CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs today teamed up with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation to announce more than $1.1 million in grants to non-profit organizations serving those in need in the Chicago area. This marks the 10th consecutive year more than $1 million has been donated to Chicago communities through Cubs Care, a McCormick Foundation Fund.
"Our annual Cubs Care grant luncheon is about empowering non-profit organizations in Chicago and providing the necessary resources to help communities in need," said Cubs Charities Chair Laura Ricketts. "We're proud to once again give more than $1 million to further these organizations' missions through Cubs Care and Cubs Charities and thank our fans for generously supporting the community events that make these donations possible."
"Chicago is filled with passionate fans and caring neighbors," said David Hiller, president and CEO of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. "We are honored to join the Chicago Cubs and the Ricketts family to support these amazing community organizations that are working tirelessly to improve the lives of underserved youth, adults and families across Chicagoland."
Through Cubs Care, more than $19 million has been donated to Chicago non-profit organizations since 1991. Events such as the Chicago Cubs Bricks and Ivy Ball, Race to Wrigley 5K Run presented by Athletico and Catch in the Confines, along with activities such as the Cubs Convention, personal score board messages, financial contributions from Cubs players and private contributions from fans have helped raise funds for these efforts.
The 2014 grant recipients include Chicago Scholars, who provides college preparatory and persistence support to Cubs Scholars and Chicago's youth in need. A grant to the Chicago Parks Foundation will provide funding for more than 10,000 low-income and special needs youth to play baseball this summer. A donation to Union League Boys and Girls Club will expand baseball through Chicago with instruction and teamwork through Senior and Junior Cubs RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities). A contribution to Action for Healthy Kids will help two Chicago Public Schools incorporate healthy food choices and physical activity into their daily lives and into the culture of the school community.
The full list of organizations receiving grants includes:
Academy for Urban School Leadership
Action for Healthy Kids
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago
Breakthrough Urban Ministries
Center on Halsted
Chicago Academy of Sciences
Chicago Parks Foundation
Chicago Public Library Foundation
Girls in the Game
Girls on the Run
Heartland International Health Center
House of the Good Shepherd
Housing Opportunities for Women
Lake View YMCA
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
Metropolitan Family Services
Midtown Educational Foundation
Misericordia Home/Heart of Mercy Center
Mujeres Latinas en Acción
National Runaway Safeline
Ravinia Festival Association
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Ronald McDonald House Charities
St. Joseph Hospital
St. Joseph Services
Union League Boys and Girls Clubs RBI