The Center has welcomed kids onto its farm since 1936. It probably wasn't as much of a novelty back then, when Illinois was home to more than 220,000 farms and the U.S. government issued everyone a farmer's hat at birth. But that number has decreased steadily with each decade, dropping to just 76,000 by 2010, per the USDA. Which means that today, The Children's Farm at The Center gives kids and their families something increasingly special: the chance to experience life on an independent rural farm. Here, chickens lay eggs, goats give milk, and horses eat hay harvested right on the farm. The staff also leads tours of these grounds and explains how each animal fits into farm life. They even let kids pet some of the livestock before finishing up tours with a hayride.
For a completely immersive experience, The Children's Farm hosts summer camps for ages 3–17. During each camp session, campers live on the farm for days or weeks at a time, spending their days riding horses and caring for the animals.
Ballroom, Latin, Swing and Fitness for all ages! Dancing made fun AND easy! We can teach ANYONE!
No contracts or membership fees!
No partner or experience required.
We work with people with two left feet so they feel confident on the dance floor, and with top level competitors to give them that extra edge.
Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc. exists to directly improve the health and well-being of children. Every night, more than 12,000 families stay close to their hospitalized children in more than 336 Ronald McDonald Houses and 197 Family Rooms around the world. These locations include comfortable beds, kitchens, showers, and laundry facilities?everything families need while they focus on helping their children heal.
In addition to serving families receiving care at 78% of the world's top pediatric hospitals, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc. and its network of local Chapters also provides health education and treatments for families in vulnerable communities who have difficulty accessing health, dental, and medical care. Fifty Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles around the world provide immunizations, dental care, check-ups, and referrals to ongoing medical support to kids from Thailand to New Orleans. Extending its reach around the world, the organization also invests in grants to nonprofits that focus on critical needs of children, and awards scholarships to rising U.S. high school seniors working toward a higher education.
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Growing Power provides the means for communities to grow and distribute healthy food among their own residents through three important functions: growing demonstrations, education, and food production. Demonstrations come in the form of workshops designed to teach locals of the Midwest, the South, and New England how to grow fresh produce. On the education side, outreach programs for farmers, youth, and entire communities help spread awareness about the importance of community agriculture. Finally, the organization produces food in demonstration greenhouses and rural and urban farms in the Midwest. It distributes the produce and grass-fed meat it produces through 300 family farms as part of the Rainbow Farmers Cooperative, and to local families through the Farm-to-City Market Basket Program. This way, the people the organization benefits can have access to nutritious food regardless of location, income, or scarecrow phobias.
A debilitating illness that affects more than 400,000 people across the country, multiple sclerosis is a formidable opponent for even the strongest people. Fortunately, the do-gooders behind the National Multiple Sclerosis Society pair their fighting spirit and dedication to scientific breakthroughs with something even more powerful: bushels and bushels of cash. In every state, its members volunteer their time to advocate, educate, and raise money to find a cure. One of the larger chapters is the Greater Illinois Chapter, which spans 73 Illinois counties. The chapter?s signature event is the annual MS Soir?e, a cocktail party and casino night featuring glittering gowns and enticing live music. While the event?s venue changes from time to time, past bashes have taken place at plush downtown hotels such as theWit, Swiss?tel, and the Hard Rock Hotel.