Below is a yearly listing of the two Chicagoland organizations selected to receive a portion of our proceeds. If you are a Chicagoland charity interested in working with HWC Inc. please contact us using the information provided in the Personnel section of this site.
The Arts of Life is committed to providing high quality, innovative services for adults with developmental disabilities. The studio focuses on its artists' needs and strives to exceed expectations. For more information visit: https://artsoflife.org/.
Bernie's Book Bank collects, processes and distributes quality new and gently used children's books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland. For more information visit: https://www.berniesbookbank.org/.
The Chicago Publishers Resource Center (CHIPRC) is a non-for-profit that strives to build community and foster creativity by providing access to the space, education, and resources necessary to create and self-publish literary and visual work. For more information visit: http://chiprc.org/.
Young Chicago Authors transforms the lives of young people by cultivating their voices through writing, publication, and performance education. YCA wants as many young people to participate in its programs, without regard for ability to pay. For more information visit: http://youngchicagoauthors.org/.
District 218's Eisenhower High School is a public school located in Blue Island, IL. Part of the proceeds for all sales in 2015 will be passed onto Eisenhower's music program. As many Illinois residents are aware, state education funding continues to dwindle with extra curricular programs being the first to see funding cuts. For more information visit: http://chsd218.org.
The Peace Corner Youth Center is a community center in the heart of Austin on the west side of Chicago. PCYC provides a safe haven from gang violence and drug activity, an after school program for children, job training and placement for young adults, and GED classes. For more information visit: http://thepeacecorner.org.
El Valor is a non-profit community-based organization founded in 1973 that strives for a community in which all members, including individuals with special needs, can live, learn and work. El Valorís mission is to support and challenge urban families to achieve excellence and participate fully in community life with programs to enrich and empower people with disabilities, the disenfranchised and the underserved. For more information visit: https://elvalor.org.
We Grow Dreams Greenhouse & Garden Center aims to provide people with disabilities the opportunity to lead fulfilling lives and to train and work in a supportive, safe and caring environment while producing and providing products and services to the community. For more information visit: http://www.wegrowdreams.org.
826CHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. For more information visit: http://826chi.org.
Urban Initiatives is a nonprofit organization that runs health, education, and character development programming for kids in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). By actively engaging participants in extracurricular activities at a young age, Urban Initiatives empowers youth to live a healthy lifestyle, value education, and enhance their personal and social development. For more information visit: http://www.urbaninitiatives.org.
One Tail at a Time, NFP is a no-kill, all-breed dog rescue that serves to lower euthanasia rates in the greater Chicagoland area and provide education on the humane treatment of companion animals. The rescue concentrates its efforts on dogs that are in danger of being euthanized, or those that are physically and/or mentally deteriorating in a shelter environment, works to rehabilitate them, and then matches each dog with a permanent home. For more information visit: http://www.onetail.org/.
West Town Bikes is a community bicycle learning workshop. WTB offers bicycle mechanics workshops, youth programs and special events to members of the community. WTB is also used as a creative workspace for special bicycle building, utilitarian human powered design, kinetic art, advocacy projects and all sorts of constructive creation. The overreaching goals of West Town Bikes are to promote bicycling in the city of Chicago, to educate youth with a focus on under-served populations, and to foster and serve Chicago's growing bicycling community. For more information visit: http://westtownbikes.org/.