Get Inspired
BT Lives in the Stitch
Day 9: Find the celebration in education. Learning a new skill can help build confidence, create supportive community, and it's just fun! Today, we want your family to think about the importance of education. Watch BT Lives In the Stitch and learn about how one school in North Lawndale is transforming their creative community through a knitting club.

Learning something new feels good! Education, in all forms, helps us create stronger and more connected communities. While we all adapt to learning from home, take some time to appreciate the educators who foster spaces for us to thrive.

This film was produced by  Small Forces , a creative impact studio here in Chicago dedicated to amplifying the work of purpose-driven organizations through cinematic storytelling. We love their inspiring work!
Let's Talk
After watching BT Lives in the Stitch, use the questions below to kick-start a great conversation with your family:

  • What stood out to you about BT Lives in the Stitch? What made you smile?

  • Have you learned or practiced any skills or talents while at home? What have you learned about yourself?

  • Why is it important to build community connections? How can you stay connected with others while you stay at home?

  • Bonus! Start a club with your friends! Set a time every week for a virtual get together where you can practice your new skill together!

Do Something
Share your Creativity
Families helping families! Do you have a game, activity, or craft that keeps you busy? Honeycomb volunteer Olivia Anderson made a community mailbox to share craft supplies with her neighbors (see left). How are you having fun while sheltering at home?

Today we're inviting you to share your favorite boredom busters with other Chicago families. VOCEL is an organization that provides free play classes and education for babies, toddlers, and parents in Chicago with a focus in underserved communities. VOCEL is looking for fun activities for families with young kids to do while at home - and they need your help!

Take a short video or snap a picture of yourself doing your favorite at home activity to inspire kids across the city to have fun and learn at home. Submit your activity through this google forum and VOCEL will share your ideas with families in their VOCEL at Home/VOCEL en Casa program.

Don't forget to share on social media and tag #honeycombathome, #honeycombchi, #VOCELathome, and #VOCELencasa.
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New Honeycomb Pins!
We have a NEW Honeycomb at Home pin to add to your collection! After you complete 5 activities, contact us with your address and pictures of your work. We'll send your pin straight to your door! Share your work on social media and tag #honeycombathome and #thehoneycombproject
Community Connections
Chicago Creative Reuse Exchange
Gather all your old school supplies! Chicago teachers report spending $500 to $2,000 out-of-pocket every year for basic school supplies like paper, pencils, and cleaning supplies. Your family can help teachers get ready to head back to school by cleaning out your craft supplies and home office.

The Chicago Creative Reuse Exchange accepts surplus educational supplies to support teachers and classrooms across the city. Check out the Chicago Creative Reuse Exchange's Most Wanted Items list to see if you have any of these items around your house.

Work together as a family.  Take it one drawer at a time. Make sure all donated items are clean and in good condition. Everyone has a job to do! Play music, make it a game, or competition. Who can sort the most crayons?

Hold on to your donations until a later date. CCRx will be accepting as many donations as they can get as soon as it is safe to start distributing supplies again!
Chef Du Jour
Project Leader, Shalon and her family of Honeycomb volunteers shared this hearty fall dish with the hive! When Shalon prepares White Bean Chicken Chili she makes two batches - one without jalapeños for the kids, and one with an extra kick for her and Pete!

Shalon and her family are Honeycomb super stars! Shalon leads several projects on our schedule including Work at a Food Pantry and Help Feral Cats. She is constantly amazed by the selflessness and positive attitudes shown by Honeycomb families. On her days off from leading with Honeycomb, Shalon can be found relaxing with her family and friends or reading a good book in a bubble bath.
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.
"With the support of Honeycomb and the families that volunteer in our Giving Factory, we have been able to support over 65,000 local Chicagoland children with the essentials they need to thrive at home, at school, and at play. " - Cradles to Crayons

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 22,000 volunteers have participated in Honeycomb programs benefitting 45 local organizations.