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KelloggCares volunteers put social responsibility into action

5/1/2005 - On May 14th, some 150 Kellogg students, spouses, faculty, staff and alumni donned their work gloves and helped 11 nonprofit organizations in Evanston and Chicago. The volunteers spent a beautiful spring day scrubbing, scouring, weeding and painting during the 3rd Annual KelloggCares initiative.

Begun in 2003 by Omar Hyder '04 and Yumi Clevenger ‘04, KelloggCares has been embraced by the Kellogg School community and is now the flagship event of the student-run Business with a Heart club, the Kellogg community service umbrella organization.

More than 600 hours of volunteer time was donated during this year's event to help the McGaw YMCA of Evanston, Orchard Village, Housing Options, Evanston Ecology Group, Shore Homes, Child Care Center of Evanston, ChildServ, Laboure House, Childcare Network, Forest Preserve District and Total Child Center. Teams of volunteers spent three to five hours at each of the organizations.

“It was very rewarding for us to give back to our community, and, at the same time, everyone enjoyed socializing with their best friends,” said Laura Karam '06. Karam organized the event along with Gaurav Wadhwa, Peggy Gan and Esther Kim (all '06).

“Our volunteers worked hard throughout the afternoon and the organizations want to see us back again next year — and we will be there,” said Wadhwa .

Sponsored by ExxonMobil, KelloggCares kicked off with breakfast and wrapped up with a late lunch at the Donald P. Jacobs Center. Apart from the current students, five newly admitted students, 15 spouses and five faculty, staff and alumni participated in the effort.

Elizabeth Mullen, visiting assistant professor of management , was one of the volunteers and said that the “largest payoff was listening to the sincere appreciation that Jim Vail (executive director at Orchard Village) expressed for our help.” “I would definitely do it again next year,” added Mullen. Peggy Gan said, “The success of KelloggCares demonstrates the emphasis of social responsibility and civic leadership in the Kellogg curriculum.”

“A lot was accomplished in the few hours that (the volunteers) were at our facility,” said Kate Jesko, director of Shore Homes. “As we are a not-for-profit organization, volunteers are a valuable resource and are genuinely appreciated.” Jesko was not alone in her appreciation of the Kellogg School effort, according to Esther Kim.

“We provided a huge benefit to all the organizations we reached out to and we hope to establish KelloggCares as a lasting tradition at Kellogg,” said Kim.