Our Charitable Choices

‘Tis the season for giving to those around us! We give to family and friends, neighbors and teachers, coworkers and communities. The holiday season reminds us of all there is to be thankful for and encourages us to share what we have with others who may be in a difficult situation. It can be difficult to choose who to support when there are so many worthy choices. At 12five we want to promote a charitable mindset and allow each employee to choose a charity to donate to throughout the year. We wanted to highlight a few of the charities that our team members chose this year:


As a team, each December we Adopt a Family through Heartland Alliance. They offer services in many areas, but focus on ending poverty. As a team we choose, buy and wrap gifts for one family that is in need. We deliver the gifts downtown and they are distributed ahead of Christmas. As many of us have growing families of our own, we love the opportunity to provide for another family who needs it so very much.

In addition, we have supported many different charities through team members individual donations. Here is a snapshot:

Ryan is on the board of the H Foundation, which raises funds for basic sciences cancer research at the Lurie Cancer Center at Northwestern University. They provide funding to research the basic structures of all cancers to try and find treatments and cures at the base level of cancer.

Bob supported the Bolingbrook Pride Group in his local community. Partially with his donation organizers were able to get the group off the ground and hosted an event with over 300 in attendance.

Liz spread her contribution throughout several local Peoria charities. These include South Side Mission, who primarily services families impacted by poverty through shelters, food pantries and other outreach programs. She also supported the Family House, which provides accommodations to families who travel to Peoria for medical reasons. Finally, another local Peoria charity, the Center for Prevention of Abuse, whose name speaks for itself.

Max recently volunteered for the Institute for Latino Progress and chose to help support them this year. They offer translation services, help with citizenship paperwork and more to help integrate immigrants and others into Chicago. In addition they offer English classes and job training programs for individuals at no cost.

Jason chose a charity near to his heart in that Northern Colorado Down Syndrome Association. His family has directly received some of the peer networking and support from the group and continues to help them advocate and fundraise. NCDSA exists to provide support and connection for individuals with Down syndrome and their families through advocacy, awareness, and relationships.

Alison chose the Illinois Stewardship Alliance and specifically donated toward their winter farmer’s market. They work to make a local food and farm network that creates sustainable food options for all families in a way that also supports growers and communities.

As you can see, our team represents a diverse snapshot of the charitable choices that are out there. We feel so grateful that we can help these wonderful organizations service our communities and neighbors. We hope you are inspired to contribute in some way to your local area!

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