The Best Chicago Charity Galas to Attend in 2024

Although outstanding nonprofit galas occur throughout the calendar year, May is a particular strong month in Chicago for important parties with a purpose. Enjoy the following events, which offer action-packed days and evenings filled with socializing, dinners, cocktails, performances, dancing and more knowing that your participation creates extraordinary impact for others, too. And please read further for […]

Celebrate Chicagoland Heroes: Support the Red Cross Now and Double Your Impact With This Donation-Matching Opportunity

July 2023 saw record-breaking floods on Chicago’s Westside, causing severe home and property damage in the city’s Austin neighborhood. As a longtime Austin resident and community advocate, Jacqueline Reed spearheaded relief efforts, mobilizing resources and volunteers to help 75 homes become habitable.  That same month, Firefighter and Paramedic Nicholas DeLeon encountered an active shooter at […]

31 Best Things to Do in Chicago and the Suburbs This May 2024

Chicago’s greenery isn’t the only thing that flourishes in May. With the warmer weather, the city comes alive with outdoor — and indoor — marketplaces, eateries, performances, exhibits, community events and more. Whether you’re looking for something free to do on the weekend or want to grab tickets to Chicago’s hottest events — we’ve rounded […]

How Volunteering Can Benefit Your Body, Mind and Community

Research has shown that social connectedness can improve physical health and emotional well-being, and even increased life span. The Volunteer Center provides a path to making such connections and fostering positive emotion through volunteering. Here’s how. Volunteering enhances well being It is a scientifically accepted premise that contributing time and effort to a cause greater than oneself […]

GO Campaign Started with a Goal to Help 20 Kids. 2 Decades Later, They've Helped 200,000 — How to Support Their Exponential Growth

In 2006, former attorney, U.S. Senate Aide and Hollywood screenwriter Scott Fifer started what would become GO Campaign — a small nonprofit — to help 20 street kids he met in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Driven by the singular goal of assisting those 20 kids, most of them orphans, Fifer dedicated himself to supporting the dreams and […]