Last week we celebrated National Volunteer Week by taking time each day to thank the tens of thousands of you who help make our work possible.
Whether you volunteer through your company, lead an ongoing project, give a monthly donation, or all of the above; we appreciate all you do for Chicago Cares!
Many departments throughout Chicago Cares took time to create these fun projects, each bringing their own message and unique brand of creativity. Whether you missed a day or just need a good reason to smile, here’s a look back at our celebration of National Volunteer Week.
- Monday: Thank You, Annual Event Volunteers
- Tuesday: Thank You, Corporate Volunteers
- Wednesday: Thank You, Education Volunteers
- Thursday: Thank You, Donors
- Friday: Cheers to Chicago’s Best AND Thank You, Human Services and Environment Volunteers
- Saturday: Thank You, Youth in Service Volunteers
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As part of our National Volunteer Week celebration, each department at Chicago Cares has spent some time working on a ‘Thank You Project’ to share with our amazing volunteers. We’ll be highlighting one of these projects with you each day over the next week. Today’s thank you project is from our Volunteer and Leader Services Team.
Thanks for your inspiring dedication and tremendous example to Chicago’s citizens.
Our work isn’t finished, not even by a mile
We are so grateful that we want to give you a smile,
for being there from the start.
Words cannot convey our gratitude for your thoughtful contribution.
With cheer in our hearts
for your service to Chicago’s youth, seniors, adult with disabilities, and gardens,
We thank you with this little poem
as our personal round of applause.
The credit for our good deeds firmly rests with our leaders and volunteers. Thank you!
We never could have asked
for a more dedicated volunteer
and words cannot express
how grateful we are to have you here.
It is a pleasure and a privilege to work with you. Thank you!
From Volunteer & Leader Services Team; Kim, Maura & Adrienne
By Anonymous with help from Volunteer & Leader Services
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As part of our National Volunteer Week celebration, each department at Chicago Cares has spent some time working on a ‘Thank You Project’ to share with our amazing volunteers. We’ll be highlighting one of these projects with you each day over the next week. Today’s thank you project is from our education team.
Students at Chicago Cares education programs want to thank you for:
… celebrating our hard work this fall by throwing us a Halloween pizza party!
… helping us practice all summer for our “Make a Change!” play.
… coming every Thursday night to help me with my homework.
… working with me every Monday night to help me learn my letters.
-Chicago Youth Programs
… teaching me how to cook and encouraging me to try new foods.
-Bethel New Life
… reading with me!
-S.O.S Children’s Villages
… teaching me to express myself through art.
-St. Joseph Services
… teaching me how to play chess!
-Burr Elementary School
… helping me make a Valentine for my mom.
… letting my family come to cooking classes and try new recipes together.
-Pilsen Community Academy
… all the great books I now have to read at home.
-Brunson Specialty School
… coming every Thursday night and helping me make cool art projects to bring home.
… reading a story one-on-one with me every week.
-House of the Good Shepherd
… helping me make art out of recycled bottles.
-American Indian Center
… teaching me the science of making ice cream from scratch.
… encouraging me to participate in improv and drama games.
… teaching me how to make healthy versions of my favorite foods.
… showing me that learning about science is fun.
… taking us on a field trip for bowling and pizza.
.. playing basketball with me and teaching me new sports.
Thank you for building safe, creative and fun spaces for Chicago Public School students after school hours! From the Chicago Cares Education Team; Alisha, Emily and Martha.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 1 so far )
As part of our National Volunteer Week celebration, each department at Chicago Cares has spent some time working on a ‘Thank You Project’ to share with our amazing volunteers. We’ll be highlighting one of these projects each day over the next week. Today’s thank you project is from our Annual Events Team.
Whether you join us each January for the Celebration of Service, sign up to help Chicago Public School students each June at Serve-a-thon, or make a point to volunteer for both of these events; we want to say, thank you!
Since our first Serve-a-thon almost 20 years ago, we have had the honor and privilege of working with tens of thousands of volunteers who believe that their time and effort can help strengthen Chicago. By spending just one day volunteering, Serve-a-thon participants have revitalized over 5,000 classrooms, created more than 1,500 inspirational murals and organized countless library books; all of this improve the learning environments at under-resourced schools throughout the city.
And your impact doesn’t end there. Each dollar that is raised at Serve-a-thon goes right back into making sure that we can offer much-needed support for hundreds of local non-profit organizations through our on-going programs.
Thank you for spending your day serving our city.
Thank you for believing that every child in Chicago deserves a safe and welcoming place to learn.
Thank you for volunteering with Chicago Cares, your service has made all the difference!
Thanks to all our dedicated volunteers, from the Annual Events Team; Laura, Claire, Jessica, Jocelyn and Violette.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )