As an anchor institution, Rush is committed to advancing health and economic vitality for our West Side neighborhoods. As part of this commitment and to ensure the holidays are bright for everyone, the Office of Community Health Equity and Engagement (CHEE) coordinates the AAF Program. Through this program, Rush partners with West Side nonprofits, service agencies and churches in order to connect our employees and outside organizations with families who are experiencing hardship. Most of the families that participate live at 200% or more below the poverty line and some experience homelessness, and our AAF program is one important way we can support and provide resources.
Thanks to the generosity of Rush employees and outside friends, the 2020 Adopt-A-Family holiday program helped a total of 466 families, an 80% percent increase from 2019. In all, these families represented 1,167 individuals, including young children, parents, grandparents and teens, including some who are expecting children. Of the 466 families adopted, 10 included Rush families and 224 were unsheltered individuals.
“We would like to thank the people that helped us, especially for the help provided to my kids. May God bless them and give them more." - Adopt-A-Family recipient
Rush 2021 Adopt-a-Family (AAF) Applications are Now Open
How the program works
- Choose how many people you want to support (family size ranges from 1-8). Families range in size from a single disabled person, parents or single parent or grandparent with one child to families with multiple children.
- You will receive the family's wish list, profile and guidelines via email.
- Shop safely for your family between October 1st and December 10th. All gifts should be individually wrapped and labeled.
- Purchased gifts must be delivered to Rush CHEE Office at Teamsters City building located at 300 S. Ashland. The gift delivery date will be provided along with your family profile.
Use the button below to Adopt-A-Family
Support families another way . . .
You can donate to the program. Every adopted family will receive a box of food. During the pandemic our communities have been hard hit and your donation will help to add food items to the food box. Extending a family's food security is an incredibly important and wonderful way to help us continue to make an impact in the neighborhoods we serve. Donations will also benefit families who were not directly adopted for the holidays.
Use the button below to donate / extend our Top Box efforts and help make our families' holiday season even more special.
Are you a Rush Employee?
We are also committed to serving our internal Rush employees, which we define as our first community. For the fifth consecutive year, Rush employees who experience hardship during the holiday season have the opportunity to be adopted. To learn more about the Adopt-A-(Rush) Family (AARF) program and how to apply, please contact the Office of Community Health Equity and Engagement at AAF@Rush.edu.
Have questions? Email AAF@Rush.edu.