Community Engagement

Engage-Intro

Introduction

We partner with community organizations that provide access to nutritious food, shelter and other essentials, and we support initiatives that reduce violence, address trauma and build safer communities.

Our Progress

2,500 volunteer hours
in fiscal year 2021
NM Volunteers working in a kitchen

Donating Our Time

  • From the Northwestern Medicine employee volunteer hub
  • 27% increase from the year prior

Back

30+ years
of offering youth development programs
Northwestern Medicine Interns present posters

Enriching Our Youth

  • More than 2,500 students currently participate in Northwestern Medicine programs.
$1 million
in direct funding for community partners in Chicago’s Bronzeville community
Team NM members in their NM shirts creating the Piece of Peace Garden in Bronzeville

Prioritizing Our Communities

  • Includes grants to support trauma counseling, job placement and food insecurity programs.

Organizations We Work With

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township offer youth programming in education and career development, character and leadership, health and life skills, sports, fitness and recreation, and the arts.

With support from Northwestern Medicine, the organization has been able to run summer programming, including engaging physical activities, outdoor education and academic support. The program provides healthy meals and snacks every day, and offers a secure environment that prioritizes social and emotional learning and trauma-informed care as essential elements in all programming and staff training.

DeKalb County Community Foundation supports organizations and communities throughout DeKalb County by proactively addressing their needs and expanding, managing and distributing philanthropic resources.

The organization pooled financial assistance from Northwestern Medicine and other donors to purchase a Mobile Health Unit for the DeKalb County Health Department, which will use it to deliver critical health services to DeKalb County communities where many residents have barriers to care.

Hope Haven of DeKalb County provides programs and services to those experiencing homelessness to help them increase their wages, move to affordable housing, reduce debt and more. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, services like this have never been more critical.

Support from Northwestern Medicine has helped Hope Haven provide emergency shelter, food and supportive services, including case management, therapy, psychiatry, nursing care, life skills training, and employment and housing assistance.

Kelly Hall YMCA offer trusted health resources and programs that will help community members take action. These programs provide the tools and support needed to eat better, move more, and live healthier, including:

  • Free fitness classes
  • Nutrition and cooking classes
  • Health education events
  • Health screenings (including blood pressure, diabetes, and weight assessments)