Chicago’s Honor Roll: Heroes for Kids in Need

By: Michael Shannon O’Keefe

Apr 9, 2018

Midwest sensibilities paired with Big City living makes Chicago a unique fusion of people, economies, and cultures. The Windy City is home to an impressive amount of recreation centers, museums, parks, and social spaces. These public institutions foster such a strong sense of community involvement and activity, it's little wonder that Chicago holds strong national appeal.

Yet some of Chicago’s most valuable citizens, its children, aren’t always reached by a consistent economic rise or other indicators of progress. Even though Chicago's government offices and nationally renowned institutions have teams of community organizers working to ensure a better future for our kids, it's a self-evident truth that a city is only as strong as its people. Fortunately, ChiTown is chock-full of selfless individuals more than willing to lend a helping hand where it matters most.

ConsumersAdvocate.org would like to introduce you to our top choices for youth-oriented organizations that are committed, day-in and day-out, to fostering and developing Chicago's youth. These are the people doing the hard work. These are the organizations (some large, some small, all in need of help), that are strengthening Chicago at its foundation, and providing aid where it's most needed.

Through my education, I didn't just develop skills, I didn't just develop the ability to learn, but I developed confidence. -Michelle Obama
 Homeless children need a champion by their side more than most.  Chicago HOPES for Kids  aims to empower children, helping them succeed academically despite the many challenges of homelessness. Based in the Fulton River District, the program currently serves nine homeless shelters four days a week. Since its inception in 2006 by Patricia Rivera, HOPES provides Chicago youth with instruction in literacy, science, technology, math, the arts, and social-emotional programming. These kids are fighting to prepare for their futures while living with the uncertainty of knowing where they’ll sleep each night. To champion Chicago HOPES for Kids, please donate funds, host a gathering to raise awareness, volunteer as a weekly mentor, visit  ChicagoHopesForKids.org , or call (312) 690-4240.

Homeless children need a champion by their side more than most. Chicago HOPES for Kids aims to empower children, helping them succeed academically despite the many challenges of homelessness. Based in the Fulton River District, the program currently serves nine homeless shelters four days a week. Since its inception in 2006 by Patricia Rivera, HOPES provides Chicago youth with instruction in literacy, science, technology, math, the arts, and social-emotional programming. These kids are fighting to prepare for their futures while living with the uncertainty of knowing where they’ll sleep each night. To champion Chicago HOPES for Kids, please donate funds, host a gathering to raise awareness, volunteer as a weekly mentor, visit ChicagoHopesForKids.org, or call (312) 690-4240.