Last weekend, volunteers across the country joined together to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with service to their communities. At Chicago Cares, we were honored to be able to offer over 60 service projects throughout the National Week of Service and Remembrance, highlighting issues of education, hunger, homelessness, senior services and the environment.

Our largest project was held on Saturday, September 10, with nearly 400 volunteers in attendance. It was wonderful to have so many hands ready to serve the students, faculty and staff at McClellan Elementary school in Bridgeport.

With the tremendous support of the White Sox Volunteer Corps, volunteers were able to revitalize the entire school in just 5 hours:

  • All 21 classrooms, the gym and the 3 school hallways received fresh paint
  • 16 murals were created to inspire students as they walk through the halls
  • 2 playlots were updated with new line games, maps and a kickball diamond to stimulate physical activity
  • 2 outdoor murals were painted and hung on the fences surrounding the school, welcoming the community and showcasing McClellan school pride

Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who helped make McClellan Elementary a more beautiful place to learn!