My experience at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless has been extremely fulfilling. In addition to the skills and knowledge I've acquired while tending to organizing needs, I've gained a more thorough understanding of the political and activist process. This will be infinitely helpful in future endeavors that require organizing principles.
Without the time I've spent learning the ropes at CCH, I wouldn't be nearly as prepared for professional positions as I am now.
I first got involved with Chicago Coalition for the Homeless as a Policy Intern in the fall of 2012. They are doing such incredible work to fight with people who are homeless for their rights. The people who work there are great, and the work they do in their community organizing, policy, and law departments is so effective that I decided to stay involved by joining their Associate Board. It is a great organization, worthy of your time and money!
I chose to do my internship with CCH because I want to be a change agent for Homelessness. I believe change agents assists in altering the capabilities of human beings and organizations. I am only interested in positive changes that will improve the lives of individuals. My life experiences (being literally homeless for ten years) has given me insight and understanding of what it feels like to be on the receiving end of services and good counsel of social workers. I believe that the coupling of my experience, passion, academic knowledge and tools of social work are a perfect blend for becoming an intern and team member at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. I believe that my involvement in CCH will teach and mold me into the agitator I was meant to be, help me reach my goals of becoming a good advocate for marginalized communities, and become an excellent policy maker.
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. Believe me I have made the right decision in joining CCH!
The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless was established in 1980. The mission statement is,
“We organize and advocate to prevent and end homelessness, because we believe housing is a human right in a just society.”
There are three main programs/campaigns:
COMMUNITY ORGANIZING ADVOCACY & PUBLIC POLICY LAW PROJECT
Outreach Programs Sweet Home Chicago Legal Aid
Speakers Bureau No Youth Alone Resources for youth
Women’s Empowerment Budget Advocacy Resources for Students
Reentry Project Prostitution Alternatives College Scholarships
Jobs Project Round Table & SAGE Healthcare enrollment
Horizons Creative Writing Plan to end Homelessness in Chicago
The Community Organizing Department has many branches of organizing. The outreach program endeavors to provide outreach at over 30 facilities, with four field organizers, Dollie Brewer, Rachel Ramirez, Wayne Richards, and Dasia Skinner leading the way. The different branches of Community Organizing are, Outreach program, Speakers Bureau, Women’s Empowerment Project, Reentry Project, Job s Project, and the Horizons Creative Writing Outreach. CCH has a statewide program headed by Jim Picchetti which organizes service providers in nine suburbs. The Community Organizing department of CCH also operates a Speakers Bureau, which goes out in the community to talk at churches, schools, and civic organizations, about homelessness and their experiences while homeless. CCH has a mobile legal aide clinic run by Beth Cunningham, which goes out in neighborhoods to serve unaccompanied youth. CCH effectively offers information that lets parents know about the rights that their homeless children have, dealing with the Chicago Public Schools. Their outreach allows parents, families, and children become involved in the campaign to end homelessness and advocacy.
The Advocacy and Public Policy department includes the Sweet Home Chicago Campaign, No Youth Alone, Budget Advocacy, Prostitution Alternatives Round Table (P.A.R.T), SAGE, and the Plan to End Homelessness in Chicago. The Sweet Home Chicago campaign works with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and nine other community organizations including Jane Addams Senior Caucus, Community Renewal Society, Albany Park Neighborhood Council, CCH, Bickerdike Redevelopment, Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) and Action NOW works towards affordable housing, more SRO’s, making TIF funds available in low income neighborhoods to rehab apartment buildings and restoring vacant property.
The Advocacy and Public Policy department has the No Youth Alone program. This program advocates for unaccompanied children. An unaccompanied youth is a youth living without a family or guardian. A state wide youth committee was organized in 1983, which helps the No Youth Alone program work towards programs and policies that will help unaccompanied youth.
The CCH Law Project helps homeless youth and children. Over 250 children and youth are helped a year by four lawyers. These lawyers represent youth in Chicago, Suburbs, and downstate Illinois. In 2014 the Law Project closed over 298 cases. The law project works with the CCH community organizers by doing outreach at shelters.
Some significant victories of CCH are the enactment of the Illinois Homeless Bill of Rights. This bill of rights provides information about the legal rights of homeless individuals and how they are protected by this bill of rights. It makes it illegal to discriminate based on a person’s housing status. In the spring of 2014 with help from the media, community and legal pressure, CCH was able to stop the closure of two cubicle hotels that the city of Chicago was trying to close. Through CCH advocacy in Springfield over the past few years, SAGE (Survivor Advocacy Group Empowered) working with End Demand Illinois has developed support for new legislature that will end felony charges for prostitution in Illinois. They had already worked to pass three laws over the past three years that focused on traffickers and customers, but also had restorative step for the females who are prostituted and often homeless.
CCH continues to advocate in Springfield and with state legislators to maintain state funding for shelters, and homeless prevention grants, and homeless youth funding.
Current campaigns of the Community Organizing Department are the Reentry Pilot which is designed by CCH, CHA, the Safer Foundation and former incarcerated men and women. This pilot can improve how CHA addresses and helps house ex-offenders. Another campaign CCH is currently involved in is Homestretch. After the screening of a documentary entitled ‘Homestretch” about the lives of three unaccompanied youth in Chicago, CCH launched a campaign to raise $59,112 for work with homeless youth. 59,112 is the number of students identified as homeless by Illinois public schools last year. A continuing campaign is the college scholarship program. CCH awards renewable scholarships to seniors who have been homeless, a client of the law project, or a youth leader for CCH
I've been volunteering with the Coalition for almost 2 years and really value all of the great relationships I've made over that time. The Coalition is really skilled at bringing people together to fight homelessness and have great skill empowering people without homes to speak and fight for themselves. CCH has a long list of significant accomplishments in getting policies through on affordable housing, reentry, services for homeless youth, and preserving/increasing state budgets. It is a great group of people with a real positive attitude to the work they do. Go CCH!
Chicago Coalition is a great, well-run organization with a lot of passionate people. They consistently organized a lot of great events to help the homeless. All the staff and volunteers are committed to the cause and go above and beyond. Highly recommend for anyone looking for an organization to donate to or to volunteer at!
I've been to several events hosted by CCH. A great group of people with common purpose: to provide resources and social mobility for the homeless in Chicago and a common belief that housing is a human right. From Cheers for Change as an effective fundraiser to their awesome college scholarships programs, CCH is the flagship 501c3 if you share their belief that ending homelessness is a critical goal for the Chicago community. I do and that's why I support and will continue to support.
I recently had the opportunity to volunteer at a CCH Cheers for Change event, and I was blown away by the organization's ability to attract such a dedicated crowd of people who were all committed to serving an, unfortunately, oft forgotten population. CCH is a truly phenomenal organization that is steadfast in its goal to end extreme poverty for the hardest hit Chicagoans, and through their continued efforts I have no doubt that they will achieve this.
I was involved with CCH almost 20 years before becoming a Board member. The work the Coalition does truly makes a difference in the lives of homeless people and has ensured that no homeless person is invisible. I know this well because I was homeless in my youth.
CCH is an amazing organization that on the one hand is an incredible resource and support to folks who are suffering from the crushing social issue of homelessness, but is also at the forefront of creating policy changes to ensure that the basic human right of housing is available to all. The staff is an extremely dedicated and caring group of individuals. I am proud to be a board member.
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is a wonderful organization that is actively working to improve people's lives. They attack their mission of ending homelessness in our city with zeal, efficiency, and class. I recommend to anyone living in the city of Chicago who cares about the plight of its homeless citizens to get involved in this great organization.
The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is an amazing organization that makes peoples' lives better. The Coalition's three-pronged approach to ending homelessness--lobbying, community organizing, and providing legal services--combats the problem broadly and on many simultaneous fronts. As a result, the Coalition has accomplished--and will continue to accomplish-- great things.
The work of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless touches more than the individuals sleeping on the streets or in shelters but also the staff and volunteers from various organizations who work everyday to put an end to the cycle of homelessness. Through their advocacy and strategic media efforts CCH is informing the Chicago community about the daily hardship, challenges and injustices that these homeless individuals and families face. I am proud to be a board member and supporter.
CCH is a voice and vehicle to end homeless in our city. My time with the organization has made me a better and more compassionate advocate.
10years ago,I meet a organizer from cch , she invited me out with her to see what they were doing,
I was so impressed about the campaign, that I began to take their leadership and organizing so
that I could be of help to her, the bill got passed and I was hooked,I began to tell people about my
first experience in changing laws ,rallying and being a voice for those who could not get help for
themselves,resulting in more people becoming involved with one mission in mind to one day
put and end to homelessness, I have seen them have many sucess stories in their fight for the
homeless and their rights, I will always support them
The CCH is an outstanding organization. I have been honored to be at number of events where their work has supported young people in need to get an education and graduate. As just one aspect of their work, their legal aid program serves more than 200 homeless clients a year-many of them homeless students in need of support. The CCH does not accept government funding to preserve their independent voice so I gladly support their work and encourage other to do the same.
I have volunteered and attended several CCH fundraising events. The events appear to be a great method to raise money for the organizations charity efforts. The volunteering event was enjoyable as well as the other events I have attended.
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is a wonderful organization. As a board member, I am constantly impressed by the sophistication and enthusiasm of the staff and by the many ways that CCH makes a true impact on the homeless population of Illinois. The organization is efficient, well-run and inspiring.
I came to learn of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless about 10 years ago, and my involvement with the Coalition has been escalating since. The more I know about the mission and work of the Coalition, the more I like, and what began as attendance at a few events and various small contributions grew into larger contributions, an invitation to join the board and an immense respect for the work done by this amazing organization (on a relatively modest budget). The staff is incredibly competent and both appreciative of and responsible with the funds the Coalition receives. (The Coalition receives no government money so as to be able to fight all fights that need to be fought without conflicts of interest.) Much of my time, energy and money goes to the Coalition, and I only regret that I do not have more of each to give.
CCH's mission is to end homelessness is Chicago. The staff has a relentless enthusiasm to improve the lives of so many people, men, women and children alike. The organization is well run and fiscally responsible.
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is, by far, one of most exceptional organizations I have ever had the honor to be affiliated with. Through the partnership of a very dedicated/qualified staff and a committed board of directors, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is able to work daily advocating and winning victories on the issues of homelessness from City Hall to the state Capitol.
It is awesome to be able to work for a charity and see noticeable, measurable results regarding the charity's impact on the community. I LOVE that they keep us posted on what they are doing within the community. It makes me feel like my contribution, no matter how great or small matters on a bigger level.
This organization has impacted my life in a forever way. They are making changes at the root of the problem instead of simply providing a band-aide, even though they do that too because they love and care. I am humbled an honored to serve for such a noteworthy and remarkable organization, fighting daily for humanity.
They go where few care to go. CCH brings dignity to the lives that others ignore. They deserve support and a high ranking.
Seeing the way the coalition for the homeless brings the community together in an effort to help others less fortunate is inspirational. I am proud to have had the opportunity to work with such a meaningful organization.
My experience with CCH is all about helping put on fundraisers and events. Something I love to do. I was pulled in by my neighbor 5 years ago and haven't even thought of stopping or saying no.
CCH gives people an opening to help. People need it these days and the thoughtful, caring and always encouraging way the team makes it possible is THUMBS UP.
Helping them raise money is easy and super fun. What they do for people in the city of Chicago is amazing.
They are truly a grass roots group; no government funding. They advocate for policies that help the homeless. Everyone with whom I've come in contact at CCH is dedicated to their mission to help bring an end to homelessness. It's a joy to work with the CCH staff!
What I see at CCH is a collection of people who genuinely care about empowering others to change their lives. Who want to tackle social issues at root cause locations and not look for temporary solutions. Who have had their lives changed by this organization and want to take what they've been given and pass it on to others. It's my privilege to work with and help shape the mission of this organization.
I am proud to say I have served on the Board of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless for the past 9 years. I got started with the organization when I was looking for a way to help the homeless in Chicago. I can't think of a better organization to do that work than CCH. They are the only organization in Chicago that works to make systemic change to eliminate homelessness altogether. Their staff is incredibly dedicated, committed and passionate, and accomplishes a huge amount with little resources. A very efficient and well run organization!
CCH is a great organization dedicated to helping the homeless. I have attended many of their events and their mission is always clear and driven by passion and integrity.
I have been involved with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless since 2004. it is an organization with a great mission to end homelessness. I became involved because a friend who was on their board asked me to help their staff out with the loss of their founder and long time Executive Director. At that meeting I met a staff of professionals who were passionate, dedicated and caring. That experience lead to my being asked to join the Board and I have been there ever since.
To me, it is a "no-brainer". End homelessness, work with people dedicated to helping end it and in the meantime, provide support and hope. Finally, the organization is run very efficiently and effectively. How can you not support this effort and organization?
I've been on the board for a little over a year now, and even though I knew it was going to be an incredible way of helping people who are in depserate need of love and protection, there was no way I could've been prepared for the level of raw passion and talent that I am surrounded with inside of the organization. I am honored, and blessed, to be a part of a team that gives me so much, by giving of themselves for other, so purely.
I am one of the membership co-chairs for Chicago Coalition for the Homeless' associate board. We help CCH raise funds and spread the word about their great work by organizing fun events throughout the year. It is truly a blast raising money for them.
My introduction to CCH was through my graduate school internship there. I loved working with such great people striving to improve lives, and I began loving policy advocacy, which I continue to do today, while I was an intern. Solving problems by addressing the root cause, which CCH does, and breaking down stereotypes about people's life situations is the best way to make a large, sustainable impact.
I've been a donor & volunteer with CCH for years. The important work they are doing to help end homelessness is visible in Chicago. Every board member, volunteer and staff member I've interacted with are tireless workers for the cause. I've been helping out with the Cheers For Change campaign. So many new folks have become empowered to become part of the solution to homelessness in Chicago. They are by far the best run nonprofit I've had the privelege to work with.
The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) is a great nonprofit. The organization isn't just the immediate board and staff, but also includes the volunteers that make the meaningful and successful fundraising efforts and the donors who care about the tangible change that CCH makes in Chicago through advocacy, ambassadorship, political activism, and direct assistance. CCH organizes and advocates to prevent and end homelessness.
I was introduced to this wonderful organization when I first met my wife. She has been active with CCH for a few years and she finally was able to get me involved. About a month ago I guest bartended at the OWL in Logan Square for a fund raising event - it was a blast (although a bit nerve wracking as I had never bartended before in my life). I'm excited in continuing my involvement with CCH into the future.
I've been apart of the Coalition since 2009 and I participate in as many events as I can! They work hard to end homelessness and its such an important topic, I feel the need to stay active in volunteering and fundraising.
Chicago Coalition for the Homesless provides more resources for the homeless in Chicago than I ever would have expected from one organization. I was suprised I'd never heard of them before this year, as I've resided here my whole life - and they've accomplished so much already.
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is one of the most active and reliably successful organizations advocating for basic human rights and equality in Chicago. Their approach of providing direct advocacy, community organizing, and pushing for vital changes in the law makes them especially powerful in advocating for the homeless.
I have had the pleasure of participation in there activism and awareness projects. They actually sponsor events that has multiple benefits including enriching homeless youth's lives. Way to go!
See their video. They sent some of these young people to Springfield to talk with appropriation members.
I have been working with Hannah Willage and the CCH Speakers Bureau for several years. As a staff person for the Civic Education Project at Northwestern University, I help coordinate service-learning, urban immersion programs ranging from one to three weeks long for students in grades 7 through 12; we have partnered with CCH to provide our students the opportunity to hear and become inspired by the personal stories and the many perspectives of the speakers involved in the program. Time and time again, our students have written about how the speakers deeply impacted their understanding of homelessness and humanity. The experience has proven to be very significant to their motivation to make a change in the world.
I have served on the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Associate Board for the past couple of years. The Associate Board works to raise money for CCH and supports CCH as a source of volunteers for larger events. The most impressive aspect of my experience with CCH is the dedication of its staff and volunteers to the organization and their continued willingness to give up their time and effort to fight for the cause. In a way any supporter of CCH has it easy since fighting homelessness is not a controversial stance but like everything in life there is another side to the equation. The other side of the equation is that the problem is so enormous that it can be overwhelming, especially when there are strong political and economic forces working against you. In my time working with CCH, the continued resolve in the face of adversity and the consistent results that are produced by this organization have been truly inspiring.
I work with the Coalition as part of the Associate Board. I never fail to be impressed and amazed with all the different things the coalition does and how dedicated everyone is to the cause. CCH doesn't take government funding and channels every penny that comes in towards fighting for an end to homelessness.
I had the pleasure of working for Chicago Coalition for the Homeless while in graduate school. The passion of the staff for their work alongside of and on behalf of the homeless people of Chicago is inspiring. They focus on creative and policy solutions to the problems affecting individuals facing a barrier of multitudes to housing, employment and self sufficiency. As I begin my career in the nonprofit sector I am constantly looking to CCH as a model organization.
I am a student at Loyola University Chicago, and I first learned of the Coalition as a first year student when they sent two formerly homeless individuals to speak during an Urban Immersion retreat I was attending. I was deeply struck by the stories of these individuals. I heard similar stories during my third year at Loyola at a campus speakers' bureau sponsored by the Coalition, and that event drove me to join the Loyola Coalition for the Homeless as a student activist. We work directly with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless as a sort of student branch, and the Coalition has given us training in community organizing and encourages our efforts to attend City Council meetings, call and meet with local aldermen, and visit shelters to collect letters of support for the Sweet Home Chicago measure. I have learned so much about political activism and getting involved in democracy. I have also had an incredible experience meeting formerly and currently homeless individuals. Employees of the Coalition have been nothing short of generous and kind to me and other students.
I learned a great deal about homelessness from CCH. My preception on the issue of homelessness are completey different. What they do for their communities is very inspirational and brings joy to the lives of many people. I enjoy volunteering at CCH because I learn new things every time. The people that work for this organization are dedicated 100% to their work and it encourages me to become more involved.
The CCH is a special program because it is an agency that unbuttons its sleeves, gets its hands dirty, and does whatever it takes to effect the perniciousness of homelessness. CCH is a program that also directly involves the voices and experiences of those affected by homelessness and the lack of affordable housing to actually DO something to effect change. CCH organizes and does advocacy work in rich and poor communities and uses its resources effectively.
I am a teacher at Tilden High School, and had the opportunity to work with Hannah Willage this February. She and her co-workers did an excellent job working with my students to help them earn service learning hours while they learned about homelessness. Hannah made many trips to our school, where seh presented a well -thought out Power Point presentation, supplied students with handouts of important information, and helped the students write letters for their aldermen. My students particularly enjoyed meeting with former homeless people who came with her as guest speakers. She accompanied us on our field trip to City Hall, even riding in our bus! She worked with a smaller group of students to help them have the chance to meet with the aldermen, as well. Her work, and that of her co-workers, was above and beyond what I expected. It was a pleasure working with her and I plan to do so again in the future.
I am a Chicago Public School teacher and have worked with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless for the last two years. My sophomore law class at Mather High School have, with the support of Hannah Willage, been able to experience the issues of homlessness and use their knowledge to form activist positions.
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CCH facilitated a Community Organizing Training for a group of our student leaders in January that was both eye-opening, informative, and inspirational. I truly appreciated that a number of their staff shared in the facilitation, bringing with them a diverse wealth of experiences, perspectives, and practical skills. Thank you CCH!
I worked with CCH as a summer intern with Development. I assisted in the development of CCH's first casino night fundraiser, Decks and the City and the Annual Golf Outing. I also witnessed and participated in city campaigns dealing with state tax, education, and development policies that aided the homeless. Many people working at CCH experienced homelessness firsthand in their lives so they were able to provide their insights in order to help.
I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THE CHICAGO COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS. I HAVE BEEN A PART OF THE COALITION FOR THE PAST 3 YEARS AS A VOLUNTEER AND I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE PROUD TO BE A PART OF A GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT ARE SO AWESOME AND PROUD TO BE WORKING ON THE BEHALF OF HOMELESS PEOPLE.
In my summer at the coalition I saw a community working tirelessly everyday on multiple levels to gain opportunities and help for those in need. While the organization battles homeless on many fronts, everyone unites together as one. The dedication I saw that summer was unmatched to anything I have ever seen. The work they do affects an uncountable number lives, and they are truly making a difference.
I heard about the Coalition through a Speakers Bureau event on my college campus. I checked off a box to be apart of a core group and volunteer because at that night I realized that my cousin and several family members had experienced homelessness and I didn't even know it. I had made it up in my mind that night, that if I could do something to prevent someone from becoming homeless, I would do it whole heartedly. And so, for a year I volunteered at the Coalition and soon after that became an intern. Interning at the Coalition changed my life. I was able to be apart of a movement that not only changed the lives of local Chicagoans but in the end, impact the nation at large. While I was interning, "I thought to myself- "Is this organization real? Am I in reality?" The dynamics of the people and the office are seamless. From the organizers to the directors, to the volunteers - everyone works hard with purpose but remains civil and friendly. If I could work/volunteer for the Coalition more, I would. Without a shadow of a doubt, they are impacting lives and changing the face of homelessness in Chicago.
I was formerly homeless several years ago and thanks to the Coalition, I have a home now. I have worked with the Chicago Coalition for almost 4 years now and they are family to me. The work they do is critical and affects the lives of many through their activism, advocacy, and organizing. I became a Certified Community Organizer through them and have worked on many campaigns doing lobbying, testifying before legislators, speaking before community, religious, and educational groups as well as the press. This organization deserves all the praise and support possible to ensure that their work can continue.
I've volunteered for several events over the past few years. Their staff is compassionate and knowledgeable. They always seem very well organized, punctual and responsible.
I spent a summer as a Development Intern for CCH and worked to plan two of their annual fundraisers. Though I worked mostly with the Development staff, I had the opportunity to meet almost everyone in the office. I found them to be some of the most dedicated and hardworking people I have ever met. They were incredibly positive and determined in the face of the difficult tasks ahead of them, as evidenced by how the entire office rallied together to drum up support when state budget cuts threatened CCH's past year of advocacy work.
I could not have asked for a better organization to work with as a community organizing intern and then as a volunteer. Chicago Coalition for the Homeless does incredible work advocating for the rights of a population that is too often ignored and taken for granted. The individuals that work and volunteer at CCH--in the policy, organizing, and law departments--are incredibly passionate about their work and are sincerely committed to social justice. I've remained in contact with CCH and continue to support their cause in any way possible.
My role as a volunteer for CCH has been assisting the Development department with fund raising. A key fact about CCH is that they ask for and receive NO government funding. I have seen that CCH seeks the involvment of Anyone, on any side of the aisle(s), that has the common goal of addressing and correcting the root causes of Homelessness and Under-Housing. I am currently the secretary for the CCH Associates Board and have been on the board since its inception. In the past, when I attended events and was a donor, i learned a great deal about the vast array of work that CCH does. The Homeless and Under-Housed need assistance from many different approaches. Everyone that i've worked with at CCH and the organizations included in the Coalition certainly strive to end the causes of Under-Housing and Homelessness in any way possible. It continues to be an eye-opening experience to see the work that it takes to make payroll, rent, etc for CCH and continue to fund all of their outreach programs and (when possible) to contribute to the resources of the many other organizations here in Chicago and throughout the state.
The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless truly makes a positive impact in Chicago. Through the tireless efforts of its staff and volunteers, the CCH is able to provide a voice of conscience to the legislators of Illinois in advocating for affordable housing. I have recently joined the Associate Board of the CCH, and am already impressed with the organization's fundraising efforts, its connection to the community, and its ability to educate others on vital issues concerning homelessness. The CCH is not only an advocate for change, it has produced specific results, both on personal and structural levels.
CCH attempts to address the roots causes of homelessness in Chicago through its advocacy, and fundraising, and legal efforts. The CCH has changed made tangible contributions in the lives of those they serve and made affordable housing a realistic goal.
The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is an organization that is truly making a difference in the fight against poverty. Through organizing, advocating, and fundraising, CCH has changed the lives of many and made fair and affordable housing a matter of conscience.
I have been a volunteer for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless for over 5 years where I fell in love with the work of the coalition and the mission that keeps them going. Their annual fundraiser, HOPEFEST, is one of the most fun fundraising events I have ever been a part of - and as an event producer, that is saying a lot! I have seen my share. I look forward to volunteering for that event every year and am impressed each year with the dedication and faith that the volunteers and staff, and friends of the coalition give to serving. I am currently serving as President of the Chicago Coalition of the Associate Board, which a group of us are building in order to raise awareness of the coalition and the good work that they are doing amongst the "young professionals' of Chicago. It is an honor to be able to spend my free time in the company of individuals with such a heart for the homeless and acting as the voice of our Chicago neighbors who struggle to find shelter. A HUMAN RIGHT.
I am Treasurer of the Associate's Board of CCH and I have helped out at many different fundraising events the organization has held. I moved to Chicago 3 years ago and reached out to CCH as a volunteer. I quickly befriended Michael Nameche, the Director of Development of CCH, and I became as involved with the organization as I could be. CCH does advocacy work to fight off homelessness in Illinois. They go beyond just helping individuals on a base level. They go to Springfield and push for the necessary legislation to attack the core of the issues leading to homelessness in Illinois.
I clerked with the law department at CCH a few years ago and upon my graduation was eagerly welcomed back to the CCH family as a volunteer. I have worked with both staff and CCH's leaders on a variety of projects and events ranging from casino-style fundrasing events to protests at the Daley Center. It is so refreshing to be around this relatively young group of non-profit professionals because I can see, first-hand, that passion and zeal for community development and general good still exist in the world. I hope to stay connected to CCH both as a volunteer and as a member for years to come.
My experience with CCH has been extremely rewarding. I’ve been a volunteer here for about ten months, helping out with fundraising. I generally assist in organizing fundraising events, usually specializing in one area per event, such as silent auctions, raffles, or drinks. The events have always been successful and hugely entertaining to work at. The people that I’ve met have been the most big-hearted, inspirational, and tireless folks that I’ve ever come across. The work that the coalition does is so important, and I feel honored to be a part of it. Most importantly, I feel like CCH isn’t just spinning its wheels. There are plenty of tangible successes that the organization can point to, most notably the recent inclusion of $130 million for affordable housing in the Illinois capital budget.