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When you donate to the Vital Bridges program of Heartland Health Outreach, you make possible bags of nutritious food and warm home delivered meals, nights of safe and affordable housing, hours of critical counseling sessions and compassionate care for men, women and children living in poverty with HIV and AIDS.

Giving Options

In addition to making a one-time gift to the Vital Bridges program, you can also become part of our monthly giving program, Extra Helpings, or make a gift in memory or honor of a loved one. As our valued donor, we want to make your gift giving convenient and accessible to you. Please consider making a contribution today.

Support Vital Bridges through a Recurring Donation

Consider our monthly pledge program - Extra Helpings. You decide on the level of your gift and we charge your credit card every month. This may allow you to give more generously than you originally considered. It adds up – a $25 monthly gift equals $300 a year! At the end of the year we’ll prepare and send you a statement, including a record of all your gifts for your income tax records.

Give an Honor or Memory Gift to Vital Bridges

Honor or remember a loved one, family member or friend by making a gift to Vital Bridges, and you’ll support our mission at the same time. If you are looking for a way to honor the memory of a loved one, or are unsure of what to give someone special for a birthday, anniversary, or other occasion, an honor or memorial gift to Vital Bridges is the perfect answer. Honorees or designated family members of a memorial gift will receive a card from Vital Bridges acknowledging your thoughtfulness.

In-Kind Donations

In-kind donations are always welcome. Below are the items that are most beneficial to us, however we can often use donations beyond this list. Please contact us at 773-271-5117 for more information about items we may be able to accept and to make arrangements to drop them off at one of our five locations.

We can always use...
Canned Soups & Stews
Canned Meats
Canned Tuna & Salmon
Canned Chili
Peanut Butter
Hot & Cold Cereal

Matching Gifts

Double or triple your donation to Vital Bridges through your company’s matching-gift program! Such programs typically match all or a percentage of employee contributions to charitable organizations, making the employer a partner in employees’ personal philanthropy. Simply obtain a matching-gift form from your employer’s personnel office, fill it out, and provide it to Vital Bridges with your contribution. We’ll process the matching gift with your company. Browse the a growing list of companies that match employees' charitable gifts.

Planned Giving

Contribute to Vital Bridges' future and the stability of clients’ lives by including a special gift in your estate plans. Consider including Vital Bridges in your will or designating the agency as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy or annuity. If you are interested in making a provision for Vital Bridges in your estate plans, please contact us at 773-271-9161.

Stock & Securities

Giving stock or securities as a charitable donation is a smart way to make an immediate impact with your gift while benefiting from significant tax benefits. Your gift of securities will provide a two-fold tax benefit: a charitable deduction and avoidance of capital gains tax. Please call us at 773-271-9161 for more details.

Thank you for supporting Vital Bridges. Your gift makes all the difference!

For more information on other methods of donation or questions for the Resource Development Department, please contact us at 773-271-9161 or via email at

Correspondence or Donations By Mail
Resource Development Department
Heartland Health Outreach
5543 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640

All gifts in support of Vital Bridges are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.