The Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Blackhawks Foundation are deepening our understanding of structural and systemic racism and furthering our efforts to support social justice. CBF has always prioritized underserved local communities when providing access to programming and financial support, and we will continue to direct a growing amount of resources and time toward partnering with communities of color, specifically, as we work to build a healthier, smarter and more secure Chicago.
Applications will be open throughout the month of February for CBF's new small business grant recovery program, "Support West" supported by United Airlines. Support West will award $5,000 grants to minority-owned small businesses on the West Side who have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more or submit your application, visit here.
Blackhawks Community Liaison and 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Jamal Mayers has authored a children's book, "Hockey is For Me," a story inspired by his personal journey from youth hockey to the professional ranks as a minority hockey player. Throughout Black History Month, Mayers will virtually visit classrooms to read the book and talk about perseverance, hard work and inclusivity with local youth. We invite you to learn more about "Hockey Is For Me" here.
Together with My Block, My Hood, My City, CBF will be hosting a community skate at Fifth Third Arena to offer our West Side neighbors and local youth the opportunity to skate, many for the first time! Learn more about our partnership with M3 below, alongside ways you can help us support this great organization throughout Black History Month!
The Chicago Blackhawks Foundation and A Better Chicago have launched a new partnership, One West Side, focused on equipping local leaders and fueling programs and services that enable Chicago's youth to thrive at all stages of life.
The partnership is a three-year initiative that will invest at least $2 million over three years in Chicago's West Side, which includes some of the city's underserved and under-resourced neighborhoods.
One West Side is focused on strengthening organizations deeply embedded in their communities with exceptional leaders poised to expand their impact. Collectively, the selected grantees reach Chicagoans at every stage of life -- from birth to young adulthood -- supporting education, social-emotional learning, mentorship opportunities, skills training and leadership development.
The Chicago Blackhawks Foundation has partnered with Westhaven Park of the Chicago Housing Authority for a block support program dedicated to supporting our neighbors who live in the communities immediately surrounding the United Center by providing resources, experiences and community investments.
To officially launch this partnership, the Blackhawks alongside the Chicago Bulls teamed up with My Block, My Hood, My City and members of the community to clean up the block around Suder Elementary on the Chicago's West Side.
During the holiday season, Blackhawks players Andrew Shaw, Alex DeBrincat and Connor Murphy passed out meal kits in Chicago's West Town with Goose Island.
My Block, My Hood, My City (M3) provides underprivileged youth with an awareness of the world and opportunities beyond their neighborhood. They take students on explorations focused on STEM, Arts & Culture, Citizenry & Volunteerism, Health, Community Development, Culinary Arts, and Entrepreneurism.
M3 believes in "taking care of people, no matter what" - and as the pandemic hit, M3 hosted multiple volunteer events where Blackhawks staff were able to join and help do our part in giving back to the Chicago community.. Most recently, the Blackhawks were honored to have My Block, My Hood, My City CEO and Founder Jahmal Cole take over our Instagram account on MLK Day to show our fans what this important Day of Service means to our local community and beyond as Blackhawks staff volunteered alongside M3 to play a very small role in distributing 2,000 Safety Kits to our city's seniors requesting PPE.
As our organizations continue to grow our relationship, we're proud to support M3 during Black History Month. A portion of February's Queen of Hearts raffle proceeds will be donated to M3 as well as the proceeds from our Black History Month charity t-shirt to be released later this month. To learn more about My Block, My Hood My City visit ForMyBlock.org.
Marillac St. Vincent Family Services strengthens, empowers and gives voice to those in need - in the Vincentian spirit of service - through education and comprehensive programs to build vibrant communities in Chicago. Funds from the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation will be used to support programming for the Health and Wellness initiatives for the Hope Junior Program, specifically the anti-violence education programming, mentoring, and the sports program. By promoting positive psychological development, building resiliency, and teaching critical behavior skills, the Hope Junior Program, helps youth make better choices and achieve their goals.
BUILD's mission is to engage at-risk youth in the schools and on the streets, so they can realize their educational and career potential and contribute to the stability, safety and well-being of our communities. Funds from Chicago Blackhawks Foundation help to provide comprehensive, trauma-informed violence prevention services to young people in one of Chicago's most vulnerable communities.
Breakthrough partners with those affected by poverty to build connections, develop skills and open doors of opportunity.
The Garfield Park Community Council is a community-building organization made up of dedicated residents and allies working together to develop leaders and create opportunities and programs that build a vital Garfield Park community.