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Midwest sensibilities paired with Big City living makes Chicago a unique fusion of people, economies, and cultures. The Windy City is home to an impressive amount of recreation centers, museums, parks, and social spaces. These public institutions foster such a strong sense of community involvement and activity, it’s little wonder that Chicago holds such strong national appeal.
Yet some of Chicago’s most valuable citizens, its children, aren’t always reached by consistent economic rise or other indicators of progress. Even though Chicago’s government offices and nationally renowned institutions have teams of community organizers working to ensure a better future for our kids, it’s a self-evident truth that a city is only as strong as its people. Fortunately, ChiTown is chock-full of selfless individuals more than willing to lend a helping hand where it matters most.
ConsumersAdvocate.org would like to introduce you to our top choices for youth-oriented organizations that are committed, day-in and day-out, to fostering and developing Chicago’s youth. These are the people doing the hard work. These are the organizations (some large, some small, all in need of help), that are strengthening Chicago at its foundation, and providing aid where it’s most needed.
Should you have an extra moment in your week, an encouraging word, an extra dollar in your pocket, or a beneficial skill a child might use in the future (tutoring, story-telling, juggling, cooking, knitting, wood-working, etc.) many of the organizations below could use your help.
Northern Illinois Food Bank partners directly with purveyors to lower costs and feed more Chicagoans. CEO and President Julie Yurko (pictured) exemplifying her organization’s hands-on approach working with Jewel Osco and Emile Johnson of Goode Foods. (source)
Northern Illinois Food Bank – a proud member of Feeding America – provides meals for over 71,500 Illinois residents each week through a network of over 800 food pantries, youth and senior centers, soup kitchens, and shelters. In working directly with community stakeholders including manufacturers, retailers, foundations, donors and agencies, this nonprofit has created numerous programs to benefit our hungry neighbors.
Three of the organization’s programs are especially notable. The Child Nutrition Program provides youth throughout 13 counties in Northern Illinois with meals during the summer when school’s not in session. The BackPack Program provides students and their families with backpacks full of healthy and nutritious food to take home over the weekends. And finally, the VolunTeen Program nurtures high school students’ leadership abilities while simultaneously enabling them to give back to their communities. What’s more, kids age eight and up can volunteer for the Food Bank.
To discover how to help make sure no one goes hungry in Northern Illinois, visit SolveHungerToday.org or call (630) 443-6910.
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