The Charities We Support
It is our goal to raise money by selling the luminary kits and then donate that money to a charity that is meaningful to our community and will better our world.
This year to bring the community together and to honor the memory of a beloved friend, classmate, and community member, Chase Bjork, we will be raising money for the Chase Bjork Foundation. On the one year anniversary of his passing Unite with Light will allow the Concord and Carlisle community to come together to "Be the Light" for those struggling with mental illness.
The mission of the Chase Bjork Foundation is eloquently described on the foundation's website. The primary goal of the foundation is to "empower families and communities to discuss, assess, and treat mental illnesses. Our children are struggling – let’s help them before it’s too late." Through their programs, Brain Health Bootcamp and Brain Health Signal, the foundation is working to make mental health resources more accessible to young people, their families, and their communities.
In 2017 we raised money for Cradles to Crayons and Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership. Both charities help children in small and big ways. Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. They supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have need.
Harlem Lacrosse’s mission is to empower the children who are most at risk for academic decline and dropout to rise above their challenges and reach their full potential. Harlem Lacrosse inspires children to dream about tomorrow while working hard on the field and in the classroom today. Harlem Lacrosse was co-founded by a CCHS graduate.
Both charities mean a lot to us because they help children early on and give them a better chance to succeed and believe in themselves.
In 2017 we donated $10,000 to Harlem Lacrosse and Cradles to Crayons
In 2018 we donated $6000 to Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership
In 2019 we donated $3000 to Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership
In 2021 we donated $24000 to The Chase Bjork Foundation
Thank you to all who are supporting Unite with Light!