By Mike Ockrim, CEO Chicago School Supply
Since July is National Make a Difference to a Child Month, I was inspired to volunteer for an organization committed to helping children find a successful path in life. I did not have to look much further than my own back yard. When I discovered UCAN (short for Uhlich Children’s Advantage Network), a Chicago organization that works to build strong youth & families, I knew I had found the right place.
I contacted the organization almost immediately and will volunteering as a mentor this year. Just watch this video of these truly inspiring kids!
We can make a difference in the life of a child every month of the year- you don’t have to limit it to July! I challenge readers to find a local organization that helps kids. Visit these sites to learn more about how you can be a mentor to a child.
UCAN’s mission is to build strong youth and families through compassionate healing, education and empowerment. Since its founding in 1869 UCAN has remained dynamic, evolving with the tremendous challenges facing disadvantaged children, their caregivers and families. Over time, UCAN has grown into a multi-faceted social service organization which today serves more than 13,000 at-risk children, youth and families across the state of Illinois.