#OneChipChallenge Twitter campaign raises $2,500+

By Christy Savellano, Development Associate

Kudos to Jordan Uhl! The Washington, D.C. journalist mobilized 80 donors via Twitter, promising to do the #OneChipChallenge if they raised $2,000 for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

Jordan Uhl

In six days, the campaign raised $2,585. It culminated with Jordan eating “the world’s hottest chip,” Paqui’s Carolina Reaper Madness, in a live Twitter stream on Wednesday evening.

With more than 82,000 followers on Twitter, Jordan is an editor at AmpliFire News and a co-host of Think Twice Podcast. He created a CrowdRise fundraising page to raise money for CCH and encouraged his social media followers to donate. They liked and shared his tweets to spread the word, gaining donor attention and nearly 100 new Twitter followers for CCH.

In one of a series of tweets encouraging people to donate, Jordan said, “…@ChiHomeless is doing lifesaving work to make their lives better. Start 2018 off right by making a donation to help their cause!” That tweet alone received 298 retweets and 529 likes.

While live streaming his #OneChipChallenge to over 9,000 viewers, Jordan explained his inspiration to fundraise for CCH.

“They do lifesaving work in Chicago, with how windy it is, how cold it gets there, I think about the homeless population, this is a lifesaving organization,” said Jordan.

To view Jordan’s #OneChipChallenge click on the link below:
https://www.pscp.tv/w/1mrGmZQOQBgJy

Jordan tweeting he achieved his fundraising goal

To preserve its independent voice, CCH does not accept government funding. Many thanks to Jordan for this one-of-a-kind fundraiser and to all the people who donated to help Chicago’s homeless community. Your collective generosity advances our mission to prevent and end homelessness.

WGN TV: Fighting homelessness: ‘What we’re going through right now, I don’t wish that on anyone’

By Gaynor Hall and Pam Grimes

CHICAGO — By one estimate, more than 80,000 Chicagoans are struggling with homelessness. Think about it — that would be the entire population of a city like Champaign.

About 18,000 of them are Chicago Public School students. Housing advocates say it’s a growing problem we cannot address, unless we acknowledge the tremendous need.

In a 2-part series, WGN’s Gaynor Hall looks at homelessness in Chicago. Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Executive Director Doug Schenkelberg is featured throughout the first story.

The series also reports on developing “Tiny Homes” to help house those who are homeless. That effort is spearheaded in Chicago by Tracy Baim, a CCH Board member and Windy City Times publisher.

LINK to the WGN video reports

For more information, visit the following links:
cityofchicago.org
homelessshelterdirectory.org
chicagohomeless.org
acasanorte.org
prideactiontank.org
windycitymediagroup.com
bootstrapvillages.com
casscommunity.org/tinyhomes/

Producer Pam Grimes and Photojournalists Mike D’Angelo, Reed Nolan and Kevin Doellmann contributed to this report.

CCH continues Riot Fest partnership this weekend

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is proud to be the official charity partner for Riot Fest Chicago, for the sixth year in a row. The three-day music festival and carnival will hold its 12th Chicago extravaganza this Friday through Sunday, Sept. 18 – 20, in Chicago’s Douglas Park, at Roosevelt Road and California Avenue.  Continue reading CCH continues Riot Fest partnership this weekend