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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: As a faith-based organization, My Joyful Heart endeavors to be a positive influence to children in need by remembering them with basic life essentials, school supplies, clothing, toys and encouragement throughout each year until their situation improves or they move from the area. My Joyful Heart provides the little things that may often be missing in the life of a child in need. By providing these gifts regularly throughout the year we extend love and hope to these children, making them feel special and letting them know that people do care.

Results: In the 11 years we have been around, we have grown from supporting one child at Christmas to providing year-round assistance to over 550+ children in the Chicago area. In 2013, we hope to increase the number of children served to over 600. We can do this with your help! Please help us Bring Hope.

Target demographics: Children in need from the ages of infant to 13 years old.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 550+

Geographic areas served: Chicago area

Programs: In 2014, mjh provided 7 rounds of benefits to its 750 registered children.

in 2014, mjh provided 7 rounds of benefits to its 750 registered children.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Orland Park, I found the caring supporting nature of the mostly volunteer staff, to be almost overwhelming! The dedication to serving those in need is EVERYWHERE within the organization! God has truly blessed those who have had the opportunity to provide either products and assist in the function of caring! You truly are transforming the lives of the school children you serve! Allen De

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My Joyful Heart is a compassionate, dedicated, and generous organization! They work hard all year to make sure our students receive gifts and basic necessities for all the holidays throughout the year. My Joyful Heart has made such an impact on our students, their families, and our school community. We are so proud to be included in their program! Thank you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My Joyful Heart is an amazing organization! They have helped many of our students for the last two years and are always willing to help new students. The Ray Graham community, especially our students, are very grateful and thankful to be sponsored by My Joyful Heart. They have provided many of our students with seasonal clothing, school supplies, hygiene products, and more! The work of Diane Carroll and everyone at My Joyful Heart has made a huge difference in the lives of our students and their families! Thanks again from everyone at Ray Graham Training Center High School!!

Margaret63

Donor

Rating: 5

My Joyful Heart is a great organization that works to provide children with basic necessities that we take for granted. Imaging having a birthday with no gift, christmas with nothing to celebrate and trying to succeed in school with no supplies. I as a mother cannot imagine that and my heart breaks for these children. I have volunteered for the past few years and see the hard work and dedication of this organization. Sadly each year the needs grow for children who have less. If you can donate to this cause I promise your donation is FOR THE CHILDREN. For those who have and continue to donate May God Bless You Abundantly

Cathy90

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Joyful Heart is almost special faith-based organization that blesses so many children! I feel that it has blessed my life , too by allowing me to help in a small way by volunteering and sponsoring a most wonderful little girl. They have proven that all things are possible with God…and a Joyful Heart!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Joyful Heart is a wonderful organization that truly makes an impact on the lives of the impoverished children in the greater Chicagoland area. I have always looked forward to and continue to love volunteering there. I really feel like I am making a difference in these children's lives. There is such a great atmosphere at My Joyful Heart with Diane and her dedicated staff and volunteers. It is simply an amazing non-profit.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with My Joyful Heart for many years and I have seen first hand the wonderful work they do! Jesus is our CEO and with Him, everything is possible! MJH gives gifts of hygiene, school supplies, clothing, books and toys to all the 700+ children in the program 5 times a year, plus a special birthday gift. Through the generosity of our donors and sponsors, MJH has a beautiful inventory of these items and every single child is "shopped for" individually. They are given clothing in their favorite colors and toys and books that they are interested in. This organization is run almost entirely on volunteer help -- there are only two paid people on staff at the present. God has been good to us and has allowed us to be a blessing to so many children. My Joyful Heart is truly a worthy organization!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer and board member with My Joyful Heart for many years and I am so impressed with this whole organization. It is Christ-based and God is the CEO! MJH is helping so many children who are in needy circumstances through no fault of their own. They know someone really cares for them when they receive their gifts from us 6 times a year plus a special gift on their birthday! Diane has complete faith that God will provide -- and He does! He has brought so many quality volunteers through our doors, it is so uplifting. I give as much time as possible to this most worthy organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Joyful Heart is an amazing children's charity that helps kids around the Chicago area. I've seen the positive impact it has on the kids in the program and hope to continue volunteering with them for years to come.

The awesome people behind this charity are what makes it so special. Each child in the program is treated as an individual and receives items that are most needed -- like shoes, food or a winter coat in our frigid Chicago winters.

As an added bonus -- volunteering here is fun! It's a great group of people who genuinely care about each other and the children we serve.

I'm grateful for Diane Carroll for creating My Joyful Heart because it truly is a joyful place. We bring hope to the kids who need it most.

1 Gwen C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a teacher in a special needs classroom. I found out about My Joyful Heart 3 years ago. They have helped the students in my classroom get many things they need and also want. I am very grateful for their hard work and how much they love the children and families they serve. I am very appreciative. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Gwen Cole

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with My Joyful Heart for several years, not only as a volunteer but also as a sponsor. I feel blessed to be a part of this Christian based charity that helps so many children locally. Many of the schools have informed Diane of how much better the children are doing because of My Joyful Heart's involvement in their lives. The children are so appreciative of what the charity provides them, as is evidenced by the thank you notes they are asked to write to their sponsors.

Donna DiMaggio

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for several years. I have seen this amazing program grow each year. It is inspriing to see the results of volunteers that want to make a difference. I was overwhelmed with the amount of love and compassion that is delivered with each gift event. Many hands doing "WWJD"...what would Jesus do. I plan on continuing giving my support, by sponsoring a child, donating my time and speading the good word of the results that this organization produces. Diane Carroll has touched many and I am proud to be a part of her "heartbeats" team. God Bless My Joyful Heart ~ you provide hope and many, many smiles!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at My Joyful Heart has been one of the best experiences of my life. My family was looking for a volunteering opportunity when a friend told us about MJH. Once we met Diane and saw how much she cares for the children her organization serves, we knew we had found the right place. From the dedicated staff and volunteers who have become our friends to the children we've come to "know" by putting together their gift bags, we feel we have received more from MJH than we have given. Truly, this is an organization that deeply cares about the children in its program.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was a teacher at a school where the students received "Gift Bags" from My Joyful Heart. The students couldnot wait to receive their items. Diane Carroll and her volunteers work tirelessly to make sure the needs of all the students are met. She is really making a diffeence in the lives of these students. My Joyful Heart is an Amazing Organization! I am proud to be a part of it. Barb M.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with My Joyful Heart for about a year and I've never met a more dedicated group of people who truly care for the children they serve. I feel blessed to be associated with My Joyful Heart

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been with My Joyful Heart now for 4 years.......I'm impressed withthe process that we do for each of the six gift events......we have a chart on each child....tellling us what their immediate needs are,,,their favorite color....their sizes, what they are interested in what is on their wish list...etc........so when the volunteers get the chart they "shop" in our aisles for what the child likes and needs.....each child gets 2 books each event and we try to give them something on the subjest they are interested in....encourage the reeding process of each child........we always try to give them something on the wish list each year if we have it in our stock......they get all the necessary needs throughout the year.....and a Birthday gift also.......When I pack these bags I think how lucky the children are to be in this program.......new clothes , back pack full of school supplies, new pillow and blanket, coat and shoes....it goes on and on .......I wish I could see the smile on their faces when they open our gift bags........

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my children started going to our local school, I joined the PTA and was shocked to find children living in and below poverty. As I watched to news with all the violence, mostly between children, I wondered what I could do to change this situation. When I found MJH I knew this was it. This was the was to reach into these areas with Gods love and change the situation as only He can. The social workers find these children who are truly in need. They work with the families and they know each situation so it is not abused. There are only a couple of paid workers so most of the money goes to the kids. After meeting Diane I know she is dedicated to these children as I have never seen before. I am very thankful to be involved in something so wonderful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our students have been supported through My Joyful Heart for two years now. Our students have received items that they need at the most crucial times of their lives. The students have been so grateful for the gifts and the difference that it has made has been amazing. We are not always able to provide items such as hygiene supplies, clothing, and leisure items and My Joyful Heart has done this for us! I can't say enough about Diane Carroll for the work that she does and the volunteers are outstanding! Our students wanted to give back and so they supported their own campaign to raise items that were needed for My Joyful Heart and they got to deliver those items to the My Joyful Heart offices at the end of their events. Thank you from the entire school community at Ray Graham Training Center High School!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I contacted Diane Carroll several years ago after reading an article in the paper about how she sponsored a couple of kids at Christmas time through the Sun Times. She followed up on the gifts she gave at Christmas and decided to give these kids more gifts throughout the year to let them know they were remembered. This led to 19 kids and in 2013, she'll probably have 600 kids through My Joyful Heart, the organization she founded 10 years ago. As a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago O'Hare, we are able to sponsor a couple of kids plus we have donated back to school supplies, blankets donated by American Airlines and amenity kits donated by United Airlines. This year we were able to donate over $1000 in selling Dunkin Donuts coffee for one of their fund-raisers. I've made several trips to their Mokena Warehouse and am impressed with Diane's organizational skills. MJH gives gifts several times a year which gives hope and love to all their kids. Our Rotary Club and myself look forward to helping in the future.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm a school social worker at a local school. Our students come from 4 different and diverse communities, 85% of our students come from poverty. My Joyful Heart has been involved with our students for several years. Each year, Diane Carroll reaches out and takes on more of our students. My Joyful Heart represent true joyful hearts when our students receive their " gift bags". But it's not just about the gifts My Joyful Heart provides to our students, it's about the love they feel knowing that people in our communities care about them. My Joyful Heart is an amazing agency!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found this charity by seeing them featured on Harry Porterfield's Someone You Should Know back in 2009. I immediately knew I wanted to help because My Joyful Heart 1) helps children and 2) was helping local kids in my community. I became a regular volunteer after I found out that 95% of all donations go directly to the kids -- My Joyful Heart purchases and delivers school supplies, clothing, hygiene items, toys, books, and much, much more. All in all, a great charity that focuses on letting the kids in the program know that they are not forgotten in our busy world that often overlooks these shining stars simply due to their unfortunate poverty. I am proud to continue my volunteer contributions and encourage everyone reading to volunteer, sponsor a child, or simply make a quick donation at www.myjoyfulheart.org to help the children in the program.