Thank you, Hunger Walkers!

 

33rd Annual Hunger Walk!

Nearly 50 volunteers walked 3.1 miles at this year’s Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) Hunger Walk. CCO staff, volunteers, and supporters came together to fight hunger in Chicago. Their efforts produced 11,000 pounds of food for families and individuals sheltered at CCO.

Each step increased CCO’s food allowance with the GCFD, which in turn, will go toward nutritious meals for our shelter guests, food pantry patrons, and dinner guests. Thank you to everyone who joined us at this fun event!

100,000 Airline Miles from AA!

80,000 American Airline AAdvantage miles is just one of the amazing raffle prizes at the CCO Fall Fundraiser this year! Join us for a chance to win! We have kept the event ticket price very low so you can enjoy an evening of delicious food, interesting speakers, and an outstanding raffle table!

Click here to purchase your tickets today. We hope to see you there!

Here is a list of some of our fabulous raffle prizes…

About Face Theater

American Airlines tickets

American Girl Doll

Bang Bang Pies

Big Star Taco’s

Bottom Line Yoga

Chicago Botanical Gardens

Chicago History Museum

Chicago Idea’s membership

Chicago Philharmonic

Chicago White Sox Autograph

Classic Kids Photography

Cooper’s Hawk

Devon Seafood Grill

Duck, Duck, Goat

East Bank Club

Embellish Boutique

Evanston Theater

Five Guys

Float Sixty

George’s Ice Cream

I Do Pearls and Earrings

Jaggi Studios Pet Portrait

Jayson Home & Garden

Kingsley B & B

Logan Square  Theater Tickets

Looking Glass Theater

Lou Malnati’s

Museum of Contemporary Art

Napolita Pizza

New Glaurus Hotel/ Restaurant

Northwestern Wildcats

Out in the Parks Photography

Outlier Metal Arts

Peach and Green

Personal Chef, Maddie Lakind

Raising Cane gift basket

Revolution Brewing

Shedd Aquarium

Swedish American Museum

The Blueman Group

The Cheesecake Factory

The Chicago Blackhawks

The Silver Room Jewelry

Virtue Cider

Wildberry Café

 

CCO Fall Fundraiser!

Join us on October 24 at 6:30 pm at the Wilson Abbey for a fun-filled evening that is sure to encourage and motivate! Our Annual Fall Fundraiser is fast approaching. We hope you will join us for delicious cuisine, informative speakers, opportunities to meet other CCO supporters, and don’t forget about our amazing raffle prizes!

You can find ticketing information here.

Check out these amazing raffle prizes…

About Face Theater

American Airlines, 100,000 airline miles!

American Girl Doll

Bang Bang Pies

Big Star Taco’s

Bottom Line Yoga

Chicago Botanical Gardens

Chicago History Museum

Chicago Idea’s membership

Chicago Philharmonic

Chicago White Sox Autograph

Classic Kids Photography

Cooper’s Hawk

Devon Seafood Grill

Duck, Duck, Goat

East Bank Club

Embellish Boutique

Evanston Theater

Five Guys

Float Sixty

George’s Ice Cream

I Do Pearls and Earrings

Jaggi Studios Pet Portrait

Jayson Home & Garden

Kingsley B & B

Logan Square Theater Tickets

Looking Glass Theater

Lou Malnati’s

Museum of Contemporary Art

Napolita Pizza

New Glaurus Hotel/ Restaurant

Northwestern Wildcats

Out in the Parks Photography

Outlier Metal Arts

Peach and Green

Personal Chef, Maddie Lakind

Raising Cane gift basket

Revolution Brewing

Shedd Aquarium

Swedish American Museum

The Blueman Group

The Cheesecake Factory

The Chicago Blackhawks

The Silver Room Jewelry

Virtue Cider

Wildberry Café

 

 

 

The Bears brought the Holiday Party!

The holidays give a chance to celebrate each person who came through the doors of Cornerstone over the year and previous years. Today, Chicago Bears player Sam Acho and his teammates, with matching donations from The Chicago Bears, sponsored the parties for both the men and women at Cornerstone.

It was a great party, with food from Jewel Foods, Papa Johns and Aldi, and each person gets gifts of new items to help them out, from socks to hats, and everything in between. Thank you so much for your awesome support.

To know more about the programs for homeless, and low-income men and women click here: http://www.ccolife.org/our-programs/our-shelters-for-individuals/.

Consider making a donation to support the shelter for women and men today!

Ready for Presents!

Over 120 children and youth are sheltered with their parents at CCO, during the holidays and all throughout the year. You, as a donor, volunteer, and supporter have always been a valuable part of making the season bright for each and every child.

The giving doesn’t stop with the families. The residents of our single women and single men’s shelters are no less important. Each program celebrates with a festive party that includes decorations, a delicious holiday meal and gifts. Everyone is valued and no one is left out.

Help us make the Holiday Season shine at CCO! Consider donating new toys, teen presents, or items for our single adults. Don’t like shopping? You can help by making a financial gift that will allow our Christmas volunteers to provide presents for families who arrive at CCO a day or two before Christmas.

Contact Eve at eve@ccolife.org if you would like to help us this Holiday Season.

You Are Invited!

You are invited to CCO’s Fall Fundraiser! 

Join us for an evening that will highlight the important homeless programs and services that you are a part of at CCO! Executive Director, Sandy Ramsey will share stories and statistics. Kumba Lynx will entertain us with dancing and poetry and you can count on delicious sweet and savory food. This year we will be offering, even more, raffle (see list below) and silent auction items. You won’t want to miss it! Order your tickets today!

Click here to purchase tickets for yourself or a group of people. All funds will go toward the work of CCO and will directly benefit the families and individuals who need safe shelter, nutritious meals, and specialized services.

Raffle Prizes

Lion Head Sports Pub – $25 certificate

Cheesecake Factory Certificate – $50 gift card

Shedd Aquarium – 4 Shedd Pass tickets. Tickets are good for express entry to aquarium, Abbott Oceanarium and Wild Reef.

Chicago Wolves Certificate – 2 tickets for any game during the Chicago Wolves 2017-2018 season

Oak Terrace Getaway – 1 night of lodging and up to 2 rounds of 18 hole golf at Oak Terrace Resort and Spa

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria – a $25 gift card

Brookfield Zoo – 6 general admission passes, 6 passes to the Hamill Family Play Zoo, 6 passes to The Carousel, and 1 parking pass

City Winery – free custom City Winery tour and wine tasting for up to 4 people. The experience includes a wine flight of 3 City Winery wines, paired with 3 crostini.

Signed White Sox pic – of Avisail Garcia

Joffrey Ballet – 2 tickets to the Joffrey Ballet’s 2018 production of Modern Masters running from February 7th-18th, 2018.

American Airlines AAdvantage  – a certificate of 50,000 AmericanAirlines  AAdvantage miles, good for up to 2 domestic round trip flights.
(Must be registered to your account by 12/09/17)

Field Museum – 4 general admission tickets

La Colombe coffee – a 3-pack gift box of ground coffee from La Colombe Coffee Roasters.

Float Sixty – win a free 60-minute float in a Float Sixty Therapeutic Sensory Deprivation Tank, along with a bag of free Epsom salt.

Untouchable Tour – win 2 passes to the Untouchable Tour – a two-hour bus adventure that explores Chicago’s notorious past through visits to Prohibition-era mobster hangouts.
(Expires September 2018)

The Second City – win two nights for a couple at The Second City; one pass good for two tickets at any Second City Resident Stages, and another pass good for two tickets at the Second City Up Comedy Club (VALUED AT $52).
(Expires October 2018)

Raffle tickets are $5 each, or 5 for $20, or 12 for $40. Purchase at the event.

Team CCO Marathon Photo Album!

Click the link above to see our full Marathon Photo Album on Facebook!

We want to thank each one of our fabulous, dedicated Team CCO runners who braved 26.2 miles at the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Together, the team has raised over $17,000 for CCO families and single adults. All money raised bring those experiencing homelessness one step closer to stable housing. Thank you to everyone who donated to one of our runners and if you are interested but haven’t got to it yet, it’s not too late! Click here to visit our Team CCO Marathon donation page.

Back-to-School Bash Photo Album!

CCO’s Annual Back-to-School Bash was a huge success! Families sheltered at CCO enjoyed dancing, music, pizza, cake, prizes, face-painting, and more. All school-aged children chose a new backpack, from a wide-range of styles, provided by the Northeastern Illinois University Alumni Association (NEIU). NEIU has provided and distributed backpacks and school supplies at the Back-to-School Bash for years. Thank you, NEIU!

Student volunteers from Uptown Christian School (UCS) set-up the room, served food, decorated, cleaned, and reassembled the dining room. The teens were willing, fun, and amazingly helpful. Thank you, UCS!

Education is a critical stabilizing force in the lives of homeless children. We are privileged to partner with our area school teachers and administrators to ensure that the children sheltered at CCO have the best education possible.

Consider making a donation today that will directly support the families sheltered at CCO. Thank you!

Happy Birthday to You!

Happy Birthday to you! Did you know that CCO staff and volunteers bake, ice, decorate and deliver a birthday cake to each child who has a birthday while sheltered at CCO? It’s true! And mom and dad are given wrapped gifts for the birthday boy or girl. It’s a truly sweet way to encourage the kids at CCO.

We need your help! We are looking for CCO supporters who would like to purchase new cake mixes, icing, and decorations (candles, sprinkles, etc) to make sure the birthday elves are never short of supplies. If you are interested in giving in this way contact Eve at eve@ccolife.org. Thanks!