All Chicago's mission is to effectively combine immediate resources with long-term strategies to address the complex issue of homelessness through three signature programs. On any given night, more than 6,700 Chicagoans don't have a place to call home. Tens of thousands more are just one unexpected setback away from joining them. All Chicago believes that these are our neighbors, this is our community, and together we can ensure that all of us have stable and secure homes.
AHAI's mission is to encourage and improve the standards and conduct of hockey for leagues, associations, programs and teams so that the sport is made available to more people in all levels of competition at the lowest possible cost. AHAI also assists to develop and encourage sportsmanship and playing proficiency by all players and persons involved in the sport of hockey in the state of Illinois. With the grants awarded by Chicago Blackhawk Charities, AHAI provides opportunities to play the sport of hockey through programs such as special hockey, sled hockey, amputee/standing hockey and deaf/hard-of-hearing hockey, as well as opportunities for underprivileged kids through its Diversity program.
The purpose of this program is to give military veterans from the greater Chicagoland area who have been injured in military action the chance to play hockey in an environment that is suited to their needs.
Bottom Line's mission is to help low-income, first-generation students get into college, graduate from college and go far in life. The program supports high school juniors and seniors through the college search process, providing services for them to succeed all the way through college and into employment. The grant from the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, is going toward the development of the new Chicago office of Bottom Line and scaling its programs up to meet needs.
Center on Halsted's mission is to advance the community and secure the health and well-being of the LGBTQ community. Successes over the past eight years are testament to the strength of this mission, and the remaining inequity in the community speaks to its sustained relevance in guiding future work.
Chicago Jesuit Academy is a full-scholarship college preparatory school for middle school boys who come from modest economic backgrounds. The CJA seeks to counter the negative influences young men on the west side of Chicago face daily -- including poverty, gangs, and violence -- by providing these young men with an opportunity to succeed outside of the regular system that has not served them well. With the grant awarded by Chicago Blackhawks Charities, CJA plans to continuing funding the Healthy Students Program to ensure all-around wellness for each student.
Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School provides a safe, affordable, Catholic, college preparatory education to low-income students from Chicago's west side, where there are limited educational options and financial resources. CTK will use the grant received from Chicago Blackhawks Charities for the Student Assistance and Retention Program that ensures students are able to stay in school without having to withdraw due to financial or academic hardship.
Common Threads aims to educate children on the importance of nutrition and physical well-being, and to further an appreciation of cultural diversity through cooking. Using grants received from Chicago Blackhawks Charities, Common Threads will enhance its current programs including after-school cooking classes for low-income children, which, along with gardening classes and special events and activities, educate children on healthy lifestyle choices.
Embarc's goal is to drive student success with long-term social and cultural exposure. Through the transformative power of these journeys, students are awakened to the possibilities of their potential by dissolving the borders of the city and in their minds. This is done through a three-year, three-level approach to journeying with the integration of our own curriculum. The grant from the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, will provide general support for the services offered to students.
Esperanza Health Center's Mission is to promote healthy lifestyles and improve health status through the provision of high quality health care and wellness services in the communities of Chicago's southwest side. In 2004, they launched with our California clinic, followed by the Little Village and Marquette sites in 2012 and 2013.
The Field Museum has been a leader in the natural sciences and an educational resource for more than a century. Chicago Blackhawks Charities will provide a grant to fund its School Learning Experiences program. This engages pre-K through 12th grade educators and students at their schools, at the museum and through teacher professional development.
Genesys Works' Mission is to enable economically disadvantaged high school students to enter and thrive in the economic mainstream by providing them the knowledge and work experience required to succeed as professionals. We envision that one day all students, regardless of their socio-economic background, will have the mindset, behavior, skills and opportunity to embark and succeed on a path towards professional and life success.
Girl Scouts was founded by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912 and today remains the world's preeminent leadership development organization for girls, building girls' life skills through programming that focuses on healthy living, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), financial literacy and outdoor experiences. Today, Girl Scouts of the USA has a membership of more than 3.2 million girls and adults. Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) is one of the largest in the country, with more than 100 Girl Scout councils.
Girls in the Game's mission is for every girl to find her voice, discover her strength and lead with confidence through fun and active sports, health and leadership programs. Girls in the Game envisions a world in which all girls are game-changers in their own lives and in the lives of those around them. The programs are designed to empower girls and the lives of those around them.
The Inner-City Education (ICE) Program was established in 2003 to help low-income children who play hockey obtain educational and athletic opportunities not otherwise available to them. Chicago Blackhawks Charities' grant is funding the new Hockey Club's programming for inner-city youth to learn and play hockey, as well as academic support for the athletes.
Neighbors' Development Network is an organization based in the near west side of Chicago that is committed to making the neighborhood a vibrant, safe and healthy place for all residents to live. With a grant from Chicago Blackhawks Charities, NDN will fund programs educating children on healthy eating as well as providing academic assistance and opportunities to engage in physical activities.
One Million Degrees empowers low-income, highly motivated community college students to succeed in school, work and life. The Scholar Development Program, supported by a grant from the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, works to address the gaps in student support and financial aid facing community college students. By breaking down these barriers to education, many more students are able to attain the degree they work towards.
OneGoal is an innovative college persistence program working to make college graduation possible for all students. As the country's only teacher-led college persistence organization, we identify, train and support our nation's most effective teachers to lead underperforming high school students to reach their full potential and graduate from college. With the grant awarded by the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, OneGoal's initiative is to support children and youth in grades K-12 to achieve academic success, complete high school and enter post-secondary education.
The Posse model works for both students and college campuses and is rooted in the belief that a small, diverse group of talented students -- a Posse -- who are carefully selected and trained can serve as a catalyst for increased individual and community development. As the United States becomes an increasingly multicultural society, Posse believes that the leaders of this new century should reflect the country's rich demographic mix and that the key to a promising future for our nation rests on the ability of strong leaders from diverse backgrounds to develop consensus solutions to complex social problems. One of the primary aims of the Posse program is to train these leaders of tomorrow.
The mission of the Primo Center for Women and Children is to empower women and children to become productive, responsible and independent members of their community. The agency was established in 1977 as an after-school and food pantry program for the West Garfield Park community and has evolved to serve the needs of the community by providing services to homeless women and children (1996), interim housing and case management services (2006), more extensive clinical/therapeutic services to homeless families (2010), a permanent supportive housing facility with clinical case management services (2013), and becoming the first Medicaid-certified agency in the state since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (2014).
The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) provides services and programs to promote lifelong health and independence for people with disabilities. With the grant awarded by Chicago Blackhawks Charities, RIC will continue running the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Sports Program, creating opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in sports through programs such as sled hockey, wheelchair rugby, softball, basketball, road racing and adapted golf. A portion of the funding will also go toward the development of their new hospital, currently in the building phase.
The mission of RMHC-CNI is to care for families of children with complex medical needs by providing comfort, compassion and a sense of community. RMHC-CNI keeps families of hospitalized children together in a "home away from home." Chicago Blackhawks Charities will provide funding for a Blackhawks-themed family room at their facility associated with Lurie Children's Hospital in downtown Chicago.
Salute, Inc.'s mission is to passionately pursue meeting the financial, physical and emotional needs of military service members, veterans and their families. We strive to raise awareness of their sacrifices and provide a safety net to ensure that every military family is treated with honor and dignity.
SOS Children's Villages Illinois is a non-profit organization that provides a viable alternative to traditional foster care by offering critical programs and services to at-risk children, teens and young adults. These services include foster care, individual, group and family therapy, family reunification, parent training/education classes and in-home family services. The grant from the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, supports the College Bound and Beyond program that aids students in foster care in graduating from high school and becoming self-sufficient.
Teen Living Programs seeks to create hope and opportunity for youth who are homeless by assisting them to permanently leave the streets, secure stable housing and build self-sufficient, satisfying lives. The grant provided by the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, supports the Stable Housing Program, which provides wraparound services and care for homeless youth and young adults.
Thrive Chicago is a brand-new collective impact strategy that strives to prepare all of Chicago for vibrant futures by aligning efforts and outcomes from cradle to career. This initiative will bring together representatives from various sectors that impact the education system here in Chicago and create an effective, unified vision for education and youth. The grant from the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, will go towards general funding, specifically allowing for a Change Network Facilitator dedicated to advancing the effort of the high school graduation/college readiness and college attainment work within Thrive Chicago.
Trickster Gallery is a Native arts institution dedicated to meeting the needs of artists by providing a vehicle for artistic expression in all disciplines and at all levels by taking a role in the cultivation, exhibition and dissemination of contemporary Indigenous American art. The grant from Chicago Blackhawks Charities will go towards general support for the Gallery including cultural education programs, workshops and economic development for Native cultural artists.
Umoja equips young people to succeed in college and confidently claim their future. Through their work with students at Manley High School as well as more than a dozen other public high schools in Chicago, Umoja strives to transform school culture and increase postsecondary readiness. With a grant, the College & Career Readiness program has expanded through Senior Seminars and additional support for students to graduate high school and enroll in college.
Urban Initiatives strives to empower Chicago's underserved children to adopt healthy lifestyles, improve their academic performance and build strong character through sports-based youth development programs. The grant from Chicago Blackhawks Charities supports the Work to Play program, which provides children in grades K-4 with the chance to belong to a soccer team, regardless of skill level. Children are taught important lessons about health, character and teamwork by their coach.
The USO is an organization that provides morale, welfare and recreation-type services to military personnel. In doing so the USO aims to enhance the quality of life of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families and to solidify the relationship between U.S. military communities and supporting civilian communities. The USO will use the grant provided by Chicago Blackhawks Charities to fund various programs such as Discovery Kids, United Through Reading and Camp R&R, designed to improve the lives of military families.