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Kellogg School reaches out with community service initiative

KelloggCares combines socializing with social good

By Matt Golosinski

5/17/2003 - On May 17 the Kellogg School of Management hosted the inaugural "KelloggCares," a school-wide community service initiative. The brainchild of two Kellogg students, Yumi Clevenger and Omar Hyder (both '04), the project's goal was to organize a high-impact day of local community service and provide an opportunity for Kellogg students, faculty, staff and their significant others to interact outside the school while pursuing a socially conscious agenda.

Clevenger and Hyder realized that the Kellogg community was filled with individuals who regularly contributed their talents and time to community service projects. The students believed they could harness this enthusiasm for volunteerism and create an immense impact in a single day. The students recruited the help of five others who shared their same vision and the event was planned and implemented within six weeks.

"The results were tremendous," said Clevenger. 135 Kellogg students, faculty, administrators, spouses and family helped nine Evanston-based community organizations at 12 project sites (see photos). The projects ranged from organizing 25,000 old textbooks to landscaping and repairing senior citizens' homes to refurbishing a bird refuge center. The volunteers each worked for four hours and contributed 540 total community service hours.

Among the organizations included in this year's event were Connections for the Homeless, the Dawes School, Evanston Township High School, Evanston/Skokie Vally Senior Services, and McGaw YMCA.

Said Clevenger, "KelloggCares was an amazing event to lead and will be one of my most treasured accomplishments at Kellogg."

The Business with a Heart club, Kellogg's community service umbrella organization run by students, intends to augment and expand KelloggCares by making this event the club's annual flagstone project.