Tis the Season: Four Ways to Give Back in Chicago this Fall
A KlopasStratton blog by: Bridget Chambers, Life Coach, Writer
There are approximately 90 days left in 2022. This is worth mentioning this because certain ambitious people are participating in the #Last90Days challenge — an endeavor that proposes rounding out this year in wellness and goodness and transformation. It sort of takes the notion of a “new year’s resolution,” and suggests a commitment to change sooner than that.
There are many ways to make your last 90 days count, but in light of the fall season ahead, we are encouraging you to GIVE BACK.
If you were one of the millions who hopped aboard the relocation train over the past two years, then you’re likely still looking for ways to explore your new neighborhood or town. (And if you’re reading this, then you’re probably a Chicagoan!)
According to Makeit.com for CNBC, Chicago was one of the most popular cities for relocation this past year. “Eight of the 10 cities made the list in 2020, creating some pandemic-era consistency. The two newcomers this year — Chicago and Charlotte, North Carolina — reappeared after a seven-year and four-year hiatus from the list, respectively.”
So, if you are new to Chicago – or are a longtime Chicagoan looking to try something new this year! – you may want to lean into your #last90days with a spirit of giving.
Here are our some of our favorite local organizations looking for assistance this autumn:
Based in Edgewater, GirlForward pairs teen girls displaced from their home countries with local female mentors. Refugees receive subject tutoring, job search aid, and an invaluable sense of sisterhood in their new city. Specific offerings include SAT prep, English vocabulary and conversation classes, distribution events where girls are offered supplies, clothes, and personal hygiene products, and exploring the mentee’s Chicago neighborhood together. Volunteer here: https://www.girlforward.org/
My Block, My Hood, My City
“My Block, My Hood, My City” is famous for their annual Be a Part of the Light campaign, which, according to Amanda Buzzell at PureWow, illuminated Chicago last December when they “decked out 12 straight miles and 500 homes along Dr. Martin Luther King Drive with lights, festive garlands and more. And this year, the organization is going even further by decorating from 51st and King to 115th and King. But its reach goes far beyond twinkle lights with year-round opportunities for underprivileged young people to step outside their comfort zones and explore new neighborhoods and world perspectives, all while fostering personal investment in the well-being of their communities.”
Find several ways to donate by visiting: https://www.formyblock.org/volunteerservices
Discovery Ball for Cancer
For more than 100 years, The American Cancer Society has been leading the fight to end cancer. By spearheading the movement to put their research findings into action, there has been a 20% decline in US cancer death rates since the early 1990's. The Annual Discovery Ball (a gorgeous black-tie affair at the Hilton Chicago) includes a live auction, silent auction and raffle to support the American Cancer Society’s fight to free the world of cancer through research, support, and leading information.
Click here to donate: ACC
PAWS Chicago Fur Ball
Chicago Social Magazine coins the 21st annual PAWS Chicago Fur Ball as “Chicago’s premier pet-friendly black-tie gala where canine companions enjoy all festivities with their guardians, from walking the red carpet to dancing late into the night.” And since Chicago is one of the country’s most dog friendly cities, it’s hard to argue with the idea that this cause is worth giving to. “Guests enjoy a lavish dinner buffet, one-of-a-kind silent and live auction packages, a raffle, live bands and more. Lucky dogs in attendance will also be treated to an evening of indulgences—from pawdicures in the “Dog Spa” to a divine dinner served in crystal goblets at the special Dog Buffet. An evening of elegance and compassion, all proceeds support PAWS Chicago’s lifesaving work for homeless dogs and cats.” Get tickets here: https://www.pawschicago.org/events-dog-training/fundraising-events/fur-ball
Host a dinner with family & friends
This may seem less traditional than the aforementioned ideas, but it was Mother Theresa who said, “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.” If you’re in the giving mood this season and want to stay closer to home, you can host a coat drive, have a garage “sale” full of free items for those less fortunate, or yes – even host a dinner party with people in your own family and friend group. Showing gratitude doesn’t always have to happen out in the world. Sometimes the best way to give back is to offer your time to the people you love most.
The Last 90
So, in these last 90 days of 2022, consider utilizing the muscle that allows you to give your money, time, energy, or ideas. And this year, look no further than in your own Chicagoland backyard. We are cheering you on as you end your year strong, but we challenge you to begin with giving back. Your time starts… now!
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