Get IN Chicago’s partner organizations are doing amazing work to reduce youth violence across the city. If you are looking to support programs making a difference, consider supporting a Get IN Chicago grantee this holiday season!

A few of our partners contacted us about specific needs. Read on for their suggestions, and help make the season brighter for the people they serve.

Partner Organization Wish List

Bus Passes: Keeping kids safe as they move around the city can be a challenge.  We know that sometimes students skip school simply because they don’t want to ask their families for bus fare.  The Chicago School of Professional Psychology team, who provide therapy services in CPS priority schools, requested bus passes for their youth.  Donating transit cards to organizations is a simple way to make a difference.

Learn more about Lawndale Christian’s MAC House project

Gently-Used Furniture: Lawndale Christian Legal Center requested furniture for their new MAC House. The MAC House will provide safe housing and job training to young men in North Lawndale who have been involved in the criminal justice system.  Needs include bed frames, mattresses, dressers, couches, dining tables, dishes, kitchenware, etc. Contact Larry Kimbrough at to make a donation.

Gift Cards: Every year, youth in the care of the state go without holiday gifts. UCAN is one of our grantees working to make sure this doesn’t happen this year. Like most teenagers, UCAN youth are requesting gift cards from places like Walmart, Target, Game Stop, Best Buy, Amazon and Foot Locker. They request gift cards in increments of $25 and $50 dollars. Learn more here:


Technology: Along with gift cards and tickets for special field trips for 25 youth, Teamwork Englewood requests donations of headphones, small tablets (less than $100), and technology books.  These donations will complement their Get IN Chicago coding programs.

Winter Clothes: Donations of clothing are accepted by many organizations working with men, women, and children.  In particular, Healthcare Alternative Systems requested items for both their Women’s Program (which empowers survivors of domestic violence, who may also be treated for addiction) and the Residence (which provides stable housing for men in treatment for substance abuse.)

Donations and Matching Gift Opportunities: Direct monetary donations enable organizations to keep their programs staffed, their centers running, and everything in between.  A number of our partners also have matching campaigns happening now, which gives donors a chance to increase their impact.

  • City Year
    A Season of Giving. A Year of Impact. Support @CityYear Chicago and help Chicago students prepare for college and careers!
  • Lawndale Christian Legal Center – *matching opportunity
    LCLC’s new “Champions for Change” campaign seeks to increase monthly giving by adding 100 new Champions for Change by December 31, 2015.  An anonymous donor will match all new monthly pledges, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000. Currently LCLC has raised $7,450 toward the goal. Pledge your monthly support now.
  • Youth Guidance*matching opportunity
    There is no better time to donate to Youth Guidance, as a generous anonymous donor will be matching all gifts from first time donors to Youth Guidance up to $30,000! Visit to send your gift – and have it matched – today! Your donation will help to transform lives. Right here. Right now.


Visit our website for a full list of Get IN Chicago grantees, all worthy recipients of your time and support.  You can also visit their organizational websites to learn more about their programs and how you you can contribute.

Happy Holidays!