Get Inspired
Nia and Kim
Day 22: Building communities that care. People across our city are facing unique challenges while quarantining. Today, we ask your family to think about the ways that we can support our community members who may face additional struggles during a stay at home order. Watch Nia and Kim's story about experiencing homelessness and how community connections support Nia on her journey to college.

Nia and Kim, a CPS student and teacher, continue to apply for college, educate students, and participate in community while experiencing the challenges of housing insecurity. In the video, Nia talks about how inequality impacted her life and the lives of her family members. As a community, it is our job to address these inequalities and support each other, especially during these challenging times.

This film was produced by  Free Spirit Media , an organization that transforms media and society by providing opportunities for emerging creators, primarily for communities of color, to produce and distribute original content. We love their inspiring work!
Let's Talk
After watching Nia and Kim, use the questions below to kick-start a great conversation with your family:

  • What stood out to you about Nia and Kim's story?

  • Where do you feel most at home? Why is your home important to you?

  • Think of a time when you accomplished something you were proud of? Who was there to support you along the way - family? friends? your religious community? your school?

  • Bonus! Reach out to someone and let them know you support them. Sometimes, a reminder that someone has our back can help to inspire us on our journeys.

Do Something
A New Life for Toys
Let's tackle the toy chest. While experiencing homelessness, many kids and families leave the comforts of home behind. Toys can provide opportunities for comfort, play, and creativity to kids who are staying at shelters.

Spring cleaning is here. Today, we challenge your family to sort through your toys. What toys have you grown out of? What toys do you have extras of? What toys could another kid love? Organize, listen to music, and have fun - get the whole family involved!

Make a box of toys you're ready to donate. Organizations like Share Our Spare and La Casa Norte will be able to collect your donations once it is safe to do so.
Cuddle up with new merch! We're selling limited-edition loungewear to raise vital funds for our programs. Over 40 local partners currently rely on our trustworthy volunteers and unique resources to bolster their work. that's why we're laying down the foundation now so we can mobilize our network for the changes ahead. Shop now!
Community Connections
Chicago Hope Inc.
Feeding our community. Longtime Honeycomb fan, Brittney Refakes, has been mobilizing to support families in her community by donating food to Chicago Hope Inc. in Logan Square. From ESL classes to after school programs, Chicago Hope Inc provides a multitude of resources to families in our community. While their programs are on hold, Chicago Hope is supporting their clients through their food pantry. You can help provide food to neighbors in need by donating non-perishable kid food like mac and cheese and snacks, as well as cooking ingredients like cooking oil, sugar and flour.

Try to limit unnecessary trips. If you're out grocery shopping for your own family, consider adding some extra items to your cart for Chicago Hope Inc. Food can be dropped off at 2505 N Kedzie Ave Mondays 8am to 6pm and Thursdays 8am to 3pm. (Thursdays are best!) Call Food Manager, David, at 773-759-9501 when you arrive. He will unlock the door and direct you to a table where you can drop off donations and fill out a donation slip, while maintaining social distance.

Please wear gloves and a mask and maintain social distance maintain social distance while shopping and dropping off donations. If you or a family member are not feeling well, please refrain from donating at this time.

Your work is making national news! Yesterday, Honeycomb was featured in Real Simple Magazine . Thank you for all of you and your family do to give back to our city - you're inspiring the whole country to get involved!

Stay connected to our Honeycomb community through our  Hive Matters Community Page  on Facebook - a collaborative forum for all Honeycomb's volunteers and local partners to share ideas, connect, and inspire service both at home and out in Chicago's communities.
Funders & Supporters
The Honeycomb Project engages, mobilizes and inspires kids and their families to build strong and vibrant communities for all Chicagoans. Since 2011, more than 25,000 volunteers have participated in Honeycomb programs benefitting 40+ local organizations.