Children’s Home & Aid Generates More Than $72,000 for Families in Need

Children’s Home & Aid is doing all it can to assist families in need, and its work is more important than ever during these challenging times.

The Children’s Home & Aid’s Holiday Campaign raised revenue to support its mission to create hope, opportunity and bright futures for children, youth and families.

In addition to the $72,000 raised, the organization also received pledges for over $35,000, and more than 200 gift cards were donated. 

At the Donor Town Hall Dec. 10, CEO Mike Shaver gave an introduction to the group’s work and the impact Covid-19 has had on the families they serve. The event also featured an educational panel, and staff shared how partners’ dollars are benefiting the children and families whose needs have increased during the pandemic. 

Children’s Home & Aid has been serving Illinois families for more than 135 years and reaches an estimated 30,000 children and families each year.

The nonprofit traces its roots to the Vandalia area in 1883, when Presbyterian minister Martin Van Buren Van Arsdale and his wife, Isabella, took in and cared for a young girl whose mother was unable to do so. Their work with children grew from there, evolving into what is Children’s Home & Aid.

Today, the organization follows the example set by the reverend and his wife by giving at-risk children and families opportunities and a brighter future. The group offers 70 social service programs across the state and is involved in adoption and foster care, child care, education, and parent support.

Children’s Home & Aid is still raising funds to help families. To learn how you can make a difference, visit:

Children’s Home & Aid Sponsors Include:

Aids Foundation of Chicago
Bank of America
BMO Harris Bank
Chicago White Sox Community Fund
Chicago Cubs
Discover Financial Services
Kirkland & Ellis
JP Morgan Chase
William Blair

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Aliyah Armstrong is an intern at Better with a passion for arts and entertainment reporting. A senior in Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, she is also minoring in Sociological Studies. Aliyah supports the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Black Youth Project 100, an organization that aims to create justice and freedom for all Black people.

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