Author - Amy Cahill

Amy

Amy is the founder and executive director of More Than Milk. MTM is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization uniting, inspiring, & energizing moms through philanthropy. They strive to support other non-profit organizations with our babies & kids in tow.  We are unleashing a talented and compassionate population of volunteers, building family cultures of giving back, and making a difference in the Chicago community one energetic mom and tireless toddler at a time.  For more information visit www.morethanmilk.org. Amy is a mom of 2 boys and has been an NPN member member since 2011. 

Playdates with Purpose

During the month of April, we are taking playdates to the next level and showcasing the united front of Chicago families.  Families across Chicago unite around sports, school decisions, parenting challenges and victories, memorable activities for their kids, and more.  Now, we are asking families to join NPN and More Than Milk in connecting through philanthropy and community activism.  

The Playdate with Purpose Challenge benefiting the Little Giraffe Foundation is back to provide fami...

Posted on March 04, 2014 at 1:00 PM by Amy Cahill

Teach your kids how to respect & help animals

What would you do to help dogs and cats that didn’t have a home? 

Build doghouses outside the dog park. – Hayes, 7

No one loves animals as much as kids do.  Children are fascinated by animals, big and small, wild and domestic.  Often children relate to animals, and vice versa, in a way that adults simply cannot.   Since many kids connect with and love animals, participating in family-oriented opportunities to protect and help animals is an excellent way to engage in philanthropy. 
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Posted on June 25, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Amy Cahill

Little People, Big Hearts, Big Impact – Helping the Elderly

What can you do it if an elderly person is lonely and doesn’t have family around to keep them company?

- Buy them a Dalmatian puppy! – Jackson, 5

Some of my fondest memories of growing up involve my Grandma Trudy.  As a child, my brother and I saw her at least once a week.  She was my mom’s go-to babysitter and our first choice as well.  Together we ventured to the library, yard sales, and sometimes even bingo. 

Our relationship with my grandma was good for everyone involved.  ...

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Amy Cahill

Earth Day: How kids can help protect our environment

What can you do to reduce the amount of trash you create?  Make sure I eat all my lunch at school, even when there’s broccoli.  – Ella, 8

The creative power of the ten and under crowd is at it again in month two of our “Little People, Big Hearts, Big Impact,” and I’m back to explore a new cause: our environment.  In honor of Earth Day this month, I am encouraging my family to reduce, reuse, and recycle and hoping to spread the word so other families can do the same. 

The 3-month wi...

Posted on April 20, 2012 at 12:30 PM by Amy Cahill

Little People, Big Hearts, Big Impact

How can we make sure that all kids get enough to eat?  “Give them as much pizza as they want!”  - Hannah, 7

Our kids are definitely creative problem solvers. Whether it is finding a way to climb furniture or to solve significant world problems, our kids have solutions. Now it is time for us, as parents, to be creative problem solvers.  We seek out opportunities for quality family time and we all want our kids to grow up to be compassionate and helpful. So how can we create family outin...

Posted on March 20, 2012 at 5:00 AM by Amy Cahill

Raising Kids to Give Back – It’s Never Too Early To Get Started!

With the arrival of winter comes the anticipation of giving – giving presents, giving thanks, giving back.

As an adult, it’s easy to give back in some way. But this year is different. I’m no longer just me, and my husband and I are no longer just “we.” We are now a family of three, and we want our one-year-old daughter Lila to participate in the tradition of giving back, even at her young age.

When is the right time to get started?

Who could argue the value in raising kids...

Posted on December 23, 2011 at 6:00 AM by Amy Cahill