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April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month.

Help End Child Abuse

Help End Child Abuse

This month is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Take our pledge to end child abuse and neglect.

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#GivingTuesdayNow is almost over. Only a few hours left to help our families affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Gifts made today will be matched up to $50,000 thanks to the generosity of a dedicated group of employees at William Blair and its matching gifts program.

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You can help create a brighter future for Chicago’s children by supporting Mercy Home’s March for Kids this month.

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Celebrate Justice: Martin Luther King

Celebrate Justice: Martin Luther King

Independence Day has fireworks. Thanksgiving has travel and turkey. And on Veteran’s Day, flags flutter on front porches all over America to honor those who served their country in the military.

But as federal holidays go, the one commemorating the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. is relatively young. Signed into law in 1983, and officially observed for the first time three years later, has enough time passed for a consensus to form around the single best way to observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?

Customs vary. For many, honoring Dr. King on this day inspires volunteerism and community service. For others, it’s a day to take part in educational and arts programs about King’s life and works, and learning more about the history of the civil rights movement.

Brother Paul McDonough

For 76-year old Brother Paul McDonough, a member of the Christian Brothers Catholic religious order, who coordinates services to families at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, his favorite way to honor Dr. King’s legacy is to reach out far beyond the comfort of the everyday and listen. Each year, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, McDonough journeys roughly 300 miles from Chicago to St. Louis to attend a service at the Old Courthouse where participants reflect on the slain civil rights leader’s life and legacy. “We need constant reminders,”McDonough said as he thought back on the ways that Dr. King’s example influenced his own life when McDonough was a young college graduate in the early 1960s. It was King’s moral courage and clarity that moved McDonough to re-examine his values in light of the unequal treatment of African Americans and to work for justice.

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