What is Mercy Home’s March for Kids?

Mercy Home’s March for Kids is your chance to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day while making a difference in the lives of hurting children.

You can make it possible for children who’ve suffered abuse and neglect to live in a safe, stable, and supportive home. You can provide healing from trauma. And you can give them the tools they need to build a brighter future, like a good education and job skills.

Supporting Mercy Home’s March for Kids is easy. Just make a donation online to Mercy Home now through March 31st.

There’s no better time to change the life of a child in need. Every donation you make to Mercy Home through March 31st will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous donor!

So your gift during March for Kids will go twice as far in helping our boys and girls build their futures.

Volunteer

We need caring people like you to help raise support for our boys and girls.

As a March for Kids volunteer, you’ll walk the route of a Chicago area’s St. Patrick’s Day parade equipped with a green Mercy Home vest and donation can, collecting donations to Mercy Home and handing out our signature shamrock March for Kids stickers. You can sign up to collect donations at one of two parades this year:

Downtown Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, March 14, 2020
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Sunday, March 15, 2020
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact Amanda Hays.
Phone: 312-738-7424
Email: [email protected]

Post-Parade Party

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Post-Parade Party With Us

We are proud to announce the return of our popular Post-Parade Party following the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade, but in a great new venue—Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center.

The family-friendly celebration is just a few short blocks away from the end of the parade route.

Enjoy live Irish music and step dancers, kid and adult beverages, Irish-themed food buffet plus a build-your-own mac-n-cheese bar for the kids, special children’s activity section featuring carnival and arcade games, great prizes, balloon artists, temporary tattoo station, and so much more.

We also have sponsorship packages! If you’re interested in getting your business involved, check out our corporate involvement section.

Support Kids Through Your Company

Getting your business involved in Mercy Home’s March for Kids is easy! Take a look at our different options for corporate involvement.

Help Us Fundraise

Join us to sell shamrock pins and stickers to support Mercy Home’s young people by organizing a group of your colleagues to join the following activities:

  • Hit the streets with other corporate groups across Chicago by participating in our Downtown Tag Day on Friday, March 15
  • Host a “dress down” or “wear green” day in your office in exchange for a suggested donation to Mercy Home
  • Place a March for Kids canister at your place of business and ask employees or customers to make a donation

Be a Corporate Sponsor

Support March for Kids by becoming a sponsor! Choose between the following sponsorship packages:

Presenting Sponsor

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Silver Sponsor

Cost: $5,000

Includes:

  • Invitation to join the Family Blessing Reception at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls by Fr. Scott prior to Downtown Parade
  • Parking at Mercy Home’s West Loop Campus and bus transportation to the downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • Invitation to march with Mercy Home in the Downtown Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade or South Side St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • 15 general admission tickets to Mercy Home’s Post-Parade Party
  • Logo on a minimum of 5 street banners located in prominent Chicago Loop locations (logo due by February 12)
  • Logo inclusion on Mercy Home for Boys & Girls March for Kids webpage and e-mail
  • Logo inclusion on Post-Parade Party signage, and on Mercy Home’s float in Downtown & South Side St. Patrick’s Day Parades (logo due by February 26)

Bronze Sponsor

Cost: $2,500

Includes:

  • Invitation to join the Family Blessing Reception at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls by Fr. Scott prior to Downtown Parade
  • Parking at Mercy Home’s West Loop Campus and bus transportation to the downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • Invitation to march with Mercy Home in the Downtown Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade or South Side St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • 10 general admission tickets to Mercy Home’s Post-Parade Party
  • Logo on a minimum of 3 street banners located in prominent Chicago Loop locations (logo due by February 12)
  • Logo inclusion on Mercy Home for Boys & Girls March for Kids webpage
  • Logo inclusion on Post-Parade Party signage

Post-Parade Party Sponsor

Cost: $1,000

Includes:

  • Invitation to join the Family Blessing Reception at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls by Fr. Scott prior to Downtown Parade
  • Parking at Mercy Home’s West Loop Campus and bus transportation to the downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • Invitation to march with Mercy Home in the Downtown Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade or South Side St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • 4 general admission tickets to Mercy Home’s Post-Parade Party
  • Logo on a minimum of 1 street banner located in prominent Chicago Loop locations (logo due by February 12)

Is your business interested in finding a way to become involved with Mercy Home’s March for kids?
Contact Jim Marrese for more information.

Phone: 312-738-7578
Email: [email protected]

Enter to Win a Jeep

You can drive away with a brand new 2020 Jeep Cherokee Latitude Plus 4×4 if you win our 2020 Jeep Raffle. But win or lose, you’ll make it possible for us to provide children in need with a safe and loving home and tools to build brighter futures.

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The raffle winner will be announced on March 14, 2020, so stay tuned. Get your raffle ticket today!

If you have any questions about the raffle, please contact Geraldine Healy.

Phone: 312-995-8512
Email: [email protected]

Your Support Makes a Difference

Mercy Home measures the impact of our programs in two ways: through rigorous evaluation of results data and through the stories of our young peoples’ success.

4,617

therapy sessions were given to kids and their families.

100%

of our high school seniors graduated.

121 youth

held 203 jobs, both on- and off-campus.

Our Kids Stories

Read our stories of children who have put lifetimes of danger and disappointment behind them and with our help are achieving more than they had ever imagined possible. While the stories of each of our young men and women reveal the truest measure of our success, we are also committed to improving the quality of our programs for young people through careful study and measurement of results data.

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Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor:

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