With your generous support we are able to continue to provide our clients with a hand up, but not a hand out.
Our Mission

Promoting community development and empowering people through education, training & supportive services


PLCCA has obtain our 3 years CARF accreditation in Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Services 

PLCCA’s Maywood Child Development Center

PLCCA’s Childcare facility has obtain our naeyc accreditation. The Childcare facility provides services in 0-3 Head Start, 3-5 Head Start and Debra Ann Porter 24/7 Center

PLCCA’s Business Professional Institute Certified Center

PLCCA is the only BPI Certified training center located in the western suburbs of Cook County. 

PLCCA Annual Report

Letter From the President

2016 Financial Statements

What is Opportunity Works?

Opportunity Works is a new program that  places young  adults  in subsidized internships, exposes them to viable careers, expands their skill sets  and  connects them  to the training  and  resources they need to achieve long-term employment in growing industries.

Who is eligible to apply?

Young adults ages 16 – 24 from suburban Cook County  are eligible. The program aims to serve applicants who are out of work and school and
 live in targeted south  and  west suburbs. Further  information can be found here:  http://workforceboard.org/youth-programs/opportunityworks/

How do I apply?

Apply online at http://bit.ly/OppWorksApp, or text OppWorks to 77453 for more  information,
or contact us at opportunityworks@workforceboard.org
Please indicate PLCCA as the community or service organization when completing the application.

Funding for this project is made
possible through fundraising efforts led by the Office of the President of Cook
County and the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership

about us

We are committed to being a one stop environment offering a full range of programs and services to promote empowerment and self-sufficiency.

This is Our History

Proviso Leyden Council for Community Action, Inc. (PLCCA) was established in 1968 by Bishop Dr. Claude Porter as a private, not-for-profit corporation to serve low-income residents in Cook County’s Proviso and Leyden Townships, and the municipality of Norridge including some of the Metropolitan areas of Chicago. 

For over the last 47 years, PLCCA has expanded its reach to include more of the Chicago Metropolitan area, Rockford and Aurora, IL.

What We Do

We currently are serving over 30,000 families annually and overseeing more than 30 programs structured to promotes community development while empowering our clients with education, training and supportive services. 

PLCCA enriches the lives of our residents from the cradle to the grave. Our services fall under the umbrella of Children & Family Services, Youth & Family Services and Supportive Services. 


The teachers at PLCCA’s Maywood Child Development Center have always been great and nice and able to help out in all kinds of ways. My children have learned so much here.

parent, plcca’s 3-5 head start

I am very grateful to PLCCA. During the holiday seasons PLCCA gives away holiday baskets to the community. If it wasn’t for PLCCA remembering those in need during the holiday’s my family and I wouldn’t have had as good of an holiday we were able to have thanks to PLCCA. It’s great to have an organization like this in our community.

kelly sally, plcca client

PLCCA does an enormous amount of work in the community. We are particularly interested in the work that they do when it comes to helping those who are victims of violent crimes. PLCCA has been a partner of ours in this area over the years and has helped us to identify those individuals and getting them the help that they need.

lisa madigan, illinois attorney general

There is a need for us to continue to reach back and help one another!

bishop dr. claude porter, president & ceo plcca, inc.


Get a closer look at our upcoming events, programs & services, independent films and news media stories.
Part of a Legacy

PNC Bank & PLCCA, Inc. celebrated the accomplishments of Bishop Dr. Claude Porter's Legacy & 50 Years of Service
of the PLCCA organization on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at the Alhambra Palace Restaurant. Attendees represented a wide variety of industries and communities, in both the private and public sector. High net-worth individuals, business owners, entrepreneurs, celebrities, public officials, civic leaders and media representatives. This was indeed a special, unforgettable evening.

Children & Family Services

0-5 Head Start
Debra Ann Porter 24/7 Center

Youth & Family Services

PLCCA’s In School and After School Services

Supportive Services

Job Readiness and Placement Services

Supportive Services

Women, Infant and Children Program (W.I.C.) 

Supportive Services

Mental and Behavioral Services
Victim of Violent Crimes

Supportive Services

Substance Abuse Operations (SAO)

Supportive Services

Low Income Energy Assistance
CEDA Weatherization Assistance

Adult Educational Services

GED Classes, Computer Literacy, English as a Second Language

A Short film produced by teens in a PLCCA summer program. The film was screened at ICEE Theaters in Chicago, IL., the only Teen Independent Film/Movie screened at the 2009 Hollywood Black Film Festival and 2008 Winner for Best Independent Film/Movie at Chicago Truth Awards.  Directed by Ade Akisanya. Running time 24 mins


Dennis Laria

Treasurer & Secretary

David Quas

Chairman of the Board

Bishop Dr. Claude Porter

President & CEO

Claudette Harrell

Vice President of Operations

Rita McConville

Chief Finacial Officer

plcca in action

Get a visual look at who we are and what we do.


As a community action agency, we recognize the results that can be achieved when every facet of the community voluntarily joins together in a partnership to address common concerns.

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Let's work together.

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411 W. Madison St.
P.O. Box 950, Maywood, IL 60153

Main Office:

(708) 450-3500

Executive Office:

(708) 450-3506