The Chicago White Sox announced cumulative charitable donations of nearly $2.2 million in 2018. Donations include $725,500 in grants to 30 Chicagoland non-profit organizations through the White Sox Community Fund (WSCF), a McCormick Foundation Fund. In addition, Chicago White Sox Charities (CWSC) awarded additional grants totaling $170,000 to nine agencies providing services throughout the community.
CWSC also made donations totaling nearly $1.3 million to support the White Sox urban youth baseball initiatives - including the successful Amateur City Elite (ACE) and White Sox Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) programs - and to fund non-profit organizations. This year's grant donations, coupled with other charitable donations, move the team's total giving to more than $30 million since the inception of CWSC in 1990.
The White Sox celebrated the announcement with Gilda's Club, one of the 2018 grant recipients. White Sox outfielder Nicky Delmonico joined Gilda's Club members to participate in a BeMoved® dance class, which uses dance and music to enrich the well-being of people with all movement abilities. All organizations receiving grants were honored in a pregame ceremony as part of Sox Serve Week on June 16.
The following 2018 grant recipients represent a list of causes and organizations across the Chicago metropolitan area that are committed to the fight against cancer, dedicated to improving the lives of youth through education and athletics, assisting at-risk children and families and supporting health and wellness programs.
Advocate Charitable Foundation
Grant supports the Pediatric Oncology Survivorship in Transition (POST) program for survivors of childhood cancers to identify the late-effects of pediatric cancer and its treatment and enable survivors to lead healthy lives.
After School Matters
Grant supports year-round apprenticeships in science, technology, literacy, health and arts to over 15,000 teens from Chicago public high schools.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago
Grant supports the program at Valentine Boys and Girls Club, which provides Chicagoland at-risk youth with high-quality one-on-one mentoring relationships.
Grant supports the Chicago program, which helps low-income and first-generation students graduate from college by providing comprehensive college support services from senior year of high school through college graduation.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago
Grant supports the Triple Play program, a dynamic wellness program designed to help youth create opportunities to take charge of their personal health and wellness.
Center for Companies that Care
Grant supports the AIM High program, which provides academic support, college preparation, tutoring, internships and mentoring to students in ninth grade through college graduation.
Center on Halsted
Grant supports the Youth Mental Health program, which provides individual therapy, art therapy and group counseling to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth. The program focuses on surmounting the effects of the homelessness, poverty, homophobia and domestic violence they may face.
Chicago Children's Advocacy Center
Grant supports the Family Hope Center program, which provides crisis intervention and therapeutic services to children and family members traumatized by sexual abuse.
Chicago Parks Foundation
Grant supports the Inner City Youth Baseball program, which provides structured sports programing to youth in the Chicago housing authority's developments and low-income neighborhoods.
Children's Home + Aid
Grant supports the Excellence Academies program, which provides educational, mental health and independent living support to foster care youth with special needs.
Grant supports high school programming for low-income students seeking college admission. The program provides an intensive curriculum of coaching and support through college graduation.
Cure Violence Illinois (formerly Cure Violence Chicago)
Grant supports the CeaseFire Illinois program, which seeks to reduce community violence throughout Chicago's South Shore community. The program focuses on reducing gun violence and has been implemented in 13 communities and four trauma centers.
Grant supports the Children's program, which provides therapeutic assistance to children residing in emergency shelter and transitional housing.
Gads Hill Center
Grant supports the Building Leaders program, which provides targeted academic and social-emotional counseling and learning services to low-income students attending four high schools in the Archer Heights, Back of the Yards, Gage Park and Pilsen communities.
Grant supports the Underserved Outreach program and its commitment to reach medically underserved communities free of charge. This includes outreach activities in Chicago hospitals and medical centers, the Transportation Assistance program, free supervised child play and bilingual materials.
Greater Chicago Food Depository
Grant supports the Children's program, which provides nutritionally balanced meals for 250,000 youth participating in after-school programs.
Heartland Human Care Services
Grant supports the Violence Recovery Services program, which provides Spanish services and trauma treatment for young Latino and immigrant children exposed to domestic or sexual violence or trauma on the southwest side of Chicago.
Hephzibah Children's Association
Grant supports the Family Based Services (FBS) program, which provides child welfare assessment and clinical services to parents whose children have been removed from their care or are at risk of being removed due to abuse and/or neglect.
Howard Brown Health Center
Grant supports the 63rd Street Clinic, which was transformed into a fully operational clinic offering the following services: behavior health, HIV prevention and treatment, insurance navigation, peer support, primary care and sexual assault survivor support.
Grant supports the organization's efforts to build long-term mentoring relationships that empower first-generation students from low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college and achieve their ambitions.
Juvenile Protective Association
Grant supports the Treatment and Counseling program, which offers mental health services for families at a higher risk of child abuse and/or neglect.
La Rabida Children's Hospital
Grant supports the Premier Kids program, which provides medical care, case coordination, development assessments, education planning, nutrition counseling and community referrals for more than 300 developmentally-delayed children with complex medical issues.
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls
Grant supports the Academy program, which is an after school mentoring program aimed to prepare students for life after high school graduation. The program focuses on math and reading and offers life skills classes, including financial literacy.
Metropolitan Family Services
Grant supports the organization's Healthy Families program, which provides home visits, parenting training and child abuse prevention education for low-income parents ages 15-32.
Misericordia Heart of Mercy
Grant supports the Personal Effectiveness Program (PEP), which addresses the behavioral needs of residents through the use of visual support and schedules as well as a lower census to increase opportunities of learning. PEP participants gain valuable coping skills and learn positive replacement behaviors to improve their quality of life.
Near West Side Community Development Corp.
Grant supports the Youth Zone Chicago program, which provides physical activities for 700 low-income youth and promotes positive body image, nutrition and healthy living.
Noble Network of Charter Schools
Grant supports the Alumni College Access and Persistence program, which provides mentorship, guidance on financial aid and scholarships and social and emotional support to all alumni enrolled in post-secondary education to ensure college matriculation.
Grant supports the Chicago program, which provides low-income youth with intensive college preparation workshops, full-tuition college scholarships, on-campus mentors and career development activities.
Primo Center for Women and Children
Grant supports the Children and Families program, which provides trauma to low-income children and mothers who have been homeless and had significant exposure to trauma and violence, resulting in mental health challenges.
Grant supports the Children's Counseling program, which provides art therapy and therapeutic counseling services to children and teens whose lives have been impacted by domestic violence.
Shore Community Services
Grant supports the Early Intervention program, which serves at-risk infants with drug or alcohol exposure and children with mild to severe delays through therapy and other services.
Special Children's Charities
Grant issued to purchase uniforms for more than 3,400 Special Olympic athletes and coaches for the 2018 Chicago Special Olympics Spring Games.
Spectrios Institute for Low Vision
Grant supports the Seeing is Believing program, which provides low-vision services and prescriptive optical devices to children with visual impairments at Chicago Public Schools.
Grant supports the Mothers Project program, which provides individual and group therapy, parent education and day care services to women (ages 17-21) with severe mental illness with young children or who are pregnant.
Umoja Student Development Corporation
Grant supports the College and Career Readiness program, which provides college preparation, application, financial aid workshops, ACT preparation classes and college visits to low-income students.
University of Chicago
Grant supports the Network for College Success program, which provides intensive support for Chicago Public Schools counselors by delivering coaching and training on best practices and interaction with peer networks. Program seeks to maintain a cohesive culture of graduation and college enrollment among chronically low-performing high schools.
Grant supports the Coach Across America Chicago program, which trains and places coaches in community-based organizations serving low-income Chicago neighborhoods with high obesity rates.
Working In The Schools
Grant is used to promote literacy and the love of reading among Chicago's youth by providing one-on-one tutoring and mentoring in Chicago Public Schools.
Grant supports Becoming A Man (BAM) program, a school-based counseling, mentoring and education enrichment program that promotes social, emotional and behavioral competencies for at-risk young men in middle school through high school.