Be a part of #GivingTuesday by giving the gift of reading to children in ChildServâ€™s care!
With a kickoff today, ChildServ is collecting donations to purchase books to distribute to 1,000 children living in poverty.
To donate or learn more, please click here to help us reach our goal!
#GivingTuesday, occurring this Tuesday, December 1, is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.
Special thanks to the many friends of ChildServ who are making our holiday gift drive a success! Weâ€™ll be collecting gifts now through December 11â€”and gift cards and cash donations through the end of the Decemberâ€”to create a bright and hopeful holiday for the 2,800 at-risk children and families in ChildServâ€™s care. You can still be part of this season of giving. Itâ€™s easyâ€¦
- Purchase and mail a gift card to toy stores, and stores such as Target or Amazon.com, to provide a gift for children entering our care in December. Gift cards can be sent via mail to 8765 W. Higgins, Suite 450, Chicago, Il 60068. Or email Zulma Colon at firstname.lastname@example.org with the heading Holiday Gift Giving.
- Volunteer (individuals or groups) to sort and bag gifts at 8765 W. Higgins, Suite 450, from Dec. 1-10, and for loading gifts on Dec. 11. We particularly need help on the morning of December 11 for gift-loading!
- Call us about sponsoring a holiday party for the children in ChildServâ€™s care! Contact Zulma Colon at 773.867.7361 or email email@example.com
Thank you for putting kids and their families first during the holidays!
Old Habits Die Hard: A research project to help families improve health behaviors
Prevention, intervention, education, and advocacy form the foundation of the ChildServ mission. Thousands of children and families find support to escape poverty and achieve better lives through our direct service programs.
This fall, the Illinois chapter of the American Academy of Pediatricians (ICAAP) selected ChildServâ€™s Healthy Fit program as one of several community groups collaborating in a care coordination study designed to assess and improve health behavior change related to childhood nutrition and obesity prevention.
In October, ICAAP began working with two west side clinics to evaluate the health needs of low-income families and connect them to community programs designed to meet those needs. Staff members at the clinics identify patients who would benefit from additional support beyond medical care. They refer these patients to the care coordinator at ICAAP, who puts the patient in touch with the organization that offers the best match of a need to program. The coordinator conducts follow-up surveys, which will supply data for the study.
Healthy Fit is one of the only home-visiting programs in the study that specifically focuses on birth to five-year-olds. Designed to address the health disparities experienced by low-income client families, Healthy Fit delivers education, screenings, referrals and follow-up through home visits and center-based activities.
"Healthy Fit is committed to a strong continuum of care between clinics and community organizations. Together, we have the best chance of creating lasting behavior change for Chicago's kids and families. We look forward to continuing this project with ICAAP and witnessing the change it creates for the families we serve," said Catherine Enright, MPH, Director of Early Childhood.
The program helps at-risk families understand and act on healthcare information and better manage their own health, it also helps parents be better informed about the health needs of their children.
2015 Founders Day Gala
Thanks to the leadership of chair couple Sherri and Elliot Richardson, as well as emcee John Gotschall, ChildServâ€™s 2015 Founderâ€™s Day Gala raised more than $90,000 for children and families in our programs!
The eveningâ€™s fun included an address by DCFS Director George Sheldon; a serenade by nationally renown singer Johnny Vincent to retiring CEO Jim Jones and his wife, Colleen; a courageous young person from ChildServâ€™s group homes who told everyone how much ChildServ means to him; and fun on the dance floor when CEO Dan Kotowski and youth in ChildServâ€™s group homes led attendees in a hip-hop line dance.
We are grateful to our sponsors and attendees, who made this possible: UPS, Eugene Tkalitch & Associates, Ltd., Plante Moran, ACM Partners, D & B Graphics, Axion, BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois, Matanky Realty Group, 3Points, Taylor Group, Christopher L. Angelica, the Brackey Family, Nancy Duel, the Engleman Family, John Gotschall, the Hummel Family, the Richardson Family, and the Sterner Family.