We hope you’ve been enjoying summer! With the month of voting in our annual $24K of Solid Good giving campaign coming up, we want to look back at last year’s giving campaign.
For the past 15 years, our Baird & Warner Good Will Network charitable arm has been working to make a difference in communities like yours across Chicagoland. From hosting local food and clothing drives to annual fundraising events for neighborhood schools and nonprofits, we’re always looking for ways Baird & Warner can make a positive impact by sharing the good.
Results of Our 2018 $24K of Solid Good Drive
As Baird & Warner agents, we love making homeownership easier for our clients, and we also love that our Good Will Network makes it easier for us to give back. That’s why, once a year, we nominate dozens of nonprofits for large grants that we hope will help give those in need — especially women and children at risk of homelessness — a safe place to lay their heads.
The agents at our 29 offices across Chicagoland were passionate about the organizations they nominated. Some of us knew them and their work personally, and we were all very excited to see which of them won grants in last year’s $24K of Solid Good drive. After the public voted on the nominees this past year, the Good Will Network announced the five organizations that each won $24,000, for a total of $120,000!
And the winners were:
A Safe Place, Zion — providing emergency shelter and services to victims of domestic abuse.
Safe Families for Children, Chicago — coordinating host families to temporarily host children whose families are in crisis.
Bridge Communities, Glen Ellyn — helping transition homeless families, 90 percent of which are headed by single mothers, to self sufficiency.
360 Youth Services, Naperville — providing young people experiencing homelessness with transitional housing and substance use and prevention education.
Almost Home Kids, Chicago — providing transitional care for children with complicated healthcare needs between hospital stays and preparing their family’s home.
If you voted in our 2018 $24K of Solid Good initiative, thank you so much! Each of the 22,000 votes made a difference. Watch the heartwarming video of the organizations being surprised with the check, and hear how they intended to use the grants.
By the end of 2019, the Good Will Network will have donated an estimated $2.4 million since it was founded in 2002 to dozens of charities. We’re already looking forward to spreading even more goodwill next year, and helping make Chicagoland a better place to live and work.