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Category: Hunger & Housing
Start Date: December 27, 2018
This is my fundraiser for Team Our Lady of the Angels 2019 campaign. Please help me reach my goal and help this great cause!
This is my very first marathon! Some of you may already know that I have been involved with the Bank of America Chicago Marathon for the last several years by helping out on the finish line. I have seen THOUSANDS of people cross that line and many proudly display shirts with the name of a particular charity. All of these charity runners inspired me to do the same. I chose a local organization that works tirelessly to help others in my hometown of Chicago. This organization is dear to my heart for several reasons. First and foremost, the Mission establishes a Catholic presence in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood on the west side of Chicago. This is one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city. The Mission provides support in the form of meals (over 1,000 are fed EVERY SINGLE MONTH), emergency assistance, distribution of gently used clothing/household goods, after school care, a summer block party for the neighborhood, a Christmas party, Thanksgiving party, senior programs, school supplies, etc.!!! Also, just a fun fact...my dad's family had a strong presence on the near west side of Chicago for over one hundred years and lived quite close to the Our Lady of Angels Mission and had friends that attended this church. (This is all repeated below but I wanted to tell you myself!)
They have big goals to provide a new outreach center to the West Humboldt Park neighborhood and I want to help. Please help me to help them!!! :)
Team Mission of Our Lady of the Angels will be fundraising through the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and Shamrock Shuffle!
Mission of Our Lady of the Angels exists to provide material and spiritual support to the West Humboldt Park, Chicago- one of the most challenged neighborhoods in the United States. The Mission feeds about 1000 families a month, provides additional material and pastoral support to families, youth, and senior citizens, and, most importantly, brings the love of Christ to a neighborhood desperately in need of hope.
Funds will be used to complete the renovation of the Mission's new outreach center to the poor in West Humboldt Park, Chicago. The new outreach center will provide the very needed space for the Mission's donation storage/ distribution, a handicapped accessible kitchen/ dining room, meeting space for neighborhood and retreat groups, and a 60+ bedroom retreat center for volunteers and retreat guests.
Information about the Mission at www.missionola.com
Information about the outreach center renovation project at https://missionola.com/school.html
We need your help to complete this project! Be part of the miracle that is TEAM OLA!
The Mission is a 501(c)(3) and relies entirely on the donations of private donors.