March 13, 2017 at La Grange Country Club

We couldn’t have pulled off our first event successfully without the three charities that gave their time to share their amazing work with our members. Here’s a little more about each one and some links and ways you can get involved with their work beyond the event.

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Share Our Spare

Share Our Spare is a Chicago-based nonprofit that fills a much-needed gap in the safety net system. They collect new and gently-used infant and toddler essentials from families with extras to "spare" and distribute these items to local families in need. The organization was founded by 10 local mothers in 2011 and has since then strengthened countless individuals and the communities they live in by connecting families to one another. This year, Share Our Spare is on its way to help nearly 6,000 children living below the poverty line.

Ways to get involved: Contact Share our Spare to inquire about donating or hosting a supplies drive, volunteering opportunities or sponsoring a family.

Presenters
Amy Gudgeon, Executive Director of Share Our Spare
Angelica Burgos, The Primo Center, a Share Our Spare Agency Partner

Refugee One

RefugeeOne is the largest refugee resettlement agency in Illinois. Since they were founded in 1982, they have welcomed refugees from 90 countries. With a staff that speaks 35 languages and a team of more than 1,000 volunteers, RefugeeOne walks alongside refugees on the road to self-reliance, providing the holistic care and support needed to integrate into American society. Their goal is to assist every refugee in becoming an independent, self-supporting member of their community.

Ways to get involved: Advocate for refugees and stay informed about the issue, hire a refugee or make a donation to help refugees integrate into their new communities.

Presenter
Katie Rasmussen, a RefugeeOne volunteer who with her family organized families in her suburb to help welcome a refugee family.

Darkhorse Lodge

Darkhorse Lodge is a nonprofit retreat center that will serve local combat veterans and aid in their adjustment into civilian life. It will provide veterans with support and healing with a community of other combat veterans, resources for mental health, job training and guidance towards continuing education. The lodge will also employ combat veteran to serve as leaders and guides. Darkhorse Lodge will provide resources and support to fill the gaps in care for the men and women returning home from war, and will actively work on awareness campaigns and a mission to reduce the veteran suicide rate of 22 per day.

Ways to get involved: Learn more about their vision, donate to their cause and buy some gear.

Presenter
Corporal Jerry Oleson, Executive Board Member