As you’ve been perusing the website, hopefully you’ve found lots of fun, helpful information that has encouraged you to go out and immerse yourself in all that the best city in the world (not biased, at all) has to offer. Unfortunately, as in all big cities, there is also much suffering in Chicago and a need for people with time, money, and resources to help others. I’ve put together little blurbs about a few of my favorite Chicago charities, and I encourage you to take a look and help out however you can if any of them interest you.
Mercy Home for Boys and Girls
Mercy Home for Boys and Girls is an organization that shelters and nurtures Chicago’s troubled youth. Whether they are fleeing a turbulent home life, or have no where else to go, Mercy Home welcomes children in need with open arms, providing them with a safe place to live, an education, and a support system of adults they can rely on. Originally founded in 1887 by Fr. Louis Campbell as a homeless shelter for boys, Mercy Home was soon established as its own organization within the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. According to their website, “Some 122 years and more than 22,000 children later, adolescents from dysfunctional and chaotic domestic situations continue to seek and find shelter, hope and a fresh start in one or another of Mercy Home’s 14 residential homes.” Mercy Home is nearly 100% privately funded by people across the country. For more information about Mercy Home’s mission, donating, or volunteering your time, visit their website at mercyhome.org.
Mercy Home for Boys and Girls
Location: 1140 West Jackson Blvd.
Since 1954, Misericordia has served as a home and community for adults and children with varying developmental disabilities, promoting independence, purpose, and dignity. Run by the Sisters of Mercy, Misericordia currently supports over 600 people from all backgrounds and walks of life. According to their website, “Support services include job training and employment opportunities; nursing and medical care; physical, occupational and speech therapy; fitness and healthy living guidance; educational, social and recreational events; and opportunities for spiritual growth.” Misericordia hosts various fundraisers throughout the year, and they also sell items such as pottery and baked goods, all made by the residents. There are various opportunities to volunteer at Misercordia, either on a regular or more occasional basis. For more information, visit their website at misericordia.com
Location: 6300 North Ridge
The 100 Club of Chicago
Far too frequently, we read in the paper about a Chicago police officer or firefighter who loses his or her life in the line of duty. These brave people risk their safety and lives everyday in order to protect ours. People often forget that when one of our brave civil servants dies, he or she leaves behind a family and loved ones who have to struggle, not only with the crippling emotional loss, but also with financial burdens as well. Their website sums up the 100 Club’s mission stating, “The 100 Club of Chicago is the civilian organization that provides for the families of police officers, firefighters and paramedics who have lost their lives in the line-of-duty. The Club helps families ease the financial burden associated with the tragic event, including immediate financial assistance and the ongoing cost of higher education. All federal, state, county and local police officers, firefighters and paramedics stationed in Cook County are included.” For more information, visit their website at hundredclubcookcounty.org
100 Club of Chicago
Location: 30 N. LaSalle St., Ste 3400
Wherever your interests may lie, we encourage you to get involved in one of the many local charities doing good in the city. It’s a great way to get to know Chicago and make it a better place to live.