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5/1/2004 - The Evanston community reaped the benefits of volunteer efforts by the Kellogg community as 70 students, faculty, staff and alumni spent the better part of Saturday, May 22, scrubbing, scouring, weeding and painting at eight not-profit-organizations throughout the city as participants in the second-annual Kellogg Cares project.

The volunteers, who split into teams, logged about 300 total hours at their activities, coordinated by Christine Turcuato ’05 and Scott Everly ’05. Kellogg Cares was created last year by Omar Hyder ’04 and Yumi Clevenger ’04 in connection with the student-run Business With a Heart club as a way for Kellogg to reach out to the community in a concrete way.

Sponsored by Exxon Mobil, Kellogg Cares kicked off with a breakfast and wrapped up with a late lunch at the Donald P. Jacobs Center. Fran Langewisch and Michele Rogers, assistant deans of Student Affairs, and David Besanko, Alvin J. Huss Distinguished Professor of Management & Strategy, were part of the effort.

“It was a fabulous event,” Langewisch said, “and a great representation of Kellogg’s emphasis on community leadership, leadership within the community and business leadership.”

This year Kellogg Cares volunteers worked at Connections for the Homeless – Hilda’s Shelter, the Evanston Day Nursery, the Evanston Ecology Center, the Levy Center (for seniors), Housing Options for the Mentally Ill, the McGaw YMCA, Shore Community Services, which serves those with developmental delays in two locations, and the Total Child Center in the First United Methodist Church.

“We’ve received nothing but positive responses from the organizations where we volunteered,” Everly said. Ditto for the volunteers, who got a chance to work with students outside of their usual circle of friends.

Turcuato said the activity allows the Kellogg community to “see organizations’ needs first-hand. We hope that the volunteers, most of whom were first-year students, will want to do it next year,” she said. “We know the organizations we helped definitely want us to come back."