The Programs of the Robert J. Semrad Foundation
As a donation portal and support system for underprivileged communities around Chicago, the Robert J. Semrad Foundation also includes a variety of programs meant to address and help the needs of these communities. The programs of the foundation are not issue-specific, but rather provide relief and support for a variety of issues that disadvantaged people face.
Established in 2012, Project HOOD empowers people with the guidance, information and tools necessary to become peacemakers, problem solvers, leaders, and entrepreneurs in crime-ridden communities. In a town where unfortunate gang and gun violence have become routine parts of day-to-day life, Project HOOD alongside Pastor Corey Brooks, “the rooftop pastor” are confronting it head on. Their mission is to “end violence and build communities, one neighborhood at a time” through providing children with positive adult role models and one-on-one mentoring.
This program raises awareness and also funds global projects that focus on women’s healthcare, education, economic empowerment, and the end of violence against women. The purpose of the program is to bring awareness to issues affecting women, to create a community of people who care deeply about finding real solutions for women, and to turn ideas into action. Their vision is to invest in partnerships that empower women of all cultures.
The Joe Soto Baseball Experience
Joe Soto is a popular radio host of Chicago’s V103 R&B radio station. He is very involved in the community and upholds a purpose of giving back to the African-American community. This program, sponsored by the foundation, provides professional instruction and lessons about teamwork through a free baseball camp run by Soto.
The Robbie Collomore Concert Series
The Robert J. Semrad Foundation sponsors the Robbie Collomore Concert Series, which provides quality concerts that are accessible to everyone. As of recently, the foundation sponsored the Verona String Quartet, bringing them to the Chester Meeting House for their 43rd season.