Update: Chanatown Gives 2011

The first half of the year has come and gone, so I'm pleased to announce that I've dispersed the first of hopefully several checks to various charities and organizations through my giving campaign (more information here). The first check went to Eden Place Nature Center, a 3.5-acre urban garden, nature preserve, and educational center on the South side of Chicago. Read more about the center here, or visit their website directly.

As always, thank you for reading my posts and not complaining about the inclusion of ads, affiliated posts, and referral links. They are a small, but steady source of revenue that allows me to continue helping those that could use it. In addition to a donation to Eden Place, Chanatown has issued eight loans to Kiva, and after repayment, has now sponsored fifteen now in total. With all of that in mind, I'd like to announce the recipient for the remainder of 2011.

July-December 2011 Beneficiary: Garfield Park Conservatory

Photo Credit: Max Wolfe
On June 30th, a severe hail storm hit the city of Chicago (one of the loudest I've heard in my three decades of living here).  Unfortunately, one of the victims of this massive storm was the Garfield Park Conservatory. That evening, the roofs of the beautiful Fern Room, Show House, Desert House and nine propagation houses were severely damaged.  I've visited the Conservatory numerous times and my wife has volunteered there; it is truly a magical place on Chicago's West Side. For more information about the storm damage or to donate directly, please visit the website here.

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