A shot at a happier future

With assistance from E.J. Coyne & Company, The Harbour is providing essential services and hope to young women in northern Illinois. To vote for them, use the social media buttons to share this story, or leave a comment below. If they reach 500 votes, the $5k donation they’ve already earned doubles to $10k!

Cook County, Illinois has the second highest population density of any U.S. county. The systemic issues that impact such an enormous metro area are bound to have a ripple effect on the surrounding region. Suburban Cook County, just outside of Chicago, is no exception, as it grapples with how to provide young people experiencing homelessness with the resources they need.

In Cook County, The Harbour has spent the past 50 years providing a safety net for young women facing homelessness. In moments of crisis The Harbour provides emergency housing and services, as well as support for long-term employment. Nearby insurance agency, E.J. Coyne & Company, joined the cause 15 years ago and hasn’t looked back.

Finding a home in the cause

In 2006, E.J. Coyne & Company began providing insurance for The Harbour, but quickly saw a deeper role for themselves in the important work the organization was doing. Occasional monetary donations evolved into long term volunteering, and now the agency provides year-round staple events for The Harbour’s clients, as well as fundraising support. Four agency employees are regular volunteers, and agency leadership has even taken up Board-level responsibilities for the nonprofit.

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Ed, Matt and Karen Coyne along with associates Chris Duerwachter and Rotary representative Steve Huntz at the 2019 barbecue. The agency holds this event every summer, inviting up to 30 clients and staff from The Harbour.

Fostering more than a sense of home – a sense of family

E.J. Coyne & Company has stayed involved with The Harbour in very intentional ways. The agency’s efforts all drive toward a common purpose of creating community and helping build the futures of the organization’s youth. From annual barbecues and “Top Chef” style cooking events to holiday gift-giving and mentorship opportunities, the agency builds community and helps break the cycle of homelessness.

The Harbour’s annual gala most directly showcases the enormous impact this work has.

“At the event we hear from the young women who have been able to rise above their challenges,” said Leah Greenblum, Director of Development at The Harbour. “Many have completed their education, secured employment, and are thriving, living independent lives. While they may have experienced abandonment in the past, they’ve learned that there are adults in their lives that care about them.”

“Many of our youth have completed their education, secured employment and are thriving, living independent lives.”

-Leah Greenblum, Director of Development at The Harbour

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Ed and Matt Coyne presenting a check for the Harbour House fund. This will be used to provide computer workstations in a new long-term housing building for the clients’ educational needs.

A flourishing future starts with big changes now

The Harbour continues to ramp up their focus on long-term solutions, providing resources to help the youth they serve with education and employment. Often, successful futures are made possible with even basic access to reliable technology. The nonprofit hopes to outfit that with desktop computers and laptops youth can check out in the new “Harbour House.” This new facility will replace the 90-year-old building they currently use and will house 10 young women, offering a safe, friendly location where they can restart their lives.

E.J. Coyne & Company’s most recent efforts have focused on fundraising to help complete this project. “With the increase in teen homelessness, it’s rewarding to know that we can help even a few of these young women move onto productive and happy lives,” said Ed Coyne, President of E.J. Coyne & Company.

“It’s rewarding to know that we can help even a few of these young women move onto productive and happy lives.”

-Ed Coyne, President, E.J. Coyne & Company

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Ed and Matt Coyne in a Partnership Board meeting, discussing fundraising efforts to complete the Harbour House.

$10,000 would enable The Harbour to make the computer lab a reality in the new Harbour House. Your share or comment on this story would directly contribute to E.J. Coyne & Company’s efforts!

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Matt Coyne, VP E.J. Coyne & Company
1 month ago

Thank you, Safeco/Liberty Mutual for helping such a great organization. Proud to be part of the process.

Leah Greenblum
1 month ago

The Harbour and Coyne & Company have such an awesome partnership! Both doing such inspiring work together. Cheers to many more years of supporting our communtiy.

Tiffany R
1 month ago

Thank you for the work you’re doing to support our homeless youth!

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Jennifer Sobecki
1 month ago

You’ve got Designs for Dignity’s vote! $10,000 will go a long way to make The Harbour an amazing space for its clients.

Sean Willett
1 month ago

Thank you, Liberty/Safeco for the great opportunity!

Bridget Bean
1 month ago

Wonderful examples of partnership, generousity, and good citizenship.

Veronica Coyne
1 month ago

Great to see such productive community involvement!

Gail Wilkening
1 month ago

Proud to know the Coynes! Great work!

Edward Coyne
1 month ago

We appreciate the help from Safeco and Liberty Mutual in making this program possible.

1 month ago

Thanks for all you do!

Patti Szarnych
1 month ago

Wonderful Organization, great staff, and I was lucky enough to volunteer 2 years ago. I met some great girls who have a better outlook on life due to the Harbour’s.help. Thank you Safeco / Liberty Mutual for helping the organization.

Erin Szarnych
1 month ago

You’ve got my vote! Good luck and thanks for all you do!

Karen Coyne
1 month ago

Thank you Safeco/Liberty Mutual. The Harbour is a great and worthy organization.

Mariah Schlossmann
1 month ago

Thank you for all the hard work you’re doing! The help you provide to those in need is surely making the world a better place.

1 month ago

Thank you for your fundraising efforts!

Bill Welter
1 month ago

Great cause and something to be very proud to be associated with!

Leah G.
1 month ago

Wow! Such impressive collaboration.

Cheryl Coyne
1 month ago

Great organization. They provide much needed assistance.

Patricia McGuire
1 month ago

The Harbour is a wonderful organization! Thank you to Coyne & Company for providing the such great support.

Gareth L Kennedy
1 month ago

Thank you to the Coyne’s for everything you do for our Park Ridge Community!

Matt Coyne
1 month ago

Don’t forget to click the social media icons above to “vote” again and to share this story to your own friends. We need more 500 votes by 5/11 to get The Harbour $5000. Please vote !!!

Steve Schermerhorn
1 month ago

Ed Coyne Rocks!

Jessica Wright
1 month ago

Coyne family, it’s always an honor to work with your family and company! Our youth look forward to your events each and every time. Thank you for all you’ve done for The Harbour and each one of our youth directly!

Kelsey Johnson
1 month ago

Incredible! Great organization to support!

Nitin Aradhya
1 month ago

An amazing partnership and noble cause, a testament of true generosity, I am humbled to know the Coyne’s, thank you!

Jen Zitkus
1 month ago

my fave company!

Jackquelin Flores
1 month ago

Great work in community involvement! Always nice to see those helping others, thank you!

Mackenzie Duffy
1 month ago

What a great organization! Thanks for all the work that you’re doing!

Mary Burke-Peterson
1 month ago

This is such a great opportunity for The Harbour! Thank you to E.J Coyne Insurance for their support!

Adrienne F
1 month ago

This is fantastic! Thank you for all you are doing to support these young women.

Cathy Koenig
1 month ago

Great work. Excited to see such a great agency and organization win!

Brandi Sheets
1 month ago

This is amazing! Thank you for all you are doing in your community!

Ben Reynolds
1 month ago

this is fantastic – great partnership

Allie Tillman
1 month ago

What an amazing cause to support!

Deanna Roberts
1 month ago

Such an incredible organization!

Deanna Roberts
1 month ago

Thank you Coyne & Company for nominating The Harbour.

Gretchen Kapolnek
1 month ago

Kudos to the Harbour & Coyne & Company for seeing a need and making a difference!!!

Cat Donovan
1 month ago

EJ Coyne Insurance is a caring community partner. Their decades long dedication to The Harbour has undoubtedly benefited the lives of many girls in need.

Kevin Godsell
1 month ago

Thank you to the EJ Coyne & Co for helping those in need!

Stacey Mitchell
1 month ago

Thank you E.J Coyne & Company for being such a strong force for good in your community and in these young womens’ lives!

Thomas Villano
1 month ago

This is such a great thing you guys are doing. Keep it up.

Erica Fields
1 month ago

Fantastic! You’ve got my vote!

Erica Oliver
1 month ago

What an amazing organization! So proud to do my part and help you guys get more money for The Harbour

Adam Young
1 month ago

Thank you for the work that you are doing!!!

Kristin Swanson
1 month ago

What a great cause! Thank you for all you do!

Dan Schacke
1 month ago

Love the Coynes!

Susan N
1 month ago

Always affirming to see support for The Harbour and the wonderful work they do.

Jessica Wrigley
1 month ago

Great work!!!

Brent Schlicher
1 month ago

Thank You!

Joe M
1 month ago

EJ Coyne Insurance is a terrific supporter of our community and we are glad to know and work with them

Make More Happen - How to Vote

  • The nonprofit has received a $5,000 donation on behalf of the agent and you can help them win $5,000 more by voting!
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