Throughout each week in December, Busy Beaver will be donating 10% of sales to a different local charity chosen by members of the Beaver staff. This week, founder and head Beaver, Christen Carter, has chosen Association House, a multi-service agency just down the road in Chicago’s Humboldt Park, as our organization of the week.
We featured Association House in last year’s giving program, and continue to be inspired by the important work that they do for our neighborhood. Founded as one of Chicago’s original settlement houses over 100 years ago, Association House now coordinates more than 30 different programs for residents of Humboldt Park, the neighborhood just south of Busy Beaver headquarters. Christen explained, “I had the honor of making buttons at some of Association House’s after school programs. The students were really sweet and they all seemed to enjoy each other, and the people who work there are inspiringly dedicated.”
By offering a broad range of services to the local neighborhood, residents who seek out Association House can get help for nearly any need they might be facing. Nikki Way, the organization’s Marketing & Special Events Manager said it best,”We have over 30 programs and we do a LOT– it’s hard to boil it down to a blurb when we are so proud of everything!” The programs reach over 30,000 Chicagoans every year, providing a safety net of services like foster care, HIV testing and counseling, mental health services and a high school for youth who had previously dropped out.
As Christen said, “I feel that education and health care are generally underfunded in this country, so Association House really fills a need. They’re the kind of place where you can walk in off the street and whether you have an immediate difficulty or a more long-term need, they can help you.”
Through December 7th, 10% of our sales will be donated directly to Association House to assist in all the good they provide to the neighborhood. If you’d like to help but aren’t in the market for custom buttons this week, we’ve stocked up our gift shop with Busy Beaver swag and button and magnets packs. You can also get more information about Association House here.
Photos courtesy of Association House. Graduation photos by Will Hartman.