National Association for Down Syndrome: NADS is the oldest organization in the country serving individuals with Down syndrome and their families. It was founded in Chicago in 1961 by parents who chose to go against medical advice and raised their children with Down syndrome at home. Their pioneering efforts have made it easier for later generations of individuals with Down syndrome to be accepted by their families and communities, to develop their capabilities, and to work towards independence.
NADS Mission: The National Association for Down Syndrome supports all persons with Down syndrome in achieving their full potential.
Hair Cares: Giving back to the community is a key component of the Art + Science culture. In 2016, our founders, David Raccuglia and Paul Wilson, created Hair Cares NFP, a public 501(c)(3) dedicated to fundraising and supporting local charities and foundations. Hair Cares has hosted a multitude of events that to date, has raised over 100,000 for various organizations, such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the National Association for Down Syndrome, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, as well as countless homeless shelters. From our Art + Soul galas to our cut-a-thons, Hair Cares has set the standard for community stewardship within the beauty industry, demonstrating that giving back isn't optional. It's essential.
Sister Paulanne's Needy Family Fund: For over thirty years, Sister Paulanne's Needy Family Fund, under the leadership of Sister Paulanne, has answered the call of those in our parish and community who are in financial crisis. As always, every single dollar donated to the Needy Family Fund remains here to serve these local individuals and families. Each client is treated with the utmost dignity and confidentiality.
Greater Chicago Food Depository: The Greater Chicago food Depository is Chicago's Food Bank. We believe a healthy community starts with food. The Depository is a member of Feeding America, the National network of food banks.
Jackson Chance Foundation: Jackson Chance Foundation enriches the lives of families with babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) by allowing them to spend more time with their critically ill baby.First In Foundation: Assisting first responders who struggle with anxiety, depression and PTSD due to their overwhelming stress experienced as a fireman, police officer or EMT.