BraveHearts provides innovative equine-assisted activities and therapies in support of children, adults, and our military veterans. Located in Harvard and Poplar Grove Illinois, BraveHearts has the largest horse program in the country for military veterans; all veterans receive services at no cost. Veteran participants may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and other issues associated with a return from active service. Veterans learn horsemanship skills and techniques on how to gentle a horse. This grant supports BraveHearts’ Trail to Zero suicide prevention rides, training at Windy Knoll Farm, critical COVID safeguards, and the necessary care of two therapy horses.
Alternative Medicine $77,500
Discretionary grant supports Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction training for cancer patients and/or their family members in the Sauk Valley area
Assisting Sick and Abused Children $180,325
Almost Home Kids provides transitional care in a home-like setting to children with complicated health needs (cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, etc.), training for their families and respite care. This grant funds AHK’s Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Scholars Program expands the teaching of community based care for children who are medically complex and addresses a workforce shortage. The primary goal is to prepare tomorrow’s medical community with the knowledge, skills and attitude to allow them to competently serve a vulnerable population.
CASA DuPage County is a non-profit, volunteer organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the Juvenile Court system. Funding supports a new program assisting the county’s probate court in cases where an individual is seeking guardianship of a minor. This program provides value in that the advocate investigates and gives the court timely, critical information when making decisions about a child’s placement. Without the volunteer advocates, the judge would appoint a Guardian ad Litem whose fees would need to be paid by the parties.
The mission of the Center for Independence through Conductive Education is to help children with physical disabilities gain independence. This grant supports the cost of Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists who provide intensive motor training program to children and young adults from low and middle income families with physical disabilities.
The mission of Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center is to unite public, private and community partners to ensure the safety and well being of abused children. They have served over 45,000 children impacted by sexual abuse through family advocacy, case coordination, forensic interviews, trauma therapy and education training free of charge. As the pandemic continues to increase the risk of harm and trauma to children, the grant will help the organization’s Education, Prevention and Policy team to facilitate trainings, conduct awareness raising activities, and collaborate with partners to prevent, recognize, respond to and report sexual abuse.
Chicago Lights builds brighter futures through creative youth development and social services that help people build the skills they need to transcend the challenges of poverty and lead fulfilling lives. The Summer Day program partners with 125 first through ninth graders through creative academic, arts, and enrichment programming to combat summer learning loss.
Children’s Home & Aid is a leading child and family service agency in Illinois. Storms caused extensive damage to Childrens Home and Aid facilities in Bloomington including the Crisis Nursery, Scott Early Learning Center and Healthy Start House. This grant supports clean up efforts and supplies replacement.
The mission of this organization is to transform the lives of disadvantaged infants, children and teens suffering from physical deformities caused by birth defects, accidents, abuse or disease through the gift of reconstructive surgery and related healthcare services. This grant supports uncovered expenses associated with fiscal year 2021 Surgery Weekends at UCM Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago.
Gilda’s Club is a cancer support organization founded in honor of Gilda Radner, one of the original cast members of “Saturday Night Live,” who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and passed away in 1989. The Oberweiler grant supports Gilda’s Club Chicago’s “Noogieland,” its program for children and teens who are impacted by cancer. Noogieland provides age-appropriate support groups, social activities and wellness workshops.
The Angel Harvey Family Health Center of the Infant Welfare Society has a century-long history of leading innovative community-based preventive health care and provides Chicago’s most vulnerable communities with access to affordable, integrated and coordinated health services. Grant supports occupational therapy, speech therapy, and social skills groups for children and families experiencing developmental delays.
The mission of JOURNEYS is to individually assess and serve the homeless and those at-risk of becoming homeless, while broadening community awareness and involvement with the homeless. This grant funds the Food Assistance Program to reduce food insecurity within the 37 communities across north/northwest suburban Metro Chicago served by JOURNEYS.
The mission of the Northern Illinois Food Bank is to lead the northern Illinois community in solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need through innovative programs and partners. The Child Nutrition Program provides access to nutritious food for children at risk of hunger across their 13-county service area
Operation Warm provides warmth, confidence and hope to children in need through the gift of brand new winter coats. This grant supports the eight year of the Lake County, Illinois Operation Warm event in which approximately 2,500 children in Lake County received a much needed new winter coat.
In partnership with the Northern Illinois Foodbank, Shape Up Us, Inc held a FREE Health Expo & Young Lions Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course at the DuPage County Fairgrounds. Event addresses childhood obesity (Cancelled due to Covid. Funds to be applied to 2022 event)
Shelter’s mission is to help and protect children who are abused, neglected, or dependent by providing 24-hour emergency and longer-term care. The grant supports the Jennings Home for Girls and Boys’ Group Home for youths ages 11-17 who are homeless and in crisis – having either run away from home or been locked out by their families. Funds provide housing, support services and essential items needed to keep youth safe, help them heal and reunite with family.
Tuesday’s Child’s Behavioral Intervention Program is a 12 week program targeting parents with children who have drastic behavior issues, who are at risk of maltreatment, and who are in need of parenting strategies for violence prevention.
The mission of WINGS is to provide housing, integrated services, education and advocacy to end domestic violence. This grant supports child survivors of domestic violence to overcome cost and transportation barriers to essential appointments (ex. school and medical appointments) and enriching activities (ex. dance and art classes) thereby helping those who’ve experienced trauma to improve their physical, social and mental health.
The Alliance for the Great Lakes aims to protect, conserve and restore the Great Lakes ensuring healthy water in the lakes and communities for all generations of people and wildlife. As a member of Chicago’s Lead Service Line Replacement Working Group, the Alliance will work with other environmental organizations, consultants, city agencies and the Mayor’s office to make the process transparent and efficient. Nearly 400,000 lead service lines in Chicago will be replaced. The Alliance will strive to bring equity to the process to ensure under-served communities will have a voice and role in the project outcomes.
Funding for four, college summer interns who participate in weed control, seed production, planting plugs, education functions, and other miscellaneous conservation issues as part of a native habitat restoration project to return the Flint Creek Savanna, and other critical properties in the Barrington area, to their original (pre-1840) condition of tall grass prairie, oak and hickory savannas, sedge meadows, and wetlands as a habitat for bluebirds, bob-o-links and sand hill cranes.
Delta Institute works with communities throughout the Midwest to solve complex environmental challenges. This grant supports work to standardize soil health testing and develop easy-to-use kits which connect with data lab systems. The goal is to help Northern Illinois farmers increase profitability by reducing the need for synthetic fertilizers, increase their soils’ resilience against extreme weather events, and reduce local greenhouse gas emissions
Ecdysis Foundation’s mission is to transform food production systems in the United States by using scientific research, education and demonstration that support adoption of regenerative agricultural practices. This grant supports inventories of four local agricultural fields which will provide knowledge of the current state of soil and farm health and allow the farms to serve as examples for adoption of regenerative practices. The grant also supports research of honey bee hives, including the impact of Roundup herbicide, to support honey bee health and their long-term contributions to regenerative agriculture.
First year of a two year grant. ELPC helps public leaders and communities prepare for and better understand how to advance solutions to the heightened risk of serious flooding along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Climate change realities are causing extreme fluctuations in lake water levels. Community response and adaptations include changed land use, zoning development, water management, and natural resources conservation strategies/actions. This grant supports ELPC efforts to work with community leaders on these mitigation plans
In support of the Barrington Greenway Initiative, this grant funds a Conservation Corps crew that removes invasive species, collects and spreads native seeds, and assists with prescribed fire burns. The grant also funds a Volunteer Organizer who recruits from the community a team to provide stewardship of 4,000 acres of public land.
Groundswell Conservancy, located in Madison, Wisconsin, is a land trust and nonprofit, community-based organization that conserves land by permanently protecting it— primarily through the purchase or acceptance of donations of land or conservation easements. The grant from the Oberweiler Foundation will fund better access to Westport Prairie Preserve in southeastern Wisconsin, including signage, parking and trails. Over the past three years, Groundswell Conservancy has worked to stabilize the fragile habitat at Westport Prairie, a portion of the historic Empire Prairie which was formed by glaciers and hurt by farming, development and ecological succession.
The Illinois Environmental Council has identified the need to establish a new structure to organize coalition work related to Nature Based Climate Solutions and align that work with the international 30×30 campaign (30% land conservation by 2030) Scientists believe that conserving and restoring 30 percent of the lands and waters worldwide by the year 2030 would spare nature and deflect the worst impacts of climate change. This grant provides IECEF the resource to hold 2-3 listening sessions in Northern Illinois allowing local Illinoisans the opportunity to inform policies and solutions while educating decision makers.
The IPM Institute of North America is aiming to eliminate synthetic chemical inputs and increase organic matter content on athletic and recreational turfgrass fields across the Greater Chicago Region. MGG holds the expertise, knowledge and resources to help sports and recreational field managers meet community expectations without the use of harmful synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.
In 1983, The Nature Conservancy in Illinois and the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission created the Volunteer Stewardship Network (VSN) to connect volunteers to the outdoors and the natural world. Since then, the VSN has empowered thousands of people to preserve Illinois’ lands and waters. These volunteers work to protect and restore natural areas by collecting and dispersing native seeds, removing invasive species, planting trees and other plants, performing prescribed burns and many other activities. This grant supports scholarships and tools necessary to allow volunteers to get certification and training, operational supplies, and to participate in volunteer working groups.
The Trust for Public Land in Chicago focuses on creating and improving parks and trails by working with communities to achieve their visions for their public spaces by providing data, research, tools, fundraising, planning support and more. This grant funds the creation of a data-driven tool to help identify and prioritize environmental projects for the Chicago-Calumet River Watershed Council.
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods promotes the importance of nature for nurturing personal and community well-being, cultivating creativity, and inspiring learning. The Oberweiler Foundation grant supports Brushwood Center’s nature inspired art programs for veterans. Research shows that time in nature reduces stress and improves mental disorders that afflict veterans such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Building on past funding this grant supports growth of The At Ease: Art and Nature for Veterans workshops through additional partnering with Veterans organizations and a new music therapy offering.
The Disabled Patriot Fund supports wounded service members to meet unique needs not covered by government programs or incurred while awaiting discharge and/or disability benefits.
IMD Guest House builds community and healing by providing comfortable, affordable accommodation for patients and their families throughout their treatment. Grant supports accommodations and healthcare hospitality services provided to military veterans receiving treatment for post traumatic stress disorder through the Road Home Intensive Outpatient Program at Rush University Medical Center.
Salute, Inc. passionately pursues meeting the financial, physical and emotional needs of military service members, veterans and their families. Military members served are currently experiencing the effects of the economic challenges our country is facing along with reentry to civilian life, unemployment in many instances caused by PTSD, physical injuries, and emotional issues, all due to their military service. As well, many experience delayed benefits from the enormous VA backlog. Financial assistance includes delinquent rent, tax bills, food counseling, medical bills, phone and utility, car payment, out-patient transportation, insurance, etc. All payments are made to vendors (not directly to veterans) and cases managed by experienced volunteer counselors.
Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) empowers Veterans and families of the fallen to develop character in future generations. Leading With Your Strengths (LWYS) is TMF’s premiere personal development and leadership training, teaching the key factors that create thriving and purpose-driven individuals. LWYS aids service members in leveraging their strengths, passions, and skills to thrive personally and professionally in post military lives. An estimated 180 Veterans in Chicagoland area are expected to be impacted.