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Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019 at 08:39 PM CDT

Little City: Home in Palatine Gets Extreme Makeover

Little City: Home in Palatine Gets Extreme Makeover

The makeover was made possible by a group of volunteers who wanted to transform a group home and help eight adult women with developmental disabilities. NBC 5's Anayeli Ruiz has the story.

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2019 at 07:01 PM CDT

Local School Fundraises for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month

Local School Fundraises for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month

A Chicago-area school is raising money and making a difference for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and honoring some of those who have been affected. NBC 5's Anayeli Ruiz reports.  

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2019 at 06:31 PM CDT

A Look At Navy Pier's 'Ship of Tolerance' Art Installation

A Look At Navy Pier's 'Ship of Tolerance' Art Installation

Using the universal language of art to help young people learn about tolerance and diversity is the mission behind a new, free public art installation at Navy Pier. The Ship of Tolerance, presented in collabora...

Sunday, Sep 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM CDT

Special Olympics 2019 in Illinois

Special Olympics 2019 in Illinois

NBC 5’s Alex Maragos sits with Six Flags Great America representative Caitlin Kepple to talk about the annual Special Olympics event in Illinois that is set to take place on Sept. 21.

Saturday, Sep 14, 2019 at 10:40 AM CDT

'Saving Tiny Hearts Society' to Host Gala in Chicago

'Saving Tiny Hearts Society' to Host Gala in Chicago

NBC 5's Alex Maragos sits down with the co-founder of Saving Tiny Hearts Society, Francie Paul, to talk about the organizations' mission and the upcoming gala scheduled to take place Saturday from 5 p.m. to...

Wednesday, Sep 11, 2019 at 08:43 PM CDT

'World Bicycle Relief': Helping Students in Underserved Areas Get Around

'World Bicycle Relief': Helping Students in Underserved Areas Get Around

A group of north suburban students are helping to make this initiative possible. NBC 5’s Sabrina Santucci has more from Northfield.

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2019 at 06:29 PM CDT

Sarah's Circle Gets Big Boost to Its Mission

Sarah's Circle Gets Big Boost to Its Mission

 More than 800 homeless women in the Chicago area have gotten help from Sarah's Circle, and now the group itself is getting a helping hand. NBC 5's Sabrina Santucci explains. 

Wednesday, Sep 4, 2019 at 06:04 PM CDT

Chicago Family On A Mission to Bring Joy to Kids in Hospitals

Chicago Family On A Mission to Bring Joy to Kids in Hospitals

A Chicago family is turning their grief into gifts for other families facing the same cancer that took their young daughter too soon. NBC 5’s Lauren Petty shows us how they spread that joy at Lurie...

Monday, Sep 2, 2019 at 11:48 PM CDT

Charles Tillman Rows Across Lake Michigan For Fundraiser

Charles Tillman Rows Across Lake Michigan For Fundraiser

Retired Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman recently completed a grueling task with one reason in mind: to help kids with cancer.

Sunday, Sep 1, 2019 at 11:19 AM CDT

Women’s Business Development Center to Host 'Connect & Celebrate' Event

Women’s Business Development Center to Host 'Connect & Celebrate' Event

 NBC 5’s Alex Maragos sits down with Jaemie Neely, the director of Illinois procurement technical assistance center for the WBDC, an organization that encourages women, veterans, minorities and other...

Making a Difference Resources

The following agencies and organizations offer relief, aid and volunteer opportunities to various groups. Turning to these you can find answers to many of your questions. Click here for a full list of Making a Difference Resources.