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Community ServicE Opportunities

Community Service is an important priority for TTN. Our Community Service Volunteer Group is working on opportunities for members to join together to help women and children in need. 
Throughout the year, our Chicago Chapter will provide fundraising and volunteer opportunities to members.  This year, TTN's Chicago Community Service Group has chosen to partner with Ronald McDonal House, which supports the needs of families whose children are receiving treatment at Ann and Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital.

TTN Volunteer Opportunity! Ronald McDonald House!

There will be a number of TTN-sponsored activities at the Ronald McDonald House this year including a craft event in April.  Check the TTN website for more details in the coming weeks.  We hope you’ll  consider joining us.

The Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s is conveniently located in the Streeterville neighborhood of downtown Chicago, at 211 E. Grand. 

Thank you for supporting our TTN Chicago Women Build Team! - A Habitat for Humanity Event

Thank you to all our members, family and friends who made donations to support our TTN Members in this important community build initiative.  We exceeded our $6,000 goal and raised $10, 315 to support Habitat for Humanity Women Build! 

We were proud to have 12 members representing our TTN Chicago Team! Our Team Members joined a community of Chicago women volunteering together to celebrate our strengths, have a blast and build permanent and affordable homes for dynamic, woman-led families.  Women Builders create a reality where one less woman will be denied the opportunity of homeownership. 

Saturday, October 12, 2019
 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Location of the Women Build Site will be communicated to our 12 team members.
Our team is full, but you can still support the TTN Women Build team by making a donation here.

Achieving housing stability is far more difficult for women to realize than for men in similar situations. Here are just three reasons why:  
  • Men earn more on average than women, resulting in access to higher credit, better loans and better quality homes and neighborhoods.
  • Unequal caregiving responsibilities limit a woman’s ability to dedicate the necessary time to obtaining and maintaining consistent employment and decent housing. 
  • Single women are denied mortgages at higher rates than single men despite the fact women are more reliable at paying back mortgages. 

To receive further information on this community impact event, please contact: Ann-Marie Downing




Blessings in a Backpack

TTN Chicago members got together to write inspirational notes to be placed in children’s backpacks. These backpacks were already packed with nutritional food for kids from low-income families to take home on the weekend. 


Members sorted and packed tomatillos at the Greater Chicago Food Depository!
March 8, 2019

We believe no one should go hungry. Every day, the Food Depository’s partner agencies and programs deliver food, dignity and hope for our neighbors. Last year, the Food Depository distributed nearly 70 million pounds of food, 38% of which was fresh produce. Every day the GCFD distributes the equivalent of 159,000 meals.


The Community Service Group hosted an event at Deborah’s Place 
Deborah’s Place opens doors of opportunity for women who are homeless in Chicago. Supportive housing and services offer women their key to healing, achieving their goals and moving on from the experience of homelessness.‚Äč 

Date: November 26
Location: 1530 Sedgwick, Old Town

Volunteers played bingo with women staying at Deborah's Place.

Community Service Volunteers packed and sorted 3,000 books at Bernie's Book Bank!  November 12!

TTN Chicago Chapter members from the city and the North Shore packed over 3000 books at Bernie’s Book Bank in less than 2 hours! 

Bernie’s Book Bank sources, processes and distributes quality new and gently used children’s books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland. Located in Lake Bluff, Bernie’s Book Bank has distributed more than 12.5 million books since it was founded in 2009.

Our Community Service Volunteer Group will be announcing more opportunities in the coming weeks. If you have any ideas for volunteer opportunities for our chapter, please contact Ann-Marie Downing at


Thank you to TTN Volunteers for the Spooktacular Children's Halloween Party at ChicagoLights

TTN Chicago members celebrated Halloween with children at ChicagoLights, a wonderful afterschool program located in downtown Chicago.  They read spooky stories with the younger children, made decorative masks with the older children, passed out goody bags, and more to children grades K-6.


Read! Succeed! Indeed! Children's Book Drive for Providence Englewood Charter School
Providence Englewood is a K-8 Charter School serving the Englewood community, an area of Chicago that has twice the poverty levels of the city overall. Despite this, students consistently score higher on state tests than other schools in surrounding communities and 100 percent of the school’s graduates are accepted into Chicago’s premier high schools.
TTN Chicago has met its goal to collect gently used or new children's books for grades K-3 by the end of October. All books have been donated to the school. Thanks for helping us reach our goal!


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