place between Sept. 6-19. Anyone with a Facebook account or a Chase account is eligible to vote. To cast a vote on behalf of Stinnett's organization, simply go to The Hub website and follow the links that will be in place on Sept. 6.   

"Of course, we'll need lots of votes to win the grand prize. That means we're going to need the entire community's help." Stinnett invites supporters to spread the word to family, friends and co-workers.

For The Hub, vote getting is as important at the presidential candidates. The Hub is working hard, he said, to win the quarter of a million dollars. However, there are other prizes. Besides the $250,000, top vote getters have an opportunity to tap:

  • 10 available $100K prizes
  • 35 available $50K prizes
  • 50 available 25K prizes
  • 100 available 10K prizes   



What The Hub means to one teen.

For New Lenox's Nick Kemp-Bystrzycki, an 18-year-old freshman at in Joliet, the Hub worked like a healing salve over an emotional wound. He recalled how he'd been attempting to grapple alone with the loss of his little brother due to illness. Then the death in the family took a deeper toll; his parents got divorced.  

Two years ago, said Kemp-Bystrzycki, "I started coming to The Hub. It's the place where he found acceptance, formed friendships and found a listening ear. The Hub and Stinnett were there when Kemp-Bystrzycki needed a helping hand. It was a place where Kemp-Bystrzycki could simply let loose of the problems that plagued his mind. .

"Without it, I really would have gone down the wrong path," he told New Lenox Patch. Feeling alone, frustrated, sad, angry and confused, Kemp-Bystrazycki said he could smile again while watching the bands play. He could talk and laugh with kids, play video games or just hangout.  

"I met my closest friends there," he said. "I got to know Dan too. He's helped me a lot. He was there when I needed him."

At The Hub, he said, "I'm just happy to be there. You see great people, and it's nice to talk to people there."

Kemp-Bystrazycki explained that the idea of The Hub is not solely about a particular building. It's an attitude.

Like the sweet smell of a scented candle that wafts through a room, the unseen compassion and positive vibes of The Hub know no physical boundaries. "Dan cares about people," he said.

After Kemp-Bystrazycki's brother's death, his mother started a foundation to help other families attempting to deal with the symptoms and difficulties associated with a immune deficiency disease. "I told Dan about it, but I was just talking. I didn't expect him to show up" to support the foundation, but he came out."

Fresh starts and a chance to perform

The Hub has also been the debut stage for many freshly-formed local bands. It's a place where they can perform in public for the first time or the 100th time, said Stinnett. There's a stage, sound equipment, lights and a receptive crowd.  

Lindsey Carlson August 27, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Best of luck to The Hub. Glad to see them try to get alternative funding. Strange how an organization doing so much good for the community has to struggle so hard for funds when municipalities are spending so freely (Town Hall, Police Department). Anyone with a Facebook account or a Chase account can vote- count me out. Two organizations that hold zero interest for me.
shar August 27, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Great story Ann. Glad to read about paying it forward and spreading a positive message. Everyone should take a moment to vote. You never know when you or someone you love will need the help.
Dan Stinnett August 27, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Thanks for the support everyone. Our website, when the time comes, is http://www.LWHub.org You'll find voting information there.
JM of NL August 27, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Patch, please remind everyone to vote when the time comes. I know I will. We need places like The Hub in our communities.
Mike Queener August 27, 2012 at 08:01 PM
There are many new grants for community service coordination posted on Grantwatch.com http://www.grantwatch.com/ Nonprofits may be interested in applying for this grant: Grants to Chicago, Illinois Non-Profits for Civic, Culture, Education, Health & Human Services Deadline: 10/01/2012 Grants of at least $3,000 to $100,000 to Chicago, Illinois non-profit organizations that provide high-quality, innovative, and effective programs that address the following areas: civic and community development, culture, education, and health and human services. LINK: http://www.grantwatch.com/grant/129612/grants+to+chicago++illinois+non+profits+for++civic++culture++education++health+and+human+services.html Best of Luck in finding grants, Mike Queener
JenD August 27, 2012 at 10:17 PM
The Peter Claver Center, which serves the entire Will County area, is also competing for money in this contest. They have been reaching out to Will County youths and adults for many years and are very deserving of the award. You can only vote once in this contest unless you are a Chase customer, then you can vote twice.
Lenny Kravitz September 06, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Peter Claver Center? Isn't that in Joliet ? Here you go: joliet.patch.com/
Ann Piasecki September 06, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I just voted for The HUB for the Chase Bank grant program! The process is a bit slow, but it is so worth it. Best of Luck Dan!
cmc September 06, 2012 at 03:30 PM
I'm having trouble voting through facebook.... liked "the HUB" and liked "Chase Community Giving" - where do I search for "Lincoln-Way Community Youth Center"? When I do it on FB there is no link to vote. Thanks!
Ann Piasecki September 06, 2012 at 04:18 PM
To vote: go to http://lwhub.org/. Follow the clicking directions: Step 1: Like "The Hub" on Facebook Step 2: Like "Chase Community Giving" on Facebook...(press "like." It brings you to a Search spot. Step 3: Search "Lincoln-Way Community Youth Center" and vote! (Search must include hyphen)....It gets tricky here. Upon hitting the "vote," it deviates with a "you must activate a Chase Bank.."like" spot." Do that. It takes time to PROCESS. After awhile, it does complete. At that point, you'll move down the page a bit again, and then you can VOTE. I hope this helps!
I September 06, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I've tried for the last half hour to vote and it keeps running me around in circles
Ann Piasecki September 06, 2012 at 07:12 PM
There must be a problem with the bank site. When I voted, it kept going in circles literally for about 10 minutes. I'll see if I can find out information from Chase Bank. Thank you.
Dan Stinnett September 06, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Yes, it seems there are some technical problems going on. I imagine Chase and Facebook are working on it. I suppose just try back every so often. And thanks Ann and everyone for the effort. I've tried to make it as simple as I could!
Dan Stinnett September 06, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Thanks Tom. It seems like there are some technical problems with the voting system. Hopefully they will have it resolved soon!
Dan Stinnett September 06, 2012 at 07:26 PM
The search is done on the facebook page for Chase Community Giving. Near the top of their page there is a "Chase Giving" box that links to the search page. But it seems that there are some technical problems on the system right now. I suppose just try back later.
Lenny Kravitz September 06, 2012 at 08:49 PM
And we trust these clowns with out life savings. You would think something as simple as an online poll would be constructed properly in 2012. Chase IT should be ashamed.
JenD September 06, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Yes Lenny the Peter Claver Center is physically located in Joliet but it serves youth from all over the Will County area. There you go.
I September 07, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Dan, I was able to vote this morning. Thanks


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