By The Hand believes in the enormous power we have to unleash transformation, hope and goodness into the lives around us. It is often The Power of One—one willing person, one heartfelt prayer, one shared meal, one Chromebook in the hands of an enthusiastic student, one smile to transform a bad day, one moment of holy celebration, one word of encouragement—that shifts the direction of a story.

You can be the one to play a life-changing role for our kids in the most under-resourced neighborhoods in Chicago. After all, one person can change everything. Will you be the one?

Be the One

Loving and nurturing the whole child.




As you give to By The Hand, you empower our students to read at grade level—the number one predictor of academic success—granting them the ability to thrive. You help them learn at an accelerated rate—with personalized academic support and technology-enabled instruction. You help them enroll and excel at Chicago’s best and most competitive high schools. And eventually, become college graduates.

Stories of Hope

When you use the power of your gifts to support By The Hand, you help children feel secure and welcomed during the most dangerous time of day, when most crimes are committed against youth. You break down barriers to learning by providing nutritious meals, comprehensive healthcare and professional counseling. And you give them the gift of wonderful experiences such as summer camps, sports and art.

Stories of Hope

When you support By The Hand, you help fuel the power of abundant life in our students—life found only in Jesus. You help them understand just how much God loves them. That he has a unique plan for their lives. And you make it possible for them to get spiritual guidance and personal mentoring from caring and involved adults—who will help them make wise decisions for the future.

Stories of Hope

Transforming Lives

Together, we can reach kids in critical need of intervention and make it possible for them to experience abundant life.


By The Hand currently serves more than 1,800 children, but many more are in need of intervention. And the window of time we have to reach them is narrow. But you can help a child have abundant life—right now. Make a gift - and fuel the power of transformation.



Looking for a cause to support—individually, or as a group? You can start a fundraiser by hosting an event, creating a challenge, or pledging your birthday. There are many ways to raise funds for By The Hand and each helps a child have abundant, eternal life.



When you participate in the power of supporting students, you fill a special need. You are the one feeding the children, teaching them about the Lord, and helping them succeed in school and in life. There are many opportunities to get involved—perhaps in a neighborhood near you.



Whether you’re giving, fundraising, volunteering, or praying, it’s good to know you’re making a difference that will last for generations. Connect with us through social media or subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed about how you can use your unique power of one to fuel a bright future.


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