Featured Organizations

Animal Welfare

American Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®(ASPCA®) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world.

Our organization was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law. Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a strong local presence, and with programs that extend our anti-cruelty mission across the country, we are recognized as a national animal welfare organization.

The ASPCA’s mission, as stated by founder Henry Bergh in 1866, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.”

Environment

Waterfront Botanical Gardens

The Waterfront Botanical Gardens was started by Botanica, an umbrella organization for the local gardening community that was started in 1993 to help enlighten, entertain, and educate the community about the botanical world. In 2001, Botanica learned that it was the beneficiary of a trust established by member Helen Harrigan, a local gardener with a desire to see a botanical garden and conservatory built in Louisville. Helen’s gift reshaped the focus of our organization, and we set about our work to create what will become Louisville’s Waterfront Botanical Gardens.

Rebuilding Lives

The Shea Center

The Shea Therapeutic Riding Center, located in San Juan Capistrano, began in 1978 as The Orange County Riding Center. It was founded by Nancy and Derek Lewis for their son, Michael, who was born with cerebral palsy. Because social worker and equestrienne, Fran Joswick, was the Center’s first instructor and executive director, the Center was renamed the Fran Joswick Therapeutic Riding Center. In 2001, the J.F. Shea Co., Inc. donated eight acres of land for a permanent facility and the Center was again renamed as the J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center.

Accredited at the “premier” level by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.), The Shea Center is internationally recognized for its excellence in therapeutic programs. It is also is a therapeutic riding training facility drawing interns and students from around the world.

The modest beginnings of The Shea Center have yielded an organization that has become one of the top equine assisted therapy centers in the world. The Center now serves over 1,200 participants each year and provides more than 14,000 hours of client services annually. Utilizing 23 horses and the assistance of more than 800 community volunteers, the Center has grown to be an organization with a $4 million annual operating budget.

The Center’s team consists of 28 full-time and 17 part-time and contract staff members. All instructors and therapy professionals who perform evaluations, assessments, and create individualized treatment programs for their clients are PATH Intl. certified.

Over 75 distinct disabilities are addressed through a variety of programs that include physical, occupational, and speech therapies.

The Shea Center’s state-of-the-art equestrian facility consists of two covered arenas, one open arena, a forty-stall barn, two round pens, a farrier and veterinarian area, and riding trails.

The Klein Family Education & Therapy Building provides indoor space for an inclusive fitness center, physical, speech, and occupational therapy clinics, rooms for teaching and training, and facilities for instructors, staff, and volunteers.

The Center offers a financial aid program for current and past military families as well as a sliding scale of fees for those in need of financial assistance.

Poverty & Hunger

Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Food Depository is part of a united community effort working to bring food, dignity and hope to our Cook County neighbors. We act as the hub for a network of more than 700 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other programs. These programs provide food where it’s most needed. We also address the root causes of hunger. Public benefits outreach and job training programs offer support for our neighbors to overcome poverty.

As the face of hunger in our community has changed, the Food Depository has evolved. Our programs address the specific needs of diverse groups, including children, older adults and veterans.

By taking hunger off the table, we enable families to focus on other priorities, like education, growth and security. We enable communities to face their challenges with confidence. Today and in the long term, providing nutritious food is an investment in health and hope for our neighbors and our community. Learn more about how we make an impact on hunger every day.

The Food Depository is a member of Feeding America, the national network of food banks.

Children

Off The Street Club

Founded in 1900, Off The Street Club is Chicago’s oldest boys and girls club. We currently serve more than 3,000 kids in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the country, West Garfield Park. We are grateful to all our supporters, including the Chicago advertising, marketing and media community.

We are a place where kids can truly find hope. Every child seeking a safe place to go is welcome to join us for games, play and mentorship.

Education

Lucy Parsons Labs

Lucy Parsons Labs is a collaboration between data scientists, transparency activists, artists, & technologists that operates in Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area. We work at the intersection of digital rights and on-the-streets issues. Our main lines of work include providing digital security trainings, pursuing police accountability, researching the use of civil asset forfeiture, and filing public records requests.

Children

Changing Leads Foundation

Founded in 2014, Changing Leads Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that connects underprivileged and at-risk youth to the wonders of horsemanship.  Changing Leads wants to make the world of horses accessible children who would otherwise never have the opportunity to meet a horse!

We run introductory programs (which are typically once a week for eight weeks) and comprehensive week-long summer camps, as well as year-round programs. Additionally, we offer sponsorships to children who express interest in continuing their horse pursuits!

Rebuilding Lives

Miracle House Foundation

Built on a foundation of structure, amazing staff and a phenomenal community, the Miracle House Foundation is a far cry from typical sober living. From the moment you step foot in Miracle House Foundation, you’ll instantly become part of an incredibly strong community of sober men and their families, that has been cultivated over years. Our houses are staffed by managers and directors with extensive experience in the field of recovery, all of whom share an enthusiasm and vision to make quality help accessible to all. Together, we are committed to playing our part in serving the need for effective addiction recovery options.

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