Charity events in Chicago: The place to be for helping

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Philanthropic actions have been around the lives of Chicagoans since the 19th century. That’s why the people from this Midwest City are always ready to lend a hand for helping others in need, and they are recognized for being constantly involved in many charitable works. These charitable works have numerous purposes such as seeking a good education for children from low-income communities, assist homeless people, finding shelter for stray animals, or raising money to research into possible cures for diseases. Since the philanthropic spirit in Chicago is so elevated, you can find there charity events the whole year, so you can also contribute a little with all the charitable works present in the city. Here you will find a list of upcoming charity events in the Chicago area in which you can take part and start doing some good for others.

31st Annual Hunger Walk – The Greater Chicago Food Depository

Since 1979, the Greater Chicago Food Depository has worked to fight hunger in the Chicago community. To fight back hunger, this Chicago food bank has created soup kitchens, children’s programs, shelters, pantries, mobile programs, older adult programs and other projects to beat off the roots of hunger, and secure food for people in need. For 31 years now, the GCFD has held the Annual Hunger Walk to raise awareness of hunger in the Chicago community and support its about 650 food agencies. The annual event of GCFD will take place on June 25th at the historic Jackson Park. The program will start at 7:00 AM when the registration opens, and the walk will start at 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM. You can find the tickets ($5 – $25) to support this charitable work in Cook County. For more information, visit the GCFD web site.

6th Annual 5k RUN! To end homelessness – A Safe Haven Foundation

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In 1994, Neli Vazquez-Rowland and her husband Brian Rowland started the non-profit organization of “A Safe Haven Foundation” after an addiction crisis of Brian. Since then, they have worked for 22 years to help people recovering from addictions. Among other charitable works, the Safe Haven Foundation supports homeless singles, single parents and their children, and works to reunite families fall apart by addiction. The foundation set up the Annual 5k RUN as a way to raise money, so A Safe Haven can accomplish its mission and transform the lives of homeless people. This event will be held on Sunday, July 10th, 2016 at 8:30 AM. The starting point will be the Douglas Park in Chicago. You need to register in advance to compete in the 5k RUN. If you are interested in the A Safe Haven event, visit its web site.

Mended Little Hearts Day-Sox Game – Mended Little Hearts of Chicago

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For around 12 years, the Mended Little Hearts has supported families of children and patients with congenital heart defects (CHD) in Chicago. The Mended Little Hearts of Chicago is a work of volunteer families that share similar experiences. The mission of the foundation is to provide peer-to-peer information to the families, so they can have access to answers and resources for setting up a better future. This year, the Chicago White Sox, the baseball team that Yosef Meystel roots for, will play a match against Oakland A’s in which $5 of every $15 ticket sold will support the foundation. The match will be on August 21st, 2016 at the U.S. Cellular Field. The match will start at 1:00 PM, and it is due to finish at 4:00 PM. For more information, go to the foundation site.

Women Veteran’s Empowerment Luncheon – One Savvy Veteran

Meosha Thomas is a veteran woman who founded this non-profit organization to give other veteran women in Chicago area assistance in different issues. The idea of One Savvy Veteran (OSV) started when Thomas was medically retired from military service, and she realized there were a very few places that can give her some assistance to resume her civilian life. On June 26th, 2016, OSV, with the help of other foundations such as Dryhootch and Military Caregivers, will host a luncheon. At this event, you will hear several guest speakers, take a brunch, and drink some beverages. The Empowerment Luncheon will take place at the Waldorf Astoria from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Associate Board 30th Annual House and Garden Walk – The Chicago Lighthouse

The Chicago Lighthouse has worked since 1906 for the dignity, equality and independence of the blind and visually impaired people in Chicago. This foundation innovates in areas of vision care, rehabilitation, education, employment and technology. On June 23rd, 2016, there will be an event in which guests will visit spectacular houses along the North Shore. The meeting point will be the North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe. If you want more information, visit its web site.


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