The morning group heard from Paul Boer with the Chicago Furniture Bank. This non-profit organization founded in July of 2018,  serves as an intermediary between Chicagoans who have extra furniture and those who need it. They provide furnishing packages to clients in need that include beds, couches, armchairs, dressers, desks, end tables, coffee tables, kitchen tables + chairs, dishware, rugs, lamps, artwork, mirrors, and more. As of 2023, the Chicago Furniture Bank has furnished over 13,000 homes for over 21,000 people and given away furniture weighing over 6,000 tons. Each home furnished by the Chicago Furniture Bank provides stability, dignity, and comfort to a Chicagoan in need.
The noon group heard from Sarah Murphy of Toes n' Water. This grass-roots organization's mission is to make those who love and use Lake Michigan become aware of how to protect it, explore it, and adore it. Through educational workshops, beach clean-ups, and everyday tips, they hope to make it easy for people to become "guardians" of Lake Michigan.