Give Time, Things, Support: How to Help Chicago Area Organizations (The Cradle)

Chicago area organizations are always looking for volunteers and donations. Here are just a few that you can support this holiday season.

Give Time

Volunteer During the Holidays

Misericordia Heart of Mercy, 773-973-6300

Misericordia is a home for 600 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities that provides the full continuum of care to maximize independence, self-determination, interpersonal relationships and community engagement. The holiday season is Misericordia’s busiest time and there are many holiday volunteer opportunities available for special events and in the bakery. For more information, click here or contact Theresa Rooney (theresar@misericordia.com) or Mary Doherty (marydo@misericordia.com) for volunteer opportunities during this holiday season in the Misericordia Hearts & Flour Bakery.

Misericordia

Holiday volunteers are all smiles after a rewarding day of serving the many guests that attend the Misericordia holiday brunches. (Photo courtesy of Misericordia.)

Give Things

Support Refugees 

RefugeeOne, 773-989-5647 

Make It Better Philanthropy Award winner RefugeeOne aids refugees fleeing war, terror and persecution by helping them build new lives here in the Chicago area. RefugeeOne is looking for 2017 wall or desk calendars for apartments being prepared for incoming families. Calendars are helpful as refugees schedule meetings with their mentors and practice English. Drop off calendars at 4753 N. Broadway, Suite 401, Chicago.

RefugeeOne

A RefugeeOne mentor reviews English materials with a refugee family. (Photo courtesy of RefugeeOne.)

Give Support

Support Alzheimer’s Research and Care

Alzheimer’s Association — Greater Illinois Chapter, 312-315-5496 

During National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month (November), support the Alzheimer’s Association — Greater Illinois Chapter. As the cost of care continues to grow, your donation will help the association provide care and support to both those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, in addition to funding research to find a cure.

Alzheimer’s Association — Greater Illinois Chapter

Thousands gather at the Chicago Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Those holding purple flowers have lost someone to the disease. (Photo courtesy of Alzheimer’s Association — Greater Illinois Chapter.)

Help Children in Crisis 

Mothers Trust Foundation, 847-482-9189

By providing hope and building confidence, Mothers Trust Foundation (MTF) supports Lake County’s low-income children during times of crisis. MTF, a Make It Better Philanthropy Award winner, guarantees donations will directly provide benefits and emergency assistance when a child needs it. Donations can be mailed to 400 E. Illinois, Lake Forest, IL 60045, or visit MTF’s website.

Mothers Trust Foundation

Each week, MTF provides grants to children in Lake County to fill the gaps when other funding can’t. Contact MTF to attend the Wednesday morning grant review meetings. (Photo courtesy of Mothers Trust Foundation.)

Donate During National Adoption Month

The Cradle, 847-475-5800

November is National Adoption Month and you can support The Cradle’s mission to provide education, guidance and support to children and families touched by adoption. Donate today to support The Cradle’s work caring for vulnerable babies, supporting those facing an unplanned pregnancy, educating adoptive and foster parents, counseling children and families and meeting the needs of diverse families.

The Cradle

Is your passion helping children and families? Support The Cradle. (Photo courtesy of The Cradle.)


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