Empowering Women and Children across Chicago Communities
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. We are a diverse group of young professional women who dedicate our free time to fundraise and volunteer for various Chicago non-profits. Along side our volunteering and fundraising efforts, we are constantly looking for opportunities to provide an environment that fosters personal and professional relationships among WGIRL members.
How can WGIRLS Chicago help your organization?
The mission of Holiday Heroes is to provide joy and entertainment to children who are seriously ill by hosting themed hospital parties. Holiday Heroes delivers a little fun with a big impact – making every day a holiday through play.
Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers 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.
Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 150 cities in 25 countries and has helped more than one million women work towards self-sufficiency.
Sarah's Circle is a non-profit organization with a mission of serving women who are homeless or in need of a safe space. Located in Chicago's Uptown Community, Sarah's Circle has provided support for thousands of women since 1979.
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.
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.
The Glass Slipper Project was one of the first and is one of the largest Charitable Prom Organizations in the U.S. It was founded in 1999 and is based in Chicago Illinois, providing prom dresses and accessories to girls with junior and/or senior status in high schools.
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.
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.
In addition, Chicago’s Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program, in partnership with Advocate Children’s Hospital, provides medical care to children in under-served areas throughout the Chicago area.
The mission of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance (the Alliance) is to promote safety, support and healthy development for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, in Illinois schools and communities, through advocacy, education, youth organizing and research.
House of the Good Shepherd opened one of the first domestic violence shelter/programs in Chicago in 1980. Since then, House of the Good Shepherd has helped more than 6,000 vulnerable women and children release themselves from the bondage and humiliation of family violence.
Franciscan Outreach is a leading provider of homeless services in Chicago. We operate as a system of support for men and women who are marginalized and homeless. We empower people to gain the stability they need to transition into permanent housing.
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.
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.
At Child Link, through a contract with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, strive to make sure every child has a safe, loving environment in which to grow and experience all life has to offer them. They offer adoptions, foster care, transitional living services, and youth counseling.
Noggin Builders works to develop and enhance the creative problem solving skills of youth through unique, hands-on S.T.E.M. experiences.
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.
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.
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.