Northwestern Medicine Volunteers go to Work for the Community at the 21st Annual Chicago Cares Serve-a-Thon

Northwestern Medicine
News June 09, 2014
More than 500 Northwestern Medicine volunteers spent their Saturday working to beautify public schools across Chicago as part of the Chicago Cares* Serve-a-thon.
 
The Northwestern Medicine team represented the largest group of employer-sponsored volunteers at the annual event and included staff and physicians from across the health system as well as their friends and relatives.

“This is a great opportunity to get a large number of colleagues together to do something good for the city and show the people of Chicago how much we care about the community,” says Dave Sack, vice president of philanthropy for Northwestern Memorial Foundation.
 
The Serve-a-thon is Chicago’s largest single day of community service, drawing more than 6,000 volunteers who come together to improve the city’s schools and neighborhoods. 
 
“It’s about doing something good for the community in your own backyard,” says Betsy Ortiz, a medical assistant at the Northwestern Medicine Deerfield Outpatient Center who volunteered alongside her friend Angela Perez. “It’s amazing that Northwestern Medicine gives back not just to patients but also in the city we call home.”
 
After meeting in Daley Plaza downtown, Serve-a-thon volunteers traveled by bus to schools throughout Chicago’s neighborhoods and tackled projects like painting classrooms and hallways and landscaping the school grounds.
 
“Our turn out for Chicago Cares speaks volumes about our workforce,” Sack says. “We don’t have to convince anybody about the importance of community service. You just ask, and people step forward.”

To view more photos from Team Northwestern Medicine, visit our Storify or search #NMCares on Instagram. Follow Northwestern Medicine on Instagram for an inside look at our medical campus.
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