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The Helen & Joe Foundation

The Helen and Joe Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to help low-income and struggling youth develop independence and financial stability through educational support and life skills training programs.


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About Us

The Helen & Joe Foundation is a Non-Profit Organization founded in Aug 2019 in Chicago with a mission of helping underserved families. We believe in good quality school CHOICE and our goal is to provide high achieving scholars who show great promise for personal leadership, achievements and success both in and out of the classroom with the support they need to change the trajectory of their future.  While education may be the core of our mission our recipients are the heart of what we do.

Our Programs

We provide necessary resources and services such as school supplies, personalized mentorship, career counselling services and supplemental tutoring to underserved students in our community. We also support parents with computer skills and English language training programs so they can monitor and support their children's academic progress and assist with homework assignments. This year our goal is to support 200 students and families through our programs and services. such as the Backpack Drive program.


Our Team

Helen and Joe were the grandparents of Jason, Eric and Karyn and very involved in the St Ann School and Parish assisting every mass and school fund raiser. They sat on every committee at the school and their children attended both St Ann School and HS prior to the high school closing, Mr. Joe and Ms. Helen  grandparents passed away in 2012 the family began to offer scholarships in memory of their parents each year to graduates of St. Ann School in Aug of 2019, their grandchildren decided to found The Helen & Joe Foundation.

Jason Acevedo

Jason Acevedo is currently the founding president of Helen & Joe Acevedo Scholarship Memorial Foundation in Chicago II. Jason has served the City Of Chicago for over 16 years as a member of the Chicago Police Department primarily on the West sides of Chicago in the Little Village and North Lawndale communities in Feb 2016 Jason joined the Bureau of Organized Crime Gang Investigations Division in Homan Square in North Lawndale in Chicago's West side as he continues there as a public servant of Chicago, Mr. Jason Acevedo is husband to Danielle and father of 5 children. He has served as sports coach at St Symphrosa Grammar School in Chicago from 2007-2012, sits as acting President of FSA at St. Ann School in Pilsen on Chicago's lower West side he currently basket ball coach at St. Ann Grammar School as well Jason founded Helen & Joe Foundation in Aug 2019 along with his family to continue the great education efforts his grandparents left behind over at St. Ann School since Aug he has hosted a Gala in November 2019 to raise funding for the Foundation's Scholarship and raised over $4,000.

Eric D. Acevedo

Eric is current Treasurer of Helen & Joe Acevedo Scholarship Memorial Foundation in Chicago Illinois. Eric is married and has 2 children. Eric is a current employee of Exelon, and joined them in 2011. Born and raised in the Pilsen community of Chicago. Eric also serves on external board of the DDLR Scholarship Fund in memory of his childhood best friend Dennis De La Rosa. He oversees fund raising for this foundation that helps DACA recipients with college funding and application process. He coaches at Pilsen Athletic League at Harrison Park in Chicago. He is a strong believer that education in Latino immigrant families is important and that no child should be trapped without good quality choice. He continues to advocate for quality education through Helen & Joe Foundation and DDLR Foundation just as his grandparents would have wanted him to do.

Karyn Acevedo

Vice President of the Helen and Joe Acevedo Scholarship Memorial Foundation in Chicago, IL. Karyn earned her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature at Illinois State University. She is a current employee for a Chicago based Tech company, ActiveCampaign. With a background in high school volunteer work, Karyn is passionate and a constant advocate for providing helpful resources and assistance for education. She hopes that with the help of our board and community, the foundation will continue to honor her grandparents by serving and building community, as well families seeking a higher education for their children.

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