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One Hope United

OHU commits to the highest standard of care and child development. Children are provided with overall health education, weekly specialty exercise programs (e.g., yoga, music and movement, karate, gymnastics), nutrition-related instruction, healthy food experiences to introduce them to foods they may have never eaten previously (during the summer this includes a variety of vegetables grown onsite), field trips and information on environmentally sustainable practices. Newsletters, educational workshops and exercise classes for parents and staff are held onsite to educate about the importance of exercise, healthy eating and environmentally-friendly practices, and reinforcing these concepts with their children. The funding from First Nonprofit is a partnership that helps us provide the high standard of care and covers costs that are well over the contract reimbursement OHU receives from the State of Illinois.

For all the years that OHU has dealt with First Nonprofit, I have found the organization to be very progressive and sincere in its support of non-profit issues. These topics have ranged from the First Nonprofit staff being very accessible for meetings and communication (which is so valuable); to helpful literature and resources for how we can be better with our board and with other tasks we do; to being diligent in sharing best practices as well as pitfalls for projects First Nonprofit and OHU have worked together on – specifically the white paper that First Nonprofit did on our efforts to launch mentoring. Our relationship has been extremely positive beyond the funding, and we have appreciated First Nonprofit staff support throughout the process. The online process is a very good format and we will continue to press forward with the new formats.


June 2014 - $25,000 Awarded November 2015 - $50,000 Awarded
$75,000

Total Awarded

Who Did The Grant Help?

The First Nonprofit grant supports our child development programs consisting of 12 high-quality early learning centers in the Chicago metropolitan area. In FY15 the program served nearly 2,500 students with a total impact of nearly 6,000 including siblings and parents. The majority of these children are African-American, Hispanic and from low-income families which have the highest rates of children being overweight and childhood obesity putting them at much higher risk for diabetes and related diseases and disabilities.

What Problem Did the Grant Solve?

Statistics show that children and teens who are obese have a 70%-80% chance of being overweight or obese adults. According to the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity, 62% of Illinois adults are overweight or obese. The Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children reports that in the city of Chicago, pre-teen and teen obesity rates exceed U.S. levels. In addition to the social costs, our state also pays a high economic cost: in Illinois, adult obesity alone adds $3.4 billion to annual health care costs and is expected to rise to a startling $14 billion or more by 2018. Risk factors that contribute to obesity include lack of physical activity, unhealthy diet, sedentary lifestyle, and environmental factors. According to a body of research, the most effective health and well-being education efforts for preschool-age children focus on developing knowledge and instilling positive attitudes and behaviors that facilitate lifelong healthy habits.

What Was The Impact Of The Grant?

OHU commits to the highest standard of care and child development.  Children are provided with overall health education, weekly specialty exercise programs (e.g., yoga, music and movement, karate, gymnastics), nutrition-related instruction, healthy food experiences to introduce them to foods they may have never eaten previously (during the summer this includes a variety of vegetables grown onsite), field trips and information on environmentally sustainable practices. Newsletters, educational workshops and exercise classes for parents (and staff) are held onsite to educate them about the importance of exercise, healthy eating and environmentally-friendly practices and reinforce these concepts with their children.  The funding from First Nonprofit is a partnership that helps us provide the high standard of care and covers costs that are well over the contract reimbursement OHU receives from the State of Illinois.