During March NCHC will be making meals for Lake County Haven, a local shelter that helps women and children experiencing homelessness.
If you would like to participate from near or far please check out the link below.
If you are not local and want to participate you can have something delivered from a local restaurant for the meal as well.
There are two shelters (Hope and Renewal) and a few different meal options to provide for the shelter.
If you sign up for a slot, drop a note in the event posts so we can see when we're all signed up for.
NCHC will be collecting clothing shoes and blankets during March for Ukrainian refugees in Poland. Partnering with Give Back Box, you collect these items in any cardboard box and request a shipping label from the link below ($15 usd). I can reimburse for the shipping label if you are part of NCHC, so just let me know if needed. Also if you are local and would like to just add to my box that would be great too! 💜
During December join NCHC in collecting/purchasing items from WINGS Program Holiday Wish Lists.
WINGS Mission Statement-
"The mission of WINGS Program, Inc. is to provide housing, integrated services, education and advocacy to end domestic violence."
To Purchase Direct from Amazon and have it ship to WINGS follow these links--
Safe House Wish List:
Pantry Wish List:
Undergarment Wish List:
Other options for In-Kind Gift Donations:
If you purchase items please post in the group or let Rachael know so we can see our whole group impact at the end of the event. Thanks!
Fall Clothing Drive for Building Peaceful Bridges October 2021
October 7, 2021- October 31, 2021
NCHC will be collecting fall clothing for Building Peaceful Bridges, an organization that helps refugees.
"Building Peaceful Bridges is a nonprofit organization supporting people of all faiths whose mission is to foster multicultural relationships by assisting in the integration of refugees into American society and educating communities on the challenges facing refugee populations through their stories."
They are requesting:
"gently used or new coats, boots, hats, scarfs and mittens for men, women, and children."
Donation Drive Supporting Home of the Sparrow October 2021
October 4, 2021- October 18, 2021
NCHC collected items for Sparrow's Nest stores.
"The Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Store and Donation Center’s and Community Threads’ purpose are to support the mission of Home of the Sparrow. 100% of the net proceeds from the six stores are used for the women and children in Home of the Sparrow’s transitional housing program. Home of the Sparrow’s Thrift Stores are a zero cost provider of clothing, furniture and housewares to Home of the Sparrow clients and clients of other agencies in Northern Illinois."
(Check out the different locations at the bottom of this link to find one close to you!)
About Home of the Sparrow:
To reduce homelessness among women and children through creative strategies and community partnerships, resulting in lasting self-sufficiency.
To provide Hope, Opportunity, and Support that empowers women and children as they journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency."
During August NCHC hosted a bra drive benefiting Free the Girls an organization that "exist(s) to help women rescued from sex trafficking reintegrate into their communities." Survivors can acquire inventory from Free the Girls to start selling bras in the marketplace helping to bring in income for themselves and their children. We held a "Bras & Bucks" drive which collects bras and also donations to help offset the cost of shipping to survivors. NCHC collected 31 bras and $100 dollars.
During the month of July NCHC made and collected items for Operation Gratitude. Their organization puts together care packages for First Responders and Troops. Over the course of the month our group made and collected 118 items including: scarfs, neck gaiters, paracord bracelets, thank you notes, and beanie babies. We were so grateful for donations from our local neighborhood for this event.
NCHC participated in a 5K fundraiser to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association. This event coincided with the Summer Solstice on 6/20 and was a great way to celebrate the solstice and raise funds for a great cause. Our team was able to raise $315 to help the Alzheimer's Association with their mission of "working to advance care, support and research across the world. From face-to face support to online education programs and promising worldwide research initiatives" for those facing Alzheimer's. We had six participants in this event and were overjoyed to support this wonderful cause.
Northwestern Chicagoland Humanist Crew participated in a 5K fundraiser to raise money for Lake County Haven our local shelter helping women and children experiencing homelessness. Our team raised $350 for the shelter! Members completed the 5K virtually/separately, but were so happy to come together for this great cause!
Northwestern Chicagoland Humanist Crew (NCHC) participated in Secular Week of Action by organizing a food drive. We had seven participants for this event and it went very well. NCHC collected over 50 items to give to our local food pantry. It was a great way to get involved with the local community and help out with food scarcity during these difficult times.
Northwestern Chicagoland Humanist Crew (NCHC) adopted a section of highway to clean in Lake County IL. We had seven members participate, who spent over 3 hours collecting trash from the side of the road. Overall we collected 8 bags of trash. It was great to get out there and clean up our community.
NCHC jumped into some citizen science in February. We worked on Zooniverse's Snapshot Grumeti project which has participants classify animals that they see in camera trap photographs. These photos were all taken on the Singita Grumeti Game Reserve. "Situated adjacent to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Grumeti is an integral part of the Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem, the home of the Great Migration. The reserve was created by the Tanzanian government in 1994 in order to protect the path of the annual wildebeest migration and the indigenous biodiversity of this vast and important ecosystem."-Zooniverse.
Over the second half of February four of our group members looked through over 1,500 pictures to identify animals to help conservation efforts. This was another wonderful socially distanced opportunity that our group was able to connect on.
The Northwestern Chicagoland Humanist Crew made several fidget items for patients at The Springs of Vernon Hills Alzheimer's Special Care Center. Our members made two fidget pillows and two fidget blankets using a variety of materials and including many features. These fidget blankets and pillows help keep patients entertained, calm, and engaged. We included many different things such as zippers, buttons, pockets and beads. It was a great activity making these items and donating them to people they can help at the Springs Alzheimer's Special Care facility.
Recently NCHC wrapped up a card writing event for residents at Center for Enriched Living in Illinois. Their mission statement is "The Center for Enriched Living Exists so that people with developmental disabilities can be fully included in the community, achieve personal success, and enjoy a good quality of life". Due to the pandemic, CEL members have had reduced contact with family. As such CEL reached out asking for people to write them cards letting them know people are thinking of them. We enjoyed this volunteer opportunity very much.
During the month of January, NCHC made no sew fleece blankets for Heartland Hospice patients. The hospice, located in Buffalo Grove IL, requested them saying that it is "like giving [the patients] a warm hug". We had young and old participate again on this one which was great and we completed 15 blankets to donate!