Chance The Rapper Pledges Big Donation For His Hometown’s Mental Health
We all know and love Chance the Rapper for his carer as a musician, but if you’re a fan of him, it’s almost impossible not to know that he is equally as passionate about always helping out his local community.
On Thursday, the 25-year-old spoke at the second annual summit for his SocialWorks non-profit in his hometown of Chicago. The biggest announcement made by the rapper during the live presentation was that he will be donating $1 million to the city’s mental health services.
More specifically with this donation, six different mental wellness providers will be receiving $100,000 grants. Along with the donation, SocialWorks is also going to be kick-starting an initiative called My State of Mind in Cook County, Illinois which will aim to improve the city’s mental health resources.
“With the help of SocialWorks, we want to change the way that mental health resources are being accessed by you,” he said.
But that’s not all–Chance’s donation to the betterment of the community’s mental health was not the only big announcement that came from yesterday’s summit. He also revealed that the New Chance Arts and Literature Fund–which was started back in 2017–would be giving $100,000 to 20 more schools in the Chicago area over the course of the next three years. That’s right: In total, $2 million will be going to public schools with help from major companies like Google, Conagra Brands, and more.
As Chance aims to give back to his city, one of the most notable and ubiquitous events organized by the rapper and SocialWorks in Chicago is the monthly OpenMike night: an event to allow high school students to perform on stage and express their creativity. To this day, 33 OpenMikes have been held, and Chano has even brought out close friends like Childish Gambino and Kanye West for surprise performances in the past.
As far as music goes, Chance is set to be a performer at the A Celebration of Life benefit concert honoring his late friend Mac Miller later this month.