Children’s Home & Aid invites you to join their Holiday Campaign. Each year, the Holiday Campaign fulfills wishes for over 3,000 children and their families with support from partners across Chicagoland. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Children’s Home & Aid has transitioned the Holiday Campaign to a virtual model and expanded this opportunity to more kids and families in their programs.
For 137 years, Children’s Home & Aid has been a leading child and family service agency in Illinois, providing families with support where it’s needed the most: at home, in the community, and in the course of daily life. The agency’s programming seeks to help children recover their health, hope, and faith in the people around them and links children to a network of opportunity and care in their community. Faced with a pandemic and an increasing level of need, your support is needed now, more than ever.
In March, Children’s Home & Aid closed its offices to ensure the safety of staff, kids and families. However, the agency’s frontline staff have been working around the clock to best meet the growing needs of children and families with dedication and creativity. Many programs transitioned to virtual models, but some of the most vital programming continues in person following all safety guidelines including the use of PPE.
Children’s Home & Aid’s communities face the profound impact of the pandemic on multiple levels, placing families under significant stress. For example, families in Chicago’s Englewood community face high rates of child abuse and neglect, crime, unemployment, health disparities, joblessness, and gang violence, which have only been exacerbated by COVID-19 and social unrest. Notably, Chicago’s African-American community comprises 30% of the population, but 60% of the city’s COVID-19 fatalities.
To best protect children and families, while recognizing their heightened need, this year’s Holiday Campaign focuses on the donation of $50 gift card or cash donations to support kids and families. A cash gift with a matching company donation will help the agency continue providing vital programs to families year-round. We need your help – the needs of families will only heighten and intensify as this crisis continues.
Our partners say it best:
“Groupon absolutely loves taking part because [the Campaign] provides our employees the opportunity to give back to the community during a time of year that carries extra importance for families. This event has become an employee favorite at Groupon with engagement growing each year.” (Matt Kruse, Head of Social Responsibility, Groupon)
“The White Sox front office staff look forward to spreading holiday cheer to kids and families served by Children’s Home & Aid. Staff derive so much joy in the gift giving and participating in the campaign truly has become a holiday tradition for our organization.” (Christine O’Reilly-Riordan, Vice President, Community Relations/Executive Director, Chicago White Sox Charities)
With your help, Children’s Home & Aid will continue to do #WhateverItTakes to reach their goal of Every Child. Every Family. Thriving.
Children’s Home & Aid hosts their Holiday Campaign through the end of December. The Holiday Campaign supports children and families in communities throughout the Chicagoland area. Learn more here.