Chicago nonprofit New Moms selected for a 2019 Renewal Award


A 30-year-old Chicago nonprofit that helps poverty-stricken young mothers has been selected by Allstate and The Atlantic to receive a 2019 Renewal Award, which this year comes with an addition year of funding in addition to a $20,000 grant.

According to a press release sent out this month by Allstate and The Atlantic, New Moms is one of five organizations across the country selected for this year's honor. Illinois Business Daily reported last month that the nonprofit was among 15 finalists nationwide; The Atlantic readers and the public voted on the final five recipients.

“Across the country, this year’s Renewal Award winners are improving their communities by empowering women, supporting new immigrants, and providing innovative educational paths for young people,” explained Elizabeth Brady, Chief Marketing Officer at Allstate. “Allstate is proud to invest in these changemakers who are making a difference in the lives of others every day.”

According to the press release, New Moms, based in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood, provides transitional housing, job training and other support for young mothers who are trapped in poverty. All clients are considered to live in extreme poverty, and more than 60 percent were themselves the children of teenage mothers. The organization has so far made an impact on – and broken the poverty cycle of – 6,000 young mothers during its existence. 

One example of a successful enterprise, according to the Renewal Awards announcement, is Bright Endeavors, described as a “social enterprise that employs young moms to craft premium soy candles that are sold in Whole Foods stores across the country.”

This is the fourth year that Allstate and The Atlantic have teamed up to offer the Renewal Awards, which are offered only to nonprofit organizations nominated by legal residents of the U.S. and its territories. Nominees must perform some sort of innovative work to be considered.

“Nonprofits may be nominated for local innovations that improve their communities, including but not limited to public good works, partnerships involving nonprofit and volunteer organizations, local government, businesses, public-private partnerships and/or individuals,” the release stated.

Leaders from New Moms are joining the winners from other organizations in New York City, where the awards are scheduled to be presented today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT at The Atlantic’s Renewal Summit.

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