Chicago Blackhawks Charities Grant Recipients

We’re proud to announce the 2015-16 Grant Recipients of Chicago Blackhawks Charities and Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a Fund of the McCormick Foundation.

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.

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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 Homeless Outreach Services program. This program provides assessment and treatment of homeless families, trauma work with the children, case management and advocacy of the families to ensure safe and stable housing, as well as individual and group therapy.

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Bottom Line
Bottom Line's mission is to help low income, first generation students get into college, graduate from college and go far in life. The program supports high school juniors and seniors through the college search process, as well as providing services for them to succeed all the way through college and into employment. The grant from the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, is going toward the development of the new Chicago office of Bottom Line and scaling its programs up to the need.

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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.

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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 the Healthy Students Program to ensure all-around wellness for each student.

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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.

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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 Chicago Blackhawks Charities, Common Threads will enhance its’ current programs including after-school cooking classes for low-income children, which along with gardening classes and special events and activities, educate children on healthy lifestyle choices.

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Embarc
Embarc’s goal is to drive student success with long-term social and cultural exposure. Through the transformative power of these journeys, they awaken students to the possibilities of their potential by dissolving the borders of the city and in their minds. This is done through a three-year, three-level approach to journeying with the integration of our own curriculum. The grant from the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, will provide general support for the services offered to students.

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Emergency Fund (All Chicago)
The Emergency Fund provides immediate financial assistance to help Chicagoans through a crisis or transition. Through partnerships with many service agencies throughout the city, the Emergency Fund offers small grants to move families towards self-sufficiency. The grant from the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, supports this Flexible Financial Fund in helping with such needs as transportation costs, medical expenses, rent, in addition to many other cases.

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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 School Learning Experiences program. This engages pre-K through 12th grade educators and students at their schools, at the museum, and through teacher professional development.

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Ingenuity
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.

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Inner City Education
The Inner-City Education (ICE) Program was established in 2003 to help low income children who play hockey obtain educational and athletic opportunities not otherwise available to them. Chicago Blackhawks Charities’ grant is funding the new Hockey Club’s programming for inner-city youth to learn and play hockey, as well as academic support for the athletes.

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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 Supportive Housing for the Homeless program that provides formerly homeless and at-risk individuals and families with support systems.

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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 support of the Chicago Blackhawks Charities grant has gone towards a fitness conditioning center housed in the new Health, Fitness and Recreation Center on Moraine Valley’s campus, utilized by their students and community.

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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, providing academic assistance, and providing opportunities to engage in physical activities.

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One Million Degrees
One Million Degrees empowers low-income, highly motivated community college students to succeed in school, in work, and in life. The Scholar Development Program, supported by a grant from the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, works to address the gaps in student support and financial aid facing community college students. By breaking down these barriers to education, many more students are able to attain the degree they work towards.

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One Goal
OneGoal 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, OneGoal’s initiative is to support children and youth in grades K-12 to achieve academic success, complete high school and enter post-secondary education

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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.

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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.

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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. The grant from the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, supports the College Bound and Beyond program that aids students in foster care in graduating from high school and becoming self-sufficient.

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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, supports the Stable Housing Program, which provides wraparound services and care for homeless youth and young adults.

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Thrive Chicago
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 Change Network Facilitator dedicated to advancing the effort of the high school graduation/college readiness and college attainment work within Thrive Chicago.

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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.

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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.

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Urban Initiatives
Urban Initiatives strives to empower Chicago’s underserved children to adopt healthy lifestyles, improve their academic performance, and build strong character through sports-based youth development programs. The grant from Chicago Blackhawks Charities supports the Work to Play program, which provides children in grades K-4 with the chance to belong to a soccer team, regardless of skill level. Children are taught important lessons about health, character, and teamwork by their coach.

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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.

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