|Lawrence Red Line Stop, Chicago, watercolor on paper, Jane Sloss, 2010|
For the third year, I am making a donation to the One Inspired Evening Art Auction. The auction is a benefit for Inspiration Corporation an extraordinary organization in Chicago. Inspiration's stated mission is as follows:
In an atmosphere of dignity and respect, Inspiration Corporation helps people who are affected by homelessness and poverty to improve their lives and increase self-sufficiency through the provision of social services, employment training and placement, and housing.
I feel personally invested in Inspiration Corporation. I volunteer, serving breakfast weekly at Inspiration's cafe. Meals at the cafe are served restaurant style and I am delighted by the opportunity to pour guests their coffee, serve their breakfast and clear their plates. I see the positive impact that the programs of Inspiration Corporation have in the lives of participants and am delighted to give a small amount of my time.
Chicagoans should check out Cafe Too. Cafe Too is the social enterprise restaurant of Inspiration Corporation. The restaurant serves as a training program, which has helped hundreds of individuals gain the skills they need to find employment and exit homelessness and poverty. Not only that, it's delicious!
What are some of the organizations that you think are extraordinary?