Literacy at the Laundromat

LLL partnered with SCARCE and their Literacy at the Laundromat project. Promotion of early literacy is crucial to children’s future success in school, and having books in the home is a large component of that.  In many communities, children spend an average of 2 hours per week at the laundromat with their parents with nothing to entertain themselves.  Through this project, …

Care Packages for Children

Robert Gutwa and the Grace Community Centre-Kisii in Kenya partnered with Love Like Lija to make care packages for children in the village. According to their application, “With the pandemic…every home had children who were desperate, out of school for over 8 months and poor parents, guardians who have lost a job, are ailing from terminal illness, elderly taking care …

Survival Backpacks

This week we are highlighting our latest project completed by our youngest grant recipient ever. Eight-year-old Maggie completed a service project last year with her Girl Scout troop and was inspired to undertake a project on her own. She applied for a $200 grant to fill Survival Backpacks for the Fill a Heart 4 Kids organization. Her original plan was …

Christmas presents for the residents of a group home

In Palm Beach County, Florida, volunteers used grant funds to purchase Christmas presents for the residents of a group home; the eight girls who live there have been removed from their family home because of some type of abuse. From the grant application, “each year for the holidays we ask the girls for a wish list of items that might …

Thanksgiving food baskets

One hundred and thirty Central Illinois families received Thanksgiving food baskets, thanks in part to a $1,000 Love Like Lija grant. Twenty Limestone High School student council members assembled and distributed these baskets families in need. LLL funds were used to purchase turkeys, oven bags, disposable pans and rolls; community members contributed pies and canned goods. According to the longtime …

Feminine Care Support

Dunwoody, Georgia Amount Funded: $250 As female voices gain in strength in America, basic necessities continue to elude some women. One such example is the modest need for feminine care products. Sabra H.’s has coordinated with DeKalb County Georgia Schools to provide these items to five middle schools who have asked to be part of her Bat Mitzvah project. She …

Cope Notes

Tampa, Florida Amount Funded: $950 Not A Therapist is a peer counseling service that provides support and encouragement for mentally ill, addicted, and suicidal youths and young adults, specifically in the metal/hardcore/tattoo community. Right now, we are scaling our service to help more and more people! Browse our website to learn more: www.copenotes.com. This project will directly benefit mentally ill, …

Bismarck Blessings

Danville, Illinois Amount Funded: $1,000 Bismarck Blessings was formed by the Social Worker and one of the teachers at Bismarck-Henning Elementary School. They had a vision to begin sending home backpacks with food every weekend to children who may need the supplemental food for the weekend. We started with about 10 backpacks and are up to almost 20 now. We …

Mary Martha Guild Support

Lombard, Illinois Amount funded: $500 Mary Martha Guild of St. John’s Lutheran in Lombard has partnered with CareNet to help support a single mom of three kids, Michelle. Since meeting Michelle last month, our members have met her urgent needs of baby equipment and diapers/formula. She has three children: a 10-year-old, a 5-year old with pretty severe special needs and …