SAVE THE DATE – 12th Annual Crew Bar + Grill Annual Chili Contest

SAVE THE DATE – 12th Annual Crew Bar + Grill Annual Chili Contest

It’s almost time for Crew’s 12th Annual Chili Contest, taking place on Saturday, January 28th! Got a great chili recipe? Talk to a server if you want to compete or email  crew@rootcollective.com.

All proceeds will benefit Care for Real, helping our neighbors in the Edgewater community.

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City Lit Theater Cares for Real

City Lit Theater Cares for Real

City Lit Theater is offering special priced tickets to selected performances of The Sundial:

Friday, Jan. 6 at 7:30PM, Saturday, Jan. 7 at 7:30PM and Sunday, Jan. 8 at 3:00PM

To purchase tickets online use code CARE when purchasing at the following URL: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2587094 or call the box office and mention code CARE to purchase tickets at:  773-293-3682

Find out more info about the show at the following URL: http://www.citylit.org/the-sundial

City Lit’s Current Season and Shows are below:

Halsted Street Pub Crawl Benefits Care for Real, December 10

Halsted Street Pub Crawl Benefits Care for Real, December 10

Join us Saturday, December 10 for the North Halsted Pub Crawl sponsored by North End and Revolution Brewing. For just $20, you will receive a shirt for the crawl, glasses, lanyards, keychains, swag and a “passport” that will allow you to sample delicious tastings of Revolution beers at North End, Bobby Love’s, F.O. Mahony’s, Cell Block and Charlie’s. At the end of the crawl, all ticket buyers who have their passport marked from every bar will receive a Revolution Holiday Kozie as a bonus. Great raffle prizes also available (raffle tickets available below). Registration begins at 1:00pm on the day of the event at North End, 3733 N. Halsted and the Pub Crawl will begin at 2:00pm. All proceeds benefit Care for Real!

Purchase tickets and raffle tickets in advance by visiting Event Brite online at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/halsted-street-pub-crawl-to-benefit-care-for-real-registration-29653366016?aff=ehomesaved

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Radiant Smiles Holiday Promotion

Radiant Smiles Holiday Promotion

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Supporting Care for Real Makes You Smile!

Donate at the $20 level and above and receive a 30 minute EXPRESS! whitening session at Radiant Smiles for You, 5555 N. Sheridan Rd.

 Offer valid for Care for Real Monetary Donations from Monday, November 28  – Saturday, December 31, 2016 at the $20 level and above. Must book appointment by Monday, December 26, 2016 for services no later than Friday, January 13, 2017. Limit 3 per person – these make GREAT STOCKING STUFFERS!

Please mention Care for Real Holiday Promotion when scheduling your appointment by email at  radiantsmilesforyou@gmail.com.

Everyone wants a brighter smile, especially this time of year, and get set for the holidays by helping Care for Real in our community.

Support Care for Real on #GivingTuesday, November 29

Support Care for Real on #GivingTuesday, November 29

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.  Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Care for Real will be participating in the national campaign, Tuesday, November 29, 2016.  Please consider making a donation online at www.careforreal.org/donate.

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Join us at The Annual ECRA THANKSGIVING SERVICE, Sunday, November 20

Join us at The Annual ECRA THANKSGIVING SERVICE, Sunday, November 20

Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Benefits Care for Real Food Pantry

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One of the most beloved and enduring traditions in the Edgewater community is the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service conducted by ECRA, the Edgewater Community Religious Association. It is a time when we come together to celebrate our diversity and give thanks for all we have. Care for Real (CFR), the Edgewater Community Food Pantry, is honored and fortunate to be the beneficiary of the special collection taken at this service These donations enable CFR to make Thanksgiving dinner possible for hundreds of their clients,  This year, the service will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church (1500 W Elmdale) with 11 choirs joining in song from participating congregations.

ECRA Participants

  • Ebenezer Lutheran Church
  • Edgewater Presbyterian Church
  • Emanuel Congregation
  • Epworth United Methodist Church
  • Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Ismaili Center of Chicago
  • Living Well Ministries
  • North Shore Baptist Church
  • St. Gertrude Catholic Parish
  • St. Ita Catholic Church
  • Unity Lutheran Church

Sunday, November 20th, 3:00 PM:    Dontations and monetary contributions for the Care for Real Food Pantry will be welcome!

Reception follows the event, for which contributions are appreciated.

Please contact 773-343-4782 with any questions you may have.

One of the most beloved and enduring traditions in the Edgewater community is the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service conducted by ECRA, the Edgewater Community Religious Association. It is a time when we come together to celebrate our diversity and give thanks for all we have. Care for Real (CFR), the Edgewater Community Food Pantry, is honored and fortunate to be the beneficiary of the special collection taken at this service These donations enable CFR to make Thanksgiving dinner possible for hundreds of their clients,  This year, the service will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church (1500 W Elmdale) with 11 choirs joining in song from participating congregations.

ECRA Participants:

  • Ebenezer Lutheran Church
  • Edgewater Presbyterian Church
  • Emanuel Congregation
  • Epworth United Methodist Church
  • Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Ismaili Center of Chicago
  • Living Well Ministries
  • North Shore Baptist Church
  • St. Gertrude Catholic Parish
  • St. Ita Catholic Church
  • Unity Lutheran Church

Sunday, November 20th, 3:00 PM:    Dontations and monetary contributions for the Care for Real Food Pantry will be welcome!

Reception follows the event, for which contributions are appreciated.

Please contact 773-343-4782 with any questions you may have.

Care for Real seeking Director of Development

Care for Real seeking Director of Development

An anonymous donor wants to help Care for Real grow and has given us a restricted grant to hire a development director!  Job Description and “how to apply” follows:

Job Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development is the chief fundraiser for Care for Real and is responsible for the development and execution of Care for Real’s short and long term fundraising and communications activities.

Primary Duties:

  • Develop and implement an annual fundraising plan that maximizes revenue from corporations, direct marketing, events, foundations and individuals.
  • Oversee communications including marketing materials, website and social media as well as all fundraising communications.
  • Implement a donor retention and recognition program.
  • Identify and secure new donors for the organization.
  • Actively solicit major gifts from donors including writing proposals and making direct asks.
  • Seek out grant opportunities and manage the grant application process.
  • Provide excellent stewardship to existing corporate, foundation and individual donors.
  • Develop and oversee fundraising events.
  • Serve as a staff liaison to the Board of Directors Fundraising Committee providing professional support including prospecting, reporting and training.
  • Oversee donor data base management and maintenance, execution and tracking of donor agreements, tax receipting and processing of gifts
  • Manage the administrative functions of the development department including budgeting, revenue forecasts, policies and procedures, donor agreements and regulatory compliance.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the organization.
  • Supervise the Development and Communications Associate.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends as necessary.

Qualifications:

  1. Demonstrated record of success in raising funds from foundations, individuals and corporations utilizing multiple revenue streams.
  2. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  3. An understanding of all forms of marketing communications with an emphasis on social media.
  4. A track record of securing foundation, corporation and government grants.
  5. Understanding of donor database management.
  6. Experience in working with a Board of Directors in a fundraising capacity.
  7. Ability to foster effective working relationships with a broad spectrum of individuals, including staff, volunteers, donors, prospects and management
  8. Commitment to the mission of Care for Real.
NOTES:
Additional Salary Information: Negotiable based on experience.
Ability to work occasionally from home.
To apply, please submit cover letter, resume and salary requirement to: development@careforreal.org before December 8, 2016.
No phone calls, please. Care for Real is an equal opportunity employer.

Cellars Bar & Grill Care for Real Fundraiser – November 17

Cellars Bar & Grill Care for Real Fundraiser – November 17

Come celebrate with Care for Real at Cellars Bar & Grill(formerly Broadway Cellars), 5900 N Broadway, with a special Thanksgiving Wine Dinner on Thursday, November 17.

Cellars’ wine dinner features a 5 course meal with hand selected wine pairings from the West Coast.  The menu features wild mushroom soup, apple and blue cheese salad, pan roasted trout, turkey roulade, and pumpkin mousse with ginger snaps. Care for Real will be receiving $2 from every bottle sold. Support us by participating in our raffle including fine wines, gourmet food baskets and more!

The dinner kicks off with a reception at 6:30pm and dinner served at 7:00pm. Seating is limited so reservations are mandatory. Dinner costs $60 per person with tax and tip additional. Call (773) 944-1208 and reserve your seat today!

Chicago Market Thanksgiving Pop-Up Shop – Nov. 19

Chicago Market Thanksgiving Pop-Up Shop

Join Care for Real for Chicago Market Co-Op’s Thanksgiving Pop-Up Shop!

From 2:30pm – 5:30pm on Saturday, November 19 at Wilson Abbey, 935 W Wilson Ave, vendors will have kinds of delicious produce and meat to make your Thanksgiving celebration special, from fresh bread to locally grown greens.

Care for Real will be joining these vendors and will be collecting donations and distributing information. So stop by! Entry is free but an RSVP is required.Check out all the vendors and RSVP at  http://www.chicagomarket.coop/events

Amazon Smile and Cyber Monday

Amazon Smile and Cyber Monday
There’s more than one way to support Care for Real these days.
If you like online shopping, switch from going to amazon.com to smile.amazon.com during this year’s Cyber Monday and all year long.
Nothing changes in terms of prices or items offered to you, but Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to the organization that you select. You can go to smile.amazon.com, choose Care for Real as your organization and start giving back now. Avoid the crowds during the holiday season and use Amazon Smile for all your gift shopping needs!

Thank you Chi-Town Jazz Festival and Founder John Moulder!

Thank you Chi-Town Jazz Festival and Founder John Moulder!

We are so grateful to John Moulder and the Chi-Town Jazz Festival for your generous support of Care for Real. It’s an honor to be a beneficiary of the festival. Your contribution will help us continue to provide the highest level of free programs and services to our neighbors in need.

Chicago Uptown Lions Club supports CFR Annual School Drive

Chicago Uptown Lions Club supports CFR Annual School Drive

Care for Real sends out a big thanks to President Tim and all our friends and supporters at Chicago Uptown Lions Club for collecting over $500 to help us with our Annual School Drive. Executive Director, Lyle Allen, joined the group at their monthly meeting at Francesca’s Bryn Mawr where they presented us with their generous contribution!

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