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
Thursday, October 23, 2014 (10:45 – 11:30): Singing with Seniors. Monthly project to spread joy, smiles, and laughter to our elderly friends! We will be singing, dancing, and bee-bopping with singer and song-writer, Lindsey Smithwick. This high energy “concert” will allow kids and moms to entertain the seniors with movement, dance, singing, and silliness! Sign Up & Details
Featured Organization: The Imperial Grove Nursing Home. An organization dedicated to providing compassionate care to help individuals reach and maintain their maximal level of functional ability.
Sunday, October 5, and Saturday, October 11 (9AM): The Bump Club and Beyond is supporting featured organization, House of Good Shepherd, at all Beyond the Belly and Beautiful Bellies BCBenefits Fitness Classes. Sign up & Details through Bump Club and Beyond
Featured Organization: House of Good Shepherd. An organization dedicated to providing women and children with a safe home to heal from the trauma of domestic violence as well as the economic development necessary to become self-sufficient members of the community.
Saturday, October 25, 2014 (2 – 4pm): The Bubbleween Costume Ball at Bubbles Academy. This in an interactive TREAT — a family-fun Halloween party and an opportunity to support Featured Organization, The Happiness Club! We are supporting this fun event in hopes that more Chicago families meet and support the amazing members of The Happiness Club! Event includes a costume parade, dance party and live performance by The Happiness Club. Each room within Bubbles Academy includes new enchanted wonders — from Open Play, to sensory projects to spectacular surprises! Sign Up & Details through Bubbles Academy
Featured Organization: The Happiness Club. A diverse group of Chicago kids dedicated to encouraging positive values and social change through original hip hop and pop music and dance. The Happiness Club kids sing out against drugs, gangs and violence and say “Yes” education, tolerance, high self-esteem and achieving goals.
Coming in November: Singing with Seniors, of course, and A Kick Off to Holiday Giving with More Than Milk and Bubbles Academy!