Our 2014 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
2014 Playdate with Purpose Challenge benefiting the Little Giraffe Foundation! We are excited join forces with the Neighborhood Parent’s Network (NPN) to once again spend the month of April providing families with easy, meaningful opportunities to share the importance of helping others. Through playdate drives large and small, we will collect comfort items for NICU families and support the neonatal research funded by Little Giraffe Foundation. Our goal is 50 playdates demonstrating the compassion and united power of Chicago families.
Bring board books, plastic baby toys, journals, and reusable water bottles to a playdate below or gather friends for your own playmate drive (simply collect & play). Interested in planning your own? Email email@example.com. We will help coordinate your drive and donations!
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 (4-6PM) Little Beans Café Playdate with Purpose. Sign Up & Details
Saturday, April 19, 2014 (3:30 – 5PM) Lekotek Playdate with Purpose (Specialize in children with disabilities/special needs and siblings). Sign Up & Details
Sunday, April 27, 2014 (9-11AM) Kid’s Island Playdate with Purpose. Sign Up & Details
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 (11-12PM) Fit4Mom Stroller Strides Class Playdate with Purpose. Sign Up & Details
Featured Organization: Little Giraffe Foundation. An organization dedicated to funding advances in neonatal medicine and supporting NICU families.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 (10:30AM): Music Fun & Elderly Friendships Monthly Project. Join More Than Milk & Marsha’s Music as we collaborate to make music & new friends! We will be singing, chatting, dancing, and making music with the elders of the Imperial Grove Nursing Home. We hope you will come spread joy, smiles, & laughter. Sign Up & Details
Featured Organization: The Imperial Grove Nursing Home. An organization dedicated to providing compassionate care to help each individual reach and maintain their maximal level of functional ability.
Saturday, May 17, 2014 (1:30PM – 3:30PM): Mother’s Day Celebration with More Than Milk and The Night Ministry Pregnant and Parenting Teen Program – Join us for an afternoon of activities & treats to honor the moms and families participating in the The Night Minstry’s teen program. Bring your little ones and enjoy making Mother’s Day a happy, joyous day for everyone! Give back by modeling fun enagement with your kiddos & helping to provide Night Ministry moms with a great afternoon! Event will include snacks & treats, a Bubbles Academy Music & Motion class, interactive story time, professional photos, & more. Sign Up & Details
Featured Organization: The Night Ministry. An organization dedicated to to working to meet youth where they are: from reaching out to them on the street, to providing them emergency overnight shelter, to helping them transition into stable and productive living situations.
Coming in June: Summer celebration with House of Good Shepherd!