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Welcome to my website. I hope to make this site a very interactive tool that allows you, as a constituent, to communicate with me, stay updated on legislation and happenings in Springfield and find resources in our district. Using this site, you can join my email list, read my e-mail updates online, see the latest legislative news, view upcoming neighborhood events and contact me.

I welcome any questions, concerns or suggestions you may have. Please feel free to call my district office at (773) 769-1717 or email your question here. My district office is located at 5533 N. Broadway near Broadway and Bryn Mawr. We are typically open from 9am to 5pm, but please call to make an appointment.


Heather Steans - State Senator, 7th District

Dear Neighbor,

Our community is blessed with a robust network of organizations that ensure our residents have access to needed services and assistance throughout the year. Below is a list of donation opportunities for these non-profit and social service organizations. While you are doing your holiday shopping or clearing out your closets, please remember these organizations so they can help as many people as possible during this holiday season.

Feel free to forward me any local organizations I may have missed by contacting us here or calling 773-769-1717.

Thank you for your generosity, and happy holidays.


Heather A. Steans
State Senator – 7th District


Holiday giving stock photo web




A Just Harvest
7649 N. Paulina St.
Chicago, IL 60626
Contact: David Crawford

Home Depot gift cards
Office Depot gift cards (ink, toner, paper)
Heavy duty plastic forks
Laundry soap
Liquid hand soap for bathroom
Paper towels
Canned vegatables (any kind)
Canned soup (any kind)
On-line donations


Alternatives, Inc
4730 North Sheridan
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 506-7474
Contact: Kirsten Rokke Krokke@alternativesyouth.org
Donations accepted Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm at the front desk of the center.

Accepting donated goods to enhance and to support them in delivering high-quality programs and services to youth

Gift cards, preferably to large, non-specialized, Uptown-local chains like Target, Walgreens, and CVS. Ideally, we would have 20 gift cards at $10 each and 10 gift cards at $20 each (or some similar distribution). Gift cards are great incentives for youth to complete surveys for the agency, especially if surveys are also given to parents and other community adults. All survey participants are entered into a raffle, and the winners receive gift cards.


Easel white board
Post-it Easel Pads
Printing and laminating services


Gift cards to restaurants, clothing stores or chains like Target, Wal-Mart and etc. Gift cards serve as incentives for our students to attend sessions regularly. Many of them are enrolled in multiple programs or other out-of-school activities. These gifts card will be earned through participation and other conditions based on the program.


Ventra transit cards to help our youth/clients to travel to our trainings and programs. It would be a great help if we received approximately 40 cards.


Serato DJ Headphones
Drum sticks
Spiral notebooks


Up to 80 gender neutral journals
Up to 80 stress balls
Two iPads for research project


Care For Real
5339 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60640
Donations accepted Monday-Friday 9am-3:45pm and Sat 9am-12:45pm

Non-perishable food items
Unwrapped new toys for children and teens (teens needed most)
New or gently used winter clothing (coats, hats, scarves, mittens and gloves) for men, women and children
Personal care products (toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, shaving cream, razor blades)
Gas cards

City of Evanston Holiday Food and Toy Drive
2100 Ridge Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
Parker, Melissa- mparker@cityofevanston.org

Holiday Food and Toy Drive Needs: New, unwrapped toys that encourage physical and/or social activities and non-perishable food items at several convenient drop-off sites from November 2nd – December 11th. The event occurs on December 18th. You can send your contribution made payable to “City of Evanston Holiday Giving” to the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, 2100 Ridge Ave, Evanston, IL 60201 or visit http://cityofevantston.org/holidaydonation.


Centro Romero
6216 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60660
Donations accepted Monday – Friday, 9am-1pm, 2pm-5pm


File cabinets
Photo and video cameras
Printer paper

Chicago Uptown Ministries
4720 N. Sheridan Rd
Chicago IL 60640
(773) 271-3760
Contact: Michelle Simmons
Donations accepted Monday & Tuesday 9am-4pm, Wednesday 8:30am – 4:30pm, Thursday & Friday 9am-4pm


Canned goods
Non-perishable food items


Community Counseling Centers of Chicago, Children's Services
2542 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
Contact: Katherine Ward
Donations accepted 9:00 AM to 8:00 pm Mon. - Fri. and Sat 9am-1pm


Art supplies for children ages 0-17


Community Counseling Centers of Chicago, Children's Services
4740 North Clark St.
Chicago IL 60640
773. 506. 6396 x16
Contact: Marta Bailey
Donations Accepted Monday – Friday, 9 am – 7 pm

Needs (for both adults and children):

Gift cards
Bus passes
Therapeutic games and toys
Family games


Cornerstone Outreach Pantry
4628 N Clifton Ave
Chicago IL 60640
(773) 506 6396 x16
Contact: Charlene Stephens c.stephens@ccolife.org
Donations accepted: Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm, Saturday, 10am-6pm


warm quality winter wear (used in great condition fine)
warm gloves (especially large men size) NOT magic gloves
fleece hat, scarves, mittens
smartwool socks or other sturdy extra warm socks (of all sizes)
warm winter hats
long johns or long underwear (especially in larger adult sizes)

Toiletries (new only):
shampoo and conditioner (full and trial sizes)
toothbrushes (adult and kid)
toothbrush covers
toothpaste (adult and kid)
deodorant (men and women)
bars of soap
diaper rash cream
disposable razors
laundry soap
cleaning supplies

Household items (can be used as long as in good condition):towels
wash clothes
warm blankets
twin size sheets
silverware ( spoons, forks, knives)
reusable shopping bags


Ethiopian Community Association
1730 West Greenleaf Ave
Chicago, IL 60626
(773) 508-0303 x116
Michael Krepps - mkrepps@ecachicago.org


Youth Program:
School Supplies: Notebooks; Loose-leaf paper; Folders; Pencils, sharpener, & erasers; Pens (black or blue); Crayons, colored pencils, or markers; Scissors; Pencil Case; Rulers, etc
Art supplies

Refugee Reception & Placement Program:
Winter Jackets
Winter Hats, Gloves, Scarves, and Socks
Bedding: Sheets, Blankets, Pillows and pillow cases
Cooking Pots and Pans
Soaps, Shampoo, Lotion
Sanitary Pads/Tampons

Computer Training Program:
Projector Screen

Ethiopian Cultural Museum:
Display Cases


Housing Opportunities for Women
1607 W. Howard
Chicago, IL 60626
Contact Megan at mwilliamson@how-inc.org.

Home starter kits - consisting of the following items in new or good condition:
Coffee maker
Kitchenware (excluding Tupperware and other storage containers)
Table settings for four
Towel sets
Laundry detergent and toiletry set / package / basket
Small electronics (alarm clocks, stereos, microwaves, etc.)
Beds in bags – (comforter, sheet, pillowcases) for single and double beds (most are single)
Gift cards for grocery stores – Jewel, Aldi, Food for Less

New or gently used clothing items are accepted on a case-by-case basis. With limited storage, large donations must be pre-arranged and approved. If you have clothing other than what is described below, please contact the Bottomless Closet as we also refer our clients to their services.
Professional/interview clothing for women (sizes 10 and up in particular - larger sizes are always a need)
Coats and outerwear for women, men and children ages birth to 18 (sizes 10 and up in particular - larger sizes are always a need)
Clothing for children, ages birth-12 (new only)

School Supplies for school-aged children and year-around academic coaching are collected and reflect the Chicago Public School’s list of classroom essentials:
Pencils-primary and regular #2
Crayons-large and regular
Washable markers
Scissors-primary and intermediate
Glue sticks
Paper towels
Pocket folders
Pencil top erasers
Supply box
Watercolor paints
Colored pencils
Spiral notebooks
Wide-ruled notebook paper
Assignment notebook
Other items collected for the benefit of the organization at-large are accepted on a case-by-case basis including:
Office, professional shredder
Office equipment (copiers, printers, fax machines, computers)
Office supplies (paper, binders)


Howard Area Community Center
7648 N. Paulina St.
Chicago, IL 60660
Mon-Fri 9-5
Contact: Donna Legacy 773-262-6622

Warm sweaters and sweatshirts
Gloves and scarves for all ages
Transportation cards
Toys for children 6 mos-11 yrs old


Ibeji Women’s Circle Holiday Open House
United Church Of Rogers Park
1545 W Morse Ave
Chicago, IL

This group will be selling one-of-a-kind hand-made pillows, cloth dolls, hats, silk scarves, jewelry, hand bags and peace bracelets that have all been made by the women’s circle. Proceeds will support this gathering place for women of all cultural, racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Dates: Through December 22 on Saturdays, 12pm-3pm, Tuesday, 11am-2pm and on Thursdays, 11am-2pm.

Inspiration Corporation
4554 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
773-878-0981 ext. 222
Contact: Amy Kline

$20 gift cards to Jewel or other grocery stores, CVS, Target, Walgreens
Food pantry items including non-perishable foods and canned goods, especially high protein foods such as peanut butter, tuna and beans
Travel sized toiletries and personal care products
Holiday gifts for children

Neon Street Dorms
4506 North Sheridan Road
Chicago IL 60640
Phone: 773-336-6740
Chris Bohlander cbohlander@heartlandalliance.org

Gift Cards: Jewel Osco, Aldi, Payless and Target.
Warm Winter Adult Clothing: underwear, socks, gloves, hats, coats
Boots/insulated shoes
Personal hygiene products, especially deodorant
Towels, wash cloths, hand towels
Start-up kits for when a youth moves to a new apartment: bed linens, blankets, cleaning supplies, kitchen items (plates, glasses, silverware, etc.)


The Night Ministry
4711 N. Ravenswood
Chicago, IL 60640
Contact: Megan Hoxhalli
Phone 773-506-6004
Drop off hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
Call ahead to inquire about donating items other than those listed below.

Gift Cards: $5 cards: Subway, McDonalds, Burger King, Dunkin Donuts
$10 cards: Jewel, CVS, Walgreens, Mariano’s
$25 cards: Marshalls, Walmart, Target
Hygiene: sanitary napkins (no tampons please), deodorant (any size), travel sized toiletries; diapers sizes 4-5
Clothing: adult-sized, new white athletic socks, underwear and undershirts (all genders, larger sizes preferred); warm, sturdy winter gear for teens & adults (dark colors preferred)


Neumann Family Services
5547 N. Ravenswood
Phone: 773-506-0550
Contact: Catherine Kosnik, Development Associate,

A leader in providing quality innovative care for individuals with developmental disabilities and mental illness, they serve to integrate these individuals into our community and enrich their lives with choice and independence. Their array of services includes 30 community group homes, day-training programs, employment training, and placement programs, and clinical services, including their on-site medical clinic.

Running Club Wish List:
Men's running shoes: Size 10 (2 pairs), Size 11 or 11.5 (2 pairs), Size 13 (1 pair)
Women's running shoes: Sizes 7.5 - 12
Sports bras: Sizes M, L, XL
Socks: all sizes
Shorts, tops, and other running gear are needed on an ongoing basis

Client Outing Wish List:
Gift certificates to grocery stores, restaurants, bowling alleys, gas stations
Event tickets to local events, like the Auto Show and Taste of Chicago, Museums, sporting events, zoo, events at Navy Pier, plays/ movies, amusement parks

Community House Wish List:
Small household items such as twin sheet sets and towels
Large household items such as refrigerators, dressers, washers/dryers, and stoves

Neumann Neighbors Wish List:
Landscaping Items such as Lawn Mowers, Work Boots, Vacuums, and Tools

Day Program Wish List:
Exercise equipment such as dumbells, exercise bike, yoga mats, work out dvds
Instruments (key board, guitar, maracas, bells, etc)
CD player and music CDs
DVD player
Art and craft supplies such as beads and other items to make jewelry; yarn for knitting or crocheting (and needles); paint and paint brushes;art paper
Office supplies such as pens, notebooks, calculators

Northside Community Resources
1530 W. Morse
Phone: 773-338-7722 (x6) then (x22) for Chris Zala
Contact: Chris Zala or Jennifer Carusot

Canned and non-perishable food

North Side Housing and Supportive Services
Homeless services, shelter
3340 N. Clark
Suite 203
Chicago, IL 60657
Mon-Friday 8am-5pm
(773) 244-6401
Contact: Uri Billion


Winter coats for adult men
Condiments for meals
Dish soap
Laundry detergent
Men's underwear, socks, coats and hats
Disposable razors, shaving cream, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, small bars of soap, shampoo-hotel size
Small furniture items and appliances such as microwaves, toaster ovens, tables, television stands, coffee maker, quilts, comforters, dishes, pots and pans, laundry baskets, face and bath towels and bed linens


Our Lady of Lourdes
4641 N Ashland Ave
Chicago IL 60640
(773) 561-2141
Contact: Father Michael Shanahan
Drop off donations: Monday – Friday, 9am-12pm and 1pm-8pm and Saturday, 9am-4pm at the Rectory at 4640 N. Ashland

Gift Cards for Walgreens, McDonalds, Burger King, CVS, Target, Jewel, Dominick's


Sarah's Circle
4838 N Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60640
773 -728-1014
Contact: Anna Withers awithers@sarahs-circle.org
All donation drop-offs can be made to our 4838 N. Sheridan Rd location, Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Calling ahead of time to 773.728.1014 ext. 314 to notify us of your drop-off is greatly appreciated.

Twin sized blankets
Twin sized sheet sets
2016 pocket size calendars
2016 wall size calendars for housed clients
Pens and pencils
Electric Tea kettle
Cough drops
Pocket sized tissues
New underwear (large)
New socks (large)


St. Ignatius Church
6559 N. Glenwood
Contact: Kathy Morris ext. 14
Email: is@stignatiuschurch.org
Drop off donations: Monday-Friday 9am-8pm, Saturday 9am-3:30pm, and Sunday 9am-1:30 pm

Food items for food pantry: soups, tuna, tomato sauce, tomato paste, 1-2 lb. rice, 1 lb. pasta, peanut butter, jelly, hot cocoa, granola, coffee, tea, juice, syrup, cookies

St. Thomas of Canterbury
Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry
4827 N. Kenmore
Chicago, IL 60640
Contact: Christine Pal
Drop off donations Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm
Come to Rectory next door to the church, ring bell

Hats, gloves and socks for men and women
>Children’s warm winter clothes
Small size toiletries

Children’s toys for ages 0-15


4101 N. Ravenswood
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 572-5500

Donations can be dropped off Monday - Friday 8:30am-5pm

Winter clothing
Larger sized clothes
Men's socks
Personal care products
Non-perishable foods
Feminine care products

1400 W Greenleaf
Chicago, IL 60626
Contact: Ruth McMahon
Serve to assist people in their recovery from serious mental illness by helping them discover and reclaim their own capabilities and life direction.

Adult coats, hats, gloves, and scarves
Gift cards for: Jewel, Dominick’s, CVS, Walgreen’s, Target
CTA passes

United Church of Rogers Park, Soup Kitchen
1545 W Morse Ave
Chicago IL 60626
Contact: Deacon Dorr or Church Administrator, ext. 17

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
Call ahead to drop off donations; all donations must be made by Dec. 16th

Toys $10-15 dollars each (age: newborn to 18 years old, no toy guns)
Gift cards to grocery stores for Holiday Cheer Program


Uptown Baptist Church
1011 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
Contact: Clyde Gee
Donations accepted Mondays 12pm-7pm

Non-perishable foods
Styrofoam cups and plates


Vital Bridges
5543 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
Call for drop off times

At the forefront of helping men, women, and children impacted by HIV and AIDS build healthier lives

Canned soups and stews, canned meats, tuna, salmon and chil
Peanut butter and jelly
Hot and cold cereal
Toothpaste, shampoo, soap and deodorant

ApplesSummer is coming to a close, and students will soon return to school, but many of our area farmers' markets will continue through this month and even into October. The wares will change - berries, tomatoes and zucchini giving way to pumpkins, apple cider and spice-scented candles - but you'll still find farmers and craftspeople ready to show off their exciting products and help your family live locally and sustainably.

Edgewater Farmers Market — Every Saturday starting June 13 from 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Broadway Armory Parking Lot (5917 N. Broadway St.)
Stock up on some fresh produce. Meet the Go Edgewater Ambassadors who will be tabling at the Market on June 13.

Glenwood Sunday Market — Every Sunday (June through October) from 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Southbound Glenwood Avenue between Morse & Lunt on the west side of the CTA tracks
Fresh, local, and sustainable food in Rogers Park!

Loyola Farmers Market — June 8–October 12 from 3–7 p.m.
The Loyola Plaza (6550 N. Sheridan Road); Outside of CTA's Red Line Loyola stop
Supported by Loyola's Institute of Environmental Sustainability and Lakeside Management!

Uncommon Ground Farmer Fridays — Every Friday (May 22–October 30) from 4–8 p.m.
1401 W. Devon Ave. (Parking Lot)

Edgewater Green Market — Every Saturday (July 4–October 31) from 7 a.m.–1 p.m.
6034 N. Broadway

Andersonville Farmers Market — Every Wednesday (June 24–September 9) from 4–8 p.m.
Berwyn & Clark Street

Lincoln Square Farmers Market — Every Tuesday (June 9–October 27) from 7 a.m.–3 p.m.
4700 N. Western Ave. (City Parking Lot)

Glenwood Sunday Market— Every Sunday (June 2–October 27) from 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Southbound on Glenwood between Morse & Lunt

Senator Steans

August 4, 2015

Dear Friends,


Today, I presented a budget measure that won bipartisan support in the Senate and, if it secures House approval and the governor's signature, will allow federal dollars blocked by the state's budget impasse to flow to programs that provide cancer screenings, energy bill assistance, infant nutrition and much more.


Republicans and Democrats in the General Assembly, as well as the governor's office, agree these funds need to be released for their intended purposes. There is no reason to keep parents from accessing specialized formula for their medically fragile babies or to hold up federal disaster relief funds; we can continue negotiating the $7 billion portion of the state budget that is still contested while allowing the critical work funded by federal dollars to go on.


Senate Bill 2042, which passed without opposition, would allow $4.8 billion in federal money to be spent on functions such as the Women, Infants and Children nutritional program (WIC), utility bill assistance known as LIHEAP, community mental health, AmeriCorps volunteers working in schools and communities statewide, care for those with developmental disabilities, breast and cervical cancer screenings for low-income women, a 24-hour crisis hotline for victims of domestic violence and more. SB 2042With some of the offices that provide nutritional counseling and benefits through WIC set to run out of money and close their doors as soon as the end of this week, releasing federal dollars is pivotal in relieving some of the direst effects of the budget impasse.


I'm encouraged that we have reached agreement on another significant portion of the budget. I'm confident we can overcome our remaining differences on budgetary matters without getting bogged down in non-budgetary issues.


Please keep in touch with me as this process continues. You may contact me through my website or by calling my office at (773) 769-1717 with your questions, ideas and concerns. You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter (@HeatherSteans).


Heather Steans
Senator Heather Steans
7th District – Illinois



District Office

5533 N. Broadway • Chicago, IL 60640

773-769-1717 (Phone) • 773-769-6901 (Fax)


Springfield Office

122 Capitol Building • Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-8492 (Phone)





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