KelloggCares puts social responsibility into action
10/31/2007 - On Oct. 20, more than 100 Kellogg staff members, students, spouses and their children gathered to help 18 nonprofit organizations in the Evanston area. They volunteered with various activities, from physical tasks such as cleaning windows and painting to intellectual work, such as helping organizations create marketing plans or manage their budgets.
Founded in 2003 by Omar Hyder and Yumi Clevenger, both ’04, KelloggCares is a key event for the student-run Business with a Heart Club, the Kellogg umbrella organization for community service. KelloggCares is a high-impact day of local community service that brings the Kellogg community together.
Sponsored by ExxonMobil, the this year’s event served several organizations, including Connection for the Homeless, Orchard Village, Shore Community Services, YMCA, Levy Senior Center, Oakton School, Youth Organization Umbrella, Evanston Day Nursery, Senior Connections, Child Care Center of Evanston, Childcare Network, Family Focus, Infant Welfare Society, Evanston Library, Evanston Youth Job Center and Campus Kitchen.
“We received fantastic feedback from participant organizations and are very motivated to keep KelloggCares growing in the local community,” said Moises Herszenhorn ’08, KelloggCares co-chair. Herszenhorn organized the event with a team of ’08 classmates, including Lisa Schwieterman, operations chair; Isabel Wang, marketing chair; and Tracey Tobin, finance chair.
The Office of Students Affairs was also instrumental in this outreach, especially Associate Director Wendy Metter, said KelloggCares student leaders.
“Kellogg and the Evanston community are mutual beneficiaries of the KelloggCares effort,” said Metter, the staff adviser for the initiative. “Kellogg gets to give back to its immediate community, and the Evanston nonprofit community receives needed services while also seeing the value that the Kellogg School and its wonderful people create.”
The organizers said they intend to expand the event and facilitate ongoing opportunities for Kellogg students to contribute and be more active in social causes.
Said Dean Dipak C. Jain: “A key part of the Kellogg School’s mission is creating leaders who use their management skills to benefit society. Through experiential opportunities like KelloggCares, our students put their values, passion and talents to work in ways that make a real impact for our community.”