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Little Village Environmental Justice Organization 

Also Known As: LVEJO

2856 S Millard Ave 
Chicago, IL 60623

Mission and Programs


Our mission is to work with our families, co-workers, and neighbors to improve life in Little Village, Chicago, the Midwest and nationally through democracy in action. We work for a real voice in building democracy as the basis for environmental, economic and social justice. We believe democracy means giving time and space for every voice to be heard and counted in everyday matters, full, direct participation in all types of decision-making that affects our lives, and determining the future of our neighborhood and city. We work to unite our community's talents, assets, and power to build a society that treats all of us equally: no matter what race, culture, age, religion, nationality or gender we are. In Unity we have the strength to forge economic, environmental and social justice to overcome the barriers of poverty that surround us and build self-determination. We work for justice at home and abroad, connecting our local struggle for democracy with the global one and live by the principle that, as working and poor people of color, we have the right to control our lives and resources.


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Program Description:

Clean Power Campaign: LVEJO is working locally, regionally and nationally to replace Chicago?s coal power plants with Clean Energy Campuses where thousands would be trained in energy efficiency and the building, distribution and maintenance of renewable energy throughout the region. Public Transit:Work with community members to get clean, rapid, equitable and affordable public transit across the city, state and region. Open Space / Celotex: Work to create more recreational open space and buildings in the Little Village community regardless of Aldermanic boundaries. Urban Agriculture: Work with community residents to continue the traditional gardening in backyards and community plots for personal and community consumption. YAOTL: Continue to outreach to youth in the community to become involved in Young Activists Organizing Tomorrows Leaders.


  • W70 (Leadership Development)
  • N32 (Parks and Playgrounds)
  • C42 (Garden Club, Horticultural Programs)

Chief Executive Profile

LVEJO's coordinator, Kimberly Wasserman Nieto, has worked at LVEJO since 1998. She has participated and facilitated in National Trainings with Community Toolbox and the USEPA. She also participated in the community development and popular education program in Chicago: once as a trainee and the second time as a facilitator. She previously worked at the Little Village Boys & Girls Club as the Computer Coordinator. Her work with LVEJO began when the Club was going to be closed and the staff and students rallied with the help of LVEJO to keep it open. Currently as Coordinator, she oversees the community projects, leadership development and inner workings of the organization. Her biggest accomplishment to date is raising three community organizers ages 10, 4 and 6 months.

Balance Sheet Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2015

Total Note: The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities also must be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.
Assets January 1, 2015December 31, 2015Change
Cash & Equivalent$117,898$174,459$56,561
Accounts Receivable$60,000$90,500$30,500
Pledges & Grants Receivable$0$0$0
Receivable/Other Due to changes in the 2008 Form 990, this data is no longer reported.$0$0$0
Inventories for Sale or Use$0$0$0
Investment/Securities Due to Changes in the 2008 Form, this value now includes Publicly Traded Securities as well as Other Securities. $0$0$0
Investment/Other Due to various changes in the way this data is reported in the 2008 Form 990, it may not be possible to accurately compare this data from the 2008 form 990 against the same field on prior forms $0$0$0
Fixed Assets The 2008 form does not distinguish between LBE as investments and LBE as fixed assets. This value is equivalent to the sum of both line items on earlier forms (Part IV line 55 plus line 57). $3,830$2,909($921)
Other Program Related Investments is now a separate field on the new form, Part X-13(A) and (B). $5,291$7,851$2,560
Total Assets:$187,019$275,719$88,700

LiabilitiesJanuary 1, 2015December 31, 2015Change
Accounts Payable$14,752$24,415$9,663
Grants Payable$0$0$0
Deferred Revenue$0$0$0
Loans and Notes The value on this line may now include payables to former employees, disqualified persons and unrelated third parties. $0$0$0
Tax-Exempt Bond Liabilities$0$0$0
Other Due to various changes in the way this data is reported in the 2008 Form 990, it may not be possible to accurately compare this data from the 2008 Form 990 against the same field on prior forms $0$0$0
Total Liabilities:$14,752$24,415$9,663

Fund Balance:$172,267$251,304$79,037

Basic Information

  • This organization is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity.
  • Financial information in this report is derived from the organization's December 31, 2015 Form 990.


Mrs.  Kimberly  Wasserman Nieto 


Mrs. Kimberly Wasserman Nieto, Coordinator


773 -7626991


773 -7626993



Year Founded: Information not available
Ruling Year:1999
Fiscal Year End Date: December 31, 2015
Assets: $275,719
(from Dec 31, 2015 Form 990)
Income: $428,939
(from Dec 31, 2015 Form 990)
No. of Employees:12

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