“Our block party in Englewood started off as a small, unorganized idea three summers ago and now it has become an annual neighborhood tradition. It’s such a good feeling to be able to not only support the children we serve, but also the community we’re rooted in.”
~ Michel Quezada, Gerente de Familia & Participación de la comunidad

Chicago communities connect as they get ready to return to learning!

Cada agosto, Hogar para niños & Aid teams up with volunteers, donantes, personal, and partners across the state to help kids of all ages prepare for school and ensure that parents and caregivers have one less thing to worry about as fall approaches. 

Este año, we provided nearly 2,000 children and youth from eight of our programs across the Chicago-area with backpacks and supplies like notebooks, carpetas, lapices, color pencils, and folders so that they have the tools to thrive as school begins this fall. We wouldn’t have been able to make such a big impact without our generous corporate partnersMutual of America, Osos de chicago, Medias Blancas de Chicago, UBS, Enchanted Backpacks, CDW, Alpine – ITW, Dashiell, and Get the Victory. 

We hosted our thirdannual Returning to Learning school supply drive and block party on August 14th at our 5958 S. Marshfield Avenue location in Chicago’s Englewood community.This incredible community event was sponsored through a $10,000 grant from Mutual of America. 

The warm day yieldeda great turn out, with more than300 Englewood residentsstopping by to pick up back-to-school suppliesdancing to the tunes of DJ Hot Rod Washington from Power 92.3FMEvenAld. Raymond Lopez of the 15th Ward stopped by and was all smiles. 

En total, 375 bags full of school supplies were provided to families for the upcoming academic year. Through the August 14th evento, 325 meals were also given to Englewood residents, 50 families received utility assistance gift cards, y 50 new parents were given baby kits with items like diapers, toallitas, bottlesclothes, juguetes, and car seats. 

Arthur, a dad in our padres prósperos & Familias programa, brought his daughter to the event. Both were equally excited about the possibility of returning to the classroom.“My kids were on the honor roll before the pandemic. When virtual became the only option, their grades started to fall,"Arthur said, as he reflected on the unexpected challenges his family navigated last year. “My kids missed their friends and participating in any sports and after school activities. I had to become creative and do my DAD thing.”

Local businesses Kusanya Café and Brown Sugar Bakery provided treats and a raffle was also held during the event, featuring prizes such as sports memorabilia from the Chicago Bears and Chicago White Sox and kid-friendly electronics. 

Families Prepare for Back-to-School Events Around Illinois 

In central Illinois, the excitement of back-to-school time was evident. We provided a variety of supplies, Discovery Museum passesand other assistance to families in five of our Parents Care & Share groups with the support of our community partnerthe Child Protection Network in Bloomington. 

Our Southern Region Advisory Board came together with staff and volunteers to organize our 2Dakota del Norte annual Southern Region School Supply Porch Drive to much success. The event has already grown considerably and rallies a broad array of supportersbenefiting children and teens in all our programs throughout the region. 

Our supporters, like always, showed up in a big way this AugustIn just two weeks we exceeded our original goal, bringing in a total of 453 backpacks stuffed with school supplies for kids of all ages. This type of momentum truly speaks to the long-standing generosity of our donors and their commitment to families.”
~ Beth Hunter, Coordinador voluntario, Región del sur

Más que 80 donantes, including Sen. Rachelle Crowe (D- Glen Carbon), Holland Law Firm, The Event Ally, and Logan & Logan Management & Accounting Services, got involved in the community effort, collecting key supplies including binders, cuadernos, loose leaf paperdeodorant, clear water bottlesearbuds and backpacks.  

Our Work Isn’t Finished 

Hogar para niños & Aid is committed to working where the need is greatest, especially in Black and brown communities where systemic racism and fewer resources can often add to challenges of parenting. We’re dedicated to ensuring that families can access the critical emotional, social, and educational tools they need to thrive.

With the start of school just on the horizon, your support is needed now more than ever to make sure families have the tools they need and feel empowered to make the choices that are right for them in these unprecedented times. 

For information on how you can help kids and families in our communities all year round, póngase en contacto con Liz Startz enestartz@childrenshomeandaid.org. You can also support early childhood education programs through our agency’sannual September Gala

Juntos, we can ensure a brighter, more equitable future so that every child and family can thrive. 

“The dedication of our donors and partners has helped to grow events like the one in Englewood so that we can continue to respond to the reality of what families are facing right now out in our communities.”
~ Michel Quezada, Gerente de Familia & Participación de la comunidad

Other Important Partners and Supporters of Our Back-to-School Efforts
Chicago Region: R.A.G.E., WBEZ, Adquisición de Pep Rally, No ante mis padres, Todas las cosas a través de Cristo Ministerios de Alcance, Neighbors Who Vote, Chicago International Charter School, Illinois Department of Public Health Vaccination Programs, Cure Medical Lab. Región del sur: Guiones exprés, SCH Foundation, and Essendant Charitable Foundation.