Let’s Change Lives together!!!
Thanks to those who have posted information the past two months. I learned so much about several new organizations and I hope have introduced them to others as well. I chose 12 organizations to highlight throughout the 12 Days of Christmas and another 3 special year-end organizations. Each of these organizations are doing their part to make the world a better place for youth, the homeless, the impoverished, and more.
I encourage everyone reading this blog to consider giving of your time or financial resources to one of these groups. Give at least $100 today, or do whatever you can. Let’s change lives together! Happy New Year!
Highlighting the following organizations:
My New Red Shoes (Charity of the Day Dec 13)
The mission of My New Red Shoes is to help homeless and low-income children look and feel confident as they start the school year by providing them with new clothing and shoes and by rallying youth and adults around this effort through volunteer and educational opportunities for individuals, families, schools, corporations, and community groups.
Cabrini Green Legal Aid (Charity of the Day Dec 14)
CGLA seeks to transform lives by providing zealous legal advocacy enhanced by social work support. By integrating legal and social services, we both improve our clients’ legal outcomes and extend our impact beyond crisis support. http://www.cgla.net
A Wider Circle (Charity of the Day Dec 15)
The mission of A Wider Circle™ is simple: to help children and adults lift themselves out of poverty. Each day, A Wider Circle provides basic need items to families transitioning out of shelters or simply living without life’s necessities. http://www.awidercircle.org
Communities In Schools (Charity of the Day Dec 16)
Communities In Schools works within the public school system, determining student needs and establishing relationships with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers, and parent and volunteer organizations to provide needed resources. http://www.chicagocis.org/
Access Living (Charity of the Day Dec 17)
Established in 1980, Access Living is a change agent committed to fostering an inclusive society that enables Chicagoans with disabilities to live fully-engaged and self-directed lives. Nationally recognized as a leading force in the disability advocacy community, Access Living challenges stereotypes, protects civil rights and champions social reform. http://www.accessliving.org/
National Autism Association (Charity of the Day Dec 18)
The mission of the National Autism Association is to respond to the most urgent needs of the autism community, providing real help and hope so that all affected can reach their full potential. http://www.crowdrise.com/12DaysNAA
Covenant House (Charity of the Day Dec 19)
Founded in 1972, Covenant House is the largest privately funded agency in the Americas helping homeless kids, providing crisis care and ongoing support at 21 facilities. http://www.covenanthouse.org
Chicago State University (Charity of the Day Dec 20)
From its humble origins, Chicago State University has evolved into an outstanding, nationally acclaimed university that provides a value-added education for all who enter its hallowed halls. Consistently evolving to reflect state-of-the-art trends in higher education, Chicago State University prepares students for success in the twenty-first century. http://www.csu.edu/
Teen Living Programs (Charity of the Day Dec 21)
Teen Living Programs delivers comprehensive, long-term solutions to youth without homes who strive for self-sufficiency and community connection. TLP offers housing, job training, educational support, mental health counseling, holistic health care, and life skills training within a community of professional and passionate support. http://www.teenliving.org
Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (Charity of the Day Dec 22)
CAPE is both an educational organization and an arts organization, making it unique among both. CAPE serves education by providing an integrated arts education program that blends innovation, consistency and research into teachable programs that really work. As an arts organization, CAPE encourages the professional development of teaching artists in the visual arts, dance, music and theater. http://www.capeweb.org/
Literacy Works (Charity of the Day Dec 23)
Literacy Works’ mission is to fulfill the promise of a basic human right: to read, write, and interpret the world. To accomplish its mission, Literacy Works promotes adult literacy and family literacy in Chicago through training to volunteer tutors, unique workshops for adult literacy students, and an array of services that strengthen community-based adult and family literacy programs. http://litworks.org/
TPAN | Test Positive Aware Network (Charity of the Day Dec 24)
TPAN empowers people living with HIV through peer-led programming, support services, information dissemination, and advocacy. We also provide services to the broader community to increase HIV knowledge and sensitivity, and to reduce the risk of infection. http://www.tpan.com/
“Bonus” New Years Organizations”
The following organizations were the last recipients of my personal giving this season and merit additional consideration for giving from YOU.
OneVillage promotes global development through individual community empowerment in underdeveloped countries around the world.
The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc is the foremost national nonprofit voluntary health organization dedicated to finding the causes of and cure for lupus and providing support, services and hope to all people affected by lupus.
Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago is a faith-based non-profit that provides counseling and personal development services to people from all walks of life.
I wish each of you a blessed holiday season and a fantastic New Year of Changing Lives Together!
Be well! Lead On.