Medline employee boxes up packed meals for Northern Illinois Food Bank. The efforts will result in 25,000 meals for the underserved. (Posted by Rowena R., Community Contributor)
MUNDELEIN, Ill., May 2, 2015 – Hundreds of Medline employees, family members and friends flexed their crafting and constructing skills at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake today to help support local organizations in need as part of the ninth annual Medline Makes a Difference Day event. The company partnered with service organization Chicago Cares to complete a large variety of difference making initiatives. Some of the tasks included making blankets and pillows, putting together meal packs and toiletry kits for those struggling with homelessness, and constructing bookshelves and cubbies for local schools.
“In one day, Medline demonstrated its deep commitment by engaging hundreds of employees in extensive community service,” said Jenné Myers, CEO, Chicago Cares. “This impact will be felt for months and even years to come, and we couldn’t be happier to partner with Medline, which serves as a rich example for how companies can meaningfully give back and connect with their communities.”
For one local organization, this day of giving will translate into 25,000 meals to the underserved.
“One in seven people in our area rely on Northern Illinois Food Bank’s network of community food pantries and feeding programs for the nutritious food they need to live healthy and thriving lives. Medline’s charismatic community spirit and kindness is a great example of how one company can make a tremendous difference in the lives of thousands of people in need. On behalf of all our hungry neighbors, we extend our sincere thanks to Medline for your generosity and thoughtfulness,” Donna Lake, communications and philanthropy director, Northern Illinois Food Bank.
Since 2006, thousands of Medline employees and family members have contributed more than 27,000 volunteer hours to local community projects in Northern Illinois.
“Strengthening the communities where we work and live has always been a priority for Medline,” said Jim Abrams, COO, Medline. “We look forward to this event every year and are thrilled by the continued show of support and collaboration with employees and local organizations.”
Volunteer projects will benefit the following non-profit organizations:
• Glenwood Elementary
• Ravenswood Community Services
• Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center
• Northern Illinois Food Bank
• Casa Central
• YMCA Elmhurst
• Indian Boundary YMCA
• YMCA Harvey 3
• Mercy Housing Wentworth Commons
• La Casa Norte
As the nation’s largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of quality medical supplies and clinical solutions, Medline offers healthcare products and services that drive value through tailored solutions across the continuum of care. Named one of the country’s “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For,” the company is headquartered in Mundelein, Ill. and has more than 1,200 dedicated sales representatives to support its broad product line and cost management services. For more information on Medline, go to www.medline.com or www.medline.com/social-media to connect with Medline on a variety of social media channels.
About Chicago Cares
Chicago Cares connects people, communities and causes through volunteerism. As the city’s leading nonprofit service organization, Chicago Cares has engaged more than 500,000 volunteers through 250 monthly programs, corporate programming and annual events. It is the only nonprofit that addresses needs across the full spectrum-from hunger to education to job readiness-by nimbly creating impactful, hands-on programming benefiting hundreds of community nonprofits. In the process, Chicago Cares empowers people to lead and transforms the city for good by offering a platform for collaboration, civic engagement and long-term change. www.chicagocares.org
By COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTOR ROWENA R.
MAY 05, 2015 AT 10:42 AM