Recently merged with UChicago Medicine, Ingalls Memorial Hospital operates as a licensed nonprofit community hospital providing comprehensive healthcare services to the Chicago Southland community. This grant supports Ingall’s integrative model of cancer care which includes Reiki, massage, reflexology, day and educational events for patients receiving infusion therapy.
Alternative Medicine $64,600
Samaritan’s mission is to provide hope, help and healing through professional counseling for children, adolescents, families, adults and couples and psychiatry for teens and adults. They partner with non-profits, foundations, service organizations and corporation to address mental wellness and provide mental health education. Virtual Reality Therapy helps visually and emotionally address a patients underlying fear while reassuring a client that they are completely safe. VTR, combined with traditional cognitive Behavioral Therapy leads to faster, more lasting recovery. This grant supports the subscription costs for two VRT kits for the year.
Smart Policy Works seeks to break down economic, social and structural barriers to health and economic security. Through advocacy, expert analysis and training, they work to make systems and policies work better for all. This grant supports an alternative treatment for military sexual trauma. Warrior Stories is an innovative PTSD therapy using an online platform to treat Veterans who struggle with traditional talk therapy. Warrior Stories allows Veterans to express their experiences using images, as well as words, in a simple but powerful graphic novel style and to process these images with a therapist.
Assisting Sick and Abused Children $174,200
Second of a three year grant ($15K in 2018; $25K in 2019; $35K in 2020) Almost Home Kids provides transitional care in a home-like setting to children with complicated health needs (cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, etc.), training for their families and respite care. This grant funds AHK’s Medical Education Program (current and expansion) which teaches community based care for children who are medically complex to medical students, residents, fellows and practicing doctors in the community. The primary goal is to prepare tomorrow’s medical community with the knowledge, skills and attitude to allow them to competently serve a vulnerable population.
GlenOaks is a state-board-approved alternative school dedicated to helping students with emotional disorders, higher-functioning autism, secondary learning disabilities and other health impairments flourish in an educational environment where they feel safe, valued and encouraged. The highly structured environment blends academics and therapeutic activities to assist students in achieving success in the classroom. The art/recreational therapy programs assist students in developing alternative ways to address their emotional disorder other than traditional medication. Cameras, photo software, camera equipment and sewing machines were purchased. Yoga and Tai Kwando classes to assist students in reducing stress and manage behavior were also added.
CASA DuPage County is a non-profit, volunteer organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the Juvenile Court system. Funding supports a new program assisting the county’s probate court in cases where an individual is seeking guardianship of a minor. This program provides value in that the advocate investigates and gives the court timely, critical information when making decisions about a child’s placement. Without the volunteer advocates, the judge would appoint a Guardian ad Litem whose fees would need to be paid by the parties.
The mission of Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center is to unite public, private and community partners to ensure the safety and well being of abused children. They have served over 36,000 children impacted by sexual abuse through family advocacy, case coordination, forensic interviews, trauma therapy and education training free of charge. This grant supports evidence informed training to professionals, parents, caregivers, youth serving organizations, first responders and community members on recognizing, reporting, responding to and preventing child sexual abuse.
Founded in 1883, Children’s Home & Aid is a leading child and family service agency in Illinois. Their children’s residential treatment facility, the Rice Center, is located in Evanston and serves children suffering from severe emotional, behavioral and mental health problems resulting from traumatic exposure to chronic child abuse and neglect. This grant supports the training of an additional 10 Rice Center staff in Theraplay and builds on the Tier 1 training funded last year.
ChildServ’s mission is to protect, heal and educate children and families who struggle with chronic poverty and systemic prejudice. Project 90 is a specialized Foster Care program for children who have experienced sexual abuse or assault. The program provides specialized therapy, training and support for the children and the foster families.
The Community House Counseling Center’s Autism Services provides a family-centered team approach dedicated to personalized care and treatment. This grant builds on the organization’s new visual arts therapy sessions for children (Creative Connections) and funds an art therapist, supplies and facility costs.
The mission of this organization is to transform the lives of disadvantaged infants, children and teens suffering from physical deformities caused by birth defects, accidents, abuse or disease through the gift of reconstructive surgery and related healthcare services. This grant supports uncovered expenses associated with fiscal year 2019 Surgery Weekends at UCM Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago
The Garfield Park Community Council (GPCC) 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. Garfield Park residents struggle with access to healthy foods and fresh produce and the health impacts of those struggles. This grant, a renewal of support which began last year, enables the GPCC to facilitate programs that promote health and wellness on Chicago’s West Side, providing nutritional education and healthy foods to children and families who attend public events
The Angel Harvey Family Health Center of the Infant Welfare Society has a history of leading innovative community based preventative healthcare, designed from the beginning to specifically provide Chicago’s most vulnerable families and communities with access to affordable health care. Grant supports occupational therapy, speech therapy and social skills groups for children and families experiencing developmental delays.
The mission of Kids Kicking Cancer is to ease the pain of very sick children while empowering them to heal physically, spiritually and emotionally. Using the practice of martial arts/karate they help children to mitigate pain and anxiety and help them to feel they have power over their lives. This grant supports the growth of Kids Kicking Cancer (originally founded in Michigan) in Illinois providing non pharmacological relief for children in the care of UChicago Comer Children’s Hospital.
The organization’s mission is to reduce childhood obesity through healthy eating and active living initiatives, innovative strategies and community partnerships. Building on the Fit Kids 2020 plan funded previously, this grant funds stationary bikes for use of students in local schools. It also funds classroom based tower (vertical) gardens that grow nutritious food using aeroponic technology for the students use and learning.
The mission of the Northern Illinois Food Bank is to lead the northern Illinois community in solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need through innovative programs and partners. The School Pantry Program provides access to nutritious food for families with school age children in convenient and familiar settings. With fourteen school and campus based pantries, students are nourished to reach their full potential.
Operation Warm provides warmth, confidence and hope to children in need through the gift of brand new winter coats. This grant supports the sixth year of the Lake County, Illinois Operation Warm event (held Nov. 16) in which approximately 2,500 children in Lake County received a much needed new winter coat.
The Foundation’s mission is to create barrier-free and universally accessible outdoor play spaces and gardens in DuPage County. Through the cognitive, social and physical value of play, the Foundation promotes a spirit of inclusion and enhances quality of life. This donation supports the Fun Run In Color even in Wheaton, a fundraiser for Play for all Playground and Garden Foundation.
Shelter’s mission is to help and protect children who are abused, neglected, or dependent by providing 24-hour emergency and longer-term care. The Fund covers the cost of critical and immediate health needs for adolescents who are uninsured and unable to access private or state health insurance. These children are provided with additional medical visits, dental visits, prescription medications, glasses, and medical equipment that the children would not otherwise have available to them. The Shelter also provides for health screenings and physicals necessary to detect health problems.
For nearly seventy years, St. Coletta’s of Illinois has provided education, vocational and residential services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This grant supports the Kennedy School, a therapeutic day school providing a unique educational experience for students who have difficulty learning in a traditional school setting
A human services agency serving central Kane County, Tri-city Family Services is dedicated to strengthening people and building community through quality affordable counseling, youth crisis intervention, prevention and early intervention services promoting sound mental health and family functioning.
Funding for four, college summer interns who participate in weed control, seed production, planting plugs, education functions, and other miscellaneous conservation issues as part of a native habitat restoration project to return the Flint Creek Savanna, and other critical properties in the Barrington area, to their original (pre-1840) condition of tall grass prairie, oak and hickory savannas, sedge meadows, and wetlands as a habitat for bluebirds, bob-o-links and sand hill cranes. Grant covers cost of CFC’s first paid Restoration Manager who supervises this program following the death of Tom Vanderpoel.
ELPC is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy organization. This grant supports multi-faceted work to improve water quality and protect conservation values and public health in Northern Illinois. ELPC works to protect the drinking water supply in Northern Illinois counties from heavy metals and other contaminants that leach into the groundwater near quarries and coal plants. The grant supports these initiatives: 1. Explore effective solutions to address groundwater contamination from quarries that use Clean Construction Demolition Debris. 2. Legal and policy solutions to protect Illinois waters from coal ash pollution at Midwest Generation/NRG’s Waukegan coal plant in Lake County.
The Forest Preserve Foundation dedicates energy and resources needed to connect people with nature in Cook County. This grant funds restoration efforts in the Spring Creek Preserves in Barrington, Illinois. Given the sensitive nature of the fen and presence of federally-listed endangered species, management activities must be done in a careful manner. This grant builds on prior funding and conservation efforts at the Galloping Hill Fen. At the end of the project, the fen will be buffered by over 6 acres of healthy native habitat helping to improve the quality of water entering the creek.
Second year of a two-year grant ($20K in 2018; 20K in 2019). Friends of the Chicago River’s mission is to improve and protect the Chicago River system for people, plants, and animals. The MWRD Land Leasing project aims to protect thousands of acres along the Chicago and Calumet rivers thereby expanding forest preserves, connecting trails and providing important connected green healthy open space along the river. Friends will identify and recruit partners who will lease, protect, and manage priority MWRD parcels in ways that meet the goals of increasing conservation and recreation opportunities. Friends will utilize watershed assessment data to further drive protection, guide future site design, define lease parameters, and inform future development.
The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) institute of North America seeks to improve sustainability in agriculture and communities through market mechanisms in IPM and other sustainable practices. IPM hosted Chicago Grows Green Week showcasing the latest progress for pesticide reduction in landscapes by organizing webinars, workshops and fun competitions across Greater Chicago.
First year of a two-year grant ($15K in 2019; $15K in 2020) In 1983, The Nature Conservancy in Illinois and the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission created the Volunteer Stewardship Network (VSN) to connect volunteers to the outdoors and the natural world. Since then, the VSN has empowered thousands of people to preserve Illinois’ lands and waters. These volunteers work to protect and restore natural areas by collecting and dispersing native seeds, removing invasive species, planting trees and other plants, performing prescribed burns and many other activities. This grant supports scholarships and tools necessary to allow volunteers to get the certification and training they need to participate in the very important function of prescribed fire and builds on prior year grants.
The mission of the Preservation Foundation is to extend and accelerate the Lake County Forest Preserves goals through private philanthropy to restore and preserve Lake county’s natural and cultural resources into perpetuity. Funding will help assess the structural integrity and complete a biological inventory of Lake Michigan Ravines. The information will be used to update the 2009 Strategic Sub-watershed Identification Process. This will help to provide a critical roadmap for conservation – identifying highest priority ravines for conservation and serving as a tool to secure outside funding.
The Wetland’s Initiative (TWI) seeks to restore the wetlands of the Midwest to improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat, and reduce flood damage. TWI is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. The Oberweiler Foundation grant was matched by long time TWI supporter, Bob Fisher, in memory of his wife, Karen, who died this past spring
Since 1998, Angelic Organics Learning Center has helped build sustainable local food and farm systems through experiential education and training programs in partnership with rural and urban people. This grant will fund further expansion of Angelic Organics’ service model specifically to U.S. veterans, including the Take Root program. The goal of the Veteran Beginning Farmer project is to leverage the resources of the most innovative farmer-led farmer training programs in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin for the benefit of veterans. Veterans will have the opportunity to learn about farming, to create a business plan to launch their farm businesses, gain access to capital and financial training, and work apprenticeships at operating farms.
BraveHearts provides innovative equine-assisted activities and therapies in support of children, adults, and our military veterans. Located in Harvard and Poplar Grove Illinois, BraveHearts has the largest horse program in the country for military veterans; all veterans receive services at no cost. Veteran participants may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and other issues associated with a return from active service. Veterans learn horsemanship skills and techniques on how to gentle a horse. This grant supported a team of BraveHearts staff and veterans who completed a 20-mile trail ride in Washington DC, bringing awareness of the 20 veterans who commit suicide each day in the U.S. while also raising funds for the BraveHearts veterans program. It also supported training for the ride at Windy Knoll Farm.
Nestled in 565 acres of woodlands, Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods promotes the importance of nature for nurturing personal and community well-being, cultivating creativity, and inspiring learning. The Oberweiler Foundation grant supports Brushwood Center’s nature inspired art programs for veterans. Research shows that time in nature reduces stress and improves mental disorders that afflict veterans such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. The At Ease: Art and Nature for Veterans workshops provide over 400 experiences in photography, music and creative writing to Vets.
Pets for US Heroes pairs shelter and rescue dogs and cats with community members in high stress careers, including veterans
Salute, Inc. passionately pursues meeting the financial, physical and emotional needs of military service members, veterans and their families. Military members served are currently experiencing the effects of the economic challenges our country is facing along with reentry to civilian life, unemployment in many instances caused by PTSD, physical injuries, and emotional issues, all due to their military service. As well, many experience delayed benefits from the enormous VA backlog. Financial assistance includes delinquent rent, tax bills, food counseling, medical bills, phone and utility, car payment, out-patient transportation, insurance, etc. All payments are made to vendors (not directly to veterans) and cases managed by experienced volunteer counselors.