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First-Year MBA Students dedicate time to Chicago Community

9/1/2005 - The Kellogg School of Management's full-time MBA Class of 2007, along with area alumni, dedicated the afternoon of September 8th to the Chicagoland community as part of the pre-term week, Complete Immersion in Management (CIM). Seven different charitable organizations received time and energy from the first-year Kellogg students for a variety of projects. The volunteer activities ranged from beautifying parks and playgrounds to helping students develop a business plan for their school store. The day culminated in downtown Chicago 's Grant Park with words from keynote speaker, Janet Froetscher (KSM ‘83), president and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, who has dedicated herself to social enterprise.

Kellogg School students volunteered at the following organizations:
  • The Greater Chicago Food Depository is the largest food bank in Chicago and distributes over 40 million pounds of food each year. The students spent time organizing, wrapping and sorting food packages for those in need.
  • Park Place Charities works to provide an enriching, fun and educational environment away from school and home for children in Chicago . The Kellogg students helped this organization by cleaning the Stanton Park Community Center and helped design programs for local neighborhood kids.
  • Friends of the Parks works to preserve, protect, improve and promote the use of Chicago parks, forest preserves and recreational areas for the benefit of all neighborhoods and citizens. Humboldt Park 's playground was made safer when the Kellogg students cleaned up the debris and placed soft wood chips under playground equipment.
  • The Holy Angels School is an elementary and middle school on the south side of Chicago , serving nearly 1,000 underprivileged students. The Kellogg students participated in Boys and Girls Club after school activities with the children and also served as mentors and teachers.
  • KIPP Ascend Charter School provides free, public education and prepares students for a college education. The Kellogg students helped create a library and fixed up the school by painting murals, cleaning the building and assisting teachers.
  • National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship is dedicated to teaching young people from low-income communities to enhance their economic productivity by improving their business, academic and life skills. The Kellogg students helped the young entrepreneurs set up their school's store and also assisted on other projects.
  • Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly is dedicated to befriending and caring for elderly people in need. The Kellogg student committee donated supplies and the created care packages and prepared home-cooked meals for the elderly.