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Every year, Chicago Cares creates opportunities for more than 30,000 volunteers to impact their community. More than 250 monthly service programs identify areas of?critical need and funnel people who then fill that need?and it's a model that's been working. Since its inception in 1991, volunteers have completed more than 1.4 million hours of service in projects ranging from hunger to eduction to job-readiness.?They teach students how to create fine art at local elementary schools, clean up playgrounds and parks, and serve dinners to seniors living with a low income. By completing these projects, not only can people support people, they can strengthen their own connection with communities across the city.?

2 North Riverside Plaza Suite 2200
Chicago,
IL
US

Taught by venerable instructors, Capstone Financial School's Consumer Education course wrangles the concepts and strategies of long-term financial planning into easily understandable lessons for students in any phase of their financial lives. Three-hour classes are held Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and teach the finer points of useful financial tools. For example, everyday budgeting gives students the chance to craft a personalized plan that helps them to live comfortably within their means while still saving for wallet-friendly diamond underwear. Courses also impart tips on the smart purchase of items such as cars and cell phones and savvy methods for managing various types of debt. Students also leave classes better informed on where to place their savings after a discussion of the pros and cons of banks, credit unions, and home vaults shaped like washing machines.

2 North Riverside Plaza
Chicago,
IL
US

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600 W Van Buren St
Chicago,
IL
US

The Emergency Fund's crisis-solution grants ease the pressures of bill payments and everyday expenses with quick, direct relief. Payments go straight to billing companies and service providers to swiftly preclude late fees, interest charges, and eviction. The Emergency Fund's team of partner agencies allocates funding for the necessities of daily life. In 2010, crisis grants helped more than 7,000 people avoid financial disaster by providing utility and rent payments, as well as essentials such as bus passes, laundry detergent, clothing, and eyeglasses.

651 W Washington Blvd
Chicago,
IL
US

As a leading Illinois family- and child-service agency, Children’s Home + Aid serves more than 40,000 children and families each year through its child-development and -care programs, family counseling, and foster-care-advocacy programs. The organization's roots extend back to 1883, when the Reverend Van Arsdale brought into his home a young girl whose mother was in crisis. The minister's umbrella of care soon spread throughout the country, as he established advisory boards and worked to improve child welfare. Today, Children's Home + Aid focuses on early childhood and juvenile justice, preventing child abuse, and garnering positive child development in strong families.

The organization’s Raising A Reader program helps children ages 3-5 get "kindergarten-ready" by developing early language and literacy abilities. Much of this work incorporates full parental involvement; facilitators encourage parent-child bonding through everything from bedtime stories to engaging, brain-building activities. Currently helping more than 350 children develop these necessary scholastic skills, the Illinois chapter is just part of a larger national trend; in 2011, the national Raising a Reader program touched the lives of almost 118,000 kids across 32 states.

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125 S Wacker Dr
Chicago,
IL
US

AIDS Foundation of Chicago isn't your standard nonprofit organization. It hosts surprise item auctions, works with local glassblowers, organizes an AIDS Run & Walk event, and collaborates with dance companies to not only raise money for people affected by HIV, but to help erase the stigma of the disease.

That pairing?and those methods?sums up the AIDS Foundation of Chicago?s mission nicely. Since 1985, the organization has worked with the community to improve local HIV/AIDS services, advocate for treatments and a cure, and educate the public about prevention. In Chicago, it works with more than 90 organizations to provide housing for more than 1,175 people affected by the disease annually, and in 2013 it conducted 8,666 free HIV tests across the city, connecting the newly diagnosed with treatment programs.

200 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago,
IL
US

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