Chicago-Area Residents Give the Gift of Charity

June 22, 2011

A charity based in Palatine is helping residents in the Cabrini-Green neighborhood of Chicago.

One hundred women donated $1,000 each as part of a new grass-roots charity, and the group chose to award the $100,000 to an urban farm greenhouse learning lab for residents of Cabrini-Green.

The farm, which is operated by the community outreach group Chicago Lights, gives residents a place to grow organic foods. It also empowers neighborhood youth and residents to have increased economic opportunities through nutritional education and work-force training.

The charity, Impact 100 Chicago, is based on the concept of “Women Empowering Change.” Their goal is to find 100 women willing to donate $1,000 each to a worthy cause.

But the group didn’t have just 100 women participate; 126 residents from the city and suburbs donated $1,000 apiece.

As a result, the group, which considered grant requests from more than four dozen charities, was able to give $6,500 to each of the four runner-ups.

The Impact 100 members settled on five finalists in five categories:

*Environment: Chicago Lights, for the Urban Farm Greenhouse Learning Lab

*Arts and Culture: Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, for the CYSO Steel Drum Ensemble

*Education: Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund, to sponsor a scholar program

*Family: St. Martin de Porres House of Hope, for the Genesis Project

*Health & Wellness: Almost Home Kids, for the expansion of the Naperville Facility

For more information about this wonderful charity, visit impact100chicago.org.

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