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.
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.
How can WGIRLS Chicago help your organization?
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.