How could anyone not love Chicago? I love the skyline, the parks, the fabulous restaurants that I can enjoy with my girls, the museums—the list goes on an one. But as wonderful of a city as Chicago is, there are always things we can do to make it better.
In the time that I’ve lived here, I’ve tried to get involved with Chicago charities both personally and professionally. Giving back to the city that has given me so much makes me feel that much more connected.
People ask me all the time, “What’s a good organization to get involved with?” To make the search for the right charity easier for everyone, I’ve compiled this list of my top three:
Talk about a worthy cause—this organization is a youth empowerment program that looks to increase young girls’ involvement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The program tries to both cultivate interest in these young girls (ages nine to 14) and also educate them on what they do with and where they can take these interests. Girls are taught digital literacy that will help them bridge the technological divide and contribute to future developments in math and science.
Lumity is an organization in Chicago that works to empower non-profits. They have set up the Community Corps to provide citizens of Chicago the opportunity to be matched as volunteers with a non-profit in the area that needs support. This allows volunteers to use their specific skills in an area that they are truly needed and will be able to make a difference.
For more information on Lumity and the Community Corps, click here.
3. The Girl Scouts
You remember the Girl Scouts from when you were a kid—camping, sales experience, building relationships with other girls. But did you know that you could get involved as an adult? The Girl Scouts work to build young women of courage, confidence and character who will make the world a better place. Volunteers can make a difference in the lives of young women—actively engaging them in math, science, technology and engineering and empowering them with financial literacy tools.
For more information on volunteering with the Girls Scouts in the Chicago area, click here.