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
While “organized” projects lighten up during the summer months, there are endless projects you can do at home to make a difference and create a family culture of giving back! Click HERE for a few ideas! And as always, whether your child is 6 months or 6 years, MODELING kindness will lead to future philanthropists!
Monday, July 20, 2015 (4:15pm-5pm) Crafts for a Cause at Monica + Andy supporting New Moms, Inc. and encouraging random acts of kindness. Come create handmade gifts to be distributed as a random act of kindness. Crafts will include decorating candles made by Bright Endeavors*, the social venture of New Moms, Inc. Kids will be introduced to different art mediums while making a difference in a fun, positive and creative environment! Making a difference starts with small acts of kindness. Sign Up & Details
*Bright Endeavors is a non-profit social enterprise of New Moms Inc, that instills confidence, professionalism and responsibility into adolescent mothers. We provide intensive training: a pathway out of poverty for young mothers in Chicago as they transition into quality, permanent employment. Participants gain job skills as they produce premium soy candles and bath products.
Coming in August: Back to school supply drives supporting Chicago kids connected to our Featured Organizations! Shopping for school supplies is so much FUN!
Monday, August 17, 2015 (4:15pm-5pm) Crafts for a Cause at Monica + Andy supporting VOCEL and kicking off the school year with kindness. Details coming soon!
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.