Sorting, organizing, scrubbing floors — there’s nothing more rewarding than putting in some good ol’ fashion elbow grease for truly worthy causes.
And that’s because at Baird & Warner, we’re not just about giving, we’re about trying to make a difference. Our Good Will Network program was created to help empower our people to give back to communities by donating their time and resources to nonprofit organizations.
We recently had the opportunity to work with La Casa Norte, a nonprofit dedicated to providing housing resources to youth and families around Chicagoland who are at-risk for homelessness.
At one of their shelters in Logan Square, our volunteers broke up into groups to divide and conquer. Some unpacked and organized a closet full of donated clothes and supplies, others gave the bathrooms and floor a much needed deep clean, and some got to work making a pasta dinner for more than 15 eager diners (word is it smelled terrific).
Out of the group who attended, Pat Hilander from our Marketing department decided to tackle the unruly playroom, which had toys, clothes and puzzles all piled together. Pat, along with Sarah Grossman Pelton, our director of professional development, cleaned and organized by grouping the toys into separate areas of the room. Sarah even brought a shelf she purchased herself to brighten up the space.
“I was really glad I got to volunteer at this shelter because it’s in my neighborhood and I want to make sure we’re taking care of the people who need our help,” Pat said. “I love these volunteer days because you also get a chance to talk and get to know your coworkers better.”
We are so proud of our Baird & Warner volunteers who feel empowered to use these opportunities to make a difference in the community and to build stronger connections with each other.