Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Anyone who has kids knows that being a new parent can be both scary and exciting. Exciting because you have such hope for the new life you are bringing into the world. And scary because there are so many unknowns.
For Natasha, the fears of becoming a first-time mom outweighed the excitement. There was no Mommy Blog or article that could help her overcome these fears. Homeless, pregnant, and moving from one shelter, she urgently need help.
Luckily, Natasha found New Moms, an organization that aims to interrupt the cycle of poverty and create strong families. As a partner and grantee organization of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, New Moms focuses its assistance on the most important areas of the life of a family, including stable housing, job training and family support.
The staff of New Moms took Natasha under their wings and surrounded Natasha and her new baby with everything they needed to transform their lives. Each day, New Moms assists families by offering support as they find a safe place to live, get a job, and become stronger leaders for their families. They certainly did this for Natasha and restored her sense of hope and confidence to build a fulfilled life.
At New Moms, 100 percent of the young moms who access their services live in extreme poverty. Sixty three percent come from homes where their mothers were teen parents.
New Moms addresses the health and safety of new mothers and their precious babies, understanding that kids need to build life skills in stable housing without the threat of eviction or homelessness. They provide hands-on experience, linking new mothers to permanent jobs, and lead them toward economic independence.
By instilling moms with the skills they need to be great moms, New Moms is empowering young women to transform their stories from ones of hopelessness to lives filled with stability, health, and vision for a strong future. Just like Natasha.
Make stories like these possible by donating to the McCormick Foundation Communities Matching Fund. Please give today!”
Monday, November 27, 2017
by Noreen Castor, Senior Development Officer
Now in its sixth year, Giving Tuesday is officially a thing. And now that it’s a thing, I’m thinking you, like me, want to be part of it by making donation today. But what if you don’t already have an organization that’s close to your heart – where do you even start? There are so many great nonprofits out there, so many great causes to support. How on earth do you choose which one to give to? Well, what if you didn’t have to choose just one?
That’s the beauty of making a gift to the McCormick Foundation Communities Matching Fund. The money raised supports the work of the Robert R. McCormick Communities Program, which gives grants to numerous social service nonprofits across Chicagoland that are providing individuals, kids and families the opportunities and resources they need to move out of poverty.
I’m on the Foundation’s Communities Program Development team – that means my job is to get people excited about our work – so excited that they join us in our mission by becoming donors and helping spread the word about the work we do together. So here’s my plug:
Thoughtful and thorough approach
What gets me really excited about the work of the Communities Program is that we are very thoughtful and thorough in how we tackle issues, invest donations, and work with communities. We believe everyone deserves a chance to reach their full potential. This kind of approach lets us curate local, impactful nonprofits for you.
Unlike some organizations that tend to focus on one issue, we understand that issues don’t affect people one at a time. So we make connections between the issues to address multiple ones at the same time. We realize that:
- When kids are hungry, they have a hard time concentrating and are less able to learn.
Together with your generosity, we’ll support programs that provide both meals and educational help.
- When a parent is suffering from an illness and can’t get the medical help he/she needs,
his/her whole family is at risk.
Together with your support, we’ll focus on expanding access to physical and mental health services.
- When a job is lost, an individual struggles to pay the bills and is at greater risk of
Together with your kindness, we’ll work on helping people get the skills and resources they need to be self-sufficient.