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AAMA and World Vision, a humanitarian organization for children, have a long partnership history. During every Fall Conference, AAMA teams up with World Vision to fill backpacks full of school supplies, which are then distributed to area children in need. It’s a way for AAMA to give back to the communities it visits, and a way to help World Vision work closer toward their mission. That mission centers around the belief it is the right of all children to be healthy, protected, empowered, loved and educated for life.

This summer, World Vision re-opened its headquarters and World Vision storehouse in Chicago and held an open house to celebrate. At the facility, teachers serving at schools in low-income neighborhoods are invited to stock up on learning tools like binders, pencils, crayons and glue sticks. World Vision’s nationwide back-to-school distributions often include new backpacks filled with school provisions, such as the ones AAMA will pack and distribute this fall in Greenville, SC.

World Vision also assists with providing building materials to materials to member organizations, which in turn provide the goods to families in need. These often include resources like doors, windows, flooring and paint. For a low handling fee, World Vision distributes these, which are then used to create and renovate safe, affordable housing in distressed neighborhoods.

The recently re-opened Chicago focuses on the Roseland and Austin Communities. In 2015, they served more than 360,000 children, youth, and adults with their more than 210 partner organizations (including AAMA) and more than 900 volunteers.

World Vision recently established a relationship with Costco, whereby all merchandise, appliance, furniture and grocery returns are routed to the nearest World Vision storehouses. The Chicago Storehouse is clearing many shelves and large floor spaces in anticipation of the influx of returned goods from Costcos in the Chicagoland area.

Learn more about World Vision at their website and consider donating to this incredible organization.