• NCC Honors 9 Community Organizations Through Philanthropy Program

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    October 12, 2017
    Northcenter Honors Community Organizations Through Philanthropy Program
    This year, the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce will honor 9 local nonprofits with goals ranging from empowering youth through circus arts to ending the cycle of poverty to promoting education with grants through its annual Philanthropy program. The Chamber celebrated our honorees at the Annual Meeting this past week. 
    "This is one of our favorite days of the year," Northcenter Chamber President Joe Wilcox said. "Our local schools and nonprofits contribute so much to the character and quality of life in Northcenter. We are a stronger and more neighborly community because of them, and it's important to us as a Chamber to be good neighbors to them and invest in their great work."
    Formally created in 2009, the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce philanthropy program was designed to grant resources to projects with a charitable purpose in order to enrich the Northcenter community and foster an atmosphere of giving. Last year's awards helped fund equipment for the Chicago Independent Radio Project's emergency alert system, supported the peer-to-peer "buddy program" for students with special needs at Coonley Elementary and supported the construction of a new gym at GiGi's Playhouse's expanded local facility, along with seven other local projects and initiatives.
    The Philanthropy program complements the strong partnership of the Ribfest Chicago Volunteer Grant Program, an initiative by which representatives from local schools and nonprofits serve as festival volunteers and are awarded grants to continue their work fighting hunger, engaging youth, supporting education and providing essential services.
    This year's philanthropy program grants will go to support the following organizations and programs:
    • American Theater Company, to support their CORE residency program and bring new theatre works into the community
    • ArtReach, to fund materials for an arts internship for neighborhood high school students
    • CircEsteem, to support a circus arts residency for students at Bell Elementary School
    • Common Pantry, to support a free Thursday community lunch service
    • Concordia Place, to support the replacement of the flooring in the 2-year-olds classroom
    • Gene & Rosemary Schulter Foundation, to support their safety & financial literacy programs for seniors
    • GiGi's Playhouse, to help cover permit costs for a new awning for their building
    • GROW Community, to purchase refreshments & supplies for a summer community garden gathering
    • Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club, to purchase a refrigerator to provide breakfast and snacks for the Club's kids and youth leaders
    Philanthropy grant applications will open again in January of 2018 and will be available for download at the Chamber website. Schools and nonprofit organizations in Northcenter are encouraged to apply and are welcome to contact the Chamber with any questions or recommendations throughout the process.