An Eagle Scout Project with Heart

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Devin serving meals at CCO’s Veteran Recognition Dinner.

Devin Escue has been volunteering with his family or Boy Scout Troop at Cornerstone Community Outreach since he was very young. For his Eagle Scout Project, Devin has chosen to raise money for the children at CCO to have new playground toys. We are excited about this project that will bring play, exercise, and childhood development to the children sheltered at CCO. Here is why Devin is focusing on this fun project.

“I am supplying CCO’s kids with toys in order to complete my Eagle Scout Project. I chose the project of raising funds and buying toys for the kids at CCO because I feel that every kid deserves to have something to enjoy, even when living isn’t easy. I want to provide kids with toys in order that they may be able to have the fun they deserve.

I’ve done various kinds of volunteer work with CCO. My family and I have given out Christmas presents at CCO for years. As a Boy Scout, I’ve served Veterans Day dinner at CCO’s Veteran’s Recognition Dinner. Last year, I ran a photo booth for the families at CCO for their Fall Frenzy party. Click here to view the photo gallery. I’ve also helped run a cupcake decorating table. At home, I bake cakes that are given to the children sheltered at CCO on their birthday. On the other hand, I have worked on the dirtier side of CCO by helping clean out their donations basement from unnecessary donations. In that same basement, I’ve bagged up clothes and moved them up to their Free Store, where the residents can come and find clothing.

I care about the homeless. They are just people like me and you who have had a harder time in life. Everyone deserves to live in some amount of comfort and not in a shelter. I volunteer for CCO because I feel that homeless people are just people. They can be funny, happy, serious, or sad, just like us. I care about the homeless because they are just people who need a little help moving forward.”

Click here to go to Devin’s Crowdrise fund raising page. 100% of all donated money will go toward purchasing playground toys, toy storage, and a party of the children sheltered at CCO.

Thank You Vaughn Occupational High School!

Vaughn Occupation High School

CCO wants to give a big thanks to the outstanding students and teachers from Vaughn Occupational High School! Every Wednesday Vaughn students come to the CCO Food Pantry to help give out nutritious food. They always have a smile for everyone who comes through the door. You guys are the best! Thanks!

The CCO Food Pantry gives out over 150 bags of nutritious food each week. The vast majority of pantry attendees are senior citizens who rely on pantry groceries to make it from month to month.

Are you interested in volunteering at CCO? We rely on our valuable volunteers to prep meals, serve food, clean, distribute food at our pantry, and do many other important tasks. Click here if you would like to find out more about volunteering at CCO.

Willow Creek Christmas Celebration!

Willow Creek

Nearly 100 Willow Creek Church volunteers created a fun and festive Christmas celebration for the families at CCO. Some of the moms sheltered with us got manicures and gifts were brought and given to over 130 children. The group brought supplies for each of the children to put together sweet, little gingerbread houses complete with candy decorations and icing. Other activities included, cooking decorating and painting.

Another group of volunteers worked in the Free Store organizing donated items for our shelter guests and neighbors in need. The Free Store offers gently-used clothing and household items that come to CCO through out donors. Hundreds of people get their needs met through the CCO Free Store each year!

Thank you Willow Creek Church!

Veteran Recognition Dinner

A delicious dinner and a good time was had by all at this years 2015 CCO Veteran Recognition Dinner. CCO shelter guests enjoyed a baked chicken dinner with lots of extras. We are grateful all our cooks and volunteers who helped make the evening special for everyone at CCO.

If has been our privilege to provide shelter for U.S. Military Veterans. Take a moment to read Tommy’s story. Tommy is a Vietnam veteran who shared his story of finding housing after living on the streets of Chicago for decades.

Handmade Blankets!

Sweet Blanket Donation!

One outstanding CCO donor has been sewing soft, cute blankets for the infants and toddlers in our family shelter programs. Parents have been encouraged by such a practical yet encouraging gift and the babies love them! It’s another example of people doing what they love and doing good!

Each blanket has a colorful note card attached to it saying,”Dear Mother, This is a Prayer Blanket because while I was sewing it I prayed for you, your baby and family in that God would bless you everyday.”

Nearly 150 children under the age of 18 are sheltered with their families at CCO. Help us continue to provide safe shelter, nutritious meals, and compassionate case management services, to everyone who comes through our doors. Consider donating new or gently-used items or making a monetary donation today. Thank you!

Thank You Francis W Parker School!

Fall Frenzy 2015

The Fall Frenzy is nearly here and we want to say a HUGE thank you to Francis W. Parker School for hosting a costume drive for the children sheltered at CCO! Their efforts brought in over 100 new or like new costumes for our special event. The families at CCO are truly grateful!

At our annual Fall Frenzy families sheltered at CCO enjoy treats, games, music, prizes and a dance party! Our fabulous volunteers and donors work hard to make this event special. Thank you to everyone who has made this event outstanding!

If you’re interested in donating new, individually wrapped candy or treats for the Fall Frenzy please email Eve at eve@ccolife.org today! Thank you!

Team CCO at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon!

Congratulations Team CCO for completing the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon! The Team has trained for the big event and fund raised for the shelter guests at CCO.We’re proud of everyone who “went the distance” to help alleviate homelessness in Chicago! Volunteers at the marathon had a great time and helped make the Team CCO charity tent special!

It’s not too late to support the Team.

Go to https://www.crowdrise.com/teamcco2015. Enjoy the photo album!

Want to learn more about charitable fitness? Visit our Team CCO page.

26.2 Miles!

Team CCO will be going the extra mile to help alleviate homelessness on Sunday, October 11th. Runners are cheered on by over 1.7 million spectators as they jog through 29 Chicago neighborhoods. We are proud of our team and look forward to seeing them cross the finish line!

Show your support for the team by donating toward one team members run. Your donation will benefit our shelter guests who rely on CCO for shelter, nutrition, and assistance in working toward housing.

Thank you!

Expedia Cares!

“It’s beautiful!” “The color blue makes me happy!”

These are the excited comments spoken by just a few of the ladies sheltered with their children at CCO’s Hannah House. They expressed feeling uplifted by the work done through the Expedia employee group who came to CCO for the Expedia Global Day of Caring.

This week volunteer employees gathered at Hannah House shelter to repaint the living space, and to sort donated items for our shelter guests. All the hard work paid off with a fresh, up-dated look that encouraged our shelter guests who call CCO home for a brief time. Thank you Expedia! You truly care! #expediacares

To learn more about the Expedia Global Day of Caring click here.

 

The Back-to-School Bash!

This year’s CCO Back-to-School Bash was once again filled with music, treats, prizes, academic motivation, school supplies, and backpacks. We want to say a huge thank you to Senator Heather Stearns, who for the third year in a row, donated money for a new pair of shoes for each of our school-age children. House of Representatives Greg Harris joined in the effort to provide back-to-school shoes. Northeastern Illinois University Alumni Association donated hundreds of brand new backpacks which allowed the children to choose a color and style they wanted for the new school year. Associate Dean of NEIU, Alberto Lopez, and Pastor Neil Taylor, provided motivational speeches to encourage the children to enter the classroom with hope and determination. Target – Wilson Yard generously donated cases of water and juice for the event. Families enjoyed eating pizza and cake after choosing a new beanie baby or toy.
Each year this special event helps create an air of excitement and joy about the upcoming school year. We always look forward to a fun afternoon with the families sheltered at CCO. Beyond that, donors provide many of the essential back-to-school items that prepare our children in a very practical sense. To all our outstanding donors and volunteers we want to say a huge thank you for helping the school year start off right.