Cultivating Hope Campaigns

tCI's Cultivating Hope campaigns


About Cultivating Hope campaigns 

The Claretian Initiative’s new Cultivating Hope campaigns are focused, micro-campaigns designed to help our individual programs meet their specific needs beyond the day-to-day basics. Whether it’s buying new saws for Holy Cross’ woodshop or a marimba for one of tCI’s Marimba Ensembles, supporting a Cultivating Hope campaign is a great way to make a significant, focused impact in the lives of children and teens who need it most.  


Previous Campaigns

Woodshop at Holy Cross 

Campaign Goal: $1,500 Status: Completed

The woodshop at Holy Cross Parish in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood does a lot more than just teach young people how to safely use tools. It teaches discipline, planning, and how to follow directions. It also gives children and teens a safe, supervised place to spend time with invested adult mentors during out-of-school hours. And it gives young people a creative outlet and an opportunity to express themselves through art. With the $1,500, we purchased a much-needed dust extractor and two additional scroll saws for the woodshop. These supplies will allow the woodshop to remain a stable source of mentoring, life skills education, and creativityfor young people in this urban neighborhood.  

Music Education for Little Ones Preschool

Campaign Goal: $1,500 Status: Completed


Students at Little Ones Preschool in Stone Mountain, Georgia, do all the things most preschoolers do—practice their letters and numbers, learn to share and treat others with respect, and explore countless subjects through play. But unlike most other preschoolers in the U.S., many of Little Ones’ students are refugees from as many as 12 countries. And many of these young learners come from families with limited financial resources.  Music education enhances kids’ natural language abilities—which is particularly important for students who are just learning English—and can actually ‘re-wire’ the brain to help children learn more easily. The funds we raised were used to provide musical instruments and other hands-on activities for the school.

Microscopes for Our Lady of Guadalupe School

Campaign Goal: $1,500 Status: Completed

Our Lady of Guadalupe School in South Chicago serves over 200 K-8- students in a community where 97% of residents qualify for free or reduced lunches. The school’s dedicated teachers partner with parents to give learners a high-quality education they might not otherwise be able to receive in their neighborhoods. This kind of access to high-quality education is the one of the most effective and empowering ways to diminish poverty. But to provide the best education possible to these at-risk students, the school needs help providing quality materials and equipment—which lead to quality experiences—for the children.

With our $1,500 goal, we will purchase new microscopes for the middle-school science program at Our Lady of Guadalupe School at a cost of $250 per microscope. Having the basic science tools they need will help students prepare for ongoing education in high school and college. The number of jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) has been increasing rapidly in recent years, but low-income students from neighborhoods like South Chicago often end up less qualified for these positions than kids from more economically prosperous areas. Hands-on work, like using microscopes, gets kids more excited about learning and more interested in science. Our campaign will help the students of Our Lady of Guadalupe not only to become more competitive, but more engaged in their education and more interested in the world.