Neighbors help neighbors with 32nd annual Christmas program

For the last 32 years, volunteers in Chicago’s Bridgeport community collect food and gift donations for holiday baskets. They also engage in grassroots organizing, getting people to sign petitions and speak out for affordable energy and other economic and social justice issues.

The Christmas program is done in association with Affordable Power to the People, Bridgeport Volunteers, Workers Education Society and Unity Center, where has its editorial office.

The rest of the year these Bridgeport volunteers help run a neighborhood LIHEAP program, which assists families with their heating, cooling and utility bills.

Photos: John Bachtell/PW


Teresa Albano
Teresa Albano

Teresa Albano is a staff writer for People's World and an award-winning journalist. Born and raised in Chicago, Albano is a member of the Chicago News Guild-Communications Workers of America and has been covering political, labor and social justice issues for more than 25 years. Albano was the first woman editor-in-chief of People's World, 2003-2010, leading the transition from weekly print to daily online publishing and establishing PW's social media presence.

Albano lived in New York City for 13 years and has traveled throughout the United States and abroad, including to India, Cuba, Angola, Italy and to Paris for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference. She received awards from International Labor Communications Association, National Federation of Press Women and Illinois Woman Press Association, including its prestigious Silver Feather Award. Albano attends Northeastern Illinois University and recently received NEIU's Future Alumni Leader award. She will graduate in December 2016. 

Combining her passion for swimming and for social justice, she founded the blog, Swimming Social, during the 2016 Rio Games.