$120,780
100% raised of $100,000 goal

Strides For Peace - 2019 Race Against Gun Violence Fundraiser

Our vision is a Chicago where all can thrive and live free of the fear of gun violence.  Our mission is to increase the collective impact of community organizations working to stop gun violence, save lives and build a stronger Chicago.

You can choose to support Strides for Peace, which organizes the race and provides direct financial and other forms of support to nonprofits working to reduce violence around Chicago, or you can support one of our Community Partners or Affiliates directly. 100% of charitable contributions are distributed to nonprofit organizations dedicated to reducing gun violence.

Organizations

Strides for Peace
About

The mission of Strides for Peace is to increase the collective impact of community organizations working to stop gun violence, save lives and build a stronger Chicago.

$37,322

100% raised of $35,000 goal
Advocate Trauma Recovery Center
About
The Advocate Trauma Recovery Center is a health care-based violence intervention program that provides quality services and resources to survivors of intentional trauma with compassion, respect and care. Our purpose is to aid individuals who have experienced trauma in rebuilding, restoring and strengthening their sense of safety by ending the cycle of violence. We provide access to trauma-informed care by acknowledging how past and present traumatic experiences and stress may impact the individuals and families we are serving. Our team is specially trained to support the unique needs of survivors and their families to foster hope for a better future.

$12,365

61% raised of $20,000 goal
After School Matters Inc.
About

After School Matters is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to provide Chicago public high school teens with opportunities to explore and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond. In 2017, After School Matters provided more than 17,000 teens with high-quality after-school and summer programs in arts, communications & leadership, sports, and STEM.

$265

26% raised of $1,000 goal
Automotive Mentoring Group
About

Through intensive mentoring and teaching the restoration of classic cars, the Automotive Mentoring Group (AMG) equips young people who are involved in, or at risk of involvement in neighborhood violence, with life skills, social and emotional coping strategies, and trade skills that create positive opportunities for them.

$0

0% raised of $1,000 goal
The BASE Chicago
About
The mission of the BASE Chicago is to leverage the power and passion of sports to empower youth (ages 8 to 18) on Chicago's west side to achieve their full potential by choosing to stay in school, graduate and get assistance to enter college or other career based training. BASE Chicago will prodice the city's best baseball and softball players, most importantly BASE Chicago will build some of the best citizens in Chicago.

$100

10% raised of $1,000 goal
Bright Star Community Outreach
About

Our mission is to empower residents to share in the responsibility of building community through resource development and collaborative partnerships. We will accomplish our mission by developing innovative performance-based practices and programs to address the need for Violence Prevention, Community Engagement, Economic Development, Education, Healthy Children/Youth and Families.





$1,476

14% raised of $10,000 goal
BUILD
About

Since 1969, BUILD has been a second family for Chicago’s marginalized youth, helping thousands of young people facing the steepest challenges—like poverty, involvement in the justice system, and chronic exposure to violence and other sources of trauma—escape gang violence and become leaders in safer, stronger communities. BUILD reaches over 6,500 youth and families annually in five of Chicago’s most challenged neighborhoods—Austin, East Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, Hermosa, and Fuller Park, using a model recognized as effective by the U.S. Department of Justice.

$750

75% raised of $1,000 goal
Catholic Charities
About

Catholic Charities is fundraising for The Peace Corner Youth Center, which is located in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago's Westside. Originally established to provide the neighborhood youth a safe haven from gang violence and drug dealing, The Peace Corner has grown into a community center that provides employment services, GED class referrals, basic skill development, recreational programing, legal counseling, mentoring, tutoring, and hope for all that are willing to take a step in a positive direction. Through the Peace Corner, Catholic Charities offers a wide variety of services to the youth and families of Austin, and hopes to expand their capacity to work with the people there to continue to make it a safer place to live and grow.

$1,445

72% raised of $2,000 goal
Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation
About

The Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation envisions a community free from all forms of sexual exploitation and sexual violence, including sexual assault and the commercial sex trade. CAASE addresses the culture, institutions, and individuals that perpetrate, profit from, or support sexual exploitation. CAASE is excited to be demonstrating our commitment to holistic violence prevention throughout Chicago by participating in this year's Race Against Gun Violence.

$18,988

63% raised of $30,000 goal
Chicago Police Memorial Foundation
About

The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to honoring the lives of fallen Chicago Police heroes. The Foundation provides support and financial assistance to the families of Chicago Police Officers who were killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty. 

$50

5% raised of $1,000 goal
Chicago Run
About

Chicago Run is a nonprofit organization that provides children and youth from pre-K through high school with fun and engaging physical activity programs regardless of age, neighborhood, or athletic ability level. We serve over 18,000 children and youth with high-quality enriching physical fitness programs. Our goal is to improve the physical fitness and social/emotional well-being of all our participants by following a Sports Based Youth Development model and using Trauma Sensitive coaches.

$0

0% raised of $1,000 goal
Chicago Survivors
About

Chicago Survivors is a non-profit organization that provides a range of services for surviving family members of Chicago homicide victims. Chicago Survivors staff members work to ensure families receive early crisis intervention, supportive counseling, advocacy, and referral services from the moment of the death notification for a period of at least six months. Chicago Survivors also supports an ongoing Community of Survivors as a means of peer support and as an avenue for constructive engagement in anti-violence efforts.

$1,715

68% raised of $2,500 goal
The Community Builders
About

At The Community Builders we are committed to achieving positive outcomes for our developments and the people who live in them. We believe that building and sustaining strong communities helps everyone.  Together with valued partners, our work includes award-winning neighborhood transformations and pioneering commercial projects that anchor communities with grocery stores, medical centers and recreational facilities. We build, rehabilitate and sustain developments that more than 4,000 families of all incomes call home in vibrant cities, formerly distressed public housing sites and sought-after neighborhoods across the Midwest.

$805

11% raised of $7,000 goal
Crosses for Losses
About

My name is Greg Zanis. I am a carpenter by trade. Since 1997, I've constructed and placed over 20,000 white wooden crosses and other memorials for the public and the families of crime victims as well as accident victims.

$3,000

100% raised of $3,000 goal
Everytown Survivor Network
About

Through our members in the Everytown Survivor Network, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America gives a voice to survivors and victims of gun violence. The Survivor Network works to build communities of support around the country, and many of our survivors live in the Chicago area and lead our work with community partners to stem gun violence.

$0

0% raised of $1,000 goal
Example Setters
About

The Example Setters is a community of leaders, youth, and adults who have been on the frontlines in the Chicago peace movement for 7 years. Block by block in the parks, churches, and schools. Through spoken word poetry, CPS leadership/mentoring programs, and health/wellness workshops, we have seen first hand the pain and power poverty has over this city's most underserved communities. Despite the staggering statistics, and against all odds The Example Setters found the youth of Chicago are an invaluable asset to breaking the cycle of poverty and they are key to a peaceful Chicago. We are seeking an investment in Chicago's future.

$0

0% raised of $1,000 goal
Faith Community of St. Sabina
About

St. Sabina created the Strong Futures Program, St. Sabina Basketball Peace League, Peacemakers Community Outreach to combat senseless neighborhood violence issues through enhanced employment training and job opportunities as well as well as by providing supportive services and innovative programs to bring the community together in peace.  

$150

10% raised of $1,500 goal
Friends of Kenwood Academy
About

Friends of Kenwood Academy, aka FOKA, is a 501(c)(3) charitable membership organization of the community, school parents, family, and friends who support education and community excellence at Kenwood Academic Center and Kenwood Academy High School.

$50

5% raised of $1,000 goal
Friends of Northside College Prep
About

Please join Northside College Prep (NCP) High School by making a donation, running or walking for the Thursday, June 6 Race Against Gun Violence. We are running to honor our friend and Northside family member Emanuel Gallegos, who we lost tragically on February 25 this year. As a Strides for Peace Community Affiliate, Northside strives to augment the crucial voice of education in the ecosystem critical to achieving peace and tackling the challenge of gun violence in the City of Chicago.

As an institution for young adults, Northside uses this race as a means of fostering a productive outlet for NCP students, faculty, families and its community to do what they can to raise awareness, have constructive, peaceful dialogue and collaborate with other organizations in the race against gun violence.

$700

70% raised of $1,000 goal
Gary Comer Youth Center
About

Gary Comer Youth Center was established in Chicago’s Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood in May 2006. Our mission is to ensure students graduate from high school prepared for college and careers. We provide a safe and supportive environment for youth after school, on weekends and during school hours. We are committed to developing the full potential, talent and skill of young people from 5th grade through college graduation. We offer programming in three primary categories: academics, enrichment and college success.

$360

36% raised of $1,000 goal
Guitars over Guns Organization (GOGO)
About

Since 2014, GOGO has shown a commitment to curbing violence by providing over 600 youth each year between Miami and Chicago with productive options for creative expression - namely, music education, performance opportunities, and mentoring. Our mentors are local, professional musicians who use music as a vehicle for facilitating social-emotional development in middle school-aged youth, while providing a stable relationship with a caring adult. By the end of the 2016-17 school year, our team of 11 mentors served nearly 350 students across four school- and community-based sites in Chicago.

$1,325

100% raised of $1,000 goal
Healing Hurt People - Chicago
About

Healing Hurt People-Chicago (HHP-C) is a hospital-based violence intervention program (HBVIP) launched in August 2013 as a collaboration between the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County (Stroger), The University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital (Comer) and the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice at Drexel University in Philadelphia (Drexel).

$4,205

84% raised of $5,000 goal
Hello Baby
About
HelloBaby is a not for profit organization whose mission is to support, empower and inspire families raising young children in underserved neighborhoods in Chicago.

$685

68% raised of $1,000 goal
I Grow Chicago
About

The mission of I Grow Chicago is to grow Englewood from surviving to thriving through community connection, skill building, and opportunity. 

Once abandoned and up for demolition, I Grow Chicago's Peace House now serves as a community center with events, after-school tutoring, summer camp, community yoga classes, Peace Garden, and a food and donation pantry. Nearly 15 different programs assist every generation of West Englewood with every aspect of their lives, from learning to take a deep breath before reacting to learning how to use computers. Since the Peace House opened, what was previously one of the most dangerous blocks in West Englewood has become a symbol of hope and transformation.

$845

8% raised of $10,000 goal
The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence
About

The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV) is the oldest and largest statewide organization in the U.S. working to prevent the devastation caused by firearms. Founded in 1975 by four suburban Chicago women concerned about the tragic consequences of handgun proliferation and availability, ICHV works on a variety of fronts to educate, raise public awareness, and build coalitions to enact change in laws and behavior.

$2,220

74% raised of $3,000 goal
Institute for Nonviolence Chicago
About

Through the teachings of Dr. King, Nonviolence Chicago infuses high doses of nonviolence through community members and role models to change the prevalence and status quo of violence.  Using a collaborative community-based approach founded on the theories and practices of nonviolence and relationship building, Nonviolence Chicago works with the highest risk ("in-risk") individuals and the communities in which they live.

$700

70% raised of $1,000 goal
Kids Off the Block
About

Kids Off the Block (KOB) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2003 by Diane Latiker who opened her home to youth in her community to help them steer away from the negative influences they saw daily.  KOB works with youth, teens, and young adults ages 12-24 years old, offering homework help, mentoring, activities and a “safe place."

$525

52% raised of $1,000 goal
The Kindness Campaign
About

The Kindness Campaign empowers people, which makes a strong community, through service, stewardship and selflessness.  We believe in the power of the people to build strong communities.

$1,830

73% raised of $2,500 goal
Kolbe House Jail Ministry
About

Kolbe House is the jail ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago. By supporting our ministry, you are supporting faith-sharing groups for men and women in Cook and Lake county jails, pastoral and material support for families affected by incarceration, and transitional support for men and women returning to the community from jail or prison. We provide a listening, nonjudgmental presence to these men, women and children, and we walk with them as they build communities of support that help them achieve stability and a sense of belonging. Located just blocks from Cook county jail, we are often the first stop for men and women getting released from jail and meet them with kindness and hospitality. We thank you for being a part of this ministry.

$460

46% raised of $1,000 goal
Lost Boyz Inc.
About

Lost Boyz Inc. is a non-for-profit, grass-roots organization engaged in community development within Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood. We serve youth ages 4 to 24 and provide our programs from January until October of every year. Our organization originated in the South Shore neighborhood during the summer of 2008 as a direct response to the need for the revitalization of organized youth baseball in the community. However, an organizational vision and mission greater than providing baseball developed as a result of the spike in adolescent violence, increased criminal activity, and other astonishing deteriorating social conditions of the youth in the community.

$225

22% raised of $1,000 goal
M.A.S.S. (Mothers Against Street Shootings)
About

The mission of M.A.S.S. is to ensure our children are able to go to school, play outside their homes, and return safely without fear of being a victim of gun violence.

$100

10% raised of $1,000 goal
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
About

The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) serves as the conscience of law enforcement by being committed to justice by action. NOBLE has nearly 60 chapters and represents over 3,000 members worldwide that represent law enforcement officials of all ranks from federal, state, county, municipal law enforcement agencies, criminal justice practitioners and concerned citizens.  The Chicago Chapter focuses on promoting positive interactions with the community in the greater Chicagoland area, providing educational, recreational and social outlets, especially for youth and the elderly.  From skating parties; athletic events; senior brunches; father-daughter dances; poetry slams; plays and golf outings to training sessions for those hoping to become police officers and our Law in the Community program; NOBLE CHICAGO is there to fill the need where we find it while offering guidance and support to our members who seek advancement in their careers.

$100

10% raised of $1,000 goal
NeighborScapes
About

NeighborScapes is a non-profit organization with a mission to strengthen the physical and social fabric of neighborhoods, and to create a covenant of care, enrichment and development for young people.

$3,425

68% raised of $5,000 goal
New Community Outreach
About

New Community Outreach (NCO) actively supports youth and families in Chicago’s Bronzeville community. We do this through our partnerships with Jackie Robinson Elementary School, the Bronzeville Community Action Council, The Urban Resilience Network, and other local and city-wide organizations. Building on the relationships of our leadership and board of directors as well as the ministry of New Community Covenant Church, we have built community gardens, hosted back-to-school fairs, and organized with our strategic partners to reduce violence in our neighborhoods for God's glory. We are guided by a vision of thriving Chicago communities led by neighbors of all ages. We work collaboratively with residents of the South Side of Chicago to reduce the causes of physical and emotional trauma and raise the opportunities for community equity and individual flourishing.

$11,429

57% raised of $20,000 goal
New Life Centers of Chicagoland
About
We are neighborhood based Centers that connect youth and young adults with Christ and Community through mentoring, education, and sports.

$45

4% raised of $1,000 goal
Paving the Way
About

The Greater Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church's "Paving The Way Project” serves as a voice for the Washington Park community, as an outreach program for violence prevention, and as a bridge between public service personnel and the public in hopes of building a safer and stronger community. 

$220

22% raised of $1,000 goal
Peace Call
About

Peace Call is a violence reduction program focused on public health. Since one of our biggest public health issues is the violence on our streets today, to help lower the rate of violent incidents, we have created a new program called Peace Call. It's sole purpose is to stop violent acts from occurring.

$70

7% raised of $1,000 goal
Pride ROC
About
Our mission is to end violence in Chicago by refining those at its core through integrated, trauma-informed Passages.

$1,805

72% raised of $2,500 goal
Purpose Over Pain
About
Purpose Over Pain is a nonprofit advocacy and support group for parents who have lost their children to gun violence.

$3,965

100% raised of $3,000 goal
SaveMoneySaveLife
About

SaveMoneySaveLife aims to provide vital resources to those who need it most. Our mission is to foster civic action through arts and entertainment, facilitating sustainable change.

$0

0% raised of $1,000 goal
Strengthening Chicago's Youth
About

Strengthening Chicago's Youth (SCY) is Chicago's largest violence prevention collaborative and a catalyst for innovation convened by Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Our mission is to connect and mobilize our community around a public health approach to violence prevention. We encourage partnerships that strengthen existing efforts so our youth can reach their full potential.

$110

11% raised of $1,000 goal
Storycatchers Theatre
About
Storycatchers is participating in the Run Against Gun Violence because not one more of our young people should lose someone they love to a bullet. Chicago's youth have so much to offer, and gun violence is a public health epidemic that drastically affects their paths to success. It's tragic, unacceptable, and must change.

$125

12% raised of $1,000 goal
Timothy Community Corporation
About

The mission of Timothy Community Corporation (TCC) is to strengthen the community by Connecting, Sharing and Serving; providing the individual opportunities to grow physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Timothy Community Corporation will be an incubator for resources. This incubator will serve as a warm, inviting environment that drives individuals to impact the community. Those touched by TCC will be strengthened through a process of learning, healing, and serving.

$215

21% raised of $1,000 goal
Urban Alliance
About
Urban Alliance empowers underserved youth to aspire, work, and succeed through paid internships, professional training, and mentoring.

$25

2% raised of $1,000 goal
West Town Bikes
About

West Town Bikes aims to promote bicycling in the City of Chicago, to educate youth with a focus on under-served populations, and to foster and serve Chicago’s growing bicycling community. Year-round bike based youth programs offering instruction in bike building and mechanics, bike safety and nutrition and active lifestyle choices. The program also teaches science concepts, environmental awareness, personal responsibility and citizenship.

$0

0% raised of $1,000 goal
Whitney Young
About

Gun violence is a reality in our city and it's important that, as a community and a team, that students of Whitney Young support a good cause.  As the students reflect on how this may have directly (or even indirectly) affected our lives, we will use this race to bring this issue to the forefront of our minds and decide how we can be responsible citizens of Chicago and lend a hand in ridding our community of violence.

$145

14% raised of $1,000 goal
YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago Youth Safety and Violence Prevention (YSVP) program
About
The Youth Safety and Violence Prevention initiative (YSVP) of the Young Men’s Christian Association of Chicago (the Y) serves youth ages 13-18 who have been exposed to community violence by providing prevention, intervention, and re-entry services in safe, supportive, and trauma-informed environments. YSVP combines mentorship, case management, family engagement, and restorative justice programs to reduce the cycle of harm caused by past exposure to trauma.

$25

2% raised of $1,000 goal
Youth Guidance
About

At Youth Guidance, we believe that no matter what challenges a young person faces, they are more likely to succeed when they have many caring adults in their lives. Our highly trained staff works directly with schools, parents and families to meet kids where they are—physically within schools, socially and emotionally—and help them break cycles of violence, overcome life and academic obstacles, make positive choices, and remain on the right path towards life success.

$6,315

84% raised of $7,500 goal
Youth Advocate Programs, Inc.
About

We believe the needs of individuals and families- even those with high risk- can safely and most effectively be met within a home and community setting.

We believe that every individual possesses strengths, potential, interests and talents that make them unique and can be built upon and shared.

We believe that everyone needs access to positive people, places and activities within their community to develop their natural potential and live full, productive lives.

We believe that partnering with families to identify their needs and preferences preserves dignity and improves outcomes.

We believe that investing in community-based programming is a cost-effective, responsible alternative to out of home placements.

$100

10% raised of $1,000 goal
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