Who We Are

Our Mission

Through a network of over 75+ schools throughout Chicago, we support thousands of students facing hygiene insecurity.

We work with our school partners to provide care closets full of health and hygiene items. The closets are stocked three times a year to ensure students always have access to everyday necessities.

The following is just a sample of items:



  • Personal hygiene
  • Dental hygiene
  • Socks and underwear
  • Hats and gloves
  • Feminine hygiene
  • First aid supplies

Simple. Students are our future.

Data shows close to 15% of all Chicago Public School students will experience homelessness at some point in their education.

By keeping kids in school and conveying dignity and grace, who knows what future leaders we may be cultivating?

If we want to see equity and diversity within our universities and workplaces, we need to start supporting students facing adversity at the most basic level.

Our Corporate Donors
Our Team
Sarah Airola
Founder, Board President
Ryan Airola
Founder, Board Vice President
Dr. Halleh Akbarnia
Advisory Board Member
Tara Call
Board Member, Treasurer
Ryan King
Board Member, Technology
Melanie Madigan
Board Member, Donor Relations
Kathleen Malone
Board Member, Secretary
Valerie Morse
Advisory Board Member
James Petrungaro
Board Member, Legal
Dr. Kate Petrungaro
Board Member, Donor Relations
Nadere Sternberg
Advisory Board Member
Hector Perez
Advisory Board Member
Monique Watkins
Advisory Board Member
Kevin Wilks
Advisory Board Member
Our Namesake

Grace “Groove” Cravens Munson, Sarah’s Grandmother

She embodied “dignity and grace” in all that she did. She never failed to offer a helping hand to someone in need or a simple smile to brighten up a stranger’s day.  Her happiness and warmth were felt by all who crossed her path. We hope our efforts through The Grace Network would have made her proud.

Our Network

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Volunteer Today

Volunteering is a huge pillar of what makes The Grace Network work. As we have no paid employees, we depend heavily on our volunteer network.