Chicago, Nov. 18, 2006 --- Holiday gifts came early to 20 different volunteer-based tutoring/mentoring programs who today received a total of $47,000 in grants and awards from the Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Lend A Hand Program. The awards and grants were given during a reception hosted at the Chicago law offices of Much Shelist Freed Denenberg Ament & Rubenstein, P.C.
Organizations receiving grants of $500 to $2500 included Big Brother Big Sister of Metropolitan Chicago, BUILD (Broader Urban Involvement and Leadership Development), The Bridge Youth and Family Services, Cabrini Connections, Cabrin-Green Tutoring Program, Chicago Public Schools Homeless Education Program/Chicago HOPES, Christ Evangelical Luthern Church Brain Boosters Program, Chicago Youth Programs, Inc., Christopher House, East Village Youth Program, Family Matters, Hermosa Community Organization, Horizons for Youth, Inspired Youth, Inc, Life Directions, Maywood Youth Mentoring Program, McGaw YMCA Project SOAR, Midtown Educational Foundation, PEAK (Partnership to Educate & Advance Kids), and Sunlight African Community.
In addition, two awards were given.
The Much Shelist Founders Award, which is a $7,000 gift to a tutor/mentor program under 5 years in operation, was awarded to Inspired Youth, Inc. Executive Director Beth Palmer, and five youth from this program entertained with songs and dance, and were overjoyed at receiving this award for the second consecutive year.
Thomas A. Demetrio Award of Excellence, recognizing an example of outstanding volunteer based tutoring/mentoring in Chicago, was given to the Cabrini-Green Tutoring Program, Inc, a program celebrating its 41th consecutive year of serving elementary school age children lilving in the Cabrini Green area. This Award included a $10,000 grant from the law firm of Corboy & Demetrio.
In addition to these awards, Jim Morsh, the Chair of the Lend A Hand Executive Board, announced the receipt in November 2006 of a $2 million donation from the Chicago Sun Times, Morsh talked of how he and other volunteers, such as the Honorable Tom Donnelly, Dan Cotter, His Emmenence Bishop Thomas Paprocki, Rita Planera, and Dan Bassill of the Tutor/Mentor Connection, had helped grow the Lend A Hand from a single grant of $2,000 in 1994 to its current status, and the ability to increase the grant pool dramatically in 2007 and beyond.
Each of the programs who received grants can be found in the Program Locator and Chicago Programs Links sections of this web site. Learn about these programs and others in Chicago. There is still time to add your own gifts, so that all tutor/mentor programs in Chicago have more of the dollars each needs to effectively connect disadvantaged youth with volunteer tutors/mentors and a variety of enrichment and learning opportunities.