Tag: fundraising

July 12th Raks Geek Fundraiser at Newport Theater

July 12th Raks Geek Fundraiser at Newport Theater
As I follow the news around immigration and the treatment of people in migrant detention camps, I am reminded of last year’s interview with Dawn Xiana Moon of Raks Geek. One of Dawn’s remarks strikes a deep chord in light of recent events: In the case of the family separation and detention issue, many of... Read more »

Help ChildServ Help Others Through Their Gift Drive!

Help ChildServ Help Others Through Their Gift Drive!
As  Chicagoland’s leading human service agency for children and young adults, Childserv has a long history of providing assistance for children and families and young adults. Established in 1894. ChildServ provides early childhood learning, foster care, housing, and counseling services to families in the city of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Under the leadership of CEO Dan Kotowski, Childserv... Read more »

Facebook, Free Speech, and Social Media

After posting my interview with Dawn Xiana Moon about the Raks Inferno fundraiser on August 2nd, I did what many of my fellow Chicago Now bloggers do in these situations: post a link to this blog’s Facebook page. As a blogger, I feel a responsibility to highlight great nonprofit and community-based initiatives, so featuring this... Read more »
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Immigration Rights Fundraiser: A Conversation With Dawn Xiana Moon

Immigration Rights Fundraiser: A Conversation With Dawn Xiana Moon
(Special thanks to Dawn Xiana Moon for her time and her insights) With Americans increasingly divided over immigration policies, those with direct impact – children and families – are often ignored. Raks Inferno is holding an August 2nd fundraiser at Uptown Underground to benefit the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. Recently, I had the chance to... Read more »

Helping Puerto Rico: ARTISTS AGAINST HATE Compilation & October 27 Fundraiser

Artists Against Hate - UNITED AGAINST THE STORM
For many Chicago residents, Puerto Rico is not just another humanitarian crisis…it’s personal. Many fundraising and awareness-raising efforts are being done to help Puerto Rico, but none are as heartfelt…or as tuneful…as these two efforts from Chicago area musicians. One is from Artists Against Hate, a collection of local artists who organized an Inauguration Day Protest Performance... Read more »

Five Years of Chicago TARDIS Charity Auction Planning

My Badge of Honor
It’s really hard to believe that this will be my fifth year as Chicago TARDIS Charity Auction director. (Chicago TARDIS, for those of you who are unaware, is a Doctor Who-themed convention that happens every November in Lombard). Not only does it support Northern Illinois Food Bank, but it’s also a way for me to... Read more »
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Meet Your Neighbors: Two Great Chicago Events

Meet Your Neighbors: Two Great Chicago Events
Now that summer has arrived, Chicago residents who want to jump-start social change on a local level have two great events to check out this Saturday. Both are great ways to meet people, have a definite impact on our city, and share one critical aspect in common…. …this blog has featured these events in the... Read more »

Your Inauguration Day 2017 Event Roundup

Your Inauguration Day 2017 Event Roundup
On January 20th, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as President of the United States. For some people, Inauguration Day 2017 means a successful transition of power; for the vast majority, Inauguration Day 2017 confirms that greater activism, advocacy, and monitoring will be needed for a man unqualified to lead our country. Many will protest by... Read more »

My Chicago TARDIS Charity Auction Badge of Honor

My Chicago TARDIS Charity Auction Badge of Honor
Pinned to a corkboard in my home office is a blue badge. Three hundred and sixty days out of the year, it hangs there as a reminder…and for four days in November, that badge serves as a reminder of how driving social change – and doing good for the greater community – can happen in... Read more »
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Care For Friends: Impacting Homelessness in Chicago

Care For Friends: Impacting Homelessness in Chicago
Serving the homeless in Chicago can be a challenge for many organizations. Identifying and counting an exact number can be challenging due to the inexact nature of homelessness in Chicago. Many nonprofits make strong efforts to provide services to this population, but one nonprofit – Care For Friends – takes a very unique, compassionate perspective... Read more »