WGN-TV’S CHICAGO’S VERY OWN HELPING HAND

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Envision Unlimited’s goal is to serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across all ages, abilities and backgrounds in the city of Chicago. They strive to reach out to all people regardless of their economic status. Of the 1,200 clients Envision helps, approximately 92% of them fall at or below the Federal Poverty line. By offering life skills training, community living options, job training and placement, as well as foster care, autism services and home based care, Envision Unlimited is able to help integrate clients into their communities as fully as possible. For more information, please check out http://www.envisionchicago.org.

4KidsSake’s goal is to better the lives of children, by fulfilling whatever their needs may be. They strive to reach out to all of the children who fall through the cracks of other organizations. In three years, they’ve helped and assisted over 2,500 families.

By instating programs for anti-bullying and health and nutrition in local school, 4KidsSake has impacted many different communities throughout the Chicagoland area in incredibly substantial ways. From Oak Lawn to Evanston, 4KidsSake has hosted events such as basketball tournaments, fundraisers, family fun fest and block parties for children and their families all around the Chicagoland area.  For more information, please check out facebook.com/4KidsSake.

Charity: Youth Service Project is building communities with youth based organizations. Located in the greater Humboldt Park community, the Youth Service Project works to build relationships with the youth through means of safety, support, and creative programming. By doing this, the youths will learn to maximize the strengths and learn to navigate their lives. The YSP has already changed the lives of nearly 3,000 young adults annually through the means of recreation, prevention, diversion, intervention, arts and culture, education, and community building. More information can be found at www.youthserviceproject.org

SitStayRead brings dogs into Chicago classrooms to help kids learn to read. The dogs and their owners are trained and certified volunteers, without whom the program could not happen. SitStayRead will use this Bob Rohrman minivan to bring volunteers who have no transportation to their partner schools! Find out more about SitStayRead at http://www.sitstayread.org/

Bob and Ryan Rohrman, of the Bob Rohrman Auto Group, are joined by WGN’s Mike Toomey and SitStayRead’s Kate McIlvain - SitStayRead Director of Programs, Dr. J. Bradley Blankenship - Classroom Volunteer,  Cosi Fan Tutte - Certified Reading-Assistance Dog Bradley, and Avery, who loves to read.

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