Amy Hughes, Cradles to Crayons discusses their 15-month old organization provides essentials to children in need. Their 30 drop-off sites have served over 54,000 children in need. Volunteerism can help employees build a sense of team.
Little For Elementary School in Waukegan, IL partnered with Comcast for the 17th annual Comcast Cares Day. Volunteers gave the school some much needed TLC. They refreshed the classroom by refurbishing shelving units and painting. They also cleaned up grounds and planted flowers.
Comcast employees and community members gathered at the Elgin Salvation Army to spend day volunteering to spruce up the grounds, remodel the clothing closet, and move their food pantry to the first floor. Comcast has been partnering with the Elgin Salvation Army for 6 years.
Comcasters gathered at the Tinley Park office for Well Wish Note Project which included sorting through donations and writing notes for theCradlestoCrayonsorganization. Employee donations of clothing,toys, shoes, and basic essentials were sortedtobe included in care packages for local children living in low-income and homeless situations. Comcasters also wrotesupportive and enthusiastic messages, decorated with fun drawings, stickers & picturestosend words of encouragement and bring joytokids during the school year.
Foster children doing well at school are at risk because of financial issues and tuition costs. In the mid 90's, Illinois had the highest rated higher education. Now we are at the lowest. The Bridge Program is a mentor program that helps to keep students being lost to the summer melt. We will change this state by investing in higher education.
There needs to be a universal 72 hour waiting period for all gun purchases instead of the current 72 hours for hand guns and 48 hours for long guns. Lawmakers need to pass responsible legislature instead of just putting out there more guns. Also discussed is the need for more transparency at restaurants to help families with food allergies.
Illinois has a shortage of teachers. Other states offer a streamlined curriculum which specializes in your area of teaching. This cuts down on time and money spent on college costs and helps students who have financial difficulties.
Bill Abplanalp, Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club discusses their program which was founded in 1931. All activities are run by youth leaders ages 13-25. Their program teaches leadership skills and helps to teach leadership skills.
Bridget French, Rockford Public Schools discusses students need to learn about career options in their 9th & 10th year and choose an academy in their 11th & 12th year. Their program helps students find careers they are passionate about.
Allison Daze, By The Hand Club For Kids discusses their beginning in 2001 has grown to 5 locations which serve 1,300 kids annually and target kids most likely to drop out of school. Offered is homework help, literacy programs, eye & dental care.
Jim Burda, Chicago Sky Cares Foundation discusses the foundation & annual events including a brunch, & a gala. The players emphasize the importance of education, women's empowerment, health and wellness, diversity & inclusion and career advancement.