Thursday, July 17, 2014
Non-profit Provides Clothing in Nationwide Clothing Tour for Foster Youth (Chicago)
Together We Rise brings new clothes to Chicago’s foster youth
Together We Rise, a non-profit is in Chicago providing new clothes for 70 male foster teens. The clothing allowance for teen foster youth is typically only $50- $250. Together We Rise is providing clothes for these teens that have limited means to purchase the clothing they need.
Each teen will receive a shopping trip from a mobile clothing tour from 10am-1 pm at Claire’s Stores, Inc. at 2400 W. Central Road, Hoffman Estates, Chicago, IL 60192. The clothing tour will take place over in 17 cities across the nation and will clothe over 2,000 foster youth during that time.
ABOUT TOGETHER WE RISE (http://www.togetherwerise.org
Together We Rise is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization comprised of motivated young adults and former foster youth. Our vision is to improve the lives of foster children in America, who often find themselves forgotten and neglected by the public. TWR has built a foundation of passionate volunteers who work tirelessly to transform the way kids experience foster care. Our foundation has allowed us to provide thousands of foster kids across the country with sports equipment, bicycles, and suitcases so that they don’t have to travel from home to home in a trash bag.
Danny Mendoza founded TWR in 2008 while still in college. After his 9 year-old cousin who was living in a car at the time, reached out, Danny did everything he could to help. Government agencies denied him due to Federal regulations. There were also no organizations like TWR that welcomed young people to join.
So Danny decided to start his own charity that could help children in foster care while mobilizing young people to make a difference in the world. Danny and Together We Rise have now helped thousands of foster youth across the nation.