Located in West Pullman on the South Side of Chicago, Kroc Center Chicago is the largest community center in Illinois providing opportunities to learn and grow, to build confidence and hope. Our state-of-the-art facilities host programs like AquaticsArtsFamily Life & EducationFitnessSports and Seniors activities.

With 160,000-square-feet of facilities and the broadest range of recreational, arts and educational programs located under one roof anywhere in the city, Kroc Center Chicago is transforming the lives of area young people, parents and seniors, with a particular focus on providing a safe haven from violence, enhancing educational and sports opportunities for youth and improving the health and wellness of people of all ages.  Its unique blending of programs that span the generation gap has made the Kroc Center Chicago a popular destination for the entire family.


Be a Hero

This program and scholarship fund allows children, families, and seniors to participate in life-changing programs at The Salvation Army Kroc Center Chicago regardless of ability to pay. For many recipients, scholarships make a crucial difference in their lives by providing them the opportunity to be in a positive environment and receive the support they need to transform their lives physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Join with us and become a sponsor

When you make a gift to The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, you will become a part of the largest project ever undertaken by The Salvation Army. Your donation will help the neediest people in West Pullman to learn and grow, to build confidence and hope. Your gift will be grounded in the reputation, trust and credibility of The Salvation Army, which is second to none – especially for its work among the poorest of the poor.

There are a variety of sponsorship packages that offer a mutually beneficial way to support your business while supporting our mission and people in need in this community. Join us as we combine the power of passion, relationships and giving to transform the lives of people within our community and beyond.

• Join our sponsorship program and receive recognition in our tri-annual program guide
• For large donations or other ideas please contact Met_Kroc_marketing@usc.salvationarmy.org
Direct financial donation



The Chicago White Sox Charities – the team’s philanthropic arm –generously donated $1 million to The Salvation Army Chicago Metropolitan Division to help build the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Chicago’s West Pullman neighborhood.  The Kroc Center recreational facilities include baseball and softball diamonds, where White Sox inner-city youth teams will play and train.

White Sox Charities provides annual financial, in-kind and emotional support to hundreds of Chicago-based organizations, including those leading the fight against cancer or dedicated to improving the lives of Chicago’s youth through education and athletics.  In 2011, charitable contributions, including the commitment to The Salvation Army, moved the team’s non-profit arm near $17.5 million in cumulative giving since its inception in 1990. The commitment to help build the Kroc Center is the fourth $1 million donation White Sox Charities has made since its inception.

During the course of The Salvation Army’s “Give Hope” campaign, the Chicago White Sox have become regular components of just about every Salvation Army public event, including Donut Day, Feed the Children and Celebrity Bell Ringing. The Salvation Army wishes to thank the Chicago White Sox Charities for all that they have done to help enrich of the lives of children and adults across Chicago and looks forward to a lasting partnership.   For more information on the Chicago White Sox Charities, visit http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/community/cwsc.jsp.


The Chicago Bulls Charities donated a $1 million grant to support the completion and endowment of The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center.  The future Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center complex will include an indoor contest gymnasium and outdoor courts for recreational and competitive basketball sponsored by the Chicago Bulls.

In 1987, the Chicago Bulls founded a non-profit organization to aid in their civic tasks, especially where children are concerned. The Chicago Bulls Charities was formed with the mission to enhance the lives of Chicago’s youth by actively creating and supporting educational, recreational and social programs. By fundraising through special events, raffles and corporate and personal donations, the Chicago Bulls have been able to multiply their financial resources and provide a wealth of support to children and young adults throughout the Chicagoland area.  Over the years, The Chicago Bulls Charities has contributed tens of millions of dollars for a variety of worthy causes in the Chicagoland area.

The Chicago Bulls have brought their unique brand of fitness and sports programs to thousands of children and adults served by The Salvation Army, including their EnergizaBulls fitness program and Chicago Bulls Training Academy camps.  For more information on The Chicago Bulls Charities, visit http://www.nba.com/bulls/community/The Chicago Bulls Charities.html.

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