Chicago nonprofit founder urges residents to make positive changes in their communities

Jahmal Cole says he is optimistic, thousands ask to volunteer
CHICAGO (WLS) -- The leader of a Chicago nonprofit is telling the story of a black mother, who is now in an impossible situation because of the weekend's violence.

Jahmal Cole, founder of My Block, My Hood, My City joined ABC 7 Chicago remotely Wednesday to talk about her story.

The woman worked down the block at a gas station, but that gas station was looted over the last few days.

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"You're busting down people's dreams," Cole said. "We're outraged, but everyone feels empathy for what's going on."

Try to do something simple on your block to make a positive change, he said.

"I'm optimistic," Cole said, adding that thousands of volunteers have recently reached out, asking how they can help.

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