5 Ways to Give Back This Month

Give Time

Give Students the Opportunity to Succeed

The Posse Foundation


Volunteer to help Posse identify urban high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by the traditional college selection process. The Posse Foundation places students in supportive, multicultural teams—“Posses”—of 10 students to attend college together and increase their chances of success. The organization identifies students through the Dynamic Assessment Process (DAP), a unique, three-round interview process for selecting Posse Scholars. The first round consists of a group interview in which up to 100 high school students participate in a series of interactive and engaging activities. Volunteers help observe students and assess their leadership, communication and teamwork. DAP volunteers are required to attend a one-hour training to learn “How to Spot a Posse Scholar.” Once you have completed the DAP training, you can choose one or more evenings to participate.


Give Support

Provide a Student With Music Education

The People’s Music School


Make a donation online and help People’s Music School deliver high-quality, tuition-free music education. With recent cuts to school arts programs, hundreds of children are being denied access to arts education. A donation can help the People’s Music School provide intensive instruction and performance-training free of cost to a student. During the 2013-2014 school year, the People’s Music School served 375 students in the metropolitan Chicago area with more than 70,000 hours of instruction. The school helps students achieve excellence in music that transfers to other areas in life: students grow musically, socially, emotionally and intellectually, and develop a foundation of responsibility, resilience and purpose.

Support the Search for a Cure for Diabetes

Friends for the Cure


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Visit Friends for the Cure’s website and click the “DONATE” tab at the top to fund diabetes research at the University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center. To date, Friends for the Cure has helped raise more than $2.4 million for diabetes research. Margery Teller started the organization after her 18-month-old daughter was diagnosed with diabetes. Friends, colleagues and family of Teller offered their support and created the Friends for the Cure committee. The goal is to raise as many research dollars as possible to fund outstanding clinical research happening in our own backyard. All donations go directly toward the University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center’s research efforts.

Fight Childhood Obesity

Purple Asparagus



Did you know that in some low-income communities in Chicago the childhood obesity rate is as high as 70 percent? Make a donation online and help Purple Asparagus fight the obesity epidemic by providing hands-on nutritional education via schools, community organizations and farmers’ markets across Chicago. A donation of $55 will provide one child with nine months of access to curriculum called “Delicious Nutritious Adventures,” which teaches children about food that is good for the body and good for the planet. Another great way to support the work of Purple Asparagus is to attend their annual event, Corks & Crayons.


Give Things

Donate Basic Necessities to Those in Need

Lincoln Park Community Shelter


Donate items to Lincoln Park Community Shelter and help our homeless neighbors meet their basic needs. The Lincoln Park Community Shelter has been providing shelter and basic necessities to homeless men and women for more than 28 years. LPCS provides interim housing and social services to more than 300 people every year. If you are planning to drop off donations, please call ahead at 773-549-6111, ext. 216 to schedule an appointment. Items on the shelter’s current wish list include: toothpaste (travel sizes preferred), razors, shaving cream, deodorant, sunscreen (travel sizes preferred), mouthwash (alcohol free and travel size), socks, floss, men’s white t-shirts, men’s shoes (gently used or new) and underwear (both men’s and women’s).

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