#GivingTuesday Chicago Edition!

Tuesday, November 28th marks the beginning of the season of giving and is widely know as #GivingTuesday.  While yogis are known for giving year round, the holiday time is a great reminder to help those in need.

If you’re looking to participate in the season of giving, we’ve pulled together a few local options in line with our yoga vision.  The organizations listed below have official non-profit status which means your donation is also tax deductible.

 

I Grow Chicago

The mission of I Grow Chicago is to ignite collective hope and healing through connection, belonging, and opportunity. Their unique approach combines connecting communities, skill building, and access to resources to have the greatest impact on individuals and communities as a whole – one breath, one seed, one family at a time. I Grow Chicago’s programs focus on yoga and mindfulness, creative expression, sustainability and urban farming, mentorship and skill building, restorative justice and community building, and comprehensive social support. Learn how you can help here.

 

GirlForward

GirlForward supports girls through three core programs. The Mentoring Program pairs girls with mentors to engage in “4W” activities (Wellness, Wisdom, Wallet and World) in order to explore their passions and graduate from high school. Camp GirlForward provides a space for girls to simultaneously build their English skills while exploring their identities and learning about the world around them. Finally, the Safe Spaces Project provides safe spaces for girls to explore their identities, connect with other girls, and access the resources they need. Learn how you can help here.

 

Chicago Run

Founded in 2007 to aid in the fight against childhood obesity, Chicago Run is a non-profit aimed at impacting the entire school health environment in a holistic and collaborative manner by engaging families, teachers, and school staff. Chicago Run fuses digital learning, cross-community collaboration, nutrition, and neighborhood pride into its physical activity programs, ensuring a more engaged student body. Learn how you can help here. Chicago Run implements free physical activity programs in 44 Chicago Public Schools, serving over 17,000 students. Learn how you can help here.

 

Center for Enriched Living

The Center for Enriched Living (CEL) exists so that people with developmental disabilities can be fully included in the community, achieve personal success, and enjoy a good quality of life. CEL envisions a future where every person with a developmental disability is an equal, valued and contributing member of the community. CEL offers a wide variety of social, recreational and educational enrichment programs available seven days a week for people of all abilities – from teens to seniors. Programs cover a broad spectrum of interests and budgets to fit each individual’s needs. Learn how you can help here.

 

Open Heart Magic

Open Heat Magic (OHM) seeks to use the therapeutic power of magic and laughter to energize and strengthen seriously ill children in Chicago area hospitals, and aid their healing. OHM strive to reach young patients one-by-one regardless of their disease, medical situation or physical ability so that all children may benefit from this engaging and entertaining therapy. OHM’s Hospital Magicians offer more than just “a show.” They work one-on-one with children, using magic as a means to encourage participation, engage the imagination, and help these kids find their own sense of confidence and mastery as they learn to perform the tricks for their doctors, families and friends. The powerful effects of their laughter speak for themselves. Learn how you can help here.

 

Don’t see your favorite non-profit on the list? Give them a shout out in the comments below!

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