How 2018’s Winners Used Their $24,000 Good Will Network Grants

In our Good Will Network’s $24K of Solid Good giving campaign last year, we awarded $24,000 grants to five housing-related nonprofits across Chicagoland. We asked the recipients how those funds helped them do their work, and here are three of their stories:

360 Youth Services in Naperville was able to offer individual therapy for youth entering their life-changing substance abuse programs. Funds from the Good Will Network also supported employment counseling for 20 youth who graduated from a trade school this spring. And, to get them to school and work and back, those funds paid for five bicycles, 25 bus passes, and 30 train passes. See them talk about their work.

A Safe Place, located in Zion, used their funds to provide shelter to victims of domestic violence who became homeless when they fled for their lives. For dozens of these victims and their children, the Good Will Network helped support housing and counseling for the entire year as they rebuilt their lives. That included food, clothing, crisis counseling, life skills education — even holiday gifts for the children. See A Safe Place talk about their work.

And in Chicago, Safe Families for Children’s volunteers provided care for children whose parents are in crisis and temporarily cannot provide a safe environment. With their Good Will Network funds, they were able to onboard several thousand new volunteers as host families, family coaches, and resource friends. 96% of the children who entered the program were successfully returned to their parents. See them talk about their work.

We’re very happy to see such good work being done in our communities, and we cannot wait to hear the stories from this year’s efforts.