Thanks to our friends from Deloitte who came out to Chicago Temple Corps Community Center last week. They painted our kettles and kettle stands and replaced holiday signs, ensuring that everything is ready to go for our upcoming kettle season. Thanks to everyone from Deloitte who participated in this fun volunteer event!
Our thanks to OMD employees who volunteered at our Harbor Light location. They did a great job helping in the kitchen by making fruit cups and cookie bags for our bagged lunches. We are also grateful for their hard work in thoroughly cleaning the dining areas including tables, chairs and floors. The dining halls have never looked shinier! Thanks for a fantastic job!
A big thanks to Lois and her team from AT&T! These dedicated volunteers helped our Chicago Temple Community Center on a number of projects including getting our kettles, stands and signs down from storage in preparation for our upcoming holiday season. They also helped clean up the grounds, spruced up the inside of our bus and van and cleaned the gym and chapel. Their hard work was much appreciated by the officers and staff at Chicago Temple and we are so grateful for all that they did.
A special thanks to our friends at Blue Cross Blue Shield for their help at Harbor Light! The group helped to prepare snacks for our homeless outreach program, including fruit cups and cookies. They also helped serve lunch to the residents. It was a sweet day for them and for the staff and clients at Harbor Light who benefited from their hard work.
For three days in September, Chicago hosted The Salvation Army National Advisory Board’s quarterly meeting. Board members and representatives from national and territorial headquarters met to discuss plans for Christmas 2016 and discuss strategic planning for FY2017.
In addition to planning sessions, the Metropolitan Division planned several events to highlight the services in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, as well as introduce board members and representatives to our staff and clients.
A leadership breakfast was held at the House of Blues, bringing leaders from the corporate and philanthropic worlds to network with our board members. While attendees feasted on the famous House of Blues breakfast buffet, The Salvation Army Rehabilitation Center Mass Choir performed several songs and lifted spirits.
Shortly after, “Jake and Elwood Blues” took everyone “on a mission from God,” sharing the breadth of the Army’s services and partnerships in the City of Chicago, while spotlighting the impact on those we serve. A video showed our officers, staff and volunteers, in action as they ministered to those who are homeless, hungry, trafficked, battling substance abuse and so much more.
Andrea Zopp, Deputy Mayor and Chief Neighborhood Development Officer for the City of Chicago, spoke of The Salvation Army’s reputation and its willingness to step in and help those in desperate need.
There was also a fellowship dinner hosted at the Freedom Center, located in West Humboldt Park. Major Merrill Powers provided his famous barbecue dinner for advisory board members, staff, and clients.
The evening program continued the theme of “on a mission from God,” with testimonials from officers, clients and staff members. There were also dance and vocal performances from the Harbor Light Angels, Des Plaines Corps Community Center, Oakbrook Terrace Corps Community Center and Adele & Robert Stern Red Shield Center.