Nonprofits in Chicago are always looking for volunteers and donations. Here are just a few that you can support this spring.
Do Dinner With Seniors
Committed to improving the quality of life for Chicago’s low-income elderly, Make It Better’s Philanthropy Award winner H.O.M.E. helps seniors remain independent and part of their community by offering opportunities for intergenerational living and by providing a variety of citywide support services. Volunteers are invited to bring a meal on the weekend for about 12 people and many volunteers plan an activity after the meal. Volunteers can also serve as guest chefs on weekends as well.
Empower More Girls
Girls in the Game, 312-633-4263
At Girls in the Game every girl finds her voice, discovers her strength and leads with confidence through fun and active sports, health and leadership programs. Donate gift cards and other raffle items for Girls in the Game’s Hops for Humboldt Beer Tasting on April 11. Funds raised at this event go to support Girls in the Game programming.
Help Close the Achievement Gap for Students
Citizen Schools, 312-504-1785
Citizen Schools Illinois is a nonprofit organization committed to closing the opportunity and achievement gaps for middle school students in under-resourced communities, ensuring that all young adolescents are ready to succeed in high school, college and beyond. Citizen Schools is hosting its Extraordinary Citizens Luncheon on May 15 at the Fairmont Chicago. Tickets are $150, individual tables are $1,500, and corporate sponsorships start at $5,000.
Support After-School Programs
By the Hand, 630-414-7054
Make It Better Philanthropy Award winner By the Hand is a Chicago-based after-school program that emphasizes academic excellence while nurturing the whole child — mind, body and soul. Working toward the goal of serving 2,000 kids by 2018, the program relies on your generosity in order to be able to accept more children. Invest in these young lives today to make a lasting difference tomorrow.