Copy Cat Cleaning’s technicians arrive at residential and commercial sites to remove messes, dirt, and dust. They fastidiously dust and vacuum bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen fixtures. They also offer bathroom sanitation, snow removal, deep carpet cleaning, and power washing.
Each woman enrolled in the program is trained as an artisan papermaker, hand-crafting invitations, stationery, and notecards from recycled office paper and reclaimed flower petals. During their WomanCraft experience, participants sharpen their job-interviewing skills, build a resume and cover letter, and gain up-to-date employment references for future career opportunities.
Chicago Lost and Found provides visual-arts opportunities for children who no longer have creative outlets in their schools. Partnering with YMCA of Metro Chicago and Hawthorne Scholastic Academy, Chicago Lost and Found’s Creative Academy holds community art workshops and courses led by experienced instructors. The program’s Creative Studio repurposes unused or otherwise discarded materials to create sellable art that helps supplement community donations to fund the group’s programs.
The Greater Chicago Food Depository strives to end hunger in Chicago communities by distributing food through a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. Volunteers and employees inspect, sort, and repackage all donated food to ensure safety, and distribute the food every weekday to its member agencies. Along with community kitchens and food pantries, the organization organizes children's programs and partners with Chicago Public Schools to distribute fresh produce and other nutritious food at food pantries located in schools. Last year, the food depository distributed 64 million pounds of nonperishables, fresh produce, daily products, and meat—the equivalent of 134,800 meals each day to people in need in Cook County.
Crossroads Fund’s Youth Fund for Social Change grant offers a $1,000 endowment to Chicago youth activists who want to change policies or structures that pose barriers to equality in their communities. Youth-led nonprofit organizations and young people 26 and under are eligible to apply, with a tangible idea for a project that aims to clean up the environment, combat LGBT-related violence, and improve school attendance. Past grant awardees have organized a youth forum to end gang violence in their neighborhood, and raised awareness for legislation to prevent bullying in Illinois schools.
The year was 1881. Inspired by the global Red Cross network she encountered while working in Europe, nurse, activist, and all-around hero Clara Barton founded the American branch. Among her revolutionary actions were expanding to provide peacetime as well as wartime aid, and launching both domestic and overseas disaster-relief efforts. In those first few decades, the Red Cross provided invaluable assistance during the Spanish-American War, presaging a similar role it would play in World War I, World War II, and the British Invasion of the mid-1960s, during which the Red Cross distributed vital Beatlemania vaccinations.
Today, the volunteers and employees of the American Red Cross focus their efforts on five critical areas, working to make the world a better place to live in. They provide emergency services for those affected by disasters in the United States. They support members of the military and their families. They run blood drives and work in processing and distribution the donations. They organize health and safety education and training. And finally, they provide international relief and infrastructure development.