North Shore Exchange Named Finalist for Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Award

Annual Award Created in Honor of the Late James Tyree Recognizes Growing Businesses with Philanthropic Impact

CAPTION: Wendy Serrino, president of North Shore Exchange, addresses the audience during her presentation as one of the 12 finalists for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce's 6th annual James Tyree Award.

CAPTION: Wendy Serrino, president of North Shore Exchange, addresses the audience during her presentation as one of the 12 finalists for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce's 6th annual James Tyree Award.

GLENCOE, IL, April 19, 2017 -- North Shore Exchange has been named a finalist for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce's 6th annual James Tyree award, given annually to an up-and-coming Chicago entrepreneur with philanthropic values. The award will include $50,000 in cash, compliments of Mesirow Financial and The PrivateBank.

"We're honored to be recognized among so many exciting, like-minded Chicago companies," says Wendy Serrino, President, North Shore Exchange. "North Shore Exchange is a unique, nonprofit organization dedicated to offering the best in upscale and luxury designer finds to our customers, and turning profits from those sales into meaningful change in the lives of Chicago-area children and families served by the charities we support."

North Shore Exchange presented along with 11 other semi-finalists during a live pitch event on Thursday, April 12, at Mesirow Financial.  

Next, a panel of judges will meet to independently review and score the finalists’ original applications to narrow the field to three. The recipient of the award will be announced at the Chamber’s 113th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 6, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

The Chicagoland Chamber and Mesirow Financial launched the Award in 2012 in memory of Jim Tyree, former Chairman and CEO of Mesirow Financial and Chairman of the Chicagoland Chamber from 2007-2010.

ABOUT NORTH SHORE EXCHANGE

North Shore Exchange is an upscale resale shop featuring an edited collection of woman's designer clothing and accessories, as well as beautiful home furnishings and decor.  As a 501 (c)(3), all of the boutique's profits benefit charities and nonprofit organizations helping families and children with the greatest need as well as local organization, Family Service of Glencoe.  For more information, visit North Shore Exchange's website at www.northshoreexchange.org.

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North Shore Exchange Reaches $700,000 in Grant Distributions

New Invigorate Grants Support Innovative Programming

From L to R: Brenda Morales, Connections for Abused Women and their Children; Maria Kim, The Cara Program; William Hansen, Family Service of Glencoe; Colette Allen, Family Focus; Adam Alonso, B.U.I.L.D.; Robin McGinnis, Infant Welfare Society of Chicago; Kara Teeple, Lawrence Hall; Amber Webb, Lawrence Hall; Mari Christopherson, CASA — Lake County; Lissette Casteneda, Center for Changing Lives; Sol Flores, La Casa Norte.

From L to R: Brenda Morales, Connections for Abused Women and their Children; Maria Kim, The Cara Program; William Hansen, Family Service of Glencoe; Colette Allen, Family Focus; Adam Alonso, B.U.I.L.D.; Robin McGinnis, Infant Welfare Society of Chicago; Kara Teeple, Lawrence Hall; Amber Webb, Lawrence Hall; Mari Christopherson, CASA — Lake County; Lissette Casteneda, Center for Changing Lives; Sol Flores, La Casa Norte.

September 26, 2016 — GLENCOE, IL — The board of North Shore Exchange along with the Woman's Library Club of Glencoe proudly announce the grant recipients of $275,000 in proceeds from its last fiscal year, bringing the total amount of grants given away in just three years to $700,000.

North Shore Exchange is Glencoe's charitable, upscale resale shop that offers an edited collection of designer women's clothing and accessories, as well as beautiful home furnishings and decor.  As the charitable endeavor of the Woman's Library Club, 100% of all proceeds go to support nonprofit organizations serving children and families at or near the poverty level.  

New this year, North Shore Exchange is awarding three different categories of grants -- ten traditional Exchange Grants that are similar to those awarded in the past; one Community Grant given to our local social service agency, Family Service of Glencoe; and two new Invigorate Grants given to organizations to fund innovative approaches to solving important challenges within the nonprofits' constituencies. 

“With another incredible year of growth, we are humbled by the community’s support of our mission," said Wendy Serrino, president of North Shore Exchange.  “With more money to distribute we were able to add our Invigorate Grants to support the forward-thinking, critical work these worthy organizations are doing.  For these grant recipients these funds will invigorate creative thinking allowing innovative programs to become a reality."

The following organizations were presented with checks at a reception honoring their important missions:

EXCHANGE GRANTS

INVIGORATE GRANTS

COMMUNITY GRANT

The following is an overview of the the missions of each of the grant recipients in the categories of abuse, education, healthcare, disabilities, homelessness, hunger, mental health and social services:

ABUSE

Connections for Abused Women and their Children:  Connections for Abused Women and their Children, formerly Chicago Abused Woman Coalition, is committed to ending domestic violence.  Using a self-help, empowerment approach, the organization provides a shelter for women and children, as well as counseling, advocacy, and a 24-hour hotline for people affected by domestic violence. 

CASA — Lake County: CASA Lake County is a nonprofit membership organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the juvenile court system. Based on the belief that every child is entitled to a safe and permanent home, thoroughly trained CASA volunteers work in collaboration with key agencies, legal counsel and community resources to serve as the child's advocate and represent the child's best interest in juvenile court.

EDUCATION

Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development (BUILD): Started in 1969 as a gang intervention program serving fewer than 200 gang-affiliated youth in the one community, BUILD has grown to serve more than 3,000 youth annually. Its mission is to engage at-risk youth in schools and on the streets so they can realize their educational and career potential and contribute to the stability, safety and well-being of their communities.

EMBARC: EMBARC is a 3-year program that provides community-driven, experienced-based learning opportunities to low-income high school students to inspire and prepare them for college and career success.

HEALTHCARE/DISABILITIES

Infant Welfare Society of Chicago:  Providing services since 1911, Infant Welfare Society is committed to providing critical healthcare services in a one-center location.  Services include general healthcare, dentistry, optometry, child development and behavioral health services to children and families from underserved communities who otherwise would lack access to basic medical services.

HOMELESSNESS

The Cara Program: This Chicago organization focuses on giving homeless and disadvantaged individuals the opportunity to secure permanent employment through a comprehensive range of job training, placement, retention and career advancement services.  These services prepare and inspire motivated individuals to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, transform their lives, and forge paths to real and lasting success.

Center for Changing Lives: This organization changes lives, not just circumstances.  Its mission is to provide comprehensive support to serve, empower and advocate for community residents experiencing homelessness or housing instability so they may obtain and maintain permanent housing.  Individuals working with the center build their economic capacity to achieve their vision for their life. 

La Casa Norte: This Chicago organization serves poor families and children in the Midwest by providing stable housing, and delivering comprehensive services that act as a catalyst to transform lives and communities.

HUNGER

Northern Illinois Food Bank: This organization’s mission is to lead the Northern Illinois community in solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need through innovative programs and partnerships. 

MENTAL HEALTH

Family Service of Glencoe: Supporting those who live or work in Glencoe, Family Service of Glencoe’s mission is to provide a stronger community and meet individual and family needs through services that identify, prevent and resolve social and emotional issues.  

SOCIAL SERVICES

Family Focus, Inc.: Family Focus helps Chicago-area families living in low-income communities give their children the best possible start in life.  The organization helps families gain the confidence and skills to be the parents they want to be through customized classes, support groups and referral services in a welcoming and caring environment.  Family Focus helps families help themselves while building a relationship based on equality and respect.

Lawrence Hall:  Lawrence Hall is a community-based service agency embracing at-risk, neglected youth and their families by instilling resilience, healing and changing lives for good. 

“We are so grateful for the community’s support of our resale shop,” said Maxine Retsky, president of the Woman’s Library Club of Glencoe.  “Our continued success goes so far in truly making a difference in the lives of those in need.”

For more information about North Shore Exchange, including how to donate or consign items, shop our online store, how to arrange for a donation pickup and how to join North Shore Excahnge's email list, visit www.northshoreexchange.org.

North Shore Exchange Awards $200,000 in Grants to 23 Organizations

The board of the North Shore Exchange along with the Woman’s Library Club of Glencoe proudly announce the grant recipients of $200,000 in proceeds from its second full fiscal year of their resale shop.

The North Shore Exchange is Glencoe’s charitable, upscale resale store that offers an edited collection of designer women’s clothing and accessories, as well as beautiful home furnishings and decor.  As the charitable endeavor of the Woman’s Library Club of Glencoe, 100 percent of all profits support nonprofit organizations serving children and families in need.

2015 Grant Recipients: 2015 Grant Recipients:  Front seated on left, Paula Garrison, The Night Ministry; front row from left to right: Krista Kutz, The Night Ministry; Edie Canter, Chicago Debate Commission; Judith Schiffman, Barr-Harris Children’s Grief Center; Jennifer Miller, The Chicago Lighthouse — Kane Legal Clinic; middle row, left to right: Robin McGinnis, Infant Welfare Society of Chicago; Julie Mehta, Connections for Abused Women and their Children; Ellen Ray, Center for Changing Lives; Colette Allen, Family Focus; Alexandra Solimene, Greater Chicago Food Depository; Tracy McKeithen, Family Promise; Deborah Rabine, NorthPointe Resources; back row, left to right: Monica Marr, Northern Illinois Food Bank; Dina Donohue-Chase, NorthPointe Resources; Maria Kim, The Cara Program; William Hansen, Family Service of Glencoe; Art Mollenhauer, Big Brothers Big Sisters; Adam Alonso, B.U.I.L.D.; Eleanor Perrone, Embarc; Megan Groves, Uptown People’s Law Center; Bruce Otto, H.O.M.E.; Steve Sudhoff, Family Promise.

2015 Grant Recipients: 2015 Grant Recipients:  Front seated on left, Paula Garrison, The Night Ministry; front row from left to right: Krista Kutz, The Night Ministry; Edie Canter, Chicago Debate Commission; Judith Schiffman, Barr-Harris Children’s Grief Center; Jennifer Miller, The Chicago Lighthouse — Kane Legal Clinic; middle row, left to right: Robin McGinnis, Infant Welfare Society of Chicago; Julie Mehta, Connections for Abused Women and their Children; Ellen Ray, Center for Changing Lives; Colette Allen, Family Focus; Alexandra Solimene, Greater Chicago Food Depository; Tracy McKeithen, Family Promise; Deborah Rabine, NorthPointe Resources; back row, left to right: Monica Marr, Northern Illinois Food Bank; Dina Donohue-Chase, NorthPointe Resources; Maria Kim, The Cara Program; William Hansen, Family Service of Glencoe; Art Mollenhauer, Big Brothers Big Sisters; Adam Alonso, B.U.I.L.D.; Eleanor Perrone, Embarc; Megan Groves, Uptown People’s Law Center; Bruce Otto, H.O.M.E.; Steve Sudhoff, Family Promise.

“As our success continues, it is really exciting to see our support grow from $150,000 to $200,000 this year,” said Wendy Serrinio, president of the board of the North Shore Exchange. “lt is inspiring to support the critical work these 23 organizations are doing on the behalf of children and families with the greatest need.”

The following recipients in the categories of disabilities, domestic violence, education, elderly, mental health, homelessness, hunger, legal rights and social services were presented last night with checks at a reception honoring their important missions. 

Disabilities

NorthPointe Resources: This organization empowers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental illness to help them achieve their goals through comprehensive services including recreational activities, education, case management, residential programs, employment and healthcare services.

Domestic Violence

Connections for Abused Women and their Children:  Connections for Abused Women and their Children, formerly Chicago Abused Women Coalition, is committed to ending domestic violence. Using a self-help, empowerment approach, the organization provides a shelter for women and children, and counseling, advocacy, and a 24-hour hot line for people affected by domestic violence. 

YWCA Evanston North Shore: The Domestic Violence Services and Prevention Program of the YWCA Evanston North Shore is the only comprehensive residential domestic violence program serving the northeastern metropolitan Chicago area. Focusing on emergency interventions and long-term solutions for women and children experiencing domestic violence, its services are multi-faceted and fill a critical need in helping women break free and heal from violence, and go on to lead self-sufficient lives.

Education

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago: This organization empowers at-risk youth by providing high-impact one-to-one mentoring that enables lifelong success.

Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development (BUILD): Started in 1969 as a gang intervention program serving fewer than 200 gang-affiliated youth in one community, BUILD has grown to serve more than 3,000 youth annually. Its mission is to engage at-risk youth in schools and on the streets so they can realize their educational and career potential and contribute to the stability, safety and well-being of their communities.

Chicago Debate Commission: This organization’s mission is to advance the academic achievement, community contributions and life success of Chicago’s underprivileged youth by providing skills in reading, research, critical thinking, public policy analysis, teamwork and communications, all through the mechanism of debate.

Christopher House: This organization has a unique model of education that provides educational services from birth through high school for low-income children, as well as support services that create stable, self-sufficient families.

EmbarcEmbarc is a three-year program that providescommunity-driven, experienced-based learningopportunities to low-income high school students to inspire and prepare them for collegeand career success.

Elderly

H.O.M.E.This organization helps Chicago’s under-served, low-income seniors maintain their independence by providing services such as home upkeep and safe living conditions. The organization’s free shopping bus enables seniors with limited mobility or who live in food deserts to have access to groceries, pharmacies and medical services that are essential to their wellbeing. H.O.M.E. also owns and manages three affordable housing buildings with individual apartments and shared living for those who need assistance.

Mental Health

Barr-Harris Children’s Grief Center: This grief center provides immediate therapeutic services to bereaved children (ages 2-18) in low-income and minority households who have lost a parent or loved one through death, abandonment or other traumatic separation. Its mission is to make these services more accessible to under-served communities, to never deny treatment for financial reasons, to increase public awareness of the immediate and enduring effects of traumatic loss, and to provide training and consultation about childhood grief for those who work directly with children or indirectly on their behalf.

Homelessness

Connections for the Homeless:  Connections for the Homeless is a non-profit organization that helps individuals and families that are homeless or threatened with homelessness. Through a wide spectrum of services, they meet people where they are in the spectrum of homelessness. The ultimate goal for every person theyserve is to help them reach the highest level of self-sufficiency possible.

Center for Changing Lives: This organization changes lives, not just circumstances. Its mission is to provide comprehensive support to serve, empower andadvocate for community residents experiencing homelessness or housing instability so they may obtain and maintain permanent housing. Individuals working with the center build their economic capacity to achieve their vision for their life.

LaCasa Norte: This Chicago organization serves poor families and children in the Midwest by providing stable housing to youth and families, and delivering comprehensive services that act as a catalyst to transform lives and communities.

The Cara Program: This Chicago organization focuses on giving homeless and disadvantaged individuals the opportunity to secure permanent employment through a comprehensive range of job training, placement, retention and career advancement services. These services prepare and inspire motivated individuals to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, transform their lives, and forge paths to real and lasting success.

The Night Ministry:  Through an array of programs throughout Chicago, The Night Ministry meets the needs of vulnerable youth and adults, providing them with continuing care to assist in their journey from the streets or unstable circumstances to safe, stable housing. As a Response-Ability Pregnant and Parenting Program (RAPP Program) it is the only provider of shelter beds dedicated to homeless, minor-aged pregnant and parenting youth in Chicago. Its goal is to increase safety, stability, and physical and emotional health and wellness of pregnant and parenting homeless youth and their children.

Family PromiseThis organization helps families with young children in homeless situations return quickly to permanent housing. They provide emergency shelter, meals, job search assistance and other support while keeping the family unit in tact while also working to address the cause of homelessness.

Hunger

Greater Chicago Food DepositoryThrough a network of 650 soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters and community programs, the Greater Chicago Food Depository distributes emergency and supplemental food to Cook County residents. This organization’s mission is to provide food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community.

Northern Illinois Food Bank: This organization’s mission is to lead the Northern Illinois community in solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need through innovative programs and partnerships.

Legal Rights

The Chicago Lighthouse — Kane Legal Clinic The Chicago Lighthouse is one of the oldest social service agencies in Chicago. Among the many programs it offers are a school for children with multi-disabilities; job training and placement; a low vision clinic; and a manufacturing facility that boasts the nation’s sole contract to supply clocks to the U.S. government. During its existence, The Chicago Lighthouse has improved the quality of life for people who are blind or visually impaired and has provided opportunities toward increased independent living.

Uptown People’s Law Center: The mission of this organization is to establish, administer and promote programs providing legal aid to indigent persons, assisting community residents in obtaining legal services and benefits, and educating and training residents, paraprofessionals and community attorneys. The Law Center operates on the belief that educating people on their legal rights will help enable them to fully exercise self-help. Its work focuses on landlord-tenant issues, public benefits, including both public aid and social security disability benefits, and protecting the civil rights of the incarcerated.

Social Services

Family Focus: Family Focus helps Chicago-area families living in low-income communities give their children the best possible start in life. The organization helps families gain the confidence and skills to be the parents they want to be through customized classes, support groups and referral services in a welcoming and caring environment, Family Focus helps families help themselves while building a relationship based on equality and respect.

Family Service of GlencoeSupporting those who live or work in Glencoe, our localsocial agency’s mission is to provide a stronger community and meet individual and family needs through services that identify, prevent and resolve social and emotional issues.

Infant Welfare Society of ChicagoProviding services since 1911, Infant Welfare Society is committed to providing critical healthcare services in a one- center location including general healthcare, dentistry, optometry, child development and behavioral health services to children and families from under-served communities who otherwise would lack access to basic medical services.

“We want to thank those in the community who support our important mission by shopping, donating and consigning with our resale shop,” said Maxine Retsky, president of the Woman’s Library Club of Glencoe.  “As you can see by this impressive list of grants, that support reaches far to help those in our own community and beyond."

For more information about the North Shore Exchange, including how to donate or consign items, how to arrange for a donation pickup, and how to join the North Shore Exchange's email list, visit www.northshoreexchange.org

ABOUT THE NORTH SHORE EXCHANGE

The North Shore Exchange is an upscale resale shop featuring an edited collection of women’s designer clothing and accessories, as well as beautiful home furnishings and décor.  As a 501 (c) (3), all of the boutique’s profits benefit charities and nonprofit organizations helping families and children with the greatest need as well as local organization, Family Service of Glencoe.  For more information, visit the North Shore Exchange website at www.northshoreexchange.org.

North Shore Exchange Awards $150,000 in Grants

October 28, 2014 – GLENCOE, IL -- The board of the North Shore Exchange along with the Womans Library Club of Glencoe proudly announce the grant recipients of its $150,000 in proceeds from their successful resale shop.

The North Shore Exchange is Glencoe’s charitable, upscale resale store that offers an edited collection of designer women’s clothing and accessories, as well as beautiful home furnishings and decor.  As the charitable endeavor of the Woman’s Library Club of Glencoe, 100 percent of all profits support nonprofit organizations serving children and families in need.

“With a successful full year under our belt it is exciting to see our proceeds grow to be able to support the critical work that these seventeen organizations are doing to help those in need,  said Wendy Serrino, president of the board of the North Shore Exchange. “Much thought went into honoring groups whose focus best align with our philanthropic mission of improving the lives of children and families at or near poverty level.”

The following recipients in the categories of abuse, education, elderly, healthcare, homelessness, hunger, legal rights and mental health were presented last night with checks at a reception honoring their important missions. 

ABUSE

YWCA:  The Domestic Violence Services and Prevention Program of the YWCA Evanston North Shore is the only comprehensive residential domestic violence program serving the northeastern metropolitan Chicago area.  Focusing on emergency interventions and long-term solutions for women and children experiencing domestic violence, its services are multi-faceted and fill a critical need in helping women break free and heal from violence and go on to lead self-sufficient lives. 

House of the Good Shepherd: The House of the Good Shepherd serves women and children affected by domestic violence by offering a safe place with opportunities for emotional and educational growth while giving hope and continued support for a better future.

EDUCATION

Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development (BUILD):  Started in 1969 as a gang intervention program serving fewer than 200 gang-affiliated youth in one community, BUILD has grown to serve more than 3,000 youth annually.  Its mission is to engage at-risk youth in schools and on the streets so they can realize their educational and career potential and contribute to the stability, safety and well-being of our communities. 

Christopher House:  This organization has a unique model of education that provides educational services from birth through high school for low-income children, as well as support services that create stable, self-sufficent families.

EMBARC: This organization cultivates post-secondary success by inspiring low-income students to build their social capital, stretch the boundaries of their neighborhood, and seize opportunities in school and in life.  EMBARC is one of the first organizations in the nation to provide experiential and community-based education and is effectively changing the trajectories of hundreds of students in Chicago Public Schools.

ELDERLY

Home Opportunities Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.): This organization helps Chicago’s under-served, low-income seniors maintain their independence by providing services such as home upkeep and safe living conditions.  The organization’s free shopping bus enables seniors with limited mobility or who live in food deserts to have access to groceries, pharmacies and medical services that are essential to their wellbeing.  H.O.M.E. also owns and manages three affordable housing buildings with individual apartments and shared living for those who need assistance.

HEALTHCARE

Infant Welfare Society: Providing services since 1911, this organization is committed to providing critical healthcare services in a one-center location including general healthcare, dentistry, optometry, child development and behavioral health services to children and families from underserved communities who otherwise would lack access to basic medical services. 

HOMELESSNESS

The Cara Program: This Chicago organization focuses on giving homeless and disadvantaged individuals the opportunity to secure permanent employment through a comprehensive range of job training, placement, retention and career advancement services.  These services prepare and inspire motivated individuals to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, transform their lives, and forge paths to real and lasting success.

The Night Ministry:  Each year The Night Ministry supports more than 450 youth and their young children from all backgrounds.  An array of programs throughout Chicago meet the needs of vulnerable youth and adults, providing them with continuing care to assist in their journey from the streets or unstable circumstances to safe, stable housing.  As a Response-Ability Pregnant and Parenting Program (RAPP Program) it is the only provider of shelter beds dedicated to homeless, minor-aged pregnant and parenting youth in Chicago.  Its goal is to increase safety, stability, and physical and emotional health and wellness of pregnant and parenting homeless youth and their children.

Center for Changing Lives:  This organization changes lives, not just circumstances.  Its mission is to provide comprehensive support to serve, empower and advocate for community residents experiencing homelessness or housing instability so they may obtain and maintain permanent housing.  Individuals working with Center for Changing Lives build their economic capacity to achieve their vision for their life.

La Casa Norte:  This Chicago organization serves poor families and children in the Midwest by providing stable housing to youth and families, and delivering comprehensive services that act as a catalyst to transform lives and communities.

Family Promise:  This organization helps families with young children in homeless situations return quickly to permanent housing.  They provide emergency shelter, meals, job search assistance and other support while keeping the family unit in tact while also working to address the cause of their homelessness.

HUNGER

Greater Chicago Food Depository:  Through a network of 650 soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters and community programs, the Greater Chicago Food Depository distributes emergency and supplemental food to Cook County residentsThis organizations mission is to provide food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. 

Northern Illinois Food Pantry: This organization’s mission is to lead the Northern Illinois community in solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need through innovative programs and partnerships. 

LEGAL RIGHTS

Uptown People’s Law Center: The mission of this organization is to establish, administer and promote programs providing legal aid to indigent persons, assisting community residents in obtaining legal services and benefits, and educating and training residents, paraprofessionals and community attorneys.  The Law Center operates on the belief that educating people on their legal rights will help enable them to fully exercise self-help.  Its work focuses on landlord-tenant issues, public benefits, including both public aid and social security disability benefits, and protecting the civil rights of the incarcerated.

MENTAL HEALTH

Barr-Harris Children’s Grief Center: This grief center provides immediate therapeutic services to bereaved children (ages 2-18) in low-income and minority households who have lost a parent or loved one through death, abandonment or other traumatic separation.  Its mission is to make these services more accessible to underserved communities, to never deny treatment for financial reasons, to increase public awareness of the immediate and enduring effects of traumatic loss, and to provide training and consultation about childhood grief for those who work directly with children or indirectly on their behalf. 

Family Service of Glencoe:  Supporting those who live or work in Glencoe, Family Service of Glencoe’s mission is to provide a stronger community and meet individual and family needs through services that identify, prevent and resolve social and emotional issues.  

“We are thrilled to see the success of our reinvented resale shop and how it is allowing us to support those in our community and beyond,” said Maxine Retsky, president of the Woman’s Library Club of Glencoe.  “We want to thank the community and all of those who shop and donate in the store for their contributions to our incredible success."

For more information about the North Shore Exchange, including how to donate or consign items, how to arrange for a donation pickup, and how to join the North Shore Exchange's email list, visit www.northshoreexchange.org

ABOUT THE NORTH SHORE EXCHANGE

The North Shore Exchange is an upscale resale shop featuring an edited collection of women’s designer clothing and accessories, as well as beautiful home furnishings and décor.  As a 501 (c) (3), all of the boutique’s profits benefit charities and nonprofit organizations helping families and children with the greatest need as well as local organization, Family Service of Glencoe.  For more information, visit the North Shore Exchange website at www.northshoreexchange.org.

Glencoe's North Shore Exchange Has Huge Fundraising Year

By Karen Ann Cullotta, Chicago Tribune reporter

For 88 years, the thrift shop run by the Woman's Library Club of Glencoe was staffed by volunteers tasked with collecting village residents' donations of used clothing and furniture, with the resale profits benefiting charities.

But by 2012, employees say, the Glen Cote Thrift Shop at 372 Hazel Avenue was barely making ends meet, prompting volunteers to embrace a dramatically different approach, which they say has transformed the tired venue into a posh designer boutique.

"We had to be creative and innovate. How do you take something old and make it new again?" said Wendy Serrino, board president of the North Shore Exchange, which recently celebrated its one-year anniversary by announcing that the revitalized consignment shop had garnered three times the sales officials expected to generate during its first fiscal year of operation.

Serrino said officials plan to distribute $150,000 of the proceeds from the profits of its revamped resale operation, doubling the amount of grants it distributed in 2013.

Click here for full article on chicagotribune.com. 

North Shore Exchange to Distribute $150,000 in Grants After Successful First Fiscal Year

Funds to Support Nonprofit Human Service Organizations Aiding Families, Children in Need 

July 30, 2014 -- GLENCOE, IL - The Board of the North Shore Exchange announces plans to distribute $150,000 of proceeds from the profits of its successful resale operation after its first full fiscal year, doubling the amount of grants it distributed last year.

"We are incredibly grateful to our supporters who have continued to make the North Shore Exchange a thriving resale shop with significant profits to support our mission of providing funding to organizations that provide human services and education to children and families at or below the poverty level," said Wendy Serrino, president of the North Shore Exchange board.  

As a philanthropic arm of the Woman's Library Club of Glencoe, the North Shore Exchange will distribute one third of this money to local agency Family Service of Glencoe while the remaining two thirds of grants will support nonprofit organizations throughout the Midwest.  Last year's recipients in the categories of homelessness, elderly, disabilities and hunger included:  La Casa Norte, The Night Ministry, Family Promise, Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association, Home Opportunities Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.), Greater Chicago Food Depository and the Midwest Food Bank.

"We are thrilled to announce that we have invited approximately 25 nonprofit organizations in the human service arena to submit grant applications for our consideration," said Scott Javore, chair of the philanthropy committee for the North Shore Exchange. "A lot of thought and consideration will go into selecting groups to honor whose causes best align with our philanthropic mission of improving the lives of children and families with the greatest need."

The board will distribute the grant funds to the honored recipients at an event scheduled at the shop in late October.

"Hearing firsthand from our recipients about the incredible work that is made possible through the funds they've received from the North Shore Exchange is incredibly moving," said Serrino.  "We truly are making a difference in our community and beyond."

For more information about the North Shore Exchange including how to donate or consign items, how to arrange for a donation pickup, and how to join the NSE's email list, visit www.northshoreexchange.org

ABOUT THE NORTH SHORE EXCHANGE:

A philanthropic effort of the Woman’s Library Club, The North Shore Exchange is an upscale resale shop featuring an edited collection of women's designer clothing and accessories, as well as beautiful home furnishings and decor.  As a 501 (c)(3), all of the boutique's profits will benefit organizations that provide human services and education to children and families. One-third of the organization’s support goes to Family Service of Glencoe while the other two-thirds primarily go to organizations providing services in the Midwest that support the poor.  For more information visit North Shore Exchange's website at www.northshoreexchange.org

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North Shore Exchange Distributes Remaining $50,000 in Grants

Successful Charitable Resale Shop Makes Powerful Impact in Glencoe, Beyond 

November 18, 2013 – GLENCOE, IL -- The board of the North Shore Exchange, a charitable, upscale resale shop, announces the grant recipients of the remaining $50,000 out of the $75,000 in proceeds it earned in its first four months of operation. 

Pictured are representatives from our grant recipient organizations, from L to R:   Anand Varghese from Greater Chicago Food Depository, Sol Flores from LaCasa Norte, Anne Smith from Greater Chicago Food Depository, Tracy McKeithen from Family Promise, Susan Cowen from Family Service of Glencoe, Craig Culp from Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association, Honna Eichler from The Night Ministry, Susie Julison from the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association, Jeannine Burgdorf from Family Promise,  Larry Herman from Midwest Food Bank and Kelly Brest van Kempen of Family Promise. 

Pictured are representatives from our grant recipient organizations, from L to R:   Anand Varghese from Greater Chicago Food Depository, Sol Flores from LaCasa Norte, Anne Smith from Greater Chicago Food Depository, Tracy McKeithen from Family Promise, Susan Cowen from Family Service of Glencoe, Craig Culp from Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association, Honna Eichler from The Night Ministry, Susie Julison from the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association, Jeannine Burgdorf from Family Promise,  Larry Herman from Midwest Food Bank and Kelly Brest van Kempen of Family Promise. 

"There are countless worthy causes and organizations out there and we are thrilled to announce that we will be helping these seven groups with their critical, mission-driven work," says Wendy Serrino, president of the board of the North Shore Exchange. “A lot of thought and consideration went into honoring groups whose causes best align with our philanthropic mission of improving the lives of children and families with the greatest need.”

The following recipients in the categories of homelessness, elderly, disabilities and hunger will be presented with checks this evening at a reception honoring their important missions. 

HOMELESSNESS

La Casa Norte:  This Chicago organization serves youth and family confronting homelessness.

The Night Ministry:  This Response-Ability Pregnant and Parenting Program (RAPP Program) is the only provider of shelter beds dedicated to homeless, minor-aged pregnant and parenting youth in Chicago.  Its goal is to increase safety, stability, and physical and emotional health and wellness of pregnant and parenting homeless youth and their children.

Family Promise:  This organization provides emergency shelter, food and supportive services to families in homeless situations, while keeping the family unit intact. 

DISABILITIES

Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA):  This organization enriches the lives of people with disabilities in Deerfield, Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park, Kenilworth, Lake Bluff, Northbrook, Northfield, Wilmette and Winnetka through quality recreational services. 

ELDERLY

Home Opportunities Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.): This organization helps Chicago’s under-served, low-income seniors maintain their independence by providing services such as home upkeep and safe living conditions.  The organization’s free shopping bus enables seniors with limited mobility or who live in food deserts to have access to groceries, pharmacies and medical services that are essential to their wellbeing.  H.O.M.E. also owns and manages three affordable housing buildings with individual apartments and shared living for those who need assistance.

HUNGER

Greater Chicago Food Depository:  This organization provides food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community.

Midwest Food Bank:  This organization’s mission is to alleviate hunger and poverty by gathering and distributing food donations to not-for-profits and disaster sites without cost to recipients.

With these distributions the North Shore Exchange has now distributed $75,000 in proceeds from the sales of its successful resale operation that opened in March of this year.  Local organization Family Service of Glencoe received $25,000 last July.   The shop is the charitable venture of the Woman’s Library Club of Glencoe.

“We are thrilled at the success of the shop and how it has allowed new light to shine on the longstanding philanthropic tradition of the Women’s Library Club of Glencoe,” said Peg Malloy, president of the Woman’s Library Club of Glencoe.  “We want to thank our supporters for contributing to the success of the shop and enabling us to make a powerful impact in our community and beyond.”

The shop has been a collaborative effort between the Woman's Library Club of Glencoe along with the board of the North Shore Exchange, board members of Family Service of Glencoe, and many dedicated donors, consignors, supporters and volunteers.  For more information about the North Shore Exchange including how to donate or consign items, how to arrange for a donation pickup, and how to join the NSE's email list, visit www.northshoreexchange.org

ABOUT THE NORTH SHORE EXCHANGE

The North Shore Exchange is an upscale resale shop featuring an edited collection of women’s designer clothing and accessories, as well as beautiful home furnishings and décor.  As a 501 (c) (3), all of the boutique’s profits benefit charities and nonprofit organizations helping families and children with the greatest need as well as local organization, Family Service of Glencoe.  For more information, visit the North Shore Exchange website at www.northshoreexchange.org.

 

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North Shore Exchange Announces $75,000 in Charitable Proceeds Following Successful Resale Shop Launch

FAMILY SERVICE OF GLENCOE RECEIVES FIRST       NSE GRANT OF $25,000

July 30, 2013 -- GLENCOE, IL -- After just four months of operation, the Board of the North Shore Exchange announces plans to distribute $75,000 of proceeds from the sales of its wildly successful resale operation that opened in March of this year.

WENDY SERRINO, PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF THE NORTH SHORE EXCHANGE, IN THE MIDDLE, ALONG WITH PEG MALLOY, PRESIDENT OF THE WOMAN'S LIBRARY CLUB OF GLENCOE, FAR LEFT, PRESENT THE NORTH SHORE EXCHANGE'S FIRST CHARITABLE DONATION OF $25,000 TO SUSAN COWEN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR FAMILY SERVICE OF GLENCOE.  WHILE FAMILY SERVICE OF GLENCOE WILL RECEIVE $25,000 ANOTHER $50,000 WILL SOON BE DISTRIBUTED TO LOCAL AND NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS HELPING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES WITH THE GREATEST NEED.

WENDY SERRINO, PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF THE NORTH SHORE EXCHANGE, IN THE MIDDLE, ALONG WITH PEG MALLOY, PRESIDENT OF THE WOMAN'S LIBRARY CLUB OF GLENCOE, FAR LEFT, PRESENT THE NORTH SHORE EXCHANGE'S FIRST CHARITABLE DONATION OF $25,000 TO SUSAN COWEN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR FAMILY SERVICE OF GLENCOE.  WHILE FAMILY SERVICE OF GLENCOE WILL RECEIVE $25,000 ANOTHER $50,000 WILL SOON BE DISTRIBUTED TO LOCAL AND NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS HELPING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES WITH THE GREATEST NEED.

"Our shop has succeeded far beyond our expectations," says Wendy Serrino, president of the board of the North Shore Exchange. "This incredible collaborative effort between the great ladies of the Woman's Library Club of Glencoe along with the board of the North Shore Exchange, board members of Family Service of Glencoe, and many dedicated donors, consignors, supporters and volunteers has resulted in a thriving resale shop that we're incredibly proud of. Through the hard work and dedication of all of our contributors, we have the opportunity to make a powerful impact in our community and beyond."

A RESALE SHOP REBORN

From the start, the North Shore Exchange was created with a singular vision --  a beautiful shop selling upscale resale merchandise including women's clothing and accessories and home furnishings, with one-third of the proceeds going to Family Service of Glencoe and two-thirds going to charities serving children and families at risk.

The original building, owned by the Woman's Library Club of Glencoe, housed the former Glen Cote Resale Shop. The group, funded by the Woman's Library Club and with the donated help of local architect Scott Javore and interior designer Pam Maher, re-imagined and re-designed the space, outfitting it with the finest finishes including beautiful lighting, an antique display case from Wienecke's Hardware, and stunning wood flooring donated by Claudia and Marcelo Spiesz of Glencoe.  The shop opened on March 5.

"With the help of many, our members seized the opportunity to create something entirely new -- an elegant and upscale shopping experience,” said Peg Malloy, president of the Woman's Library Club of Glencoe.  “And it's all for a wonderful cause -- supporting charities that make a difference in the lives of children and families who need it most. We're thrilled at the success of the shop and how it has allowed new light to shine on the longstanding philanthropic tradition of the Woman's Library Club of Glencoe."

FAMILY SERVICE OF GLENCOE FIRST GRANT RECIPIENT

The North Shore Exchange's first charitable recipient is nonprofit, community agency Family Service of Glencoe.

"Family Service of Glencoe has been at the heart of our village for 99 years," says Roberta Olshansky, vice president of the North Shore Exchange board and a former board member of Family Service of Glencoe. "While the majority of their work is confidential and done behind the scenes, we know that the health of our community is due in large part to their efforts to reach out, support those in their time of need, and strengthen the bonds of this community we share.  We're proud to be a part of making their work possible."

Family Service of Glencoe serves those who live and work in Glencoe - from preschoolers to seniors - with programs and services that prevent, treat and intervene in the areas of social and emotional health.  Grant funds will support FSG's programs and services including individual and family counseling, 24-hour crisis intervention in partnership with Public Safety, Youth and Family Outreach programs, and more.

"We are thrilled at our partnership with the North Shore Exchange, and deeply grateful to be one of their designated charities," said Susan Cowen, LCSW, Executive Director for Family Service of Glencoe. "The Exchange's generosity will support our efforts to create a stronger, healthier and safer community. This grant will allow us to make our services available to all who live and work in Glencoe, including those who might otherwise not be able to afford them, and will make a meaningful impact on our ability to deliver our programs and services to the community we serve."

According to Serrino, the North Shore Exchange believes that in order for children and families to be self-sufficient and empowered members of society, they must have unencumbered access to human services and education.  A set of guidelines was created by the organization to determine the charities it intends to support. The North Shore Exchange has identified multiple domestic charities -- both local and national -- that meet its criteria, and grant applications have been solicited. In the coming few months, the North Shore Exchange will review grant proposals and make recommendations on their status in a rolling fashion.

"There are countless worthy causes and charities," says Serrino. "Much thought has gone into determining the area of impact we feel best aligns with our philanthropic mission. We are thrilled to be able to support our partner, Family Service of Glencoe, with a $25,000 grant, and look forward to making an impact in the lives of children and families with the greatest need through the distribution of the remaining $50,000.  With more exciting announcements to come, we thank the community for its support of this most meaningful venture."

 For more information about the North Shore Exchange including how to donate or consign items, how to arrange for a donation pickup, and how to join the NSE's email list, visit www.northshoreexchange.org

ABOUT THE NORTH SHORE EXCHANGE:

The North Shore Exchange is an upscale resale shop featuring an edited collection of women's designer clothing and accessories, as well as beautiful home furnishings and decor.  As a 501 (c)(3), all of the boutique's profits will benefit charities and nonprofit organizations helping families and children with the greatest need and our own Family Service of Glencoe. For more information visit North Shore Exchange's website at www.northshoreexchange.org

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