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Nonprofits support a wide variety of causes. If you're looking to get involved with your community, finding and researching a nonprofit in your vicinity is a great way to start. Lucky for you, we've saved you some time and done both. 

Check out this list of nonprofits based in Chicago and see if any of them interest you and if so, click on their pages and see if they have any volunteer or job openings!

1. KECamps

Their unique summer day camps offer children opportunities to experience a variety of exciting and innovative programs in a safe and professional setting. Daily schedules vary from location to location, depending on each unique facility. 

The majority of their camps offer group golf instruction, group tennis instruction, daily swimming and martial arts. All of their programs are well-rounded, age-appropriate and tons of fun!

2. Berlitz Chicago Learning Center

Their mission is to enable customers to achieve their goals in a global environment by understanding their individual needs and providing the most effective solutions in language, communication, and cultural competence anywhere in the world. 

Berlitz helps individuals and businesses, governments and non-profit organizations develop the language, cross-cultural and leadership skills necessary for success.

3. Black Bear Academy

At Black Bear, the benefits of your child’s play are facilitated by their instructors to increase developmental readiness for future developmental, academic, and social milestones by improving language skills, increasing core vocabulary, facilitating healthy neurological maturation and supporting efficient and effective construction of rapid neural pathways and processing centers.

4. Little Inspirations

Established in 2008, Little Inspirations Child Care Center grew with Peg Dunne Pavelec, mother and elementary school teacher, and her strong desire for top quality care and education in the first years of children’s lives. Little Inspirations serves over 50 children ages 6 weeks - 6 years of age. Purposeful play, nature, socialization, and real-world experiences are the basis for learning in this nurturing environment. They strive to consistently give children opportunities to explore their surrounding environment as a context for their learning.

5. The Autism Therapy Group

At The Autism Therapy Group, there is an outstanding team of therapists. They have chosen to specialize in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy. The Autism Therapy Group is located in Wheeling, IL and provides in-home ABA Therapy and Autism Therapy services. Their goal is to help your child lead a happy, productive, and fulfilling life - better outcome with proven results.

6. Jumpstart for Young Children

Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. They provide language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promote quality early learning for all children. Since 1993, they’ve trained 45,000 college students and community volunteers to transform the lives of nearly 100,000 preschool children nationwide.

7. Sarah’s Inn

Sarah’s Inn is a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of those affected by domestic violence and to break the cycle of violence for future generations. 

Sarah's Inn's services and initiatives focus on ending relationship violence through domestic violence crisis intervention, community education, and violence prevention programs for youth.

8. Galileo Learning

Galileo’s mission is to create a world of fearless innovators. They think kids who learn to explore and fail without fear—the essence of innovation—are happier, more creative and more confident when faced with life’s challenges.

9. Facing Forward to End Homelessness

Envisioning a better future is the first step to empowerment. They turn their backs on homelessness and position themselves to envision what’s next. 

They break the cycle of homelessness in Chicago by providing housing and social services that empower individuals to face forward to a new future. They know that connecting people to safe, stable, long-term housing first creates the best platform to address the root causes of homelessness.

10. MoveOn

MoveOn is the largest independent, progressive, digitally-connected organizing group in the United States. Launched in 1998, MoveOn pioneered online organizing and advocacy techniques that have become standard in politics, nonprofits, and industry in the U.S. and worldwide. 

They combine rapid-response political campaigning with deep strategic analysis, rigorous data science and testing, and a culture of grassroots member-listening and participation that allows them to consistently and quickly identify opportunities for progressive change–and mobilize millions of members to seize them. 

11. The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform

ICPR’s mission is to initiate reforms and promote public participation in government, address the role of money in politics, and encourage integrity, accountability, and transparency in government, and they advocate their mission through the use of educational forums, legislative reforms, and technology projects making government data available to the public.

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