The Chicago Fire Foundation and Chicago Fire Community Relations team are dedicated to enriching the lives of the Chicagoland community by partnering with leading local organizations, creating long-lasting relationships, and establishing a supportive presence within our 77 neighborhoods. We are excited to work with these organizations and continue our outreach into the community. Please see below for a list of our current community partners.
Acero Schools Chicago
Acero Schools Chicago’s mission is to transform minds through academic empowerment and success. They provide educational opportunities that will launch the next generation of extraordinary life-long learners, discerners and doers. Learn more here.
After School Matters
After School Matters was founded in 1991 to provide teens with opportunities to discover their potential and find their future. Currently, After School Matters offers opportunities to teens in art, technology, science programming, sports and communications programs.
BEYOND THE BALL
Beyond the Ball is an organization that uses the power of sport and play to reclaim space, unite the community, and develop a culture of opportunity through which we cultivate hope and change lives. We create opportunities for residents to build community through projects that reflect the personal and social responsibility learned in our programs. So while we invest in youth to grow community leaders for the future, we are simultaneously making an impact right now. Learn more here.
CENTER ON HALSTED
Center on Halsted is the Midwest's most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland. More than 1,000 community members visit the Center every day, located in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview Neighborhood. Learn more here.
Chicago Park District
The Chicago Park District owns more than 8,800 acres of green space, making it the largest municipal park manager in the nation. The Chicago Park District’s more than 600 parks offer thousands of sports and physical activities as well as cultural and environmental programs. Learn more here.
Chicago Parks Foundation
Chicago Parks Foundation is the 501c3 partner of the Chicago Parks. Their mission is to build a stronger community dedicated to supporting and conserving our city’s parks. Learn more here.
Chicago Public Schools
Chicago Public Schools is truly a district on the rise. Their mission is to provide a high-quality public education for every child, in every neighborhood, that prepares each for success in college, career, and civic life. Learn more here.
Common Goal creates a link between football communities to join together and tackle the greatest social challenges of our time. With the recent launch of their Anti-Racist Project, Common Goal is calling on fans, players, teams, and leagues to join the collective effort against racism. Learn more here.
CRADLES TO CRAYONS
In the United States, 2 in 5 children live at or below 200% of the federal poverty, a level that ranges from deep poverty (50%) to low-income (200%). These families struggle to pay for rent and groceries and often can’t afford anything else. Basic items for their children—clothes that fit, shoes, a coat for cold weather—are simply not possible. Cradles to Crayons works to fill this critical yet overlooked need. Learn more here.
Greater Chicago Food Depository
The Greater Chicago Food Depository is Chicago’s Food bank. The Food Depository is part of a united community effort working to bring food, dignity and hope to our Cook County Neighbors. They act as the hub for a network of more than 700 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other programs. Learn more here.
The Lisa Family Foundation
The Lisa Family Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private non-profit foundation that supports causes that strive to improve the overall quality of life for underprivileged children and others in need, focusing its efforts on health and education. The Foundation has funded scholarship programs at multiple universities, in addition to its establishment of Arizona State University’s Lisa Foundation Patent Law Clinic. It also recognizes the importance of education and an active lifestyle in today’s youth, which is why we are proud that the Lisa Family Foundation supports these efforts by serving as a sponsor for the Chicago Fire Foundation’s P.L.A.Y.S. Program.
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
The Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is Illinois' only freestanding hospital exclusively for kids. Ranked #1 in almost every major pediatric specialty, they provide superior pediatric healthcare in a compassionate, family-centered environment. Learn more here.
Launched in April 2007, MLS W.O.R.K.S. is Major League Soccer's community outreach initiative dedicated to addressing important social issues and serves as a platform for both League and club philanthropic programs. MLS W.O.R.K.S. seeks to establish Major League Soccer as a leader for improving the lives of people through sport. Learn more here.
My Block My Hood My City
My Block My Hood My City’s mission is to inspire youth, empower communities, and build a better world one block at a time. They believe that each and every one of us needs to take responsibility for our communities through our efforts of service, empathy, and collaboration. Learn more here.
National Coalition of 100 Black Women
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advocate on the behalf of black women and girls to promote leadership development and equity in the areas of health, education, and economic empowerment. The MLS and Chicago Fire FC have partnered with the NCBW through various programming efforts. Learn more here.
The Night Ministry
The Night Ministry is a Chicago-based organization that works to provide housing, health care and human connection to members of our community struggling with poverty or homelessness. Learn more here.
Over Under Initiative
The Over Under Initiative is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and wellness of kids by increasing access to sport in urban neighborhoods. By converting basketball courts and other blacktops to multi-sport spaces, OUI provides greater play opportunities for kids most in need of these proven benefits. Learn more here.
Special Olympics Illinois
Special Olympics is dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences. Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. The Chicago Fire and Major League Soccer showcase Unified Sports as a vehicle to show the power of inclusive sports! Learn more here.
Urban Initiatives is a nonprofit organization that runs a health and education soccer program, called the Work to Play Program, in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). By actively engaging participants in extracurricular activities at a young age, Urban Initiatives empowers youth to live a healthy lifestyle, value education, and enhance their personal and social development. Learn more here.