Local Organizations to Be Thankful For
Written by: Christa Reed
The holidays are upon us and this time of year always makes me think about how fortunate I am....for really everything. I have a great job, a great family and a wonderful city that has welcomed me into it's tight-knit village of parents from all walks of life. Of course, that reminds me of all of the less fortunate, particularly the families that live here and the organizations dedicated to helping them. If you're looking to donate, volunteer (with or without the kids) or support an organization in any way this holiday season, here are some great ones that I recommend.
New Moms Inc equips struggling, impoverished adolescent parents (ages 13-24) and their children with the personal and workforce development tools they will need, to permanently change their life stories from chronic dependence on society, to economic independence and family stability. The transformations these wonderful people do is quite astounding. The empowerment they give these women is really heart-warming. Find out how to volunteer, here.
The House of Good Shephard helps women and children affected by domestic violence by offering a safe place with opportunities for continued support for a better future. They promote healing and recovery for survivors of domestic violence and enable them to achieve independence and self-sufficiency, while restoring the belief in every woman and child that they are worthwhile and deserve to live a life free from violence and poverty. They take donations of all types including children's clothes, household items and toiletries. Click here for their wishlist. Super easy drop-off too.
Share Our Spare really makes it easy to help. They collect new and gently-used items for children ages 0-4 through volunteer-led collection drives and individual donations. They work with a bunch of different organizations to ensure that they are connecting families in need with children’s clothing, toys and supplies. Drop off is easy and in the River West Neighborhood or if you're looking to donate diapers and wipes, you can donate at Little Beans Cafe or Kidville.
Little Giraffe Foundation is dedicated to funding neonatal research and supporting parents and patients of the neonatal intensive care unit. This foundation was started by two friends of mine that lost their daughter, Cheyenne. She was tough and determined, 590 grams of fight, but also a kind and caring little girl. LGF delivers toys and books to each family in 10 local NICUs here in the Chicagoland area on major holidays to remind those NICU parents that there's hope and someone else is rooting for them outside the walls of that hospital. To learn more about LGF or find their Amazon Wishlist, click here.
More Than Milk is a mom community with a philanthropic focus, giving moms “more than milk” to talk about. They provide opportunities for moms to get together and support other non-profit organizations, all without needing a babysitter. I love these guys and they really do inspire moms to make a difference and build a culture of giving in their families. They do all sorts of events you can bring your children to including (my personal favorite) Singing with Seniors (see the pic >>>). Check out their upcoming holiday events here.