Break the Cycle of Poverty With Chicago Lights
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Break the Cycle of Poverty With Chicago Lights

Posted on: March 2nd, 2017 by reclaimed No Comments

When you’re looking for a way to give back, there are so many worthy, charitable organizations with which you can become involved. Here at Reclaimed Table, we’ve been proud to support one such nonprofit, Chicago Lights. Chicago Lights provides a variety of programs and events to assist those struggling with poverty in the Chicago area. Connected with Fourth Presbyterian Church, they’ve been working to break the cycle of poverty since 1991.

One of Chicago Lights’ signature programs is the Dance Academy, which offers dance instruction for over 1,000 students in under-priveledged schools. The students not only learn dance techniques through these classes, but are also able to increase their confidence in a way that might not have been available to them otherwise. The Dance Academy offers a summer dance intensive for advanced students, as well. This pre-professional program is taught by world-class instructors and artists, challenging the students at a greater level.

Another signature program Chicago Lights provides is their Social Service Center, which partners with outside organizations to provide basic services for those in need. These services include a food pantry, clothing assistance, housing assistance, job-readiness training, street outreach, and support groups.

Summer Day is a six-week summer program for 1st through 9th graders. This program offers a safe haven for these children while they take classes in everything from math and science to drama and digital music production. The students also have the opportunity to explore Chicago through a variety of field trips.

Chicago Lights Tutoring pairs 400 students in 1st through 12th grade with an adult mentor in order to help them graduate from high school and continue to higher education. With weekly tutoring sessions, extra enrichment classes, career development, scholarship opportunities, healthy meals, and more, Tutoring makes a significant difference in these students’ success.

The final signature program Chicago Lights offers is Urban Farm. Located in the Cabrini Green neighborhood, the Urban Farm offers both adults and children the opportunity to become engaged in hands-on learning experiences and have access to sustainably-grown, local produce.

We were honored to recently attend the Chicago Lights annual Gala of Hope and donate one of our walnut, live edge coffee tables to this inspiring event’s silent auction. There are so many other ways to get involved with Chicago Lights, as well, whether you volunteer or donate directly. If you’d like to learn more about the incredible work Chicago Lights performs, don’t hesitate to visit their website.

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