rain begins as if on cue.
Kellogg students and three student affairs administrators
have committed this Saturday afternoon to window-washing and
garden-tending at Shore Home East — an Evanston housing
complex for the developmentally disabled — and the first
drops fall just as they are about to get started. The team's
leader is a Chinese student who has been in the United States
barely two months yet has already discovered a way to play
a part in the Kellogg School culture. The rain doesn't let
up, but the KelloggCares team finishes an hour ahead
involvement at Kellogg has long been a hallmark and source
of pride, and as students choose in greater numbers to focus
their extracurricular attentions on bringing business savvy
to those who need it most, their energy and enthusiasm has
become a great resource for the larger community.
come in [to Kellogg] with a zillion charities they want to
work with," says Jenny Mehlman '06, president
With a Heart, the umbrella group that organizes KelloggCares.
The club, one of more than a hundred student groups at the
school, keeps the Kellogg community informed about upcoming
service opportunities and coordinates and secures corporate
sponsors for Chicago-area service projects.
says community-focused clubs encourage busy Kellogg students
to look beyond their next exams and help their less-fortunate
neighbors. "It's easy to get caught up in the Kellogg
experience and forget that there are people out there not
in your shoes," she says, but it's also easy to connect
with community-minded faculty happy to discuss social enterprise.
to Chris McMillen '06, the marketing chair for Kellogg
Corps, some faculty members offer more than just helpful
advice. When asked, they may also provide valuable professional
contacts and even fundraising assistance. "I was shocked
by how much money they were able to help us raise this year,"
Corps brings Kellogg-caliber business acumen to nonprofit
organizations around the world, particularly those in developing
countries. "We see a real chance to take our business
skills and make an impact," says McMillen, adding that
the corps is a great opportunity for graduates who intend
to pursue careers in the for-profit sector but still wish
to effect lasting social change.
the 10 years since four intrepid second-year students founded
the group, Kellogg Corps has sent 230 freshly minted Kellogg
graduates to nearly 30 countries including Ghana, Peru, Nepal,
El Salvador and Lithuania. The volunteers have worked with
local branches of large nonprofits such as Save the Children
and with the only branches of many smaller groups seeking
to improve living conditions and local economies.
Business Initiative executive partner Ralph Haberli
'06 is also interested in local economies, specifically
the businesses that drive them.
Neighborhood Business Initiative is a collective of Kellogg
students who work pro bono as consultants for small local
businesses and nonprofits. According to Haberli, NBI currently
boasts around 130 members. Like Kellogg Corps, NBI creates
a symbiotic partnership with its clients; members benefit
from the real-world consulting experience while clients benefit
from the high-quality free advice.
are a lot of great ideas and very eager people [out in the
community] who don't have the right toolkit," Haberli
provides that kit. The group's 2005 project list brimmed with
a variety of clients and objectives. Student teams worked
with such diverse interests as The Childcare Center of Evanston,
Cook County's Connections for the Homeless, the Lupus Foundation
of Illinois, Gary Poppins Popcorn in Evanston and SCORE Chicago,
a nonprofit that coaches current and aspiring business owners
on the finer points of entrepreneurship.
says community work is a uniquely valuable piece of his education:
"It really augments the Kellogg experience to get out
and do real work with real people."