Reviews for a Cause Recipient: The Sayers Center for African American Adoption
How Does Reviews for a Cause (RFC) Help The Sayers Center for African American Adoption?
Supporting African American Adoption
This year, UpCity has chosen to work with The Sayers Center for African American Adoption. In 1994, Chicago-area adoption agency The Cradle recognized the need to give expectant women of color a greater choice of adoptive families and launched its African American Infant Adoption Program. In 1999, the program was renamed in honor of Cradle adoptive dad, legendary Chicago Bears running back, and NFL Hall of Famer Gale Sayers and his wife, Ardythe.
The Sayers Center is one of the only programs in the country that promotes adoption awareness specifically within the African American community. The Sayers Center is near-and-dear to UpCity SVP of Product & Marketing Heidi Sullivan’s heart; she adopted her son David through the program in 2015.
How Does The Sayers Center Help?
Provides expectant women of color a greater choice of adoptive families
Helps educate the African American community about the adoption process
Ongoing support for families who have adopted African American and biracial children
Nurtures cultural understanding and connectivity to transracial families who have adopted black children domestically and internationally
Since March of 2020, UpCity has raised $2,510 for the Meals on Wheels COVID-19 Response Fund!
How is Meals on Wheels Helping with the COVID-19 Crisis?
For UpCity’s 2020 Local Excellence campaign, we have selected a charity that is taking direct action to support those most at-risk during our nation’s COVID-19 crisis. Not only does Meals on Wheels provide valuable services year-round, but they are taking extra care to support our elderly community members during this unprecedented time.
What do Seniors Get with Meals on Wheels?
Replenished Food Supplies
Subsidized Additional Transportation & Personnel Costs
Tech-Based Efforts to Enable Check-In On Isolated Seniors
Timely Distribution of Science-Based Information
For the 2020 National Excellence Awards, UpCity raised $8,540 for Lemonade Day!
What is Lemonade Day?
Lemonade Day is a fun, experiential program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their very own business—a lemonade stand. Each year, in participating cities, youth have the opportunity to experience entrepreneurship by setting up their business during their city’s community-wide Lemonade Day.