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Microfinance

Microfinance is one of the latest venues that Lions clubs are using to support those in need by helping them to succeed and provide for themselves and their families. Using Kiva, a site that lends money to those with a need,  the club most recently voted to fund an education microfinance project. We were able to loan $200 to Silver in Bolivia. Silver has a degree in philosophy and was preparing to be a priest, but he felt it was not enough. His true calling was to help people in a more tangible adn concrete way, so he began his work in a learning support center for needy children. Silver's loan will enable him to finish his studies for an environmental engineering degree so that he may continue his charity work in addition to providing for his family.

Last year, the committee chose to support Dilorom, a 27 year old woman from Tajikistan who wants to purchase a computerized sewing machine to start a dress making business, with a $450 loan. She has began to repay us, which is the money we have reloaned to help Silver.  Using our referral credits, we were also able to support two others for free. 

Check out the Chicago Windy City Lions Kiva Lender page to see who we have been able to help! Also, if anyone would like to start their own Kiva account, you can sign up with oureferral link and get a $25 referral crecit for both of us.

Annual Holiday Food Drive

Club members, along with their family and friends, pack and distribute dinners each holiday season. In 2013, meals were provided to 50 families.

Hamburger Mary's Bingo

The club raises money for families in need by volunteering at Hamburger Mary's Charity Bingo Night.

 

Meals for the Homeless

Several times a year, the club mobilizes 200 meals for some of our fellow community members in need. Member participate by donating money, giving food supplies, driving food to distribution points and handing out the dinners. The dinners include a sandwich, apple, granila bar and bag of chips. Dinners are distributed with the Night Ministry at their mobile van.


2015-16 Projects                                                                

Annual Holiday Food Project

On Saturday, December 12th, our club had fun at St James Pantry helping distribute food to nearly 200 people. As part of our annual Holiday Food Project, we also donated money (raised at Drinks with Santa) to St James, San Lucas and Holy Vessel food pantries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Sight Day

On Thursday, October 8th, our club partnered with TOMS Chicago for World Sight Day in Wicker Park. It was a great opportunity to raise awareness for our club in Chicago and members were able to learn more about photo screening through collaboration with Lions from District 1BK. We were able to screen 25 people through this collaboration.

Birthday Celebration

On Sunday, August 30th, we kicked off Children's Dignity Week by throwing a birthday party for the kids at San Jose Obrero Mission. We provided these kids, whose families are in need, with pizza, cake, gifts, dancing, games and fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2014-15 Projects                                                                

Volunteer at a Women and Children's Shelter

Members provided lunch for the residents of the Deborah's Place women's shelter. Our club played bingo with the women and we awarded them with prizes. 


2013-14 Projects                                                                  

Serving Breakfast to Homeless Youth  

The Chicago Windy City Lions club served breakfast to 30 homeless youth at the “Lake View Lutheran Church” on April 13th. This project was done in conjunction with the Night Ministry in Chicago. The club provided breakfast from "Ann Sathers" restaurant, which included assorted muffins, fresh seasonal fruit, fresh squeezed orange juice, pork sausage, and Banana French toast.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentines and Blankets for the Troops

The club sent love - in the form of valentines, candy and blankets - to troops in Afghanistan.

 

Drinks with Santa

In December, our club hosted its first-ever Drinks with Santa, raising $1,000 to benefit our annual Holiday Food Project.

   

   

Pancake Gobbler

In November, our club hosted its first-ever Pancake Gobbler! Proceeds will benefit our annual Holiday Food Project. 

     

     

     

Peace Poster

2013 is the third year our club has sponsored the Peace Poster contest at Heritage Middle School in Berwyn. 41 students from the 7th grade made posters. The first place winner advanced to the district competition.

First place winner Nadrian Fiest and his art teacher Felicity Rodriguez.

 

Volunteer at a Women and Children's Shelter

In October, members provided a night of food and fun for the residents of the Deborah's Place women's shelter. Our club played bingo with the women and we awarded them with prizes. The prizes included: soaps, perfumes, lotions, gift cards, and many more useful items.

 

Charitable Partner for Chicago Independent Spirits Expo

In September, members attended the Chicago Independent Spirits Expo to help sell tickets, promote our club and collect used eyeglasses. Our club received a portion of the ticket sales.

Greater Chicago Food Depository

In January, 2013 the club helped out at the Greater Chicago Food Depository

Feed My Starving Children

The club volunteered with Feed My Starving Children in Oak Brook in February. Enough food was packed to feed 152 children for a whole year.

 


2012-13 Projects                                                                  

Coat Drive

The club  collected and delivered coats to the Night MinistryThe coats were distributed to the homeless throughout Chicago.

 

Million Tree Planting Campaign

The club planted a tree at the Lions Club International Headquarters as part of the Million Tree Planting Campaign in May of 2012.


2011-12 Projects                                                                  

 

Water Project

The club raised money to have a borehole water water pump installed in Dissan, Mali. The new pump provides clean water to the village for cooking, bathing and feeding the animals.

 

Planting Trees

The club, along with 90 other volunteers, helped plant 200 trees in the Lake Villa Grant Forest Preserve in September.


 

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