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 in St. Louis and Chicagoland; care of two therapy horses; and 4 Veteran mental health retreats (program pilot).
Alternative Medicine $207,500
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 Art and Wellness I Nature (It’s A W.I.N) programs for underserved youth. It’s A W.I.N. includes art programs, music workshops, mindful exercises, etc. First year of a two-year grant. $25K in 2022; $25K in 2023
Second and Third Year of a three-year grant ($35K in 2020; $35K in 2022; $35K in 2022) Funding supports the Supportive Care and Comfort Team efforts to provide aromatherapy, massage therapy and more. Funding also supports comprehensive training for medical staff and pediatric residents at the Comer Children’s hospital to promote the increased recommendation and use of complementary and alternative medicine.
Discretionary grant supports Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction training for cancer patients and/or their family members in the Sauk Valley area.
Recently merged with UChicago Medicine, Ingalls Memorial Hospital operates as a licensed nonprofit community hospital providing comprehensive healthcare services to the Chicago Southland community. This grant supports Ingall’s integrative model of cancer care which includes Reiki, massage, reflexology, day and educational events for patients receiving infusion therapy.
Kids Above All serves to protect and heal children and families that have experienced severe trauma, neglect or abuse.This grant supports the use of holistic therapies – including yoga, art, meditation and equine-assisted through partner BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding Center- in the treatment of Kids Above All children residing in their group homes.
Assisting Sick and Abused Children $218,500
This grant supports Ascension Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disorders Resource Center’s (ASDDRC) Social Emotional Wellness Groups for children up to age 14. These groups not only help children with autism develop skills to communicate and regulate emotions, but also provide mental health support to address the anxiety, depression and other difficult emotions arising from efforts to assimilate.
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 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.
CASA Kane County is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that serves the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers who serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates and Guardian ad Litem for children who are in court by no fault of their own. This grant supports the expenses associated with volunteer recruiting, 45 hour/8 week training classes, background checks, and continuing education.
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 46,000 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, Outreach and Prevention 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.
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.
Green City Market’s mission is to secure the future of food by deepening support for sustainable farmers, educating the community, and expanding access to locally-grown food. This grant funds GCM’s farm-to-market field trips for children. Field trips educate kids on who grows one’s food, how it’s grown, and why it’s important to make informed decisions on how to nourish themselves.
Imagine Englewood If (IEi) is a youth development organization with a mission to strengthen and empower the Greater Englewood Community. Offering year-round enrichment programs for youth ages 6-18. This grant supports the addition of a Diverse Learning Specialist to provide special education to the Englewood youth who are experiencing rising needs along with a reduction of public-school funding. IEi expects to impct health outcomes, education outcomes and crime rates through support of vulnerable youth.
Infant Welfare Society of Chicago (IWS Family Health) has led innovative community health programming and supported Chicago’s most vulnerable children and families for over a century. Our grant funds care coordination which addresses patients’ ecosystems and provides support beyond preventive health care, ensuring patients have the resources and assistance they need where they live, learn, work, and play.
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 across north/northwest suburban Metro Chicago.
Organization supports families who choose to adopt or foster vulnerable children who are removed from their biological homes due to abuse or neglect. Services include monthly family support groups/dinners, life skills programming, specialized parenting tools and training, parents’ nights out and service projects.
The organization’s mission is to reduce childhood obesity through healthy eating and active living initiatives, innovative strategies and community partnerships. Building on the previous funding, this grant helps fund 8-10 new Healthy Eating and Active Living projects as proposed by local community organizations, schools, work sites, municipalities, etc.
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.
Serving the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, Northwest Compass provides emergency services, education and empowerment for those community members vulnerable or in crisis.
The Philip J Rock Center provides services to individuals who are deaf-blind. The residential school offers an intensive, comprehensive education program for 3-21 year olds. The Center also provides a range of services in schools, medical settings, early intervention centers and homes statewide. This grant supports the development and outfitting of a new Sensory room at the PJR Center School. Sensory Rooms are needed to allow students time to calm down while exposing them to different textures, sounds and smells. The end result is regulated students who are available for learning.
The Community House (TCH) provides recreational, therapeutic, volunteer, social service and learning programming to residents of DuPage and western Cook Counties. This grant supports “gaming” as an alternative and holistic therapy as part of TCH’s treatment for depression, anxiety, ADHD and conflict resolution skills for underserved youth at Willowbrook Corner. Gaming has been shown to effect mood, cognition, resiliency and problem solving.
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.
With a goal to end systemic sexual abuse in Lake and Northern Cook County, the organization advocates for victims, provides specialized trauma informed care, and offers prevention education.
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.
Friends supports the Illinois Nature Preserves System by finding increased support/funding and training local volunteer communities. This grant supports the hiring of a Northeast Illinois Field Organizer who will recruit, mentor and guide volunteers while developing new models or pilot efforts in the region.
Second of a two-year grant (total $50K). Friends of the Chicago River improves and protects the Chicago River system for people, plants and animals. The Chicago River System Land Use Plan connects many government and nonprofit projects together through a broad watershed analysis, addressing overlapping environmental, water qualty and equity challenges. The project consists of Chicago River Watershed Council, Wildlife Connectivity Action Plan, Nature belongs to You and Chicago Wilderness.
This grant funds a Conservation Corps crew that removes invasive species, collects and spreads native seeds, and assists with prescribed fire burns in the Forest Glen Preserves North Branch sites. The grant also funds a Volunteer Organizer who strives to increase community engagement and a volunteer team to provide stewardship of 4,000 acres of public land.
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 builds on previous work and funds three town halls on conservation and open space. It als enables IEC to table at area events, prooviding infrmation at fairs and festivals such as Earth Day at McHenry County College.
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. IPM will help Greater Chicago communities, landscaping companies and other landscape managers achieve its new sustainable landscaping standards (Green Shield Certified for Landscapes) by increasing access to the Lawn & Land Forum and Technical Assistance Program.
ASHF launched the Veterans RISE (Resources-Information-Support-Empowerment) Program to fill a gap in services for Veterans with behavioral health needs, ex. Those with an elevated risk for suicide. Serving veterans and family members, RISE acts as a major resource providing an integrated primary care model of health assessments, case management, and therapeutic counseling.
Code Platoon helps veterans and military spouses transition into the civilian workforce by providing technical training and career placement through a coding bootcamp in Chicago. Students learn software development principles, modern software languages and professional best practices – frequently culminating in local paid internships.
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.
The Hines VA Fisher House provides free lodging – a “home away from home” – for families of active military and veteran patients receiving care at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital in Hines, IL.