Contribute Now to Warming Hearts and Hands in Chicago

Please join Make It Better Foundation and help give handmade or newly purchased blankets, hats, coats, gloves and scarves to more than 1,000 men, women and children this winter season.

Warming Hearts and HandsEach year around the holidays, Make It Better Foundation and its partner nonprofits give the gift of warmth to those in need. This is our 6th Annual Warming Hearts & Hands program. You can help make this winter a warm one by dropping off new gloves, scarves, hats and coats at one of the two locations listed below. Donations are accepted before December 21, 2014.

Make It Better
588 Lincoln Ave.
Winnetka, IL 60093
847-256-4642
MondayFriday, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Volunteer Center
520 Glendale Ave.
Winnetka, IL 60093
847-441-7665
Between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Step Up Productions
during run of show, HOLIDAZE
performed November 21 – December 21, 2014
at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago

Northbrook Park District donates knitting and Crochet to Warming Hearts and Hands

Make It Better Foundation has donated coats, blankets, hats, mittens/gloves and scarves to the following organizations:

  • Family Empowerment Centers
  • Lydia Home
  • Lake County Haven
  • Chance Ministries
  • San Jose Obrero Mission
  • Sarah’s Circle
  • Breakthrough Urban Ministries
  • Rice Children’s Home and Aid
  • Catholic Charities, Syracuse
  • Deborah’s Place
  • Housing Opportunities for Women
  • Heather’s House
  • WINGS, Inc.
  • A Safe Place
  • Mary Lou’s Place at YWCA Evanston/Northshore
  • McGaw YMCA
  • A Safe Haven Foundation
  • Lake County Haven
  • Chance Ministries
  • Breakthrough Ministries
  • San Jose Obrero Mission
    • Rice Children’s Home and Aid
    • Sarah’s Circle
    • Catholic Charities
    • Deborah’s Place
    • Connections for the Homeless
    • Family Network
    • Good News Partners
    • Mano a Mano
    • The Harbour
    • Boys Hope Girls Hope
    • Nuestro Center
    • Northbrook Park District donates knitting and Crochet to Warming Hearts and Hands

Handmade and retail items have been donated by:

  • Girl Scout Troop from St. Juliana School in Chicago
  • Northbrook Senior Center knitters group
  • Working 2gether in Highland Park and Highwood
  • Volunteer Center
  • AuPairCare North Shore
  • Pharo’s Innovations
  • Unknown Donors

 

 

“For Eleanor, With Love”

Thanks to all who keep delivering blankets and warm winter outerwear to our office for our MIB Foundation’s Warming Hearts And Hands delivery to the homeless.

As you can see, our beautiful piles keep growing.

My particular thanks to Mignon Dupepe for organizing a crafting night with friends and donating the blankets we made that evening too. I helped make the peace symbol and bird blanket above with Kendra Olvany, Peggy Coffee, Lisa Peterson and Julie Kennedy as a memorial to Peggy’s sister Eleanor Land. There is an extraordinary amount of love in it to warm its recipients!

Good People Grow Good Ideas

Hand-knit items donated by Working Together in Highland Park and Highwood. Beautiful! Imagine how special the recipients at Sarah’s Circle will feel in these.

Good People Grow Good Ideas

To date this year, through our Warming Hearts & Hands Program, the Make It Better Foundation has donated 430 coats, 502 blankets, 70 hats, 147 mittens/gloves, and 50 scarves to the following organizations:

Lake County HavenChance Ministries
San Jose Obrero Mission
Sarah’s Circle
Breakthrough Urban Ministries
Rice Children’s Home and Aid
Catholic Charities, Syracuse
Deborah’s Place

Donors include:

Girl Scout Troop from St. Juliana School in Chicago
Northbrook Senior Center knitters group
Working Together in Highland Park and Highwood
Volunteer Center
AuPairCare North Shore
Anonymous Donors

Thank you dear donors! Also, particular thanks to:

James Noyes, whose suggestion that our family do more organized giving to shelters at Christmas launched the Warming Hearts & Hands idea
Barb Tubeckis, Wendy Irwin and the Volunteer Center for recognizing the activity that followed James’ suggestion
Sherry Thomas, as Editor In Chief of North Shore magazine, for agreeing to sponsor a broader version and giving it the name “Warming Hearts & Hands.”
Sharon Krone, Sandra Miller & Heather Blackwell for growing the program across the northern suburbs and into the city of Chicago
Old Orchard for connecting with and promoting Warming Hearts & Hands through its Chrismas Tree contest for nonprofits
Coach Chris Kerber and the Cornell Lightweight Crew team for creating the giving opportunity in Syracuse, New York

Good people grow good ideas. I am honored to know or connect with all of you.

Happy Holidays.

Made With Love Warming Hearts and Hands Donation

Northbrook Senior Center knitters.  Seated from left: Eileen Brottman, Joyce Sax, Roberta Fenkel, Joyce Pollakoff, Phyllis Kosner, Lee O'Mara.  Standing from left: Evelyn Oberlander, Carol Wald, Hanc Weiner, Pat Thalman, Lai Kwok, Herta Krumina, Ellen Roth, Pat Gorsline, Soo Shin, Sherry Dea.  Missing are 10 other ladies who were not present for the photo.

Northbrook Senior Center knitters. Seated from left: Eileen Brottman, Joyce Sax, Roberta Fenkel, Joyce Pollakoff, Phyllis Kosner, Lee O’Mara.
Standing from left: Evelyn Oberlander, Carol Wald, Hanc Weiner, Pat Thalman, Lai Kwok, Herta Krumina, Ellen Roth, Pat Gorsline, Soo Shin, Sherry Dea. Missing are 10 other ladies who were not present for the photo.

Thank you Northbrook Senior Center knitters!  This beautiful group made with love and delivered to the Make It Better Foundation today the following items:

7 blankets
47 scarves
6 hats
2 hat and glove sets
1 pair of child gloves
4 head bands
20 felt hats
+ several used coats

They will be distributed, also with love, to homeless shelters as part of our Warming Hearts and Hands Drive.

Wise Philanthropy Made Easy

Woodland’s Academy Winter Wonderwalk Photo

Tis the season to be a Wise Philanthropist. And we make it easy for you.

The World English Dictionary offers this definition of “philanthropy”:

1. The practice of performing charitable or benevolent actions
2. Love of mankind in general

Philanthropy is a delicious word, isn’t it? And a magnificent feeling—knowing you can make a difference in the lives of others—especially those not so obviously connected to yours. Our goal is to empower you to be a wise philanthropist — by giving a little of your time, talents or money. Everyone can be a philanthropist!

Our Guide offers you great articles & tips that will educate and inspire. Our website and magazine help simplify, amplify and document all your philanthropic and fundraising efforts.

If you’re interested in actual examples of fundraising in action, please visit our Make A Difference section. Also, for additional inspiring stories about philanthropists, please visit Local Treasures.

Please don’t forget that you can be a perfectly effective philanthropist by donating money or items to the Make It Better Foundation’s Warming Hearts & Hands drive to provide new winter outerwear to the homeless. http://makeitbetter.net/make-a-difference/give-time-things-and-support/3673-donate-outerwear-to-warming-hearts-and-hands-v15-3673. 100% of your cash donation will be spent on the coats given out at homeless shelters.

Want more inspiration? Please follow the leads below:

How To Be An Effective Philanthropist or Fundraiser (And Everyone Can Be One!)

Fundraising Dos and Don’ts | See these tips in action: A Fundraiser’s Tale—Central School

Effective Techniques To Raise More Money In The Digital Age

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Prue Beidler: How To Be A Good Board Member

Using Philanthropy For Personal Celebrations Like Holiday, Birthday or Bar and Bat Mitzvah Parties

How To Fundraise For Cancer And Make A Difference

Get Inspired By These Better Makers

Lisa Watters, Benny’s World

Janet Meakin Poor, Philanthropist Specializing in Plant Conservation

Marcia Doniger, Northbrook Citizens for Drug and Alcohol Awareness (NCDAA)

Vickie Burke, McGaw YMCA

Gabrielle Rousso, The Art Center of Highland Park

Kathryn Guylay, Nurture

Carole Dibo, The Wilmette Theatre

Maureen Smith, Philanthropist, The Joffrey Ballet

JJ Hanley, JJ’s List

Michele Snyder, Jennifer Lynn Snyder Teen Heart Foundation

Diane Mayer, The Lyric Opera of Chicago

Susan Kauffman, The Michael J. Fox Foundation

Shirley Ryan, Philanthropist, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Northwestern and others

Barb Flanagin, KARING (Katrina Relief in Northbrook and Glenview)

Jodi Mulder, Organizer of Shop with a Cause and Fair Trade Activist

Connie Duckworth, ARZU Studio Hope

Wendy Serrino, UNICEF

Karen Thomson, Literature for All of Us

Alexandra Nichols, Philanthropist, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Music Institute of Chicago and others

Sheridan Turner, Kohl Children’s Museum

Judge Margaret Mullen, Mary Pat Maddex Place

Lisa Laurent Peckler

Barry Reszel, Libertytown Productions

Brian Paul, Saving Tiny Hearts Society

Tom Ricketts, Cubs Care and Cubs Charities

Mark Mulert, Family Resource Center

Sandra King, Graceful Conception

Phil Sheridan, Mobile CARE

Welz Kauffman, The Ravinia Festival

Sophia Siskel, Chicago Botanic Garden

Michael and Laura Alter, City Year Chicago

Robin Doerge, Children’s Memorial Hospital and Shedd Aquarium

Cynthia La Schiazza, After School Matters

Ellen Stirling, Shop Your Cause Lake Forest

Jennifer Sobecki, Designs for Dignity

Karen Marshak, Philanthropist, Midwest Hospice & Palliative CareCenter

Prue Beidler, Philanthropist, Chicago Children’s Museum and others

Susan B. Noyes, Philanthropist, The Lyric Opera, The Music Institute of Chicago and others

Pam Weston, Philanthropist, The Art Institute of Chicago and others

Patty Reece, Fundraiser, The Warren Cherry Scholarship Fund and others

Alpine Children’s Charity

Beth Drucker, Go Green Wilmette

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Warming Hearts & Hands at Old Orchard

Kim Lichtenberger, myself, and the Make It Better Foundation tree at Old Orchard

Thank you Kim Lichtenberger for creating a great design – and the largest coat in Old Orchard’s history – for our Warming Hearts & Hands tree at the mall.

Please vote for this tree at Old Orchard to support the Make It Better Foundation’s annual winter outer wear donation to the homeless.