Corbin’s 8th Birthday Project

We partnered with 8-year-old Corbin who chose to celebrate his birthday by collecting items for the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans. Corbin’s friends and family donated personal care items, cleaning supplies, household goods and gas/grocery cards. Corbin (with help from his mom) applied for a $500 LLL grant and according to his mom, “when I told Corbin he received it, his eyes …

Bags of Hope

This month we partnered with St. Paul the Apostle School in Davenport, Iowa for their Bags of Hope project.  Eighth graders, Anne and Olivia, organized the project, applying for a LLL grant and collecting money from school and church families. A team of seven students and four adults filled 100 drawstring bags with toiletries, gift cards, gloves, and scarves to …

Christmas Gifts for Home Safe Residents

December had us partnering with the GFWC (Greater West Palm Beach Women’s Club) and the students from Palm Beach Day Academy’s Service Learning Program. GFWC applied for a $900 LLL grant and the students sold candy canes at their school and raised over $1000! The two groups worked together to “adopt” 11 girls living in the Libra House at Home …

Thanksgiving Food Baskets

For the second year in a row, we partnered with the Limestone High School student council to fund 98 Thanksgiving baskets for people in need. This was truly a team effort as the Student Council collected cash donations at various school events, organized a gratitude-focused fundraiser at school, solicited food and supplies donations from local grocery stores and restaurants, and …

Dignity4Girls

I (Tiffany) first learned about Dignity4Girls a few years ago. A volunteer from the organization came and spoke to our women’s group at church. From the D4G website, “In impoverished communities worldwide women and girls are using leaves, mattress stuffing, newspaper, corn husks, rocks … anything they can find and use to keep from missing school or work while menstruating. …

Street Angels Milwaukee

We are so grateful to Street Angels, Inc. in Milwaukee and the third graders at Southwood Glen Elementary School in the Franklin Public School District for assembling 50 HOPE bags for first responders to distribute to our friends who are homeless and in need. This particular class of students has done multiple service projects for Street Angels since kindergarten and …

Sophia’s Kitchen

Pekin Community High School student Gracie Kizer serves as a volunteer at Sophia’s Kitchen. During the pandemic, she witnessed children coming to eat with no mask or poor fitting masks designed for adults. Gracie used grant funds to design and purchase comfortable masks that would appeal to kids so they would be more likely to wear one. We are proud …

Hygiene Kits

Love Like Lija partnered with Olivia to provide hygiene kits for 320 low income Evanstonians! According to Olivia, “It amazed me when I passed them out how grateful people are for these kits—the smiles and looks of surprise on their faces! It’s so cool to see that little things like this make a difference! I hope Lija knows and is proud …

Hope Garden

A Key Club at a central Illinois high school will plant a Hope Garden at a local park. Hope gardens “help to destigmatize issues of mental health and provide awareness for suicide prevention. Hope gardens become a beautiful place for survivors and loved ones to post messages of hope and healing. We tragically lost a student at our school to …

Kids in the Kitchen

This month we awarded a grant to “Kids in the Kitchen,” a program of the Junior League of Peoria.  All award monies were used to provide grocery kits  to children served by three Peoria-area social service agencies. The kits included groceries, recipes, nutritional fact sheets and instructional recipe videos. Videos were created by Junior League of Peoria members and their children. …