2021 Red Cross Class of Heroes: Tanya Lozano, Social Justice Impact Hero

Social activism runs in Tanya Lozano’s blood. Her uncle was Chicago-based activist Rudy Lozano and her mother, Emma Lozano is also a well-known community activist in Chicago. In 2014, Tanya poured her passion for sports and physical fitness into founding the non-profit organization, Healthy Hood Chicago. The organization, which is based in Pilsen, uses wellness education to combat the life expectancy gap for underprivileged Chicagoans. In April 2020, Tanya pivoted her organization to help vulnerable communities in Chicago, lacking resources during the pandemic. Through the We Got Us initiative, Tanya joined forces with community groups to provide food and masks to thousands of families. We Got Us has expanded its services to include a neighborhood pantry, hot meal delivery, wellness checks and COVID-19 testing sites on the city’s South and West Sides. Tanya’s dedication to community service hasn’t gone unnoticed. In 2020, she was named Chicagoan of the Year by Chicago Magazine among other recognitions.

Because of her dedication to serving her community, the Red Cross is honoring Tanya with the 2021 Social Justice Impact Hero award, sponsored by BMO Harris Bank.

BMO believes everyone has an opportunity to act as change makers and role models, which is why they are honored to sponsor the Social Justice Hero Award. Their values of integrity, empathy, diversity and responsibility align with the Red Cross of Illinois’ important work, and they are proud to be a partner in impact.

Learn more about the 2021 Red Cross Heroes, and how you can help here. All gifts will be matched up to $215,000 through May 2021, thanks to the generous local support of Better, Fran & John Edwardson, and Susan & Nick Noyes. Make a gift today!