OakParkApartments.com liked the idea of #GivingTuesday – a movement started last year which created a national day of giving during the holiday season. #GivingTuesday’s purpose was to “encourage and celebrate acts of charitable support” to non-profit organizations. Last year’s initiative resulted in a “53% increase when compared to the Tuesday after Thanksgiving the previous year.” The #GivingTuesday initiative inspired OPA so much so that we decided to donate $1000 to 6 worthy local charitable organizations on this #GivingTuesday – 2013!
Oak Park and its’ neighbors have so many notable groups that it was difficult to select which charities to support this year. The following 6 charities caught our attention and will receive $1000 from us to help aid their missions:
- Bethel New Life‘s mission is “to realize God’s vision of a restored society by empowering individuals, strengthening families, and building neighborhoods through community driven, solution-oriented, and value-centered approaches.
Bethel New Life achieves its’ missions’ goals through entrepreneurial and job training programs, investment in education and provision of affordable senior housing for those living in Chicago’s West side neighborhood.
- THRIVE Counseling Center‘s mission is to “build healthy minds, families, and communities by empowering people to attain mental and emotional well-being. Hope, resilience, and recovery form the heart of our programs and services.” Thrive’s services include counseling, psychiatric, 24/7 crisis, advocacy and youth services. Along with the above services THRIVE provides transitional resources for those who are on the road to recovery.
- Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry‘s mission is to “is to work together as a community to reduce hunger locally through direct hunger relief services, hunger awareness education and advocacy to influence anti-hunger policy.” The Pantry procures and distributes food to needy families as well as providing benefits counseling services for families applying for SNAP -Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or “Food Stamps”- as well as other forms of public aid.
- West Suburban PADS‘s mission is to to “serve individuals and families who are homeless – or at risk of homelessness – with dignity and respect, through shelter, housing, and supportive services.” PAD’s provides its’ clients with emergency services, supportive daily needs services, housing assistance programs, employment readiness opportunities and homeless prevention programs.
- Holiday Food and Gift Basket’s(HFGB) mission is to “provide food gift cards for Thanksgiving and to low income families, seniors and adult singles living in the Oak Park and River Forest communities. It also coordinates delivery of hundreds of gifts to the same households for the December holidays.” Last year HFGB served over 900 households, representing over 2,200 individuals during the holiday season.
- The Children’s Clinic Sponsored by the Infant Welfare Society is a “a community supported health care organization that provides medical, dental and social services for children whose families are unable to afford the cost of private health care.”
OPA’s thanks all of these amazing organizations for giving with your whole heart to the missions you are passionate about 365 days a year!