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CHI Volunteer Ellen Rontal: Portrait Artist

Ellen Rontal has been volunteering with The Chicago Help Initiative for the past 10 years. An artist by training, she...
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2018: Some of Our Favorite Scenes from the Year

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Chi Run Mag Mile Volunteers

RUN Mag Mile Runners Raise Over $12K for CHI in 2018 AND 2019!!

Registration now open for RUN Mag Mile 2020!
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Champion for Tenants Rights

Read about Lamont's current activism in securing more affordable housing in Chicago, as reported in the Chicago Tribune (12-11-2019) Aug...
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Chicago Recipes” Gala 2018

It was a night to remember at this year’s Chicago Help Initiative’s annual fundraiser, “Chicago Recipes,” held on June...
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"Perhaps the mission of an artist is to interpret beauty to people — the beauty within themselves." - Langston...
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Denise Sutherland: Improving Lives Through Yoga

Denise Sutherland leads weekly chair yoga sessions with our guests who want to improve their physical mobility, relieve stress and...
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Martial Artist on His Way Back Up

Ron Pulliam has been attending our weekly Wednesday meals on and off for the past 6 years. He’s also...
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Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon hosts annual “Thanksmas” meal at CHI

Jan. 12, 2018 - Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon and his wife Jaye dished out a sensational homemade spaghetti and...
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The best medicine? Having a place to live

Adequate shelter is one of the basic necessities of life -- and a key determinant to a person’s health and...
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What You Helped Us Accomplish in 2017

As the year's end approaches, we are so grateful for our supporters, volunteers, and partnering organizations who make it possible...
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It’s about uplifting lives”

Our Jobs Club is led by CHI volunteers Anna Ginsberg and Wahid Rashid. Wahid brings to our program decades of experience...
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Did you know?


of the people we serve are military service veterans.

They help us with food, social services. Nothing but love, that’s how I feel about the Chicago Help Initiative.”