SBB Research Group congratulates Family Matters and Heartland Animal Shelter on winning a $5,000 grant

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Based in northwest Chicago, Family Matters offers underserved school-age children academic and social programs that engage them through transformative educational experiences. In partnership with the local community, Family Matters works to close the education gap by guiding students through each stage of school and preparing them for college and careers. Through programs such as Boys to Men and Girl Power, the organization inspires youth to build leadership, academic, social justice and career skills with the goal of developing resilient, responsible, and accountable community leaders. Click here to learn more.

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Heartland Animal Shelter is a center for the care and adoption of lost, stray, and abandoned animals. Through a comprehensive program of education, community outreach, and collaboration, Heartland promotes responsible pet ownership throughout the Chicago area. Since its founding in 2002, Heartland has saved thousands of cats and dogs and placed them in loving households. The organization advocates neutering and spaying cats and dogs to reduce animal overpopulation and to hopefully eliminate the need for euthanasia. Click here to learn more.

Mobile Care Chicago brings high-quality care—free of charge—directly to low-income children throughout Chicago. Their fleet of Asthma, Children’s Health, and Dental vans serve over 6,000 children in Chicago and, during the pandemic, they also have been providing COVID-19 testing. A network of 80 local schools assists Mobile Care Chicago, enabling the organization to identify and treat children who lack insurance and who have limited access to regular medical care. Its innovative mobile service model overcomes longstanding barriers between underserved children and quality medical care. Click here to learn more.

AIDS Foundation Chicago supports Chicagoans living with HIV/AIDS and offers prevention services in partnership with policymakers.

Readers2Leaders promotes literacy by providing underserved children with

e-readers loaded with thousands of electronic books.

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Serving the Greater Chicago area, Share Our Spare collects and distributes essential baby items to families living in poverty, helping their children thrive early in life. Through its network of dozens of agency partners and corporate sponsors, Share Our Spare provides over 25,000 children with much-needed items such as diapers, wipes, formula, clothing, toys and other critical supplies. Since its founding in 2011, Share Our Spare has become a vital resource for new parents and their children. Click here to learn more.

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Designs for Dignity provides donated furnishings and architectural services to enhance the physical environments of other nonprofit organizations.

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Evanston Scholars offers test preparation, guidance, and mentorship to underserved students to help them enter and succeed in college.

Simply Destinee saves lives by promoting mental health and raising awareness about teenage suicide among Aurora’s youth. They are committed to providing community-based support for students to feel safe, healthy, and ready to learn. Working within the local school district, they offer inspirational dance and art programs designed to foster creativity and social and emotional learning. Simply Destinee’s programs reach over one thousand students annually. Click to learn more.

C24/7 supports children and young adults with after-school programs, job readiness training, emergency payments, and the necessary environment to thrive socially and economically.

Home of the Sparrow protects women and children from homelessness and empowers them to achieve lasting self-sufficiency through community partnerships.

Humanity Relief combats poverty and violence by providing food, shelter, and skill development classes to refugee families and survivors of domestic abuse.


Headquartered in Lincoln, Illinois, CAPCIL’s mission is “to empower persons with low income and the aged” with numerous vital services to thousands of families across five counties. As an Essential Business under Governor Pritzker’s executive orders, the organization has continued to operate and serve the community throughout the public health crisis. The agency’s efforts have been especially impactful during the pandemic. CAPCIL’s Meals on Wheels program delivers nutritious food to elderly individuals, a population that is particularly vulnerable to the virus. The organization also operates food pantry co-ops at six different locations. In addition to its nutrition services, CAPCIL provides job training and career planning, wellness checks, emergency kits, medical transportation, and many other forms of life-changing assistance to low-income families. Click to learn more.

The Well of Mars Hill, Maine is a safe haven for youth that serves the community by providing meals, educational guidance, and counseling to children and young adults in need.


Blackdog is an animal shelter in Glenview, Illinois dedicated to caring for dogs in need and supporting vaccinations and veterinary visits for families who cannot afford them.

Providing critical support to

the community?