Codilis and Associates is a law firm founded in 1977 that primarily serves the needs of mortgage lenders and services in Illinois. It is also active in the charitable sphere, with the Cara Program being among the numerous charities which Codilis & Associates supports. It has contributed sponsorship to a number of events held by the organization, including the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Hope in September 2011. The Cara Program has implemented a number of programs to help others, including the Cleanslate initiative.
The Cleanslate initiative has a dual purpose. Not only does the program provide paid transitional jobs that help individuals develop skills that can be used to build careers, but it also serves to beautify local neighborhoods.
The program has led to the collection of almost 3,000 tons of trash since its inception in 2009, renewing communities in the process and instilling a sense of pride in local residents.
The initiative accepts donations, and Cleanslate states that for every dollar received, $5.02 is generated over five years through contributions to society and savings in public costs. Supporters are also offered the opportunity to hire Cleanslate interns who have received training through the program.