If the SiNNERMAN Ensemble has one weakness, it’s that we care. Too much at times. But seriously, for every production on which we embark, we choose a non-profit organization as our beneficiary. Below are some of the organizations we’ve supported in the past. If you are able, we encourage you to check them out and consider lending a helping hand too.
If your organization is interested in participating in a future SiNNERS Care partnership, please let us know.
The Women & Girls Collective Action Network is a center for consciousness-raising, training, dialogue and action around issues that matter to women and girls. We strengthen connections across communities to promote collective action. We provide resources and support to create safe spaces for girls and women to develop as leaders, learn from one another, and take action to promote social justice. –Beneficiary of Too Much Memory (Fall ‘10)
The mission of the Howard Brown Health Center is to promote the well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons through the provision of health care and wellness programs, including clinical, educational, social service and research activities. Howard Brown designed these programs to serve gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons in a confidential, supportive, and nurturing environment. Howard Brown Health Center is committed to working cooperatively with other community-based organizations serving and contributing to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. –Beneficiary of Days of Late (Spring ’10)
Center for Economic Progress helps hard-working, low-income families move from financial uncertainty to financial security. Local in service but national in voice, we achieve our mission in three ways: Providing trusted tax and financial counseling, giving Illinois families the tools to make sound choices, Leading a national coalition of organizations that promote economic progress for low-wage workers and their families and advancing policies and practices to create a financial system that works for all. –Beneficiary of Ivanov (Fall ’09)
Deborah’s Place breaks the cycle of homelessness for women in Chicago. Through a continuum of housing options, comprehensive support services and opportunities for change provided by dedicated volunteers and staff, women succeed in achieving their goals of stable housing, sustainable income and greater self-determination. Since its founding in 1985, Deborah’s Place has worked collaboratively with their participants, offered a range of high quality services and tried new approaches – putting it at the forefront of agencies making a difference to those in need in Chicago. –Beneficiary of Bible B-Sides (Spring ’09)
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Greater Chicago (DBSA-GC), formerly known as the Depressive and Manic Depressive Assocation of Metropolitan Chicago (DMDA/MC), is a self-help group made up laypersons whose lives are affected by mood disorders. The group is composed of people with the illness, their families and their friends. Its mission is to help those who are suffering from these illnesses and to improve their lives through educational and support group s, offering emotional support and practical assistance that counteracts the isolation that is often associated with these illnesses and restores self-esteem so as to empower members to live as responsibly, fulfilled and with as much joy as possible. –Beneficiary of Sweet Confinement (Spring ’08)
Season of Concern is the Chicagoland community’s fundraising effort, providing compassionate care to those in our community who are experiencing the effects of catastrophic illness. This effort supports the fight against HIV and AIDS by contributing to programs that provide direct care, personal and financial support, housing care, meals, medications, legal assistance and other services to members of the Chicago and Midwestern theatre community and by addressing emergency needs expressed by theatre community members in their struggles against other life threatening illnesses. –Beneficiary of The Incredibly Famous Willy Rivers (Spring ‘07)