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            Doing Well

            A collection of stories about people and not-for-profits that help us lift each other up.

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            Stay-at-上海11选5走势图 parenting in the time of coronavirus: mashed blueberries, diaper-less baseball

            It isn’t easy adjusting to working from 上海11选5走势图 — especially with two little kids underfoot, as reporter Stefano Esposito has quickly discovered..

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            McDonald’s auctioning $90,000 ‘Golden Shamrock Shake’ cup for charity

            If you don’t have excess green to place a bid, McDonald’s is giving away a second Golden Shamrock Shake through a special contest.

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            Al Roker set to brave Lake Michigan again at Chicago Polar Plunge

            The TV star and his "Today" colleague Craig Melvin are planning to jump into the frigid waters at North Avenue Beach next month.

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            Curt’s Cafe serves up hope, life skills — and second chances

            The cafe provides mentoring, job- and life-skills training, field trips to cultural and historic landmarks, and other essential helpers, ranging from GED teachers to mental health counselors to volunteers offering expertise on how to get a Real ID or a free lift to a job interview.

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            The Era spreads footwork culture worldwide

            The Era lives by the motto "Footwork saves lives." Their passion for the dance artistry pushed them to pass along their history through Circle Up, the annual summer camp they conduct.

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            Fashion Geek’s Alonzo Jackson designs team jerseys for alma mater, Leo High School

            In 2004 Jackson launched Fashion Geek, and today the brand operates out of three storefront locations in Chicago.

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            China上海11选5走势图 reports 25 coronavirus deaths; US prepares evacuation

            The total number of deaths attributed to the virus is at least 106. The U.S. government has prepared to fly Americans out of the city at the center of the outbreak.

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            Elizabeth Wurtzel, ‘Prozac Nation’ author, dies at 52

            Reports say the cause of death was metastatic breast cancer.

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            TV producer Greg Berlanti donates $2 million to Northwestern University

            An NU alum, the man behind ‘Riverdale,’ ‘Arrow’ and other hits is funding a professorship in dramatic writing.

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            Chicago chef Quentin Love fighting hunger and lifting spirits high

            "It’s about the spiritual principles of love, forgiveness and being grateful," said Love, who is marking his fifth year of serving free meals to the needy every Monday at his restaurant’s non-profit community soup kitchen.

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            Building the Future with Neighborhood Entrepreneurs

            Alyssa Helenowski, 18, of Barrington, Ill., runs with Lunar, a silver bay miniature horse, at SOUL Harbour Ranch.
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            SOUL Harbour Ranch brings emotional healing, smiles with an assist from some four-legged pals

            SOUL Harbour therapy teams — which often include miniature horses — venture out in their custom van to visit patients at hospitals, veterans at assisted living facilities and students at schools.

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            South Side cafe and food pantry serve up kindness and so much more — one hearty meal at a time

            The Park Cafe Maple Park United Methodist Church, and the food pantry at the New Life Covenant Church, are helping people in need via free sit-down meals or a grocery store-like shopping experience.

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            Willie ‘DJ Casper’ Perry keeps Cha-Cha sliding to fight cancer

            The Chicago native and creator of the "Casper Slide," Willie Perry faced both liver and kidney cancer in 2016. His positivity gave him the strength to battle his illness.

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            Building Confidence in a Digital Age

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            Musicians on Call making patients young and old happier, one song at a time

            "There are people who haven’t smiled or tapped their toes in over a week and now, they are. That’s powerful. That’s how we know we are making a difference."

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            Sean Astin fighting the good fight for mental health advocacy

            The "Lord of the Rings" star will be in Chicago next Sunday as guest speaker at a fundraiser for the mental health awareness non-profit No Shame on U.

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            Launching Chicago’s next generation of entrepreneurs

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            Providing mental health care for immigrants ‘personal for me,’ Pilsen Wellness Center director says

            ‘The communities we serve are very complex,’ Nestor Flores says. ‘These are vulnerable populations that are struggling to survive, low-income in many cases.’

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            People’s Music School is helping shape kids’ futures one note at a time

            The school’s after-school programs are free-of-charge and require family volunteer hours, and its intense level of music education is designed to boost children’s creativity, life opportunities and sense of community.

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            When disaster strikes, chef Jose Andres is on the ground with World Central Kitchen

            The nonprofit founded by the Michelin-starred chef has served nearly 10 million meals on the front line of emergencies since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and, most recently, in the Bahamas.

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            Future Founders helping students become business leaders of tomorrow

            The Chicago-based organization teaches middle-schoolers, high-schoolers and young adults — particularly those in underserved neighborhoods — the skills and training they’ll need to succeed in the 21st century.

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            Chicago’s storefront theaters find lifeline through Donnelley Foundation Theater grants

            "What makes the Donnelley grants different is that they trust you to spend it where you need to most," says Rivendell Theatre Ensemble founding artistic director Tara Mallen.

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            New pastor steps up a Bridgeport church’s commitment to community

            The Rev. Nicolette "Nic" Pe~naranda aims to "disrupt the cycles of poverty, 上海11选5走势图lessness and food insecurity."

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            Play Together: Chicago record label’s creative way of giving back

            The social impact record label pairs musicians with artists for a unique collaboration while the proceeds from record sales, art sales, concerts and more are invested into after school art and music programs throughout Chicago.

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            Non-profit Kicks 4 The City is changing lives one pair of shoes at a time

            The organization is trying to spark the minds of everyday individuals to get involved in their communities by showing them you don’t need money — just time to make a difference.

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            Aurora’s Dominican Literacy Center changing women’s lives through mentoring

            For 25 years, one very determined nun’s program has been pairing volunteer English-speaking tutors one-on-one with women who need literacy skills. The results have been life-changing.

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            Open Books program gifts children with free books, starting at birth

            A child can receive up to 60 books, chosen by a group of early education experts, before he or she enters kindergarten.