Life has been good…health, family and friends, and opportunity. Giving back in a small way helping others less fortunate or looking to move ahead in life is a great way to return the help I have received during life’s journey. Again, the Chicago Triathlon in August has the aim of helping Renew Chicago.
Renew Chicago provides financial and leadership resources to local outreach organizations focusing on Neighborhood Impact, Schools, Education and Economic Renewal. The charitable purpose for each:
>Breakthrough – community revitalization in East Garfield Park on Chicago's West side, and for 25 years has provided housing, food, job training, medical care, education, and youth development activities to over 5,000 local residents. They envision a vibrant, healthy community in which all people recognize their God given value and where success is the norm and families prosper.
>Safe Families for Children - creates extended family–like support for desperate families through a community of devoted volunteers, motivated by faith to keep children safe and keep families intact:
Keeping children safe during a family crisis such as homelessness, hospitalization, or domestic violence in an effort to prevent child abuse and/or neglect.
Supporting families in crisis by surrounding them with a caring and compassionate community.
Reuniting families and reducing the number of children entering the child welfare system.
>Brave Initiatives - empowers high school girls from underserved communities to be agents of change in the world through design thinking, technology skills and leadership training; the purpose is to raise a generation of problem solvers; specifically, future leaders involved in technology. Chicago and our local area stand to be huge benefactors of this group’s development!
The Chicago Triathlon takes place on Sunday August 25th, combining three athletic events; a ¾ mile swim, a 23 mile cycling segment that ends with a 6.5 mile run. It takes place throughout the city of Chicago (followed by the indulgence of a burger and beer!).
All donations go towards impacting these community groups. Any charitable dollars available for an organization like this will help make a difference - well wishes for a safe event are also appreciated!
The donation page link for the Renew Chicago Triathlon Team: