Mercy Home March For Kids to raise funds, awarenessMarch 4, 2017
Volunteers will again be out in force on Chicago-area street corners and at St. Patrick’s Day parades throughout March, collecting donations and raising awareness of Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, which gives at-risk children a safe place to live, therapy to heal from trauma, and education to help build independence.
The March for Kids campaign supports Mercy Home’s mission to help children who come from environments marked by poverty, violence, and abuse. The campaign will feature teams of street volunteers collecting donations and handing out shamrocks to say thank you.
Mercy Home raises more than 99% of its operating funds through private donations including those generated by March for Kids. Clad in their signature green and white aprons, campaign volunteers will collect contributions at Chicago-area St. Patrick’s Day parades and celebrations including the Forest Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Saturday, March 4; the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Saturday, March 11; the South Side Irish Parade, Sunday, March 12; the Northwest Side Irish Parade, Sunday, March 12; locations throughout downtown Chicago, Friday, March 17; and the Tinley Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Sunday, March 19.
Volunteers also are organizing donation drives at area businesses, churches, schools, and community groups.
Mercy Home seeks volunteers to help make the campaign a success. Any individual, business, or group can participate by signing up to be a Mercy Home March for Kids volunteer. Go to www.mercyhome.org to sign up or call (312) 738-9560.
The public can donate directly to Mercy Home online at that website. Mercy Home’s president, Rev. L. Scott Donahue, praised supporters for the impact they have on young people. “I see children who’ve endured terrible hardships in their young lives,” Fr. Donahue said. “Yet I’m always inspired by their resiliency and by the amazing things they can accomplish when they have the right care and encouragement—the kind that’s only possible because of generous people throughout the country who provide us with the tools Mercy Home needs to bring healing
and hope into the lives of these children.”
Mercy Home’s March for Kids has been held every year in Chicago, under different names, since 1996. For ten years, it was known as Shamrocks for Kids before being rebranded and expanded in
2014. Today, Mercy Home’s March for Kids involves media and corporate partners, parades and events, fundraisers, and a volunteer street team of 1,000.
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls offers residential, aftercare, and mentoring programs as well as a safe home, emotional healing, education, and life-changing opportunities for more than 600 young people every year. It gives children who have suffered abuse, neglect, poverty, and even abandonment the therapeutic, academic, and vocational support they need to heal from past traumas and build future success.
Mercy Home is privately funded and operates at three locations in Chicago: a home for boys in the West Loop, a home for girls in Beverly, and a home for aftercare residents in South Shore.