Dawn Bluemke is the Executive Director of Black Diamond Charities. Black Diamond Charities has two Missions: the BackPack Program and the Veterans Program. Dawn is committed to supporting and providing those in need with the tools, services, and knowledge to further advance themselves through their acceptance of the many challenges and hard work ahead of them. As the Director of Black Diamond Charities, along with the support of spectacular supporters, volunteers and Board Members Black Diamond Charities has been able to provide well over 7,000 Homeless Children with Educational tools to succeed in school. These supplies help to provide a child with confidence, helps to improve test scores & attendance, as well as the ability to feel welcome in the class and not made fun of other children.
The Veterans Program has been presented at Fort Bragg for at least 6 years, serving over 400 Veterans. With the incredible support of the Chicagoland Project Management Institute volunteers and IIT Stuart School of Business, Black Diamond Charities has brought the Vets Programs to Chicago. The Programs was brought up to Chicago for its Pilot Program, Fall 2014. To date, we have served 50 plus Veterans, providing 35 hours of Project Management Training at no cost to the Veteran. This training boosts our Veterans resume and gives them an extra edge for securing employment Prior to Black Diamond Charities, for 12 years, Dawn was part of a Reading Intervention program for grades K-5 helping children get back on track with their grade level reading Dawn, has always enjoyed being their for others in need. In fact, they always chuckle that Dawn, and her husband Davids girls’ Jenny and Sally were raised at the Ronald McDonald House near the University of Chicago. For 15 years they volunteered in every aspect you can at the House, making some incredible friends in return. Dawn has also been involved: be it Make A Wish as a Grantor or the Speakers Bureau, a former Board Member of Pink Heals Joliet, or Volunteer at the grade, high school or college level, as well as Team Sports, Synchronized Skating & Badminton. My favorite part of volunteering is seeing the smiles, giving hugs and knowing you are supporting someone and giving them the ability to succeed and move forward in their lives. A hug or a kind word can truly change a person’s day. When Dawn is not working or volunteering she has been known to make a dinner for someone sick, or coordinating fundraisers to help defray hospital costs for those in need. Dawn likes to quilt baby blankets, FaceTime with grandchildren Brooks and Edith, play with their Jack Russell Terrier Gus, and chat with David. Living in Lake Zurich, Dawn and David have been married for over 33 years. They have two daughters, son-in-law, and two grandchildren.