Cheevers Corner

Community Involvement

Cheevers & Company gives back to the community through affiliations with organizations that share our notion of social and community responsibility. Our commitment is to collectively inspire the pursuit of education and promote equality by targeting local, grassroots organizations. Whether through direct sponsorship, fund raising, employer matching or service projects, we continuously strive to broaden the impact on those in need.

Following are a few examples of organizations that have inspired us with their vision and success in assisting others. Please visit the links below for more information on these charitable organizations

 

AIDS Foundation of Chicago

Through Cheevers & Company’s participation in the AIDS Run & Walk 2012 we collectively raised $4,900 to benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. The mission of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago is to lead the fight against HIV/AIDS and improve the lives of people affected by the epidemic. Founded in 1985 by community activists and physicians, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago is a local and national leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS. We collaborate with community organizations to develop and improve HIV/AIDS services; fund and coordinate prevention, care, and advocacy projects; and champion effective, compassionate HIV/AIDS policy. For more information, please visit www.aidschicago.org

Here are a few pictures from the event. Thanks again to all who participated, and to those who showed their support.

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. For more information, please visit www.cancer.org

Chicago Adventure Therapy

CAT was founded in 2007 by Andrea Knepper, a Chicago based social worker who felt there were insufficient outlets for at-risk inner-city youth to participate in activities that would enable them to overcome barriers to their emotional and physical health. She discovered that a Wilderness Therapy model was highly effective in battling these barriers. The expeditionary nature of her program utilizes Chicago's outdoors resources including Lake Michigan and other locations in the surrounding Chicago-land area.

In spring of 2013 Cheevers & Company hosted a fundraising event in support of this local grassroots organization. Through the support of our firm, friends, and family we were able to collectively raise $7,850.

Below are a few pictures from the event. Thanks again to all who participated, and to those who showed their support.

Chicago Community Trust

For 96 years, The Chicago Community Trust, our region’s community foundation, has connected the generosity of donors with community needs by making grants to organizations working to improve metropolitan Chicago. In 2011, the Trust, together with its donors, granted more than $100 million to nonprofit organizations: developing new audiences to sustain Chicago's vibrant arts organizations, protecting the human success safety net for those hardest hit by the recession, stemming the devastating effects of foreclosures on our communities, elevating teaching to meet world class standards, and improving conditions for healthy and active lifestyles. For more information, please visit www.cct.org.

Chicago Foundation for Women

Chicago Foundation for Woman’s 29th Annual Luncheon celebrated the achievements of women and girls by bringing together a diverse audience that includes business, philanthropy,  government, nonprofit, media and community members.  Proceeds help the Foundation achieve its mission to connect need, money and solutions for women and girls throughout metropolitan Chicago.  Since 1985, they have given more than 3,000 grants totaling nearly $20 million and helped thousands of women and girls become philanthropists. For more information, please visit http://www.cfw.org/aboutus.

Chicago Gateway Green

Green Tie Ball Fundraiser for Chicago Gateway Green

Green Tie Ball is Chicago Gateway Green’s signature fundraising event. The infamous gala, returning each year with a new and engaging theme, raises funds for Gateway Green’s Expressway Partnership Program. It was first held in 1992 as a 500-person street party and is now one of the best-known charity events in Chicago, and last year was attended by approximately 3,000 people.  The gala attracts Chicago’s most prominent public, political and media figures, environmental supporters as well as young professionals and local celebrities. With our wonderful partners, volunteers, and strong dedicated following, Green Tie Ball continues to reinvent itself as the most anticipated gala experience of the year.

We lead urban beautification and greening projects that make a positive environmental and aesthetic impact on Chicago. Ultimately our work leads to improved quality of life through healthier living. Our sustainable landscaping, litter removal and native plantings on hundreds of acres along transportation corridors help improve air quality, protect our water, and restore the beauty of Chicago – making us feel good about our surroundings and breathe a little easier, too.” For more information, please visit http://www.gatewaygreen.org/.

Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in the community. The Food Depository distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 600 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to 500,000 adults and children in Cook County every year. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 58 million pounds of nonperishable food and fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 119,000 meals every day. Innovative training programs and initiatives developed by the Food Depository also work to provide men, women and children with the tools necessary to break their individual cycles of poverty. For more information, please visit www.chicagosfoodbank.org.

KIVA - Loans That Change Lives

Kiva's mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend to unique entrepreneurs around the globe. For more information, please visit www.kiva.org.

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls

Ringside for Mercy’s sake

Ringside for Mercy’s Sake, now in its 23rd year, is Mercy Home’s annual black-tie gala. By attending, we support the life-saving work of Mercy Home. Mercy Home for Boys & Girls has been a solution for kids in crisis since 1887. Through their residential, aftercare, referral and community-based mentoring programs, they are able to provide critical, life-saving services to more than 650 hurting and troubled young women and men every year.

At the core of these services is their full-time residential program, which provides around-the-clock care in a safe and stable home for 134 young people, ages 11 to 21. There, children who have suffered abuse, neglect, poverty and abandonment are given the opportunity to rebuild their lives and the encouragement to realize their dreams. Through therapeutic, academic and vocational support, they help them grow into healthy adults who go on to pursue higher education, secure good jobs, and raise loving families of their own. They also provide professional referral services to hundreds of troubled kids who need help, but whose individual needs may be better met at qualified social service programs other than Mercy Home.

Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House supports seriously ill children and their families by providing a home-away-from-home to help families through a difficult time. Families staying at the Ronald McDonald House often experience stress due to the illness or health status of their child. The Family Meal Program offers groups of volunteers the opportunity to extend needed support to these families by providing and preparing a meal at the House. We were grateful to be able to assist Ronald McDonald House in their mission by serving dinner at the local chapter in July, 2014. For more information, please visit http://www.rmhc.org/.

MATCHING

Cheevers & Company supports its employees in their charitable endeavors with a 100% matching program.  Over the years we have been able to maximize their donations through this program.  Below are a few of the organizations we have contributed to over the years.

American Cancer Society

Alzheimer Association

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Elton John AIDS Foundation

National Down Syndrome Society

Respiratory Health Association