‘Tis the season for gifts under the Christmas tree (or Hanukkah bush) and to pay it forward. If the season moves you and you’re feeling extra charitable, here are a list of some of Chicago’s most deserving and standout organizations. After all, there’s more to contentment than just egg nog and family cheer.
1 Imerman's Angels
Imerman Angels matches and individually pairs a person touched by cancer (a cancer fighter or survivor) with someone who has fought and survived the same type of cancer (a Mentor Angel).
Cancer caregivers (spouses, parents, children and other family and friends of fighters) also receive 1-on-1 connections with other caregivers and survivors at any cancer stage level, at any age, living anywhere in the world.
2 Be Bright Pink
With an array of dynamic and engaging programs and services, like “Treasure Your Chest,” Be Bright Pink provides education, support and a sense of community to young women at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer and empower young women to take control of their health.
3 Common Threads
The mission of Common Threads is to educate children on the importance of nutrition and physical well-being, and to foster an appreciation of cultural diversity through cooking to help bridge cultural boundaries by teaching children about their similarities and differences in the warm comfort of the kitchen: Through the simple process of preparing and sharing a nutritious meal, low-income children who participate in the programs learn to connect with their bodies, their neighbors, and their world in bite-sized lessons.
4 Green City Market
Operating as Chicago’s only truly “green” farmer’s market supporting and promoting local, sustainable agricultural practices, the mission of Green City Market is to provide a marketplace for purchasing sustainably grown food that educates, promotes and connects farmers and local producers directly to chefs, restaurateurs and the greater Chicago community. Green City Market has morphed into Chicago’s most vital farmer’s market that industry leader Alice Waters calls "the best sustainable market in the country.”
5 The Glass Slipper Project
The Glass Slipper Project collects new and almost-new formal dresses and accessories and provides them, free of charge, to Chicago high school students who are unable to purchase their own prom attire. A real Cinderella story, the GSP distribute the dresses at Glass Slipper "boutiques," where each student receives individual assistance from a volunteer "personal shopper" as she shops for the dress of her dreams. They have helped more than 10,000 young women attend their prom as the belle of the ball.