Doing Good in a West Side Park

This month, more than 70 volunteers from across Baird & Warner joined together for a day of making Chicago’s Douglas Park an even more beautiful asset to the community. Agents, loan officers, and employees laid a truckload of wood chips and removed weeds and brush that filled 50 100-gallon bags. 

Volunteer efforts like this are incredibly inspiring and important to all of us who work here, because they’re a huge part of what defines us and our company. Through Baird & Warner’s Good Will Network, everyone in our organization has an opportunity to make an impact in our communities and the lives of our neighbors. 

This particular day of volunteering helped lay the groundwork (pun intended) for a larger project to revitalize the park in a pretty unique way. The Chicago chapter of the Trust for Public Land is working with the Chicago Park District to reimagine and revitalize the park’s 18-hole miniature golf course. The project, called Douglass 18, is a collaboration between local youth artists, architects, and scientists who are working with young people from the neighborhood to redesign and renovate the course. The new course theme is based on local ecology, with each hole designed around a bird species that lives in the park. 

As a fiercely independent, family-owned company, Baird & Warner has made giving back to our communities part of who we are since the beginning — from standing up for fair housing rights to an annual giving campaign that awards $120,000 to housing-related charities. Because it’s not just about being the biggest, it’s about doing what’s right, as our president and CEO has always said. And since its founding in 2002, the Good Will Network has donated more than $2.4 million and countless volunteer hours to organizations fighting homelessness and providing shelter across Chicagoland. 

Search our blog for more about the volunteer efforts and donations our people have made through the Good Will Network.