Over the past few years, our Business Shares program has been growing at an unprecedented rate. Thanks to the hard work of our Development and Service Events teams, Chicago Cares was able to pull through a difficult economic year by bringing on new partnerships like Kraft, the White Sox and more.  Our Business Shares model also enables us to engage corporate partners in a new level, introducing community service and our mission possibly for the first time to employees.  We are able to reach out to more schools, community centers, and worthy organizations in need all over the city that we aren’t otherwise able to serve through our ongoing programs or annual events alone.

Integrating our experienced Chicago Cares PSMs into leadership for this program was the Service Events Department’s proudest accomplishment for the fall of 2009. Your leadership made it possible for us to grow in this way and make an impact all over our city. This coming fall will be filled with opportunities to take part in this incredible process. We’ll be partnering with the Chicago White Sox on September 11, continuing our long-term partnership with Medline on October 2, and hosting several projects as a part of Kraft’s National Make a Delicious Difference Week, October 4 – 9. Chicago Cares continues to build new partnerships so we need the continued support of our experienced leaders. If you are interested in leading a project, please check the Leader Calendar for projects titled “Business Shares” and email esutton@chicagocares.org to sign up.

Leaders, thank you so much for all of your help. We’re looking forward to another incredible season of service with you this fall.