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@ILGive Instagram Takeover!

@ILGive Instagram Takeover!

November 18th—

This Sunday, November 20th until 7pm, find us on ILGive’s Instagram account#ILGive is a local #GivingTuesday campaign focused on amplifying the work of Illinois nonprofits. Follow them to see what we’re up to / get involved in the local philanthropic community.

Now Available: The 826CHI Compendium Volume 5

Now Available: The 826CHI Compendium Volume 5

November 17th—

We're thrilled to share a publication two years in the making, The 826CHI Compendium Volume 5. These 61 stories, poems, and essays are ordered chronologically by age, inviting you to observe a young person's artistic growth from age six through 18. 

Between these 247 pages you will encounter a lion “as loud as a pencil sharpener,” witness a family’s journey toward American citizenship, live vicariously through a Chance the Rapper performance, experience the dramatic sabotage of a fifth grade science project, and get a closer look at the struggles and triumphs of teen parenthood.

Read an excerpt in our Writing Gallery and pick up your own copy today from the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.

Standing with our Students

Standing with our Students

November 17th—

We believe in eternal optimism and the healing power of empathy. We believe in nurturing creative, vulnerable minds. We believe that writing is healing and volunteering is healing.

And we stand with our students, always.

You can read our full Commitment to Inclusion, the 826 Stand, here, and click here to get involved.

“Ears as Big as my Head” Coming on Thursday!

“Ears as Big as my Head” Coming on Thursday!

November 15th—

Our After-School Tutoring & Writing students' oral history project, "Ears as Big as my Head," is coming this Thursday, November 17th! Celebrate with us at a listening party at 826CHI, where there will be a potluck and a station to record your very own oral histories. Find details on our event page and see our Instagram for a preview of our students' work.
 

Thanksgiving Volunteer Potluck & Game Night

Thanksgiving Volunteer Potluck & Game Night

November 15th—

This month, 826CHI is feeling especially thankful for our volunteers. To celebrate, our Volunteer Engagement & Support Team (“VEST”) is gathering the whole family at the table to share our love of good food and friendly competition — join us this Thursday, November 17th for a Thanksgiving Potluck and Game Night.

Whether you’ve been volunteering with us for years, tutored students for the first time just today, or have been *thinking about* joining our volunteer team, we’re thankful for you — and would love to see you at this event.

Please bring your favorite game and a dish to share — we’ll have beverages and crowd favorites like Bananagrams, Lift-It, Superfight, and Dutch Blitz. (Please note: this is an all-ages, alcohol-free event.)
For more details, see our event page>>

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