2015 Featured Organizations
Do you have new and/or gently-used clothing, toys and supplies for children ages four and under to donate? Check out past Featured Organization, Share Our Spare, to share your items with Chicagoland families in need. Donor drop-off hours are the first Saturday of every month from 1 – 4 PM at the Share Our Spare warehouse on 935 W. Chestnut.
More Than Milk was selected by Bus 52 as one of 100 charities across the country doing innovative and unique work to support the community! Check out our video & other winners!
More than Milk made Mother’s Day special for participants at New Moms Inc. Beyond simply planning an event, More than Milk volunteers put their hearts into the celebration by ensuring all details were covered, staff was supported, participants cared for, and their volunteer team was well equipped for the day. We were honored to work with More than Milk and look forward to ongoing partnership. – New Moms Inc.
More Than Milk provided an amazing level of support for our organization. Through the Playdate with Purpose Challenge we were able to collect over 400 comfort items for parents of preemies. These included books, journals, disposable cameras, reuseable water bottles, food items, and more. More Than Milk was able to introduce our foundation to a wonderful network of moms who continue to support us today. Thank you so much! – Amanda Santoro, Co-Founder, Little Giraffe Foundation
Thank you to More Than Milk for bringing color and creativity to our connections with new moms around the country. MTM’s enthusiasm for moms, babies and families was exactly the energy we needed to get HealthConnect One’s “Every Baby, Our Baby” campaign off the ground. They developed tip sheets for new moms, for baby’s first visitors, for showers and birthday parties, and reminded us what’s most important to new families. Their commitment to making the world a better place was – quite simply – inspiring. – RoiAnn Phillips, Communications Director, HealthConnect One
Our thanks to More than Milk for reaching out and forging a new friendship with us. MTM’s mission is in complete harmony with our mission and together we created incredible intergenerational events that were beneficial for every age that participated – from infant to Gen X to Boomer to our most senior members of society. It was a pleasure to work with MTM and they were beyond generous with their time, talent and compassion. Kindness is understood by all ages. – Heather Dudzinski, Manager, Young Professionals Advisory Board, Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly, Chicago Chapter
What a great organization focused on providing meaningful connections for moms with other moms and with organizations and causes across the city that certainly benefit from the contribution of time and energy. AND a financial contribution on top of that is icing on the cake. Congratulations and thank you. – Lisa McDonald, Director of Volunteer Programming & Donor Events
More than Milk has been a wonderful partner to Open Books and we are so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with them. MTM developed an ongoing philanthropic-themed storytime at the Open Books store, created a fundraising read-a-thon to help support our literacy programs, and organized fun, engaging events for parents and young children to learn about giving back and the importance of reading (we are a literacy organization, after all!).
We love the idea of family volunteerism and hope that More than Milk can continue to inspire new generations of civic-minded and conscientious community members! Thank you More than Milk! – Erica Hawkinson, Open Books Marketing Manager
Women’s Career Clothing Drive
Donations: Gently used or new business casual and professional clothing for young women transforming their lives and entering the workforce. Maternity, purses, and accessories also welcome.
Saturday, June 6 (1-4PM) Share Our Spare warehouse at 935 W. Chestnut Street, LL 13 (Entrance on Sagamon St.). Take this opportunity to also drop off gently used baby items! Please click here for Share Our Spare collection items.
Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, June 8, 10, or 12 (11AM – 12PM) FIT4MOM Stroller Strides class at Diversey Harbor. Bring 5 donation items and receive a free class. We encourage you to sign up HERE for your FREE class. Select your date on the calendar and enroll. Questions email email@example.com.
Thursday, June 18 (1-5PM) Bubbles Academy at 1504 N. Freemont. Drop off and consider staying for Open Play (detail here) or join us at 3:30 for our Craft Kit project (see below).
Specific Donation Requests: shoes (black, flats, heels less than 2 inches), pants, blouses, sweaters, outerwear (blazers), undergarments (tank tops, nursing tops) and accessories (professional handbags, scarves, pad folios, etc). All donations must be clean.Maternity, purses and accessories welcome.
Featured Organization: New Moms Inc. An organization dedicated equipping struggling, impoverished adolescent parents and their children with the personal and career-readiness tools to permanently change their life stories from chronic dependence on society to economic independence and family stability.
Thursday, June 18, 2015 (3:30 – 4:30PM): Create Shoebox Craft Kits for VOCEL Preschool Students. Bring a shoe box and get ready to create a kit filled with arts and crafts for VOCEL kids. Volunteers will help fill the boxes and decorate the outside! Our kids (if old enough) can join in the packing and adding little love to the outside with stickers, markers, and more! And stay after for Open Play! Sign Up & Details
Featured Organization: VOCEL Early Childhood Center. An organization dedicated to redefining early education, child by child. VOCEL knows high-quality early learning experiences are crucial to children’s short and long-term success, so we work with children during their early years to build critical competencies in their communication, interpersonal and executive function skill sets.