With the regular season starting tomorrow, the Bears' Community All-Pros Initiative continues.
This week's recipient of a $100,000 grant will be the Chicago Furniture Bank, an organization that provides furnishing for Chicago residents moving into supportive housing
The Chicago Furniture Bank utilizes donations of used furniture to help Chicago's most vulnerable citizens. The vast majority of the 950 houses furnished in the organization's history have gone to families living under the poverty line. Half have gone to families living on incomes of less than $6,000 a year.
"The Chicago Furniture Bank will be using the Chicago Bears' extraordinarily generous donation to continue growing its organization's capacity," said Chicago Furniture Bank Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director James McPhail. "In particular, the Bears' donation will go towards hiring a new operations director to manage the day-to-day logistics, as well as purchase another truck. This grant will allow the CFB to provide more furniture and home goods to individuals and families that have been displaced by homelessness due to poverty, domestic violence or addiction. The Bears grant is vital in helping the Chicago Furniture Bank continue to furnish more homes for those who face poverty, as well as allow the organization to get closer to becoming financially break-even through revenue generated by its operations."
The Chicago Furniture Bank also serves the community by hiring through workforce development programs, providing jobs to at-risk youth. Their efforts provide a convenient removal service to donors and help reduce environmental waste in landfills.
The Community All-Pros Initiative is an opportunity for the team to show its gratitude to the community that has supported it since 1920. Ten grants will be awarded over the course of the season before every home game, totaling $1 million.
Nine Chicago-area charities have been selected for the program. The 10th grant will be voted on by fans via chicagobears.com starting on Monday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. until Monday, Sept. 23, at 12 p.m.