Clarity Cares, the charitable giving program sponsored by Clarity Partners, wrapped up its inaugural year with 11 total contributions to employee nominated causes. The final 2016 event on December 8th had employee volunteers filling holiday stockings for Heartland Alliance to distribute to the young residents of its Securing Advancement, Freedom, and Empowerment (SAFEty) division.

SAFEty is a residential program that provides children who have ended up in Chicago with legal and social support, including medical and education services. The goal is to reunite them with family or guardians, in either the U.S. or their home country. The division is run by Heartland Alliance, an anti-poverty organization focused on advancing human rights for all people through housing, healthcare, jobs, and justice.

Clarity Partners firmly believes in reinvesting in the community, and the Clarity Cares program gives full-time employees the opportunity to influence how that is done. Qualified nominations require current participation and must be for a 501(c) (3) organization. Nominations are accepted on an ongoing basis and are evaluated by an employee-based volunteer committee.

Whenever possible, company participation is encouraged. While the holiday event involved organizing and assembling donated items at the office, many previous Clarity Cares contributions allowed for involvement in outside events. Over the last year, employees walked for March of Dimes and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; attended supporting events like The Posse Foundation’s Power of 10, which recognizes the strength of their student scholarship groups and celebrates diversity in higher education and the workforce; refurbished computers for Girls Who Code; and more.

Clarity Cares aims to promote citizenship and volunteerism through its support of a diverse profile of causes, including arts and culture, civil rights, community service, education, the environment, and health and human services. The program looks forward to continuing this mission in 2017, with restored funds and newly elected committee members.

2016 Recipient Organizations: