Our Favorite Charities

Welcome to the Chicago-Scene.com Charity information page. The Charities listed below fit the demographics of Chicago-Scene.com viewers and newsletter subscribers. Below you will find listings containing the charity's name, contact information and major charitable events. To find out more information click on that charity's link to their website. To be considered for the favorite charity page email your charities profile including fundraiser dates to email@chicago-scene.com.

  • AJJ Foundation
    The mission of the AJJ Foundation is to provide support through fundraising to Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago to ensure that children affected by disease are given the best healthcare and quality of life. Our financial commitment is directed toward:
    • Providing patients in need with financial assistance to help ease medical expenses
    • Promoting the emotional well-being and happiness of patients through socialization, creative and educational expressions, and resources.
    • Funding research into early-diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases that affect children.
    Our vision follows a belief in improving the quality of life of each child affected by disease. Through our funding, we strive to pursue the most innovative healthcare in the struggle against pediatric diseases. The AJJ Foundation is fully devoted to the hopes and dreams of every child struggling with disease through financial assistance, funding research, and promoting overall happiness to create a better future for all.
    URL: www.ajjfoundation.org

  • All for Hope
    All for Hope is a combined effort of volunteers and supporters working toward a common goal of increasing public awareness, encouraging support programs, and recognizing the need for cancer research. All for Hope strives to provide hope to all people, on all levels of the cancer experience. Strongly believing that the power of hope can light the way through life's most challenging days, the foundation encourages others to look toward a bright future ahead. All for Hope has recently partnered with Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. As the primary beneficiary, the majority of fundraising revenue benefits Children's Memorial cancer care. Please visit the foundation's website for more information.

    All for Hope...hope for a cure, hope for a future, hope for a full life.
    Phone: 815.436.7833
    Events: All for Hope Annual Golf Outing (A fun day of friendship packed with golf, dinner, raffles and an auction), All for Hope Charity Wig Party (A colorful night of drinking, eating, dancing and partying at downtown Chicago hot spot), All for Hope Gala (Elegant evening of fine wine, delicious appetizers and a live auction) and All for Hope Spin for Cancer (Energetic spin cycling classes set to your favorite themes and tunes). All for Hope is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization.
    URL: www.allforhope.org

  • American Cancer Society
    Mission: The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
    Phone: 312.372.0471
    Events: Discovery Ball (April)
    URL: www.cancer.org

  • American Heart Association
    Mission: Heart disease and stroke claim the lives of close to one million Americans each year. The American Heart Association is the premier health organization whose mission is the reduction of disability and death due to America's No. 1 and No. 3 killers- cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Just as both of these conditions have proven to be fatal, they have cost the nation and its citizens billions of dollars. Your support of the Heart Ball will help to finance important heart and stroke research and educational programs in the metropolitan area. Thanks to generous auction donors we are one step closer to reaching our goal of reducing heart disease, stroke and risk by 25% by the year 2010.
    Phone: 312.346.4675
    Events: Chicago Heart Ball (April)
    URL: www.americanheart.org

  • American Red Cross
    Mission: The American Red Cross is a volunteer-led humanitarian service organization dedicated to helping make families and communities safer at home and around the world. Each year, the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago trains nearly 350,000 people in vital lifesaving skills through health and safety courses. More than 1,400 families receive disaster assistance, and 65,000 individuals receive additional Red Cross services, including disaster training, armed forces emergency services, international services and family tracing, and various community programs.
    Phone: 312.729.6100
    Events: Flirting for Disaster (February)
    URL: www.chicagoredcross.org

  • ARFhouse Chicago
    Mission: ARFhouse Chicago (Animal Refuge Foundation) is a no-kill animal shelter located in Chicago. Founded in 2006, a group of individuals with experience in the animal rescue industry and the desire to help Chicago lower its euthanasia rate and homeless pet population formed ARFhouse Chicago. We are a 100% volunteer run organization.

    ARFhouse Chicago will place dogs, cats, guinea pigs, and rabbits into permanent homes. We currently house our animals in foster homes and boarding facilities and are working to secure a facility in 2007 to expand our operations.

    All of the animals at ARFhouse Chicago are current on vaccinations, heartworm checked, spayed or neutered, microchipped, and receive routine medical check ups. We pride ourselves on the level of care, commitment, and medical attention that our animals receive.
    Events: Various Adoption Events throughout the year and ARFMadness in March
    URL: www.arfchicago.org

  • Art Institute of Chicago, Auxiliary Board
    Mission: Benefitting The Art Institute of Chicago
    Phone: 312.443.8800
    Events: Macy's Glamorama (Sept), Gala Masque (February)
    URL: www.artic.edu

  • The Associate Board of Evanston Northwestern Healthcare
    The Associate Board of Evanston Northwestern Healthcare is a fundraising organization of young professionals providing members with philanthropic, educational and community service programs to benefit Evanston Northwestern Healthcare. Since 2003, The Associate Board has been committed to raising funds to support the needs of the Henrietta Johnson Louis Infant Special Care Unit (ISCU) at Evanston Hospital. Keeping equipment updated with the most advanced technology ensures that these fragile infants receive the best care possible. The Associate Board's volunteer efforts have directed $85,000 toward the ISCU with an overall goal of directing $100,000.

    The Associate Board strives to provide opportunities for people with busy schedules to:

    find fulfillment through charitable work to a preeminent healthcare organization, to network socially and professionally, and to educate the community about Evanston Northwestern Healthcare.

    The Associate Board organizes and sponsors fundraising, social and volunteer events throughout the year targeted toward young professionals in the Chicago and North Shore areas.

    Events: ISCU Reunion Picnic Volunteering Day - June 24, Northwestern U Football Stadium, Evening at Ravinia Fundraiser - August, Ravinia, 3rd Annual Benefit - A Night in Morocco: From Casablanca to Marrakech - Saturday, November 3, Architectural Artifacts in Chicago
    URL: www.enh.org/associates

  • Associate Board of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
    The Associate Board is a group of more than 90 young business and civic leaders committed to increasing awareness of and support for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Since its inception in 1989, the Associate Board has raised almost $2 million to support various pediatric and recreational therapy programs and the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Sports Center. For 16 consecutive years, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago has been ranked the #1 rehabilitation hospital in American by US News and World Report. In 2005, the RIC became the first rehabilitation hospital to achieve magnet recognition from the American Nursing Credentialing Center for Nursing.

    Members volunteer at the hospital, become representatives on hospital committees and work on one of the fundraising events the Associate Board hosts each year.

    Events: ArtFutura (Spring) A juried art exhibit, "ArtFutura", each spring to benefit art therapy programming at the hospital. An awards and artist reception includes refreshments, music and art for sale. ArtFutura 2007's Opening Night & Award Party will be next Friday, May 18, at the Chicago Cultural Center from 6 - 10:30 p.m. Tickets are able at 312-238-1253 or at the door.
    Bearcat Ball (Fall) Black tie gala, includes dancing, gaming, a silent auction and honors the "Tree of Life" award recipient. The 2007 Bearcat Ball will be at The Merchandise Mart on November 10.
    Phone: 312.238.1252
    URL: www.associateboard.org

  • Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation
    Mission: to eliminate pediatric cancer and to provide hope and support to those who are touched by it.
    Phone: 312.214.1200
    URL: www.bearnecessities.org 
    Events: The Annual Bear Tie Ball (February 20, 2010), "Golf for the Bear" Golf Outing (August 12, 2010), Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day in Chicago (September 2010), "Run for the Bear" (October 2010)

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago
    Mission: Our mission is to help children in need reach their potential through positive one-to-one mentoring relationships. With 40 years of service and experience in Chicago, our goals are to strengthen the social, emotional and behavioral needs of children in at-risk situations, improve children's commitment to school and to academic achievement, improve each child's resilience and sense of opportunity for the future and strengthen each child's sense of self-worth.
    Phone: 312.427.0637
    URL: www.bbbschgo.org

  • Business in the City, the place where professional women meet
    Mission: Business in the City promotes professionalism and develops members' leadership abilities through education, mentoring, networking, participation, encouragement and support, and community involvement.
    Phone: 773-880-1060
    Events: Monthly
    URL: www.businessinthecity.org

  • Chicago Canine Rescue Foundation
    Mission: To decrease the overpopulation, abuse, and euthanization of dogs and puppies in our city and place rescued animals into responsible, loving homes.
    Phone: 312.458.9294
    Events: Weekly adoption events and at least one fundraiser each month
    URL: www.chicagocaninerescue.org

  • Chicago Cares
    Mission: Chicago Cares creates convenient, quality volunteer opportunities for caring Chicagoans. We offer a variety of projects to fit a wide range of schedules without requiring any ongoing time commitment. Chicago Cares provides an ideal way for busy Chicagoans to volunteer and ourprograms are able to affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals each year.
    Phone: 312.780.0800
    Events: Servathon (June)
    URL: www.chicagocares.org

  • Chicago Children's Charities
    Mission: Chicago Children's Charities is a non-for-profit volunteer organization that exists to raise monies through fundraising activities for the betterment of needy children in the Chicago area. For nearly 20 years now, our volunteer organization has raised monies to benefit hundreds of Chicago children.
    Events: Holly Ball (December)
    URL: chicagochildrenscharities.org

  • The Chicago Lighthouse For People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired
    Mission: Founded in 1906, the Chicago Lighthouse is a national leader, innovator and advocate for people who are blind or visually impaired, enhancing the quality of life for all individuals involved, and for the community. It is widely regarded as one of the nation's most comprehensive social service agencies, housing America's oldest low vision clinic, a clock-manufacturing facility, a school for blind and multi-disabled children, a Braille library and a radio station.
    Phone: (312) 666-1331
    Events: Sweets for Sight (February)
    Seeing What's Possible Dinner (May)
    Uncorked (September/October)
    URL: www.thechicagolighthouse.org

  • The Children's Heart Foundation
    Mission: The Children's Heart Foundation funds the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of congenital heart defects - America's number one birth defect! There are many types of congenital heart defects, ranging from those that pose a relatively small threat to the health of the child to those that require immediate surgery. It is our top priority to quickly connect the money we raise to the research that will produce a profound impact on children with congenital heart defects.
    Events: Saving tiny Hearts Society Fundraising Gala (August); Golf Outing (September); Forever in Our Hearts Gala (November); Family Benefit (February)
    URL: www.childrensheartfoundation.org

  • Chicago Gateway Green Committee
    Mission: Chicago Gateway Green is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the beautification of the city. Proceeds of the Green Tie Ball benefit the Expressway Partnership, a public/private program created to transform Chicago roadways into parkways through corporate sponsorship.
    Phone: 312.645.8992
    Events: Green Tie Ball (September)
    URL: www.GatewayGreen.org

  • Chicago Lights - Building Bridges to a Brighter Future
    Mission: Chicago Lights provides children and adults with the opportunity to discover and cultivate their potential. As we reach out to our neighbors and partner to create community, we affirm the worth of all and strive to be a place where the mind, body and spirit are strengthened and nutured. Focused on the education, health and development of the whole individual, we assist economically disadvantaged children; older adults; and adults who are homeless or living in poverty to build bridges to a brighter future. Our programs include Partners In Education, The Center for Whole Health, The Center for Older Adults and The Elam Davis Social Service Center.
    Phone: 312.787.4570
    Events: The Mission Benefit (February)
    URL: www.chicagolights.com

  • Chicago Youth Centers (CYC)
    Mission: To educate inner-city children, teaching them responsibility and respect for life, so that they become productive citizens.
    Phone: 312.648.1550 ext. 451
    URL: www.chicagoyouthcenters.org

  • Children Affected by AIDS Foundation (CAAF)
    Mission: The mission of the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation (CAAF) is to make a positive difference in the lives of children infected with HIV and affected by AIDS. CAAF accomplishes this by helping meet their diverse, special needs, advocating and educating on their behalf, and bringing joy and fun into their lives.
    Phone: 773.588.0075
    Events: October "Dream Halloween" (the biggest Halloween blow out, bash for kids and adults all season).
    URL: www.caaf4kids.org

  • Christopher House
    Christopher House is a seven-site family resource center dedicated to building thriving families. Through child and youth development, parent enrichment, literacy, counseling and emergency services, Christopher House provides a web of support to low-income children and their families. Support that produces results: Happy, healthy school-successful kids. Literate, working parents. And stable, nurturing families.
    Phone: 773.472.1083
    Events: Sp[ring - Annual House with a Heart Gala
    URL: www.christopherhouse.org

  • Clearbrook
    Clearbrook, a Northern Illinois-based non-profit human service agency, is a leader, an innovator and an advocate in the field of developmental disabilities. Clearbrook provides specialized children?s, developmental training, employment, residential and clinical services at more than 40 locations in many suburban communities of Chicago. By creating opportunities for children, adults and their families, we open up a whole new world to them?one step at a time. After all, everyone is a star at Clearbrook.
    Phone: 847.385.5302
    Events: Clearbrook Jelly Belly Days (May), Clearbrook Women's Classic Golf Event (June), Texas Hold Em Poker Night (June), "Something Different" at the Chopping Block (September), First Look for Charity (February), Shining Star Ball (April)
    URL: www.clearbrook.org

  • Common Pantry
    The Common Pantry is the oldest continuously operating food pantry in Chicago. Since 1967 we have provided food assistance and social service referrals to those in need. We werve over 700 people each?month. Our friendly pantry is unique in that we give our clients the chance to make many of their own food selections, just as any shopper would. In this way our cleints are able to maintain the personal dignity and respect that should not be diminished by their need for assistance. We are located at 3744 N. Damen. Our innovative method of food distribution combines providing basic food staples as well as fresh breads, meat, produce and dairy products. We also offer personal hygiene products and diapers for our clients, who cannot purchase these items with their Link cards and can openers for our homeless clients. We welcome food donations and are open Wednesday 10 am-8 pm for drop offs
    Phone: 773.327.0553
    Events: Please join us on Thursday Sept. 20 for a Wine Tasting Fundraising Event?at Lush.
    URL: www.commonpantry.org

  • The Cradle
    Mission: To benefit children... by providing education, guidance and life-long support on parenting choices. Our commitment is to serve as a partner in creating and sustaining nurturing families.
    Phone: 847.475.5800
    Events: First Look For Charity (February)
    URL: www.cradle.org

  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
    Mission: To assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.
    Phone: 312.236.4491
    Events: UNCORK THE CURE - October & November, HOLLYWOOD HAPPENING - November, NEW YEARS EVE PARTY WITH STYLE, GRAND CHEFS GALA - February, STAR LIGHT GALA - March
    URL: www.cff.org

  • Emmett Steele Memorial Scholarship Fund
    Mission: To raise money for the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) Fund
    Events: A Mid-Summer's Night Remembrance (August)

  • Field Museum, Field Associates
    Mission: To encourage involvement and support within the greater Chicago community through a wide range of cultural, educational and environmental activities such as behind-the-scenes programs, monthly volunteer programs, recreational events and field trips.
    Phone: 312.665.7133
    Events: Dino Mite Night (August), Star Wars: The Magic of Myth, Dance with the Ants (July)
    URL: www.fmnh.org

  • Fairygodmother Foundation
    Mission: Fairygodmother Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity that grants wishes to adults facing terminal illness. Our vision is to provide our clients with the opportunity to achieve a sense of peace and closure. We accomplish this by allowing our Wish Recipients to give a gift of lasting memories to those loved ones they will leave behind. Our Wish Recipients are adults, 18 and older, with a year or less to live. They are from all walks of life, all ethnic groups, all areas of the country, and all economic backgrounds. They are husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, co-workers and best friends.
    Phone: 773.388.1160
    Events: Strokes of Luck Golf Outing (July), Halloween Boo Ball (October), Finding Fairy Godmother Ball, (Spring Annually)
    URL:www.fairygodmother.org

  • Friends of Prentice
    Mission: Friends of Prentice is the volunteer, fundraising organization, supporting Prentice Women's Hospital and Maternity Center of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, one of the country's premier women's health care facilities.
    Phone: 312.337.7773
    Events: Black Tie Gala (June)
    URL:www.friendsofprentice.org

  • The Gus Foundation
    Mission: To provide hope to children with pediatric brain tumors through funding research at Children's Memorial Medical Center in Chicago.
    Phone: 773.281.5560
    Events: The Corporate Challenge For Hope (May), Howl at the Moon (June)
    URL:www.gusfoundation.org

  • HighSight
    Mission: To provide academic and social support to inner-city Chicago high school students. HighSight provides scholarships, tutoring and mentoring to enable its students to attend and succeed at the high school of their choice.
    Phone: 312-787-9824
    Events: The Eve of The Eve Gala at Union Station (December)
    URL:www.highsight.org

  • In Concert Chicago
    Mission: In Concert Chicago is a non-profit organization that arranges for Chicago-area student and professional musicians to perform for senior citizens at nursing homes, retirement communities, and assisted-living centers. Many senior citizens do not have the physical ability or financial means to attend live musical concerts. By developing partnerships with retirement communities and local musicians, In Concert Chicago hopes to bring fellowship and the joy of music to the elderly while simultaneously providing performance opportunities for instrumentalists.
    Phone: 630-707-2281
    URL: www.inconcertchicago.org

  • Imerman Angels
    Imerman Angels is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that connects a person fighting cancer today (cancer fighter) with someone who has beaten the same type of cancer (cancer survivor). The one-on-one relationship provides the cancer fighter the opportunity to ask personal questions and receive encouragement from someone who is uniquely familiar with the situation, and it allows the cancer survivor the opportunity to personally help a fighter as he or she battles the disease.
    Phone: 312-274-5529
    Events:monthly, see website for more details
    URL: www.imermanangels.org

  • Inner-City Teaching Corps
    Mission: Committed to serving children in the inner-city of Chicago. This volunteer service program brings together dynamic young women and men to work in the spirit of helping others help themselves.
    Phone: 773.265.7240
    Events:monthly, see website for more details
    URL: www.ictc-chicago.org

  • Inspiration Cafe
    Mission: To restore a sense of dignity, respect and community to homeless men and women and help them in their journey back to self-sufficiency.
    Phone: 773.878.0981
    URL: inspirationcorp.org

  • Jewish Council for Youth Services
    Mission:Jewish Council for Youth Services ("JCYS") is an independent, not-for-profit agency dedicated to serving both Chicagoland's Jewish and greater communities and developing leaders who continue its tradition of volunteer service. Embracing Jewish values and culture, JCYS provides educational and recreational programs that nurture individual growth and promote responsibility to others.
    Phone: 312-726-8891
    Events:Annual Gala (April), Annual Golf Outing (September), Annual Meeting (September) Annual Max-Am Tennis Tournament (November)
    URL: www.jcys.org

  • Jobs for Youth
    Mission: Jobs for Youth/Chicago helps young men and women from low-income families become part of the economic mainstream; and in the process, provides the business community with motivated job-ready workers.
    Phone: 312-499-4778
    Events:Jazz For Youth (June), Annual Recognition Luncheon (December)
    URL: www.jfychicago.org

  • JUF - Young Leadership Division
    Mission: To serve as the central communal organization of the Chicago-area Jewish community.
    Phone: 312.444.2833
    Events: Party at the Pier (August)
    URL: www.juf.org

  • Junior League of Chicago
    Mission: The Junior League of Chicago, Inc.is a metropolitan organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
    Phone: 312.664.4462
    Events: Summer Soiree (August), Winter Soiree (February), Casino Night (September)
    URL: www.jlchi.org

  • KIDS FIGHT CANCER
    Mission: Kids Fight Cancer is a 501(C)3 not-for-profit organization that has been funding the Oncology Activity Center at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago since 1985 in order to ease the psychological and physical pains of pediatric cancer treatment through creative expression, education, and social interaction.
    Phone: 847-640-8515
    Events: Wine Tasting (3/3/07), Charity of the Month (5/07), Golf Outing (6/22/07), 5K Walk (9/16/07), 23rd Annual Fall Gala (10/20/07)
    URL: www.kidsfightcancer.org

  • Lincoln Park Zoo, Auxiliary Board
    Mission: The Auxiliary board supports Lincoln Park Zoo through personal donations and creative fund raising events that range from creative black-tie galas to community service and special events.
    Phone: 312.742.2020
    Events: FITZ Benefit (May), Spooky Zoo (October), Zooperbowl (January)
    URL: www.lpzoo.com

  • Little City Foundation
    Mission: To provide state-of-art services to help children and adults with mental retardation or other developmental, emotional and behavioral challenges to lead meaningful, productive and dignified lives.
    Phone: 847.358.5510
    Events: Little City Rock N' Roll Bowl (March)
    URL: www.littlecity.org

  • The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF)
    Mission: To eradicate lymphoma and serve those touched by the disease.
    Phone: 312.543.0960
    URL: www.lymphoma.org

  • Lynn Sage Cancer Res. Fdn Jr. Bd.
    Mission: To support innovative contributions to the understanding, research, and treatment of breast cancer at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
    Phone: 312.926.0439
    Events: Annual LSCRF Golf Outing, Bowl for the Cure (September)
    URL: www.lynnsage.org

  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois
    Mission: We grant the wishes of children 2 1/2 to 18 years old with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
    Phone: 312.602.9474 (WISH) or toll-free 800.978.9474
    Events: Rock'n Around the Shamrock Associate Board Event November 30, 2006 (www.shamrock.kintera.org); 97.9 FM The LOOP Radiothon hosted by Jonathon Brandmeier December 14-15, 2006; Wish Ball Annual Black Tie Gala May 5, 2007; Pedal For Wishes August 5, 2007. More events are constantly being updated at: http://www.wishes.org/events/index.cfm?act=calendar.
    URL: www.wishes.org

  • March of Dimes
    Mission: Four major problems threaten the health of America's babies: birth defects, infant mortality, low birthweight, and lack of prenatal care. The March of Dimes has adopted goals for the year 2000 to bring us closer to the day when all babies will be born healthy.
    Phone: 312.435.4007
    Events: The Single Best Bid (October), Taste for Life (January)
    URL: www.modimes.org

  • Midtown Educational Foundation
    Mission: To establish and support programs that promote the personal and educational achievement of inner city youth.
    Phone: 312.738.8300
    Events: Hancock Happy Hour, MEF Boat Cruise (August), MEF Annual Awards Dinner
    URL: www.midtown-metro.org

  • Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
    Mission: To be an innovative and compelling center of contemporary art where the public can directly experience the work and ideas of living artists, and understand the historical, social, and cultural context of the art of our time.
    Phone: 312.397.4010
    Events: First Fridays at the MCA (January)
    URL: www.mcachicago.org

  • The National Multiple Sclerosis Society
    The National Multiple Sclerosis Society provides programs and services that make life better for approximately 400,000 Americans with multiple sclerosis and their families and friends. The Society's programs are designed to inform and empower people to fight MS through education, advocacy, research, services, volunteer opportunities and fundraising. Together with Multiple Solutions, the Society's Junior Board, the Greater Illinois Chapter produces events and programs throughout the year to raise funds and awareness for the 20,000 families living with MS in Illinois.
    Phone: 312-421-4500
    Events:MS Walk, MS 150 Tour de Farms, MS Half Court Classic, Cohn Weil Golf and Bridge Outing, Slugfest, Cocktail'N for a Cause
    URL: www.msillinois.org

  • The Night Ministry
    Mission: The Night Ministry's Health Outreach Bus travels to nine neighborhoods across Chicago providing free healthcare to homeless and runaway youth, working poor adults, uninsured individuals, unsupervised children, the chronically lonely, and others who have "fallen through the cracks" of our social service system. Our Open Door Youth Emergency Shelter provides food, shelter and individualized services to youth ages 14-21 who are not wards of the State and their children. Volunteers are needed to help with direct and support services.
    Phone: 773.784.9000
    Events: Junior Board events throughout the year. Lighting Up the Night Annual Dinner. Holy Night Celebration.
    URL: www.thenightministry.org

  • Off the Street Club
    Mission: Benefitting Chicago's inner city youth.
    Phone: 847.375.4764
    Events: Annual Holiday Luncheon (December), Bozo Ball, Chicago Advertising Federation - Adapalooza
    URL: www.otsc.org

  • PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) Chicago
    Mission: PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) is Chicago's largest no-kill humane organization. Through low-cost pet sterilization, adoption programs and humane education, PAWS Chicago is working to establish Chicago as a no-kill city by ending the unnecessary killing of adoptable pets.
    Phone: 773.843.4884
    Events: Weekly adoption events, various Junior Board fundraising events, Angels with Tails Adoptions on Michigan (May) and Armitage (August), Beach Party (June), Run for Their Lives (October) and Fur Ball (November)
    URL: www.pawschicago.org

  • Pillars
    Mission: Support life change, learning and recovery for families and individuals of all ages in our diverse communities.
    URL: www.pillarscommunity.org

  • Prevent Child Abuse Committee
    Mission: To prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation's children.
    Phone: 312.663.3520
    Events: Gold and Silver Ball (November)
    URL: www.preventchildabuse.org

  • Ronald McDonald House, Auxiliary Board
    Mission: Benefitting the Ronald McDonald House
    Phone: 773.348.5322
    Events: 7th Annual Cruise for a Great Cause (September)
    URL: www.rmhc.com

  • The Shedd Aquarium, Auxiliary Society
    Mission: Dedicated to the enhancement of public understanding and respect for the world's seas, rivers and lakes and the pivotal role aquatic life plays in the health of the environment.
    Phone: 312.692.3363
    Events: The Shark Ball (August)
    URL: www.sheddaquarium.org/auxiliary

  • Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation
    Mission: Brightening the lives of seriously ill children and their loved ones.
    Phone: 312.251.7827
    Events: Annual Starlight Dream Date Auction (February), Angel Ball (May), Denim and Diamonds (October)
    URL: www.starlightmidwest.org

  • Suzanne's Friends For Life, chapter of the Leukemia Research Foundation
    Mission: To conquer leukemia, lymphoma and myelodysplastic syndromes by funding research into their causes and cures, and to enrich the quality of life of those touched by these diseases.
    Phone: 847.441.0161
    Events: A Party With a Purpose (October)
    URL: www.suzannesfriends.org

  • Today's Chicago Woman Foundation
    Mission: To develope awareness, supporting and providing funds to Chicago-area organizations and projects that help women and children in crisis situations.
    Phone: 312.951.8976
    Events: Bachelor Party (March)
    URL: www.todayschicagowoman.com

  • 20/30 Club of Chicago
    Mission: Benefiting Chicago's most needy children's charities.
    Phone: 312.409.3454
    Events: Casino Swing (September), Beach Blizzard (February), Moonlight Cruise (June)
    URL: www.2030club.org

  • UCAN Auxiliary Board
    Mission: To preserve the sanctity of childhood and give youth a refuge and a future. When children are abused, troubled, or neglected, we provide comprehensive care and treatment so they may grow into healthy, productive adults. When families are challenged, we provide support and promote healing so a nurturing environment is restored.
    Phone: 773.588.0180
    Events: Golf Outing (July), Softball Tournament (September), All-Star Celebration (November)
    URL: www.ucanchicago.org

  • United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago (Junior Board)
    Mission: To advance the independence of people with disabilities, enrich their lives, provide support to their familes and advocate for their inclusion in every facet of community life.
    Phone: 312.368.0380
    Events: Monster Bash (Oct.), Great Chefs Tasting Party (May)
    URL: www.ucpnet.org

  • Variety - The Children's Charity of Illinois
    Mission: To strive to alleviate suffering and improve the quality of life through programs, services and financial funding for children who are mentally and physically challenged, abused, sick, homeless and underpriveleged.
    Events: Mendocino Bounty Wine Tasting Event (September)
    URL: www.varietyclub26.org

  • Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization
    Mission: To decrease the impact of breast cancer, create and increase breast cancer awareness, and to ensure, through information, empowerment and peer support, that no one faces breast cancer alone.
    Phone: 1.800.221.2141
    Events: Y-ME Race, Y-ME Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show (October), Y-ME Young Professionals Ball
    URL: www.y-me.org