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Below you’ll find downloadable content to help your Giving Tuesday campaigns. Feel free to use our sample posts or to create your own! Make it personable. Tell why you love to volunteer with HOPES, a funny story that happened while working with one of the students, or explain why HOPES mission is important to you. Remember to tag us at @ChiHopesForKids so we can like and share your posts! We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Any fundraiser that reaches $50 will be given a free t-shirt and will also be entered to win a dinner and a movie at the Music Box Theatre.

Any questions? Email trisha@chicagohopesforkids.org

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Sample Post- Facebook

This Giving Tuesday I’m asking for donations to support Chicago HOPES for Kids, a nonprofit providing education programs for children living in Chicago’s homeless shelters. I am raising funds to reach more emergent readers in 2019 with critical literacy tools, assessment and inspiration to help them become proficient readers. HOPES is focusing on this group because we know that 80% of third graders reading above grade level will graduate high school. With greater investment in literacy, HOPES can do more to address student needs and encourage a lifelong love of reading. Please donate to my fundraiser below!

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Sample Post- Facebook

Did you know that Chicago Public Schools reported serving 17,894 homeless students during this school year? Every time one of those students has to move schools, they can fall 3-6 months behind in school. This Giving Tuesday I’m asking for donations to support Chicago HOPES for Kids, an organization that provides direct service in the shelters to give these students the resources needed to do well in school. Please donate to my fundraiser below!

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Sample Post-Instagram

Chicago HOPES for Kids is a nonprofit that provides direct educational support to children living in Chicago’s homeless shelters. It is their mission to provide students with the resources and encouragement needed to succeed academically, despite the challenges of homelessness. Please donate to my #GivingTuesday campaign to support this amazing organization! Link is in the bio.

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Sample Post-Instagram

Chicago HOPES for Kids is more than just an after school program. They also do Parent Programs, Literacy Mentors, and a Summer Enrichment Program! This all around approach is designed to educate, support, and encourage the children and their families to foster a love of learning in order to break the cycle of homelessness. Please consider donating to my #GivingTuesday fundraiser in an effort to raise funds for this important organization.

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Sample Post-Twitter

Chicago HOPES for Kids provides educational support to children living in homeless shelters. The After School program has three main components: homework help, literacy support, and cultural enrichment. This #GivingTuesday please consider donating to my fundraiser [INSERT bit.ly Link HERE to your FB campaign]

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Sample Post-Twitter

I'm choosing to support @chihopesforkids this #GivingTuesday because their mission is very important to me and I've seen first hand the impact this org has had on so many children's lives. Please click the link to learn more and donate to my campaign. [INSERT bit.ly Link HERE to your FB Campaign]

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Tell a story about a child who did something remarkable. This can be something big or small, just something that stood out to you- remember to not use the child’s real name.

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Share what made you want to volunteer with HOPES. How did you hear about us? What about our mission speaks to you?

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What was the best, most fun enrichment activity you can remember? Describe a bit about what it was and what made it memorable for the children.

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Write about the funniest thing you can remember happening during program. Take inspiration from the wrap up questionnaire- what keeps you coming back to volunteer?

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Talk about some of the cool science projects you have worked with our students on.

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What about working with children makes you smile?

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Share about the different enrichment partners you have worked with at program. What are they and why is it important that our children have them?

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What is a “caught-ya card” tell a story about a child who received one. Remember not to use the child’s real name.

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How have you seen our children grow in program?

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What was it like being a new volunteer at HOPES? What have you learned and in what ways have you grown?

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Tell your family and friends about a special bond you have with a child in program. Remember not to use the child’s real name.

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#SuccessStartsEarly #EmergentReaders #GivingTuesday #Giveback #ChicagoHOPESforKids #GivingTuesday 2018 #InvisibleChicago #Homelessness #Chicago #STLS #Literacy #LiteracyWorks #HomelessStudents #EndHomelessness #BreaktheCycle 

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Statistics from Chicago Coalition for the Homeless:

How many homeless students are in Chicago?

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) reported serving 17,894 homeless students during the 2017-18 school year.

This is 1.2%, or 223 students, fewer than the prior school year, but total CPS enrollment also dropped. The share of homeless students enrolled in CPS remains about the same, at 4.8% of total enrollment.

CPS data shows that 88% of homeless CPS students live doubled-up in the homes of others due to hardship, usually in overcrowded conditions.

Another 10.7%, or 1,918 students, lived in shelters. Less than 1% of students lived in motels (151), in a park or other public place (52), or in a temporary foster care placement (12).

Other CPS data shows that 11.4% (2,041) were “unaccompanied youth,” defined as teens who are homeless and living on their own, without a parent or guardian.

Chicago’s homeless students are overwhelmingly children of color, at 98.3%. The demographics show 81.2% of students were black, 15.6% Latinx, 1.7% white, and 1.5% other ethnicities.

Another 23.4% of students were diagnosed with disabilities or developmental delays.

How many homeless people, including students, live in Illinois?

A report by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) states that 32,902 Illinois residents were served in state-funded shelters in FY 2016. Of this, 9,106 were children under age 18 and 23,796 were adults, living in 22,852 households. IDHS reports that this included 23.5% who previously lived in emergency shelters, about 14% lived on the street or in cars and other non-housing; 34% lived doubled-up in the homes of others.

Homeless school enrollment is also a reliable barometer of family homelessness. In July 2018, the Illinois State Board of Education reported that public schools identified 56,881 homeless students in the 2017-18 school year, a year’s increase of 4% or 2,212 students.

That’s more than double what it was during the only school year that the state of Illinois contributed support beyond federal funds for homeless school programs. In 2008-09, $3 million in state grants were awarded to 36 school districts statewide. Illinois schools identified 26,688 homeless students that year.