Chicago Blackhawks Charities Grant Recipients

The Chicago Blackhawks are proud to announce their 2014-15 grant recipients:

Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI)
AHAI’s mission is to encourage and improve the standards and conduct of hockey for leagues, associations, programs and teams so that the sport is made available to more people in all levels of competition at the lowest possible cost. AHAI also assists to develop and encourage sportsmanship and playing proficiency by all players and persons involved in the sport of hockey in the State of Illinois. With the grants awarded by Chicago Blackhawk Charities, AHAI provides opportunities to play the sport of hockey through programs such as special hockey, sled hockey, amputee/standing hockey and deaf/hard of hearing hockey as well as providing opportunities for underprivileged kids through its Diversity program.

American Indian Center, Inc.
The American Indian Center works to advance the general welfare of American Indians into the metropolitan community life; to foster the economic and educational advancement of Indian people; to sustain cultural, artistic, and vocational pursuits; and to perpetuate Indian cultural values. With the grant provided from Chicago Blackhawks Charities the American Indian Center will run the Blackhawk Initiative which will expand the Intertribal Sports Program for at-risk youth and families and the Education and Professional Development series focusing on science and history.

Beacon Therapeutic Diagnostic and Treatment Center

Beacon Therapeutic Diagnostic and Treatment Center strives to empower children and families by providing accredited educational, mental health, and social services. With a grant from the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, Beacon Therapeutic will fund the Family Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) program. FACT provides integrated and family-focused treatment and support services to young, homeless mothers. Their objectives with this program are to improve the health and well-being of women and children who are homeless and to mitigate the effect of homelessness on the development of impacted children.

Center for Companies That Care

Center for Companies That Care works both nationally and in Chicagoland to help employers build and sustain families and communities in a coordinated way to address educational achievement gaps. The grant from the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, for the AIM High program. AIM High is a long-term, non-selective program that works with low-income Chicago Public School students between 9th grade and college graduation (as well as their families), helping students to work toward and earn 4-year college degrees.

Chicago Jesuit Academy
Chicago Jesuit Academy is a full scholarship college preparatory school for middle school boys who come from modest economic backgrounds. The CJA seeks to counter the negative influences young men on the west side of Chicago face daily—including poverty, gangs, and violence—by providing these young men with an opportunity to succeed outside of the regular system that has not served them well. With the grant awarded by Chicago Blackhawks Charities the Chicago Jesuit Academy plans to continuing funding education programs for at-risk youth and their new food program to ensure three healthy meals per day.

To learn more about how you can get involved and the requirements to begin tutoring, please visit the Academy's website volunteer page,  or visit the school's website at and click on the "How Can I Help" link.

Children’s Home + Aid
Children’s Home + Aid’s mission is to give children help, hope, and opportunity to build a better life. Its’ services focus on child abuse prevention, healthy child development and strengthening families. With the grant from the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, Children’s Home + Aid will provide funding for their Community School Initiative, which works to remove the barriers to learning faced by many students living in poverty in Chicago.

Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School (CTK)
Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School provides a safe, affordable, Catholic, college preparatory education to low-income students from Chicago’s west side, where there are limited educational options and financial resources. CTK will use the grant received from Chicago Blackhawks Charities for the Student Assistance and Retention Program that ensures students are able to stay in school without having to withdraw due to financial or academic hardship.

Common Threads
Common Threads aims to educate children on the importance of nutrition and physical well-being, and to further an appreciation of cultural diversity through cooking. Using grants received from the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, Common Threads will enhance its’ current programs including after-school cooking classes for low-income children, which along with gardening classes, a summer camp, and special events and activities, educate children on healthy lifestyle choices.

To watch Common Threads' PSA, click here.

The Field Museum of Natural History
The Field Museum has been a leader in the natural sciences and an educational resource for more than a century. Chicago Blackhawks Charities will provide a grant to fund its Virtual Visits from The Field program. Since many schools are not able to provide the traditional field trip experiences, this program provides a digital, interactive connection between the Museum and the classroom.

Girls in the Game
Girls in the Game provides healthy-lifestyle programming for girls throughout the school year combining sports and fitness, health and nutrition education, and leadership development to address girls’ overall health. With funding from the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, Girls in the Game will support its’ after school program designed to increase girls’ fitness and teach healthy habits.

Volunteering with Girls in the Game is fun and rewarding! Example activities include learning yoga and soccer, food group games, interactive activities about self-identity and sports womanship, and much, much more! Volunteer opportunities are available during the week through our After School program, or on the weekends with our special one-time events.

Interested in volunteering at Girls in the Game programs? Please contact us via email at or by phone, 312-633-GAME (4263).

Ingenuity's mission is to leverage the vibrant communities, rich knowledge and significant resources of Chicago to ensure the arts are a critical component of every public school student’s education. Chicago Blackhawks Charities is giving a grant to support their efforts in general funding for three core areas of work including advocacy, data, and strategy relating to rebuilding arts education in Chicago Public Schools.

Inner City Impact

Inner City Impact strives to present the living Christ, primarily to unchurched inner city children and youth, discipling and integrating them into a local church. The grant from Chicago Blackhawks Charities will support the development of their new space in Cicero with the creation of an outdoor recreation space. This will allow the kids to play basketball, roller hockey, and soccer as well as enabling ICI to hold block parties, festivals, and other community events.

Inspiration Corporation

In an atmosphere of dignity and respect, Inspiration Corporation helps people who are affected by homelessness and poverty to improve their lives and increase self-sufficiency through the provision of social services, employment training and placement, and housing. The grant from the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, will be used for their Housing Services program that helps 142 households remain housed and work toward economic independence that will allow them to remain housed.

Mercy Housing Lakefront

Mercy Housing works to create stable, vibrant and healthy communities by developing, financing and operating affordable, program-enriched housing for families, seniors and people with special needs who lack the economic resources to access quality, safe housing opportunities. The Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, will give a grant to support their Resident Services for Supportive Housing Residents program that provides formerly homeless and at-risk individuals and families with support systems.

Moraine Valley Community College

Moraine Valley Community College was founded in 1967 to provide college transfer, career training and workforce development, basic skills and continuing education opportunities. The college serves nearly 37,000 students and community residents of all ages every year through its college credit and noncredit programs. The college serves nearly 400,000 residents in 26 of Chicago’s southwest suburban communities. The support of the Chicago Blackhawks Charities grant will go towards a fitness conditioning center housed in the new Health and Wellness Center on Moraine Valley’s campus, utilized by their students and community.       

Neighbors’ Development Network (NDN)
Neighbors’ Development Network is an organization based on the near west side of Chicago that is committed to making the neighborhood a vibrant, safe and healthy place for all residents to live. With a grant from Chicago Blackhawks Charities, NDN will fund programs educating children on healthy eating and providing opportunities to engage in physical activities.

One Goal
One Goal is an innovative college persistence program working to make college graduation possible for all students. As the country's only teacher-led college persistence organization, we identify, train and support our nation's most effective teachers to lead underperforming high school students to reach their full potential and graduate from college. With the grant awarded by the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, One Goal’s initiative is to support children and youth in grades K-12 to achieve academic success, complete high school and enter post-secondary education.

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC)
The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) provides services and programs to promote lifelong health and independence for people with disabilities. With the grant awarded by Chicago Blackhawks Charities, RIC will continue running the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Sports Program, creating opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in sports through programs such as Sled Hockey, Wheelchair Rugby, Softball, Basketball, Road Racing, and Adapted Golf. A portion of the funding will also go toward the development of their new hospital which is in the building phase now.

Ronald McDonald House Charities
The mission of RMHC-CNI is to care for families of children with complex medical needs by providing comfort, compassion and a sense of community. RMHC-CNI keeps families of hospitalized children together in a ‘home away from home’. Chicago Blackhawks Charities will provide funding for a Blackhawks-themed family room at their facility associated with Lurie Children’s Hospital downtown Chicago.

SOS Children's Villages Illinois
SOS Children’s Villages Illinois is a non-profit organization that provides a viable alternative to traditional foster care by offering critical programs and services to at-risk children, teens, and young adults. These services include foster care, individual, group, and family therapy, family reunification, parent training/education classes, and in-home family services. In addition to these services, SOS Children’s Villages Illinois works to connect individuals and families with community-based resources and programing, as well as partners with local organizations to offer additional educational, enrichment, and recreational opportunities for children and families alike.

For volunteer opportunities, click here.

Teen Living Programs (TLP)
Teen Living Programs seek to create hope and opportunity for youth who are homeless by assisting them to permanently leave the streets, secure stable housing, and build self-sufficient, satisfying lives. The grant provided by the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, Teen Living Programs will be helped in supporting the Belfort housing facility, a part of the Stable Housing Program.


Thrive Chicago is a brand new collective impact strategy that strives to prepare all of Chicago for vibrant futures by aligning efforts and outcomes from cradle to career. This initiative will bring together representatives from various sectors that impact the education system here in Chicago and create an effective, unified vision for education and youth. The grant from the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, will go towards general funding, specifically allowing for a Project Specialist dedicated to advancing the effort of the high school graduation/college readiness and college attainment work within Thrive Chicago.

Trickster Art Gallery
Trickster Gallery is a Native arts institution dedicated to meeting the needs of artists by providing a vehicle for artistic expression in all disciplines and at all levels by taking a role in the cultivation, exhibition, and dissemination of contemporary Indigenous American art. The grant from Chicago Blackhawks Charities will go towards general support for the Gallery including cultural education programs, workshops, and economic development for Native cultural artists.

Umoja Student Development Corporation (Umoja)

Umoja equips young people to succeed in college and confidently claim their future. Through their work with students at Manley High School, as well as more than a dozen other public high schools in Chicago, Umoja strives to transform school culture and increase postsecondary readiness. With a grant College & Career Readiness program expansion through Senior Seminars and additional support for students to graduate high school and enroll in college.    

USO of Illinois
The USO is an organization that provides morale, welfare and recreation-type services to military personnel. In doing so the USO aims to enhance the quality of life of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families and to solidify the relationship between U.S. military communities and supporting civilian communities. The USO will use the grant provided by Chicago Blackhawks Charities to fund various programs such as Discovery Kids, United Through Reading, and Camp R&R, designed to improve the lives of military families.

If you are interested in volunteering with the USO of Illinois please fill out the volunteer application at by clicking the "Volunteer Opportunities" button.

YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

The mission of the YMCA of Metro Chicago is to develop strong children, families and communities across Metropolitan Chicago through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, fitness and healthy living. The Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, will provide a grant toward their Black and Latino Achievers program for college readiness and career exploration for urban youth by developing their leadership and “soft skills.”