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For many years, Kellogg student leaders have organized Kellogg Cares Day, a day of service and civic engagement for students and faculty held throughout Chicagoland. Students and faculty partner with dozens of area nonprofits and provide them with on-site volunteer service. The event helps inspire networking among students, nonprofit leaders, and community members and also provides an opportunity for students to explore new interests in the nonprofit space.  

This October, the Kellogg Alumni Council and our robust alumni club network launched the first alumni Kellogg Cares Day by piloting service projects in five key markets — Chicago, Hong Kong, New York, San Francisco and Seattle — uniting alumni from around the globe as they served in their respective cities. 

A group of Kellogg alumni volunteers in Chicago pose together for a group photo in matching blue t-shirts
Kellogg alumni and their families volunteered at UCAN Chicago’s youth campus.

“I would have been happy to work another hour,” reported one alumni volunteer from Chicago who spent their time cleaning up UCAN’s youth campus in North Lawndale. Volunteers there painted murals, stuffed Halloween goodie bags and decorated dorms for the upcoming holiday.  

Alumni from Seattle helped restore the Green-Duwamish River shores by removing invasive plants and species to help salmon populations thrive. “It was fun to work together and also have time to socialize afterward. We had a very engaged group of alumni and families from a wide range of graduation years,” said one Seattle volunteer.

A group of Kellogg alumni volunteer together at Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries in New York City
Alumni in New York City volunteered at Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries.

The pilot event increased connectivity among Kellogg alumni, with 100% of volunteers reporting that they felt more engaged with Kellogg following the day’s activities. The Kellogg alumni club of Singapore was so inspired by the event that they plan to launch their own day of service this November for their club members.  

From packaging food for New York City’s homeless population to gardening alongside families seeking social services, the Kellogg alumni network overflows with Kellogg Leaders who continue to serve their communities and practice social impact in their everyday lives.  

A group of Kellogg alumni volunteers in Hong Kong gather for beach clean-up day
Alumni and their families in Hong Kong volunteered with Clean Shorelines.

For more information about Kellogg Cares Day, please visit: KCD - Campus Life. A full list of organizations that the alumni volunteers worked with is below: