Reason to Give

Join Us May 31st and June 1st for a school makeover project

Reason to Give is at it again with our 6th annual community project. This year we are teaming up with Erie Elementary Charter School to make over their music and fine arts classroom. Read their story, watch the video, and get involved! We need your help to purchase materials for the project. We're also looking for volunteers to come out and make a real difference for Erie students. Email shannon@firebellyfoundation.org to get involved toda... more +

We Are Halfway Through Our Live and Learn Adult Program

Reason to Give's 2014 Live and Learn Adult Education Program has reached the halfway mark. So far this year, students have completed trainings on goal setting, job preparedness and professionalism, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, healthy living, self defense, and retirement planning. The next five months will cover a host of other topics, including active parenting, substance abuse, anger management, health and disease, opt... more +

Reason to Bowl is Back

We had so much fun last year, we have to do it again. Join us on Saturday March 22nd for bowling, prizes, food, drinks, and lots of fun. Register Now and help us raise funds to keep up our good work in 2014.  more +

Reason to Give Cheers on the Chicago Sky

Last night Reason to Give families had a blast cheering on Chicago's own WNBA team. The Chicago Sky provided tickets and transportation for the game. All the kids really got into the game and especially loved all the extra entertainment. Thanks Chicago Sky for a great night out. We hope to do it again soon. See the photos.  more +

Reason to Bowl: A Huge Success

On February 9th, Reason to Give hosted our first ever Reason to Bowl. Everyone had a great time with delicious food, plenty of PBR, and prizes for the good and not so good bowlers. Thank you to all our sponsors, bowlers, and volunteers for helping us raise $14000 to continue our work in 2013.   Read the full story and see the pics. more +

New Youth Program Starting

The Live and Learn adult workshop program has been successfully providing our parents with real life skills for three years now. We thought it was time for an additional endeavor, so this year we are starting the Live and Learn Youth Program!  We are always looking for volunteers and supplies for our workshops. Interested? Contact us. Or follow this link for more details. more +

Join Us Feb 9th for Reason to Bowl

Reason to Give is hosting our first annual Reason to Bowl fundraiser, Saturday February 9th at Timber Lanes. Come join us for late night bowling, music, food, and drinks. Register solo or grab your friends and coworkers and put together a team. For sponsorship opportunities contact shannon@firebellyfoundation.org. more +

Reason to Give provides students with all their back to school needs

On August 22, 2012, Reason to Give partnered with Kits for Kidz and World Vision to provide each of our students with a year's worth of school supplies, new backpacks, hygiene products, new clothes, and school uniforms. Thanks to our loyal donors and hard working volunteers, we were able to give our students a great start for the new school year. Read more and check out all the pics more +

Reason to Give Moms Graduate from the Live and Learn Program

Congrats to the Reason to Give participants who graduated from our Live and Learn workshop series. Our moms dedicated the last 10 months to attending bi-weekly life skills workshops, ranging in topics from finding a career to healthy living to household management. In June 2012, we celebrated the end of the program with a pot luck and graduation ceremony. Those who attended every workshop were presented with a certificate of completion and a c... more +

Art + Science hosts Salon Day for Reason to Give Mothers and Daughters

Art + Science Salon generously donated their space and stylists for a full day of pampering for Reason to Give mothers and their daughters. As a special treat for our 2012 Live and Learn graduates, everyone received full service cut, color, and style. See the pictures of the amazing transformations and all the fun we had! Reason to Give's Live and Learn workshop series teaches real life skills, many of which assist our participants in f... more +

Reason to Give is on ABC

Reason to Give and Home Depot along with over 60 volunteers joined forces to makeover the Singleton family home. Read the full story and check out ABC 7 Evening News coverage of the project. It was a big success.  more +

Win a Chance to Meet Waddle and Silvy and other great prizes!

Reason to Give and the Chicago Vipers Arena Football Team are hosting a raffle for the month of March. Tickets are on sale now for $5. Winners will be drawn every Thursday in March for prizes of hundreds of dollars in GNC gift cards, fee messages and chiropractic sessions, IPOD watch, free t-shirts and Vipers gear. The grand prize winner will be announced Thursday March 22nd. The winner will receive an exclusive behind the scenes ... more +

Live and Learn Workshop Series is Back in Full Swing!

Reason to Give has started it's Live and Learn workshop series for the fall of 2011. October was Job Readiness month and included two workshops on resume writing and interviewing skills presented by experts in the field. We have had a great turnout thus far, and hope to continue our success through the spring! November is Financial Security month, so participants will be learning how to budget their household, plan for the future, and start th... more +

Holidays Are Here and We Need Your Help!

Reason to Give is once again giving it our all to help families in need! We want you to join us and spread some holiday cheer this season. Afterall, isn't that what the holidays are all about?  Want to get involved, here's how: We need new and gently used coats and clothing, new toys, and gift cards to give to over 50 families at our Annual Holiday Community Pot Luck on December 17th. Drop off at our office or even bett... more +

Reason to Give and Feltpad Host Chicago Code

It's that time again: Back to School!  This year we are offering a two-day computer programming workshop at i.c.stars for teens. The workshop will be highly beneficial for any youth interested in learning more about computer programming - a highly competative field with lots of career opportunities. Thanks to the hard work of Feltpad and the generosity of Getty Images each student in attendance will receive a very special surprise at the... more +

Reason to Give and Feltpad Host Chicago Code

It's that time again: Back to School!  This year we are offering a two-day computer programming workshop at i.c.stars for teens. The workshop will be beneficial for any youth interested in learning more about computer programming - a highly competative field with lots of career opportunities. Thanks to the hard work of Feltpad and the generosity of Getty Images each student in attendance will receive a very special surprise at the ... more +

Reason to Give adopts our next non-profit: Rumble Arts Center!

Rumble Arts came to Reason to Give because they need help offering scholarships to youth who want to participate in their Summer Arts Camp but cannot afford the fee, despite the organization’s attempts to keep costs as low as possible. The Camp, in its first year, was a direct response to the community’s call for more day time activities for youth when school is not in session. The Rumble Arts Summer Arts Camp will run five ... more +

Reason to Give is Striding for Strings

Reason to Give is Striding for Strings to help our adopted school, Lafayette Elementary, save their music program.  Join us on Saturday April 30th, 8am for a 5k walk at the Humboldt Park Field House. Reason to Give staff, participants, volunteers, and friends will be walking that day. If you cannot make the walk, please help us by raising funds. Pledges can be made by cash, check (made payable to Firebelly... more +

MLK Service Day

For the past year and a half, Reason to Give has been working to put together a comprehensive resource guide for residents of Humboldt Park, giving them easy access to hundreds of local services and important phone numbers. The resource guide is in English and Spanish and is a comprehensive guide to all the community has to offer, including descriptions, contact information, and bus routes. Thanks to funding from the Chi West Resource Net, Rea... more +

Reason to Give Thanks!

Our first Thanksgiving food drive, hosted by Barista Coffee house, provided five families with complete Thanksgiving dinners. An additional five families also received side dishes for their Thanksgiving meals.  Reason to Give would like to thank Barista Coffee House for hosting the drive, G.P.A. (Greatest Post Alive) Livingston for holding a canned food drive at his November show, and Arami for generously donating a... more +

Reason to Give 2010 Annual Holiday Party Greatest Success yet!

On December 18th, 2010, Reason to Give hosted its 3rd Annual Holiday Celebration for all past, present, and even some future program participants. Lafayette Elementary School generously donated their auditorium for the day. We had over 200 participants in attendance. Everyone received tickets to shop the free stores. Families went home that day with winter coats, hats and gloves, clothing, shoes and boots, home goods, and every kid got a gr... more +

Centiv Adopts Reason to Give family for the Holidays

Centiv, a local business in Chicago came to Reason to Give in December 2010 and asked if they could adopt a family for the holiday season. Donations from Centiv met all the needs of Angel and Leticia's family and even spread some holiday joy for the whole family with toys and gift cards. On December 21, 2010, Reason to Give delivered a car load of wrapped presents for Angel, Leticia, and their four children. The children were over joyed by ... more +

New Life for Old Classics A Success! Artwork still on sale!

Thanks to the amazing artists that donated their talents to Reason to Give this fall and all of you who came in support, Reason to Give's first gallery opening, New Life for Old Classics was a huge success. Check out the video below! We have now raise $1280 to help support the Lafayette Elementary School Orchestra!  We're not done though, and will continue to raise the funds until we meet our goal of $5000! The artwork will be ... more +

Join us for a special event celebrating the VISITORS Project

On Friday November 19th at the Logan Square Auditorium I Shoot Rockstars will be hosting an event to celebrate the VISITORS Project.  This project was completed by Kyle Lamere.  The project depicts pictures of everyone that visited Kyle's house over the past year.  The event is being held to raise money to publish the 319 VISITOR coffee table book.  The VISITOR coffee table book will be published in December.  Addition... more +

Join us for a special event celebrating the VISITORS Project

On Friday November 19th at the Logan Square Auditorium IShootRockStars will be hosting an event to celebrate the VISTIORS Project.  This project was completed by Kyle Lamere.  The project depicts pictures of everyone that visited Kyle's house over the past year.  The event is being held to raise money to publish the 319 VISITOR coffee table book.  The VISITOR coffee table book will be published in December.  Additional... more +

New Life for Old Classics: RTG Gallery Show Nov 5th

Join us Friday November 5th, 7-10pm at Barista for the gallery opening! Local artists have teamed up with Reason to Give to create new life out of old classics.  These artists have repurposed children's reading books that could not be used and turned them into pieces of art work that can be purchased at Barista Coffee House.  All proceeds will benefit the Lafayette Elementary School to help to save the Merit Music program. Art... more +

It Takes A Village School Supply Drive A Success!

On August 28, Reason to Give families, past and present, came together to celebrate the start of the new school year.  We had a full house of 58 children in attendance!  Thanks to great contributions from Barista Coffee House, the G-Team, and all our generous donors the first annual It Takes a Village school supply drive was a tremendous success. Watch the video and see for yourself. Each student in attendance was given a backpack... more +

Reason to Give teams up with Groupon and The Point!

We only need $450 to provide school supplies to 64 youth in Humboldt Park! Visit our campaign and give whatever you can. Let's show our youth that we are invested in their futures - Let's help give them the tools to have a successful 2010-2011 school year! more +

T-Shirt Mania at Camp Firebelly

At the 3rd annual Camp Firebelly, 10 passionate and energetic young designers teamed up with Mike Fretto and Rosa Loves to raise money for three Reason to Give families. Campers were given the opportunity to meet with each of the families, hear their stories, and ask questions to better understand the Humboldt Park community. Inspired by their encounters, each camper designed and screen printed a t-shirt that represented one of our families... more +

"It Takes a Village" School Supply Drive

Reason to Give and Barista Coffee House at 852 North Damen in Chicago are teaming up this summer to host a school supply drive for Reason to Give families. Stop by Barista on Friday July 16th through August 27th with school supplies and get an iced coffee for just $1. Reason to Give families are in need of any school supplies, new or gently used. Pick up an extra notebook while shopping for your kids or bring in an old calculator and hel... more +

Lafayette Elementary Students watch themselves on the big screen!

Reason to Giive recently adopted the Lafayette Elementary school Orchestra as one of our reasons to give! We spent an entire afternoon with the young musicians listening to them practice and interviewing them about the impact the Merit Music program has had on their lives. The students were so enthused to participate in our program and share their talents with us that we thought it only right that they get the first screening of the video.Prin... more +

Holiday Party 2009!

On December 12, 2009, Reason to Give held a holiday party for families that are currently in program as well as families that were involved with the program within years past. EP Theater generously donated their facility for the event. Photographers Kyle LaMere and Brendan Shanley volunteered their services to take family portraits. Everyone received free coats complements of Cafe Barista. Special thanks to Mary Morelli for her generous contri... more +

Reason to watch the Bulls: A Success!

Reason to Give's intern Kevin hosted his 23rd Birthday Party at the Chicago Bulls game last Saturday as a fundraiser for Reason to Give participant Steven to go on an educational trip to Europe with his high school. Thanks to Kevin and 24 of his closest friends, operation "Reason to watch the Bulls" was a success. Rosabel and her son Steven were delighted to hear about the success of the event and send their appreciation to everyone that parti... more +

Participants Enjoy a Chicago Wolves Game

Thank you to the Chicago Wolves for their generous donation of 15 tickets to Reason to Give. The tickets were raffled off at our annual holiday party. Three families received four tickets each: the DeJesus family, the Brown family, and the Martinez family. The game was great, a triple overtime win for the Wolves! Thanks again to the Chicago Wolves for brightening the holiday season for these three families.   more +

Bulls Fundraiser February 26th!

Come out to see Derrick Rose and the Bulls take on the Portland Trailblazers at the United Center on Friday February 26th at 7:00pm. Tickets are $46 and half of the ticket price goes to help Rosabell Castillo send her son Steven on an educational class trip to Europe. This will be a fun night for a good cause. To reserve tickets email Kevin at kgsmith2@gmail.com. more +

ABC 7 Features Reason to Give

What a beautiful day it was when we had our local ABC 7 television crew run around with us for hours. We are so thankful to them and those who made an immediate donation in response to their 2 minute segment. If you missed it or just want to see it again and again, here's the link. more +

Reason to Golf is a great success!

The 1st Annual Reason to Golf Benefit was a huge success! On Saturday August 22, 2009 at the Western Acres Golf Coarse in Lombard, Reason to Give threw its first official benefit. With 56 golfers and over 85 in attendance at the 10th Hole Party, along with all of our wonderful sponsors, Reason to Give was able to raise over $8000. The golfers ranged from PGA pros to first timers. The food was delicious, the music rocked, and everyone had a gr... more +

"Donate with Kate" is a big hit!

Julie Lowenbaum and her daughter Katie contacted Reason To Give in early January with a great idea to celebrate Katie’s 10th birthday and help the families of Humboldt Park at the same time. Rather than the traditional party, Katie and 20 of her girlfriends and chaperons went on a scavenger hunt through Northbrook Court Mall and collected basic items for Reason To Give participants. The girls were divided into three groups and given a l... more +

Day of Beauty for RTG Families

Just 3 days before Christmas, when everyone needed to be finishing their last minute shopping, the wonderful folks at Art + Science Salon in Wicker Park, Elizabeth Neish (a fabulous makeup artist for MAC), Chris Kirzeder (a dear friend and amazing photographer) and a handful of RTG volunteers (Ana, Amy, James and Shannon), came together to give all the RTG families a special experience they will never forget. The entire day was devoted to givi... more +

Holiday Generosity

After a generous outpowering of support this season, Reason To Give was able to issue gift cards to each participating family. Watch the beautiful video of everyone receiving their gifts and share in some of the photos.  We also delivered several items like new winter coats, warm boots and kitchen items—all purchased by Givers using Reason To Give as an alternative to traditional gift exchange. With a hefty year-end donation from E... more +

A+S Had a Reason to Give

We are grateful to Art + Science Salon in Wicker Park for opening their hearts to us. Portrait of a Culture in Exile: a photographic journal by David Raccuglia was not only a stunning gallery opening, but our first ever fundraiser. David amazed us with his immense generosity -- proceeds from his photograph's sales benefit Reason to Give! If you didn't make the event, you can still buy a beautiful piece of artwork and help those in need at the... more +

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