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13thirty Cancer Connect

Empowering And Connecting Young Adults With Cancer

Empowering And Connecting Young Adults With Cancer

The mission of 13thirty Cancer Connect is to help adolescents and young adults (AYAs) impacted by cancer live their very best lives – today! Founded after the death of 18-year-old Melissa Sengbusch in 2001, 13thirty Cancer Connect bridges the gap for AYAs with cancer, ages 13-30, who often get caught in the middle of pediatric and adult medicine. We provide essential peer support programs for AYAs with cancer, both virtually and in-person, in order to meet their unique needs and connect them with others who "get it." With a strong focus on fitness and nutrition, expressive arts and meaningful social interaction, we are making a difference for AYAs with cancer by diminishing isolation, enhancing quality of life, and heightening awareness for this underserved population of cancer patients.

Headquarters

Rochester, New York

Reach

International

Founded

2001

Contact

Staff@13thirty.org

(585) 563-6221

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Active Children Excel Project

Building Character, Confidence, And Community Through Tennis

Building Character, Confidence, And Community Through Tennis

The Active Children Excel Project (“The ACE Project”) nurtures children living in underserved communities by building character, confidence, and competency through the sport of tennis. We offer tennis instruction, homework assistance, nutritional support, academic enrichment, and social-emotional skill building to youth living in Chicago, Baltimore, and Detroit. We recruit and train coaches from a wide range of community members, including parents, teachers, and school administrators. The ACE Project believes that by strengthening the relationships among students, their families, and their communities, we will outmatch the current cycles that limit opportunity and success.

Headquarters

Chicago, IL

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United States

Founded

2013

Contact

Info@ActiveChildrenExcel.org

(630) 802-0247

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Ada S. McKinley Community Services

To Empower, Educate, And Employ

To Empower, Educate, And Employ

Ada S. McKinley Community Services was founded as a settlement house in 1919 by Ada Sophia McKinley, a schoolteacher and social reformer, who saw the need to assist veterans returning from World War I and African Americans migrating from the South. Having just completed celebrating its 100th anniversary, the agency serves more than 7,000 people annually at over 70 locations, primarily in Illinois/Chicago with additional sites in Indiana and Wisconsin. Ada S. McKinley has three areas of service: Child Development & Youth; Employment & Community Support; and Behavioral Health & Clinical. Services rendered daily include: tutoring, mentoring and college placement, foster care, housing opportunities, youth and family counseling, employment training and placement, and head start programs. The vision of Ada S. McKinley is for all people to have the opportunity for education and employment.

Headquarters

Chicago, Illinois

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Regional

Founded

1919

Contact

info@adasmckinley.org

(312) 554-0600

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels

Providing Dignity And Comfort To Childhood Cancer Warriors

Providing Dignity And Comfort To Childhood Cancer Warriors

Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that brings dignity and comfort into the harsh world of childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases across Arizona. Through our Comfycozy’s For Chemo apparel, Comfort and Care Counseling, Major Distractions (spa days, sports camps, teen nights, etc.), and Financial Assistance, we support the here-and-now needs of families that have a child who is fighting cancer or a life-threatening disease. Lorraine Tallman founded the organization after her young daughter Amanda Hope lost her almost four-year battle with leukemia and a brain tumor. Amanda dreamed that one day she would design a fun clothing line to provide comfort and dignity to kids who were also going through chemotherapy. Her dream lives on through Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels.

Headquarters

Phoenix, Arizona

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State

Founded

2013

Contact

Hello@AmandaHope.org

(602) 775-5090

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Battle Buddies

Providing A Buddy And A Break For Children Battling Pediatric Cancer

Providing A Buddy And A Break For Children Battling Pediatric Cancer

BATTLE BUDDIES is a nonprofit that seeks to raise the spirits of pediatric cancer patients in metro Chicago by pairing them with local young adult volunteers, who meet with the young patients on a biweekly basis. Our mission is to provide a break from the hardships and stress involved in battling cancer and allow the children to hang out and kick back with a buddy. During these interactions, partners can color, play games, read books, and talk. Founded by five seniors in high school who have all been closely touched by cancer, BATTLE BUDDIES aims to distract the children from the pain of treatment through mentorship, admiration, and friendship.

Headquarters

Lake Forest, Illinois

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Local

Founded

2017

Contact

BattleBuddiesLF@gmail.com

(224) 246-0632

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation

Providing Joy For Kids With Cancer And Funds For Pediatric Cancer Scientific Research

Providing Joy For Kids With Cancer And Funds For Pediatric Cancer Scientific Research

The mission of Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation is to eliminate pediatric cancer and to provide hope and support to those who are touched by it. Our mission is carried out through two programs. The “Bear Hugs Program” provides customized experiences to brighten the lives of pediatric cancer patients and immediate family support for financial burden and essential needs. The “Bear Discoveries Program” funds grants for medical research to find therapies and cures for pediatric cancers. Kathleen Casey founded the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in memory of her son Barrett “Bear” Krupa, who died at eight years old of cancer.

Headquarters

Chicago, Illinois

Reach

United States

Founded

1992

Contact

Office@BearNecessities.org

(312) 214-1200

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Beyond Sports Foundation

Using The Power Of Sport
To Transform Lives

Using The Power Of Sport To Transform Lives

Beyond Sports Foundation uses the power of sport to transform lives by turning athletic ability into life opportunity. We work with student-athletes from under-resourced families in underserved communities to help them become strong candidates for college athletic scholarships. Many of our student-athletes are from populations that are under-represented on college campuses, and some are first generation college students. Beyond Sports Foundation helps prepare student-athletes for college and beyond by strengthening their academic, athletic, and life skills based on our four pillars of engagement: academic development, athletic training, professional development, and mentorship/social responsibility. While sport is valuable, we reinforce that sport will end one day and that an education will last a lifetime.

Headquarters

Highland Park, Illinois

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Local

Founded

2009

Contact

Info@BeyondSports.org

(847) 978-8190

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Southwestern llinois

One-To-One Mentorship And Support For Underprivileged Children

One-To-One Mentorship And Support For Underprivileged Children

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. As the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18. Our Bigs and Littles share everyday activities together: eating out, playing sports, attending events, going to the movies, sightseeing, and just hanging out. Every year, we serve more than 275 children in Southwestern Illinois: 80% come from households living below the poverty line and 85% come from non-traditional households. Research shows that the presence of a caring adult role model in a child’s life is one of the single most important factors in building a child’s resilience and optimism.

Headquarters

Belleville, Illinois

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Local

Founded

1980

Website

bbbsil.org

Contact

Info@bbbsil.org

(618) 398-3162

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Born And Raised Detroit

Providing Grants To Detroit-Based Youth Nonprofits

Providing Grants To Detroit-Based Youth Nonprofits

The Born And Raised Detroit Foundation (BARD) is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has granted over $500,000 to Detroit-based youth charities. BARD supports nonprofits and initiatives that help build a stronger community and positive way of life for the youth of Detroit. BARD believes that inspired, educated, and creative young people are the key to our city’s progression. Founded by a group of friends who were forced to move away from Michigan due to a struggling economy more than a decade ago, BARD is their way to honor and give back to their hometown. Operating with no administrative costs, BARD has provided grants to Alternatives For Girls, Racquet Up Detroit, Horizons-Upward Bound, Ruth Ellis Center, and many others.

Headquarters

Royal Oak, Michigan

Reach

United States

Founded

2011

Contact

ContactUs@BornAndRaisedDetroit.org

(248) 495-7244

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Bottomless Toy Chest

Bringing Toys, Joy And Hope To Children With Cancer

Bringing Toys, Joy And Hope To Children With Cancer

The Bottomless Toy Chest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization devoted to delivering empowering toys, craft projects, and interactive activities to hospitalized pediatric oncology patients. Our mission is to lift the spirits and promote a positive state of mind in young cancer patients by providing them with engaging, empowering activities while they are going through treatment. This year we will deliver over 30,000 toys and activities through our seven key programs: Inpatient Toy Program, Outpatient Toy Program, Tons of Toys Holiday Event, Red Carpet Movie Event, Hospital Survivor Celebrations, Toy-tacular, and Superhero Day. The Bottomless Toy Chest was founded by Mickey Guisewhite, who during her young son’s months-long battle with cancer, saw firsthand the healing power of joy, hope and smiles.

Headquarters

Troy, Michigan

Reach

United States

Founded

2008

Contact

Info@BottomlessToyChest.org

(248) 646-8931

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Bounce Children's Foundation

Providing Experiences And Resources To Help Chronically Ill Children And Their Families To Thrive

Providing Experiences And Resources To Help Chronically Ill Children And Their Families To Thrive

Bounce Children’s Foundation transforms the lives of chronically ill children, and their families, by shifting all from surviving to thriving. We offer free family outings, peer support, educational sessions about vital coping skills, tickets for sporting events and theater shows, family care packages, and resources to help them combat daily hardships. Offered at no cost to these brave fighters and their families who are battling diseases/diagnoses for which there are no cures, Bounce surrounds sick kids and their loved ones with fun, love, happiness, and hope where they need it most — at home and in the community!

Headquarters

Deerfield, Illinois

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State

Founded

2015

Contact

Info@BounceChildrensFoundation.org

(844) 626-8623

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Camp Quality USA

Summer Camps And Year-Round Programs To Let Kids With Cancer
Be Kids Again

Summer Camps And Year-Round Programs To Let Kids With Cancer Be Kids Again

Camp Quality serves children with cancer and their families by providing year-round programs, experiences, and companionship – at no cost. We host weeklong overnight summer camps at 18 locations in 13 states. Most of our locations offer additional year-round events including teen weekends, family overnights, sibling retreats, reunions and much more! We dedicate ourselves to offering not only opportunities for our campers to be kids, but also for their families to spend much needed time together. Our goal is to promote hope and inspiration while helping children foster life skills and develop their full potential.

Headquarters

Akron, Ohio

Reach

United States

Founded

1986

Contact

(330) 671-0167

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

CAST Water Safety Foundation

To Prevent Childhood Drowning And Create Stronger Swimmers, Sooner

To Prevent Childhood Drowning And Create Stronger Swimmers, Sooner

The CAST Water Safety Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on expanding access to the Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) method in both Chicago, IL and New Orleans, LA. For over 50 years, ISR has been the method that gives children ages 6 months to 6 years of age the skills and confidence they need to swim, float, and self-rescue. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children ages 1-4. CAST offers scholarships to help offset the cost of ISR swim lessons – with a focus on assisting children of teachers, first responders, nurses, and military families, as well as low-income families and families living with special needs and disabilities. CAST also provides full tuition assistance to instructors who would not otherwise be able to afford the cost of training. Originally attracted to ISR lessons to help keep her young daughters safe in and around the water, Liz Huber founded CAST in order to share this potentially life-saving and positive experience with as many families as possible.

Headquarters

Forest Park, Illinois

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Local

Founded

2018

Contact

Scholarship@CastWaterSafety.org

(708) 860-5805

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Center For Success Network

Uniting Literacy And Community To Empower Students In The Journey Of Education

Uniting Literacy And Community To Empower Students In The Journey Of Education

The Center for Success Network seeks to empower individuals and families to live successful lives by igniting a passion for education and inspiring students to thrive academically. Through individualized, one-on-one literacy sessions with our dedicated mentors, learner-specific enrichment activities, and educational summer programs provided by our community partners, we help students to make measurable gains across all content areas in school while building confidence and excitement for education. With more than 275 dedicated volunteers serving nearly 350 children and families each week, we see students, on average, improve their reading skills by 2.3 years in just one year in our program.

Headquarters

Detroit, Michigan

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State

Founded

2013

Contact

Info@center4success.org

(313) 320-8961

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Chicago Adventure Therapy

Empowering Chicago Youth Through Life-Changing Outdoor Adventures

Empowering Chicago Youth Through Life-Changing Outdoor Adventures

Chicago Adventure Therapy (CAT) works with Chicago youth in the outdoors. We get youth outside of their comfort zones by going kayaking, climbing, camping, or just taking in nature. These life-changing adventures build confidence, leadership, and authentic community across multiple barriers that usually divide people. Chicago youth face overwhelming challenges every day. CAT works with young people who are gang-involved, experiencing homelessness or unstable housing, receiving or in need of mental health treatment, experiencing poverty, exiting or in the state foster-care system, experiencing or at risk of interpersonal or community violence, as well as youth who identify as LGBTQ or who are refugees from war-torn countries. CAT's goal is to help young people make a lasting positive impact on their communities and become healthy adults by teaching effective social skills and strong leadership skills, increasing participants’ sense of possibility, and fostering a sense of empowerment and personal responsibility.

Headquarters

Chicago, Illinois

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Regional

Founded

2006

Contact

Info@ChicagoAdventureTherapy.org

(773) 972-6400

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Chicago Area Alternative Education League (CAAEL)

Providing Interscholastic Athletic, Artistic, And Academic Activities To Underserved Alternative Education Students

Providing Interscholastic Athletic, Artistic, And Academic Activities To Underserved Alternative Education Students

The Chicago Area Alternative Education League (CAAEL) seeks to eliminate the athletic-and-activity gap facing at-risk/special education students who have been removed from mainstream schools for severe behavioral and emotional issues. Extracurricular activities encourage peer interaction, promote cooperation, build student-adult relationships and help strengthen the student-school connection. Students who participate in these activities achieve higher grade point averages, miss fewer days of school, and are more likely to graduate. Yet students sent to alternative schools due to behavioral and emotional issues – the very students who need these activities the most – lose access to these vital programs. CAAEL fills this gap for these challenging and often forgotten students, while providing educators a powerful set of tools to instill hope and change lives. Each year, CAAEL offers more than 1,000 school activities (athletic games, art events, spelling bees, academic bowls, etc.) to more than 5,000 students from 30 Illinois counties.

Headquarters

La Grange, Illinois

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State

Founded

1976

Website

CAAEL.org

Contact

Info@CAAEL.org

(708) 771-2042

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Chicago Children's Advocacy Center

Providing Support For Children Who Are Victims Of Abuse And Violence

Providing Support For Children Who Are Victims Of Abuse And Violence

Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center and our partners are the front-line responders in Chicago to reports of child sexual abuse. We also respond to reports of child physical abuse, witness to violence, and other serious maltreatment. ChicagoCAC is the city’s only nonprofit organization that coordinates the efforts of child protection staff, law enforcement professionals, family advocates, medical experts, and mental health clinicians under one roof. All of our services are free, and our collaborative approach is aimed at reducing trauma so that children and families may begin the healing process. Since opening our doors in 2001, we have served more than 36,000 children.

Headquarters

Chicago, Illinois

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Regional

Founded

2001

Contact

(312) 492-3700

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Chicago Run

Empowering Chicago Youth & Building Community Through Sport & Fitness

Empowering Chicago Youth & Building Community Through Sport & Fitness

Chicago Run’s mission is to enhance the health and wellness of Chicago children through innovative, engaging, and sustainable youth running programs. Chicago Run provides programs to Chicago children and youth from pre-k through high school in low-income neighborhoods. These programs aim to instill the daily habit of physical activity, build leadership skills, break down cultural barriers, and promote social emotional learning through running and fitness..

Headquarters

Chicago, Illinois

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Local

Founded

2007

Contact

(773) 961-8470

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Community Currency

Foreign Change For Change

Foreign Change For Change

Co-founded by a group of diverse, passionate Northwestern University students, COMMUNITY CURRENCY (CC) seeks to chip away at educational inequalities by optimizing on the fact that more than 90% of international travelers return to the United States with leftover foreign currency. Here’s how it works: (1) CC collects foreign currency in international airports, college study-abroad offices, and banks; (2) the foreign currency is converted into American money; and (3) that money directly supports disadvantaged Chicagoland children’s participation in summer camps at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago. We dream to ensure that the zip code you’re born in doesn’t determine the story of your life.

Headquarters

Evanston, Illinois

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Regional

Founded

2016

Contact

Contact@CommCurrency.com

(614) 975-0273

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Compass To Care

Helping Children With Cancer Travel To Treatment

Helping Children With Cancer Travel To Treatment

COMPASS TO CARE CHILDHOOD CANCER FOUNDATION, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides access to life-saving cancer treatment for children with cancer whose parents cannot afford transportation to the hospital. We carry out this mission by scheduling and paying for all travel and lodging to get children to the hospital where they can receive the best cancer care. By taking the travel burdens off a family, they can focus on what is most important, their child. In 1974, Michelle Ernsdorff-May was diagnosed with kidney cancer at 14 months old. With no treatment available near her Iowa home, her parents took her 200 miles to the Mayo Clinic. Michelle founded COMPASS TO CARE in honor of the emotional and financial struggle her parents endured traveling for her cancer treatment for almost two years. COMPASS TO CARE has supported 375 children in 10,018 cancer-related trips for more than 1,467,194 miles traveled to hospitals and 20,766 days of cancer treatment.

Headquarters

Chicago, Illinois

Reach

United States

Founded

2009

Contact

Info@CompassToCare.org

(773) 657-3269

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Detroit Public Schools Foundation

Creating And Enhancing Educational Opportunities For Detroit Public Schools Community District Students, Families, And Educators

Creating And Enhancing Educational Opportunities For Detroit Public Schools Community District Students, Families, And Educators

We at the Detroit Public Schools Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, are dedicated and committed to bringing resources to students in the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD). During 2016-2018, we distributed over $4.2 million in grants to schools, teachers, and nonprofit organizations operating in the schools. Our funding resulted in our students receiving new technology, scholarships, state-of-the-art resources, opportunities for career development and education, and access to field trips and other programs offered by dozens of cultural arts organizations. Our goal is to help ensure that every student in the DPSCD receives high-quality support for college and career readiness.

Headquarters

Detroit, Michigan

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Local

Founded

2003

Website

dpsfdn.org

Contact

(313) 873-3348

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Dreams For Kids

Replacing Charity With Opportunity

Replacing Charity With Opportunity

DREAMS FOR KIDS trains and mentors local youth, in grades 10-11, to become social entrepreneurs. We provide practical education, real world training and contemporary job skills so that the students can create social enterprises that provide solutions to society’s critical social issues and help others. Our signature program is a 10-lesson, project-based curriculum that is delivered by teachers in class and supported by workforce community mentors beyond school. With the guidance of these professionals, students channel their learning into the creation of social impact enterprises, where they apply business principles to ventures that drive profit and solve critical social issues. By the end of the program, the students can create and manage an enterprise that brings positive social change.

Headquarters

Chicago, Illinois

Reach

United States

Founded

1989

Contact

(312) 585-4995

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Ele's Place

Peer Support For Grieving Children and Teens After The Death Of A Loved One

Peer Support For Grieving Children and Teens After The Death Of A Loved One

Ele's Place is a healing center for grieving children and teens (ages 3-18) after the death of a parent, sibling or someone else close to them. Our vision is that no child grieves alone. Each week, hundreds of grieving children and teens find a warm and welcoming place to meet new friends who really understand how they feel in age-appropriate, peer-support group programs. Art and play-based activities help our children and teens identify their feelings and gain coping skills that will last a lifetime. Following the death of their daughter, Betsy and Woody Stover saw that their three children were grieving the death of their sister in a different way than they were as adults. After much grief research, they determined that peer support – from kids who had experienced the death of someone close to them – was the best way for their children to learn to cope with their feelings of grief, sadness, anger, and loss. Since that time, Ele’s Place has served more than 30,000 children across Michigan.

Headquarters

Lansing, Michigan

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State

Founded

1991

Contact

AnnArborInfo@ElesPlace.org

(734) 929-6640

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

EmpowerHER

Supporting Young Girls Who Have Lost Their Mothers

Supporting Young Girls Who Have Lost Their Mothers

empowerHER is a nonprofit organization founded in 2013 with a very specific mission—to empower, support and connect girls of all ages who have experienced the early loss of their mothers. We provide an integrated series of Events For Girls and a 1:1 Mentor Match Program. Our events (Mother’s Day Retreat, Annual Beach Bash, Writing Workshops, Yoga Classes, etc.) offer a fun time and place to learn, laugh and celebrate life. Our mentor program instills hope and confidence, provides a shared community of sisterhood, and reduces feelings of isolation for the girls as they deal with their grief. Founded by a woman who at 9 years old lost her 37-year-old mother to breast cancer, empowerHER now serves more than 140 girls in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York.

Headquarters

Boston, Massachusetts

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Regional

Founded

2013

Contact

Info@EmpoweringHer.org

(617) 648-9559

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Erika's Lighthouse

A Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression

A Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression

“Erika’s Lighthouse: A Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression” is a nonprofit organization committed to raising awareness about teen depression in middle school and high school communities at no cost to schools. Founded in 2004 after Ginny and Tom Neuckranz lost their 14-year-old daughter to adolescent depression, Erika’s Lighthouse aims to eliminate the stigma surrounding depression and empower young people to take ownership of their mental health. Through evidence-informed programs and countless other web-based resources, Erika's Lighthouse works to "Get Depression Out of the Dark."

Headquarters

Winnetka, Illinois

Reach

United States

Founded

2004

Contact

Info@ErikasLighthouse.org

(847) 386-6481

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.

Fill A Heart For Kids

Bringing Joy And Positive Experiences to Homeless And Foster Children

Bringing Joy And Positive Experiences to Homeless And Foster Children

Fill A Heart 4 Kids is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide positive experiences for homeless youth and foster children so that they feel loved and valued. Volunteers take children to the movies, help celebrate a child’s birthday or special holiday, and write thoughtful notes to the children. In addition, volunteers make care packages filled with gifts for special occasions and survival packs filled with immediate basic necessities like blankets and toiletries. The goal is that these positive experiences will help heal children’s hearts, restore their dignity, and increase their self-worth for a brighter future. Founded by a family that began taking in homeless children more than a decade ago, Fill A Heart 4 Kids has helped more than 1,350 children.

Headquarters

Lake Forest, Illinois

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State

Founded

2016

Contact

Info@FillAHeart4Kids.org

(847) 867-1000

CLOZTALK donates 20% of net profits
back to its charity partners.