Six Flags Friends is a series of programs throughout the Six Flags family of parks that makes a difference in communities by encouraging local involvement, supporting the mission of various non-profit organizations and bringing the thrill of Six Flags to children and families across North America.
Six Flags Friends is a proud supporter of hundreds of organizations throughout our Six Flags communities. Through our national partnerships, we successfully utilize our geographic span to make a difference as a unified family of parks. Six Flags Great America is also pleased to support the work of organizations that make an impact in our surrounding neighborhoods. It is the work of the organizations below that truly make our cities a better place to live, work and enjoy.
Through our donation program we are able to contribute to many local organizations.
Read to Succeed
Read to Succeed is a free educational program sponsored by Six Flags Theme Parks. The program encourages students in grades K through 6 to engage in recreational reading. Students who complete six hours of recreational, non-school-related reading are eligible to earn a free admission ticket to a participating Six Flags Theme Park.
Special Olympics Illinois - Coaster Challenge
Six Flags Great America and Special Olympics Illinois have combined to create a thrilling fundraising event for Special Olympics Illinois. Participants can show the world that they are a true RAGING BULL by riding the distance of a 5k, 10k or Marathon (26.2 Miles) on Six Flags Great America’s world class roller coasters.
Give Kids the World
Six Flags Friends has been a proud partner of Give Kids The World for more than a decade. The Give Kids The World Village (GKTW) is a 70-acre, non-profit resort in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. GKTW provides accommodations at its whimsical resort, donated attractions tickets, meals and more for a week-long, cost-free fantasy vacation. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations such as Six Flags, and partnering wish-granting organizations. In addition, through the generous donation of admission tickets to the World Passport for Kids Program, children who have stayed at the Village, are able to visit their favorite local theme park free of charge, once they return home. Six Flags Friends has been a longtime member of the World Passport Program and each year welcomes thousands of children and their families for a day filled with fun.
Northern Illinois Food Bank
Northern Illinois Food Bank is the source of nutritious food, innovative feeding programs, and hope for more than 71,000 people each week. As a nonprofit organization with a goal of solving hunger in its 13-county service area, it relies on community partners – the local food pantries and feeding programs, food manufacturers and retailers, companies, foundations and individuals who join in our vision for no one to be hungry in northern Illinois.
Feed My Starving Children
Founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and we ship these meals to nearly 70 countries around the world.
Coasters For a Cause
"Coasters For A Cause" is a fundraising program which allows non-profit organizations an opportunity to sell Six Flags Great America admission tickets to the public for a substantially reduced price. Each charity retains a portion from each ticket sold for their fundraising efforts. Coasters for a Cause is an easy and fun way to raise money for your favorite non-profit organization while offering our guests the best value of the season at Six Flags Great America.
Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Six Flags Friends is proud to be a part of this amazing wish-granting organization and is excited to fulfill the wishes of children who dream of visiting Six Flags Great America.
Special Education District of Lake County Vocational Program
Six Flags Friends is committed to helping our local youth "Make Their Mark" on the world and to develop skills that will lead to successful careers. Six Flags Great America is pleased to open our gates to the Students of the Special Education District of Lake County and to offer a fun and interactive summer education program. The program consists of a 30 minute class each day coupled with hands on experience of working in our park service and food service departments. The purpose of this vocational program is to teach the students job skills that will prepare them for employment after they graduate.
United Way Campaign
United Way's annual community campaign in the workplace is the most effective way to organize your company around helping to improve the community you work and live in.