Empowering Women and Children Across Chicago Communities

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Who We Are

WGIRLS Chicago is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with the mission to support organizations committed to empowering women and children across Chicago communities.

WGIRLS has built a global community that brings together diverse, young professional women with a shared desire to strengthen communities and build lasting friendships.

WGIRLS makes an impact through exclusive programming and partnerships with other nonprofit organizations that serve women and children in local communities. Through volunteering, fundraising and awareness, WGIRLS is able to create positive change in the lives of countless under served women and children.

Upcoming Events

Save the Date: Hope for the Holidays 2022

Join WGIRLS Chicago for our annual Hope for the Holidays fundraiser on Wednesday, December 7th, 2022! This year, we will be supporting Children’s Home & Aid.

The evening will include raffle items, a silent auction, ugly sweater contest, gingerbread cooking decorating contest, and a 3-hour open bar with heavy hors d'oeuvres.

Your thoughtful donations will help Children's Home & Aid advance the well-being of children by disrupting the systemic and multi-generational cycle of racial, social, and economic inequality.

Learn more and purchase tickets here!

My Block My Hood My City Community Lighting Event

On December 10th, WGIRLS will be volunteering with M3 helping to hit their goal of 500 homes decorated for the holidays!

My Block My Hood My City's 5th annual Be a Part of the Light initiative brings communities together all up and down King Drive to decorate homes and enjoy hot treats, holiday music, live performances, and a tree lighting ceremony.

Learn more here.

Special Olympics Illinois Snowshoe Region D Qualifier

We'll be volunteering at the Special Olympics snowshoe region D games on December 10, from 8 AM - 4 PM at Mt. Greenwood Park!

Snowshoe is considered the winter equivalent of track with many of the same sports skills being used. Athletes compete in dash and distance events on snow or grass, allowing for individuals in warmer climates to train and compete in a winter sport regardless of weather conditions.

Learn more about the event here, and more about how you can support Special Olympics Illinois here.

Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center Annual Toy Drive

On December 12th and 17th, 2022, WGIRLS will be volunteering at Chicago CAC's Annual Toy Drive!

Every year, Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center distributes thousands of toys to children and their families who come to our center after experiencing sexual abuse and other trauma. Many families have challenges beyond their recent trauma, and providing holiday gifts for their children can be another source of stress.

Learn more and see how you can donate here.

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Have you been looking for a way to make an impact in your community and meet some like-minded women along the way? Join us in our mission.

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Non-Profit Partnerships

How can WGIRLS Chicago help your organization?

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Fundraising

We plan several fundraisers a year, each benefiting a different Chicago non-profit.

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Volunteerism

Are you a non-profit that needs volunteers? With over 50 members, WGIRLS Chicago is always actively seeking for hands on volunteer opportunities.

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Event Promotion

Already have a fundraising event planned? WGIRLS would love to join your mission and help promote your cause!

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Our Non-Profit Partners

We've had the opportunity to work with some amazing organizations. Reach out to us if you'd like to join our network.

Brave Space Alliance

BSA is the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ+ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, dedicated to creating and providing affirming, culturally competent, for-us by-us resources, programming, and services for LGBTQ+ individuals on the South and West sides of the city.

BUILD Chicago

BUILD is a nationally respected gang intervention, violence prevention, and youth development organization based on Chicago's West Side.

Their mission is to inspire hope and offer opportunities so youth facing systemic obstacles can achieve positive futures. BUILD's services reach over 2,500 youth a year helping them build hope, resilience, and a path to a promising future.

Chicago Children's Advocacy Center

ChicagoCAC is the city’s only not-for-profit organization that coordinates the efforts of child protection staff, law enforcement professionals, family advocates, medical experts and mental health clinicians under one roof. All of their services are aimed at reducing trauma so that children and families may begin the healing process. ChicagoCAC’s services are free of charge to every client.

Children's Home & Aid

Children’s Home & Aid engages with nearly 30,000 children, youth and families each year in over 65 counties across Illinois, linking them to a network of resources.

Children’s Home & Aid is where it’s proven to be the most effective: at home, in the classroom, and the community. They are an agency that puts families at the center of every decision. They believe that the communities where we all work, play, and live together can be strengthened through data-informed, collaborative, and preventative solutions.

Children's Place Association

Children’s Place Association provides critical assistance to children and their families in four key areas of impact: health, education, family stability and financial stability.

Deborah's Place

Since 1985, Deborah’s Place has been opening doors of opportunity for women who are homeless in Chicago. Supportive housing and services offer women their key to healing, achieving their goals and moving on from the experience of homelessness.

Dress for Success

The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

GirlForward

GirlForward is a community of support dedicated to creating and enhancing opportunities for girls who have been displaced globally by conflict and persecution.

GirlForward serves girls ages 14-21 in grades 9-12 who identify as refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers. They support girls through three core programs: Mentoring, Education, and Safety Space Programs.

Girls in the Game

Girls in the Game programs encourage physical and emotional health and promote active minds, bodies and hearts. Their all-girl space creates an openness for girls to discover and grow their strength and leadership. Believing that all girls deserve to reach their full potential regardless of background or circumstances, Girls in the Game, prioritizes communities that need them the most.

Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is Chicago’s food bank. We provide food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community.

The Food Depository is part of a united community effort working to bring food, dignity and hope to our Cook County neighbors. We act as the hub for a network of more than 700 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other programs. These programs provide food where it’s most needed. We also address the root causes of hunger. Public benefits outreach and job training programs offer a hand up for our neighbors to overcome poverty.

HelloBaby

HelloBaby helps meet the needs of underserved families – following our collective hearts and consciences, with each detail and every decision. From that vision, HelloBaby formed guiding principles that support our programs - principles we continue to revisit and refine, because ultimately, we simply want to be, create and do better.

Mercy Home For Boys & Girls

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls offers kids a real home. A place where they can grow into successful men and women who will one day create loving homes for their own families.  Mercy Home gives the young people in its full-time care the tools they need to develop as people, as students, and as contributing members of society. We also assist hundreds more by connecting them to a vast network of accredited professional service-agencies throughout metropolitan Chicago.

New Moms

At New Moms, young moms 24 and under take powerful first steps toward economic mobility and family well-being. We partner with families to construct the foundation of well-being by strengthening core life skills, incorporating early childhood development supports, building pathways to and preparation for education and employment, and expanding positive social networks and access to community resources.

The Night Ministry

The Night Ministry is a Chicago-based organization that works to provide housing, health care and human connection to members of our community struggling with poverty or homelessness.

Open Books

Open Books is a nonprofit that provides literacy experiences for tens of thousands of readers each year through inspiring programs and the sale of new and used donated books.

Through our Literacy Programs, we transform students’ reading and writing skills through experienced educators who deliver innovative instruction, passionate volunteers who serve as positive role models and provide enthusiastic support, safe learning environments for practice, exploration, and social-emotional growth, and access to high-quality books and tailored curricula.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland

Every year, thousands of children and families travel to receive care at one of Chicago’s world-renowned hospitals. Through our Ronald McDonald House® and Family Room® programs, the Ronald McDonald House has been by their side since 1977, providing a caring and compassionate environment where families can rest and find support while remaining close to their hospitalized child.

Sarah's Circle

Sarah’s Circle provides a full continuum of services for women, including housing, life necessities, and supportive services, to help them permanently end their homelessness. Sarah’s Circle envisions a safe and secure home for every woman in Chicago.

Snow City Arts

Snow City Arts provides one-on-one instruction in the visual arts, creative writing, music, theater and media arts to patients at Rush University Children’s Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and Children’s Hospital University of Illinois.

As doctors and nurses care for a child’s medical needs, Child Life specialists, therapists, social workers and other hospital employees address the psychosocial needs of hospitalized children. Snow City Arts augments those services in each hospital we serve by addressing a child’s developmental and educational needs through the arts. Our teaching artists typically work with an individual child at his or her bedside.

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