Community and Charitable Organizations

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Morton Grove Foundation – Taste of Morton Grove
The Morton Grove Foundation is an almost 30-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the well-being of the village of Morton Grove and its surrounding communities. Its purpose is to provide resources to benefit the health, welfare, education, environment and safety of area residents.

The foundation provides direct grants to charities that make a positive impact on the Morton Grove community each year at its annual fundraiser, The Taste of Morton Grove, held in early March. This yearly event consists of samplings from some of the area’s best restaurants and caterers, as well as a silent auction, a raffle and other fun events. The foundation and its charitable arm, The Taste of Morton Grove Committee, consist of resident volunteers from the citizens in the area, the business community and individuals from various roles in the village administration.

Its slogan, “There is no limit to what we can do together,” reflects the foundation’s efforts and accomplishments. Since 1990, The Morton Grove Foundation has donated over $700,000 to more than 40 charitable organizations.

American Legion Post 134
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans’ organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans’ service organization, committed to monitoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in the community, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security and continued devotion to service members and veterans.

The first Post 134 Commander was Peter Gebel, who in 1925 was joined by the Auxiliary President Mary Hoss. Over the decades, members of many Morton Grove founding families and prominent citizens have held positions in the Legion and Auxiliary, later followed by the Sons of the Legion.

The American Legion organization depends on its active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the community in which it thrives. Post 134 is located at 6144 Dempster St. in Morton Grove. For additional information, visit www.mortongrovepost134.org or call (847) 965-9503.

M-NASR
The Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation was founded to provide quality recreation and leisure activities to those with disabilities who reside in Maine and Niles Townships. Through generous donations, they are able to provide wheelchair accessible vehicles, sports uniforms and equipment along with much needed scholarships for deserving individuals.

The Liponi Foundation was formed in 1990 to support M-NASR in its mission. To offer help or for more information, call (847) 699-5522 or visit www.mnasr.org.

Morton Grove Garden Club
“A garden is a friend you can visit anytime” is a sentiment of the Morton Grove Garden Club. They are a member of the National Council of State Garden Clubs and Garden Clubs of Illinois-IX District. The club meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month from August through May at 7 p.m. in the American Legion Civic Center, 6140 Dempster St., Morton Grove. Refreshments are served and there is a program with speakers on garden-related topics. Members participate in various projects throughout the village. The club was organized in 1953 and new members are always welcome.

Morton Grove Moose Family Center 376
The Morton Grove Moose Family Center #375 is an organization that offers the community a variety of services, programs, fundraisers, charitable events and more. For over a quarter century, the Moose has directed its efforts almost completely toward Mooseheart and Moosehaven, places where the Moose fraternity collectively pours out its heart, its devotion and sustenance to the children of its members in need.

Mooseheart children are given a complete academic education, from kindergarten though high school, in addition to vocational training and complete instruction in whatever faith prevailed in their families before coming to Mooseheart.

To learn more about the organization located at 6419 Chestnut in Morton Grove, call (847) 965-2928 or visit http://lodge2049.moosepages.org.

The Education Foundation – Supporting the Students of Niles Township
The Education Foundation – Supporting the Students of Niles Township – is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization led by a dedicated volunteer board of directors.

Its mission is to develop, acquire and distribute financial assistance and other resources to support students in need. The foundation enhances the quality and effectiveness of education for the benefit of students in Niles Township.

In recent years, tax cap legislation and dramatic increases in the percentage of families experiencing financial hardship have led many schools around the country to reach out for private support to enrich the educational program and support students in need. Through partnerships with alumni, friends, neighbors and the business community, The Education Foundation supplements public funds with private philanthropy. For more information or to make donations, visit www.edufoundnt.org.

Morton Grove Women’s Club
In 1953, a group of dedicated women organized the Morton Grove Woman’s Club. The club was formed as a philanthropic social club to serve women and families in Morton Grove and the surrounding communities. It donates funds to needy families, local abuse shelters, various charities and scholarships. Members donate time and resources to Morton Grove Days to promote the community. For more information, visit www.mortongrove.gfwcillinois.org.