What could your $20 do? In the Zealously Good Holiday Challenge, a lot!

Twenty dollars to a charity can mean a new blanket for a toddler, a new lamp for a school reading room, or 4 glue guns for an arts program. Can you give $20 this holiday season to help?

We asked our Zealous Good charities what they really wanted for the holidays. Help us raise money to buy these gifts for them and make their holidays Zealously Good! Our goal is to raise $5,000 to purchase each organization their top holiday wish list items. To donate, visit http://www.giveforward.com/zealousgood.

Please help us not only by donating, but also by spreading the word – using our GiveForward page you can share via Facebook, Twitter or email.

Below you can see the specific request and how each organization will use and benefit from this donation!

  • New Moms Inc would love the gift of diapers. New Moms’ adolescent-led families who are struggling and impoverished, face difficulties and hardships daily. With incomes around 200% of the federal guidelines for poverty, the purchase of diapers, an expensive commodity, is often budget breaking.
  • Common Roots Initiative would love the gift of Kinect Sensor with Kinect Adventures. CRI awards $1,000 scholarships to graduating students and high school teachers. The gift would support an upcoming fundraisers’ raffle and silent auctions.
  • Teen Living Program would love the gift of a digital camera. Teen Living Program would use the donation to support a youth who graduated from a residential facility and recently was robbed and lost many items that she had worked hard to purchase for herself.
  • Ravenswood Community Child Care Center would love the gift of blankets for nap time for the toddlers in their program.
  • Marillac Social Center would love the gift of diapers to be used to support young mothers in the Project Hope program.
  • St. Vincent de Paul Center would love the gift of an indoor greenhouse and light for their student classroom curriculum.
  • Project Education Plus would love the gift of an iPod to provide as a gift for a hard working, generous high school student who is an active part of the program.
  • Jane Addams Resource Center would love the gift of desks or chairs to accommodate new staff as they grow in the services they provide the community.
  • Society for the Preservation of Human Dignity would love the gift of diapers to provide the mothers and families supported in the program.
  • Greenhouse Theater would love the gift of a mini-fridge. This fridge will be used at the theater’s upstairs bar to keep a larger stock of beverages cold so that patrons can always get their first choice of drink cold. (Due to lack of chilling space, they often have items in stock, but not in the fridge, so people opt for something else that’s cold).
  • Chicago House would love the gift of bedding.  Twin sheet sets are needed for the permanent housing buildings (Supportive Living Program, Independent Living Program, or Family Support Program) for formerly homeless men, women, and children affected by HIV and AIDS.
  • RML Specialty Hospital would love the gift of a portable DVD player. Portable DVD players allow patients facing catastrophic illness and injury at RML, who have been hospitalized for an extended period of time, an escape from the reality of the hospital room for a couple of hours.
  • Rashied Davis Charities would love the gift of a Flip Video so  students can make presentations and demonstrations to post their website that will be revamped very soon. The videos will be shared with donors, students and their teachers.
  • Barry Elementary School would love the gift of floor lamps. They would love to have lamps to help create a warm and inviting classroom library area where kids will want to go to relax and read books!
  • Friends of the Bessemer Bears would love the gift of dumbbell sets. Sets would be used so developmentally disabled participants can train for power lifting competitions and weight training.
  • Community TV Network would love the gift of a green screen. The CTVN youth media producers are too creative to live without a good green screen.
  • Changing Worlds would love the gift of easel pads. Changing Worlds will use these easel pads constantly for brainstorming sessions with Teaching Artists, board members, staff members, etc.  Some great lessons plans and big ideas have started out as easel pad notes!
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chicago would love the gift of a GPS navigator to guide staff as they travel across the Chicagoland community providing services and programming to those in need.
  • i.c.stars would love the gift of stackable chairs. The organization could use them for happenings that at their studio, allowing more family, friends, and other stakeholders to join them in celebrating the ongoings at i.c.stars.
  • Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition would love the gift of a camcorder to video record community stories to improve our advocacy work around maternal and child health.
  • Woman Made Gallery would love the gift of DVD players for use during their visual art exhibitions, art talks, poetry readings, performance events, and professionaldevelopment workshops. Additionally, glue guns would benefit in the outreach programs in which they do arts and crafts workshops with women in various neighborhoods throughout Chicago.
  • Year Up would love the gift of computer speakers to be used to show videos of Year Up students’ stories when giving outreach presentations to community partners and for student recruitment.
  • Cabrini Connections would love the gift of office supplies and non-perishable snacks for the after school student tutoring program.

From all of us at Zealous Good, thank you. We appreciate your generous contributions during this holiday season!

-The Zealous Good Team: Brittany, Kristin, and Nick


Brittany Martin Graunke is the founder of Zealous Good, an in-kind donations marketplace in Chicago. You can find Brittany on Google+ or on Twitter at @ZealousBrittany. You can find Zealous Good on Facebook and Zealous Good on Twitter at @ZealousGood.

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