The Nineteenth Century Club & The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association - Learning and Giving: Our Focus

Community Outreach

Community Outreach

As part of our mission to be a welcoming community center for charitable activities, we are open to sharing our meeting space at 178 Forest Avenue with other local not-for-profits on a regular or occasional basis.

Over the past several years, we have welcomed to our shared meeting space, on a regular basis, the League of Women Voters of Oak Park-River Forest and the Women's Guild of Oak Park. Other not-for-profits have used our space for performances, benefits, recognition events and/or meetings, including the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services;  Oak Park-River Forest Fire Fighters annual charity benefit; the Oak Park Area Arts Council's Little Folks Opera; OPALGA (Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association); English Country Dancing for Scholarships; PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter); the Village of Oak Park and many others.


Benevolence Grants 2014-15

Holiday Food and Gift Baskets

Provide food gift cards for low income seniors for Holiday distribution.

Opportunity Knocks

Provide physical exercise, health education and planning for developmentally disabled young adults.

Oak Park & River Forest Food Pantry

Food rescue program support

Oak Park & River Forest Infant Welfare Society

Support the salary of a dietitian managing the Childhood Obesity Weight Management Program.


Improving the quality of childcare classrooms with new furnishings and the purchase of literacy and cognitive materials.


Funding music camp scholarships for middle school students for the summer of 2015

Prevail of Illinois

Assisting individuals and families in their struggle of financial stability by creating online resources and training modules for clients

Sarah's Inn

Children and teen programs providing support services for domestic violence prevention.

THRIVE Counceling Center

Supplies and support services for homeless individuals living with mental illness (WIN Program)

West Suburban PADS

Funding for the Rapid Re-housing Program