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Chase volunteers and Chicago Cares help Reclaim Southwest Chicago

On Friday, November 2nd, 20 employees from JPMorgan Chase came to Southwest Chicago for a hands on service day.  The employees, some of whom live in the community, work all over the Chicagoland area and were looking for an opportunity to give back to the community.  They spent time in the 6400 block of south Maplewood working to clean out debris from one building to get it ready for rehab and to help with construction related tasks at another building.  Harry Meyer and the construction team from Brinshore selected work projects that will help speed up the development of affordable housing in the community.

After spending more than two hours filling up two dumpsters, they headed back to the SWOP office for lunch and to learn more about the organization.  Jeff Bartow, SWOP’s executive director, provided a history of SWOP and the organization’s current campaigns.  Then all the participants paired up with SWOP staff and leaders to conduct one to one meetings, allowing for deeper relationship building between all the participants.  To end the day, everyone went on a walking tour of the community to see the impact of the Reclaiming Campaign.

This service day was coordinated and supported by Chicago Cares, which works with business partners and community organizations to create service opportunities.  Another service day will be held with Chase employees on December 4th.  For more information, contact Harry Meyer at hmeyer@swopchicago.org.


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