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Chicago Blackhawks Charities Grant Recipients

Community Spotlight Videos
Throughout the season each and every fan is not always aware of what Chicago Blackhawks Charities is doing in the community.  To increase awareness among our fan base, CBC works with Blackhawks TV to create public service announcements for organizations that CBC partners with.  The PSAs illustrate how each organization utilizes their funding, and they are played on the scoreboard every home game during the intermissions.

The Chicago Blackhawks are proud to announce their 2013-14 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 plans to establish a multi-purpose sports/theater complex for Native youth and families.

Beacon Therapeutic Diagnostic and Treatment Center

Beacon Therapeutic Diagnostic and Treatment Center (Beacon Therapeutic) strives to empower children and families by providing accredited educational, mental health, and social services. With a grant from the Chicago Blackhawks Community 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 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 Children's Advocacy Center (CCAC)

Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center's mission is to unite public, private and community partners to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of abused children. Former mayor Richard M. Daley founded the CCAC in 1998 to serve children reported to authorities as suspected victims of sexual abuse (age 0-7) or severe physical abuse (age 0-3) in the city of Chicago. With the grant provided from Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund will help advocate programs that focus on mental health and forensic support to abused children in the Chicago land area.    


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 www.cjacademy.org and click on the "How Can I Help" link.

Chicago Public Library Foundation
The Chicago Public Library Foundation is an independent, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to working with the City of Chicago to enrich the Chicago Public Library.  As part of the “Adopt a Branch” initiative, the Chicago Public Library Foundation plans to use the grant provided by Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund to support key programs at the Mabel Manning Branch Library.

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 Chicago Blackhawks Community 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 to establish a holistic health and wellness program for low-income, at-risk students.

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, 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 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 Myah Blazar, Volunteer and Community Relations Specialist, via email, mblazar@girlsinthegame.org, or by phone, (312) 633-GAME (4263).

La Casa Norte (LCN)
La Casa Norte works to meet the needs of homeless families and youth on Chicago’s west side with a particular focus on the Latino community. Through a grant from the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, LCN looks to fund its Solid Ground Supportive Housing Program. This program provides safe, stable housing for its clients where they benefit from comprehensive case management services focusing on a holistic, strength-based approach, as well as educational and vocational training and support. Solid Ground Supportive Housing Program serves as Chicago’s only male-intentional or Latino-focused residential program for homeless youth on Chicago’s west side.

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. With the support of the Chicago Blackhawks Charities grant will go towards a fitness conditioning center to be housed in the new Health and Wellness Center on Moraine Valley’s campus, to be 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. 

People's Resource Center (PRC)
The mission of People’s Resource Center is to respond to basic human needs, promote dignity and justice, and create a future of hope and opportunity for the residents of DuPage County through discovering and sharing personal and community resources. Through the grant from Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, PRC will fund the Homelessness Prevention Program. This service works to prevent homelessness by distributing emergency rent/mortgage assistance and referrals for related services and resources to families experiencing a financial crisis so they can avoid eviction/foreclosure or attain affordable housing options.

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 the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, 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. 

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 Teen Living Programs will be helped in supporting the Belfort housing facility, a part of the Stable Housing Program. 

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 from the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, Umoja will support its College and Career Readiness Program. This program works with the entire senior class at Manley High School to ensure every student graduates with a postsecondary plan and is ready and able to achieve their goals.

USO
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 the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund 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 uso.org/Illinois by clicking the "Volunteer Opportunities" button.