Innovations

An Innovations for Learning student and tutor read a story together during their TutorMate session. (Photos courtesy of each organization.)

Chicago nonprofits are always looking for volunteers and donations. Here are just a few that you can support this spring.

Give Time

Volunteer to Read With a Chicago Public School Student

Innovations for Learning, 800-975-3452

Innovations for Learning’s mission is to help primary grade teachers be more effective in their pivotal task of teaching students to read. The TutorMate online literacy program seeks volunteers who are able to commit just 30 minutes per week. Tutor from your desk and help a young Chicago Public School student learn to read. All you need to participate is a phone, internet connection, and the desire to change a child’s life. To learn more and schedule a tutoring time, visit innovationsforlearning.org.

Give Things

Support Students

Horizons for Youth, 312-627-9031

Horizons for Youth enables Chicago students of all academic ability levels to become the first in their families to graduate from college. Horizons for Youth serves 250 students from Chicago’s low-resource neighborhoods, grades K-college. Students are always in need of school supplies as they work toward and through college. Specifically, students would benefit from zipper binders, calculators and gift cards to Barnes & Noble, Amazon or local bookstores. In addition, both students and their families would benefit from prepaid gas cards to help get students to and from school and parents to work. Mail to Horizon’s main office at 703 W. Monroe, Chicago, IL 60061.

Give Time, Things, Support: Horizons for Youth

Horizons for Youth students and Big Sibling Mentors attend a recent enrichment outing to Brookfield Zoo.

Give Support

Donate to Closing the Justice Gap

James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, 847-492-1410

Since 1981, the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy has been dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline with a lifeline of integrated, holistic legal and social work programs. Join the Center’s “Justice League” by contributing to the Justice Challenge Campaign. Your donation will help leverage the transformative potential of a matching grant, helping to close the justice gap and provide kids with meaningful chances at success. Gifts of $5,000 or more will be matched, but donations at any level are appreciated. Donations can be made online at moran-center.org or mailed to 1123 Emerson St., Suite 203, Evanston, IL 60201.

Give Time, Things, Support: Moran Center

Director of Legal Services Tom Verdun evaluates background records for expungement and sealing.