Where to Donate: A Handy Guide

Ready to get organized and rid your home of the clutter? Whether you’re cleaning out your closet or bookshelf or updating your furniture, don’t just toss those items — donate them and make a difference to one of the many local organizations in need. Here’s our guide to where to donate throughout the North Shore […]

Preventing Fentanyl Overdose and Death: Harm Reduction Strategies, the Life-Saving Medication Every Parent Should Have, and Organizations to Support

In 2021, more than 107,000 individuals died of a drug overdose, 67% of which involved fentanyl, a drug that’s 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). What’s even more alarming about fentanyl is that many users are unaware they’re taking it. Most deaths occur […]

National Fentanyl Awareness Day: A Lament and Request For Help On Behalf Of Charlie, Linus and Too Many Other Lost Children

My nephew Charlie Griswold was born just a few weeks before our youngest child, Emma. Both were beloved youngest siblings in large, strongly connected families. They were two of seventeen beloved grandchildren, who gathered frequently and playfully. Charlie’s brilliant blue eyes and mischievous grin endeared him to all.   View this post on Instagram A post […]

How To Help: 10 Organizations Providing Critical Support to Children, Youth and Families in Need Around Chicago

In Chicago, one in two children live in low income and homeless situations and many families are forced to decide between paying the bills and affording medication or basic necessities like diapers. If that choice sounds unimaginable, consider paying forward your good fortune by supporting these Chicagoland organizations that provide support and services to children, […]

How To Help: Where to Donate and Volunteer to Support Youth Health, Fitness and Nutrition

Nutrition and fitness are an important part of healthy childhood development. However, thousands of Chicagoland children lack access to fresh foods, youth enrichment, sports and fitness programs and other outlets for healthy eating and physical activity. Beyond access to fitness programs and opportunities, proper gear, supportive coaching, safe facilities and live-saving medical supplies — as […]