How YOU Can Give Back Around Chicago

Give Time

Stand Up for Abused and Neglected Children

Court Appointed Special Advocates Lake County (CASA), 847-383-6260

Volunteer as an advocate for neglected and abused children going through the juvenile court system. CASA Lake County recruits, trains and manages volunteers who ensure each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care. Volunteers will need to complete a ten-session training course, offered both during the day and evening at the Vernon Hills CASA office. Upon completion, volunteers must be able to commit 15 hours each month to the child in his or her case. If you are interested in volunteering with CASA, please contact for more information.

Give Things

Donate Life Necessities to Chicago’s Homeless

A Safe Haven, 312-435-8386

Donate new twin bedding sets, pillows, towels, toiletries and non-perishable food items to the residents of A Safe Haven. Focusing on uniting families, stabilizing neighborhoods and creating viable communities, A Safe Haven helps individuals transform their lives from homelessness to self-sufficiency. To ensure residents are warm and comfortable as they work toward overcoming homelessness, A Safe Haven is seeking life necessity items. Donations can be sent to A Safe Haven Foundation at 2750 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Please contact A Safe Haven’s Volunteer Coordinator at or 773-435-8386.


Donate to Your Local Food Pantry

Don’t forget to donate non-perishable food items and life necessities to your local food pantry this season.

Greater Chicago Food Depository
4100 W. Ann Lurie Place, Chicago

The Harvest Food Pantry
2495 Howard Street, Evanston

Lake County Community Action Food Pantry
574 McAlister Avenue, Waukegan, IL 60085

Niles Township Food Pantry
5255 Main St, Skokie
847-673-9300 x215

New Trier Township Food Pantry
739 Elm St., Winnetka

Northfield Township Food Pantry
2550 Waukegan Rd Ste 100, Glenview
847-724-8300 x26

Shields Township Food Pantry
906 W. Muir Ave, Lake Bluff

Find your local food bank here.

Give Support

Empower Change With One Simple Donation

Impact 100 Chicago, 847-348-8701

Become a voting member of an Impact 100 circle and reward deserving nonprofits with a $100,000 grant. Impact 100’s mission is to award transformational grants to local nonprofits and empower women to improve their lives through philanthropy. Involvement in the group is flexible — members can choose to just make a donation and vote or become involved on any number of committees. For more information, contact

Help Seniors Remain Independent

Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.), 773-921-3200

Donate to H.O.M.E. online to help improve the quality of life for Chicago’s low-income elderly. For the past 30 years, H.O.M.E. has helped seniors remain independent and active in their community by offering intergenerational living opportunities and a variety of citywide support services. During the harsh Chicago winters, H.O.M.E.’s Upkeep and Repair program keeps seniors warm by repairing furnaces and hot water tanks. To continue these life-changing programs, H.O.M.E. is seeking monetary support. Donations can be made online or sent to 1419 W. Carroll Ave., Floor 2, Chicago, IL, 60607.


Support Local Nonprofits When You Shop For Good

Make It Better Shop For Good

Do good when you get your holiday shopping done on Shop For Good. Ten percent of the proceeds from every item will be donated to the featured nonprofit of the month. Shop For Good has partnered with more than 17 local vendors to offer an array of exquisite items. Visit the shop to find great products that help good causes.

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