White Sox go "all in" for Mercy Home's youth

Juan Pierre signs autographs for a group of Mercy Home's youth
On the field, the Chicago White Sox are one of the most storied franchises in baseball and the pride of our city’s South Side. Off the field, the White Sox are a force for good that is committed to bettering lives throughout the Chicago community, including those of the children here at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls.  With the season drawn to a close, Mercy Home would like to thank the team, a dedicated partner of our mission for more than 15 years. This year, as in so many years past, the “good guys” have provided thousands of dollars — and countless memories at U.S. Cellular Field — for Mercy Home’s young people.   The White Sox Community Fund, a fund of the McCormick Foundation, has played a particularly critical role in supporting our Friends First mentoring program, which provides caring adult role models to at-risk children around Chicago, and AfterCare, which offers ongoing resources to youth after they transition out of Mercy Home’s residential program. In fact, through the support of partners like the White Sox, Friends First provided more than 4,000 hours of mentoring to nearly 90 kids from throughout Chicago in the last year! The team’s support has been a driving force in the continued growth of both of these programs, which together serve about 300 youth in need each year.  Mercy Home is also grateful to the 32 members of the team’s White Sox Volunteer Corp who generously donated their time this past St. Patrick’s Day to our Shamrocks for Kids campaign — raising almost $1,800 for our boys and girls!  Most recently, star outfielder Juan Pierre invited more than a dozen of Mercy Home’s kids to the ballpark for a front-row view of batting practice, a photo and Q & A session on the field and a chance to watch the game from the comfort of a skybox — all courtesy of Pierre and the team!    “The White Sox are true champions for Mercy Home’s children, and the support they have shown our mission over the years has been absolutely incredible,” said Father Scott Donahue, President and CEO of Mercy Home. “Their generosity, and most of all, their friendship, have done so much to bring hope, healing and opportunity to the young people entrusted in our care, and to so many others around Chicago. We are truly thankful for their commitment.”  Added Mary Quinn, manager of Friends First: “We are very grateful to the Chicago White Sox for making our program possible.”  Mercy Home is grateful for the impact the White Sox have had on the lives of our children. We cannot thank the team enough for going “all in” for our kids!