In times of uncertainty, community takes on added importance.
We all appreciate the great education, scenic beaches, and convenient downtowns that make Highland Park and Highwood an indispensable part of our everyday lives. But for the 7% of our friends and neighbors who live in poverty, the 25% of seniors in Highland Park and 31% in Highwood live alone, and the 22% of District 112 students that deal with food insecurity on a daily basis – our community is so much more.
The pandemic has compounded these challenges for so many. Many of our neighbors have experienced job losses, hunger, mental health issues, and isolation. Missing paychecks, the inability to pay rent, and a lack of access to essential supplies are realities many residents still face.
The Highland Park Community Foundation exists to ensure that community can mean whatever it needs to mean to each one of its members. In 2021, the Foundation distributed an unprecedented 58 annual grants, totaling $613,200 – a $100,00 increase over the previous year – and the largest number of annual grants and dollars awarded in the history of the HPCF.
In Highland Park and Highwood, we never take community for granted. Your donation strengthens families, supports individuals with disabilities, nurtures children, develops skills in teens, enhances artistic experiences, and makes this the welcoming, enriching, and caring community we are proud to call home.
Any amount helps, and all donations are tax deductible.