Live in the Chicago area and looking for ideas about how to help those in need this holiday season? A volunteer team at Robert Half have made it easy for anyone to help, in a variety of ways, big or small. The team at the downtown Chicago office have created a mix of charitable activites that focus on supporting local organizations serving families and children, among the city’s most vulnerable populations. And they are calling upon their employees, clients and fellow Chicagoans to join in.
First up is a food collection for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, a nonprofit food distribution and training center that provides food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in the community. The group estimates that 800,000 people in Cook County alone are unsure of when they will receive their next meal. Donated food will help them feed the 232,100 households they assist each year.
The food items in greatest need include: canned beans, fruit and vegetables; pasta sauce; peanut butter; jelly; shelf-stable milk; soup; and stew. Items must be non-perishable, in the original container with original label, and within the “use by” or “best by” dates. Donations may be brought directly to Robert Half’s Chicago office at 205 N. Michigan Ave. where they will be collected and then taken to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
In addition to food collection, Robert Half Chicago also will host two Angel Trees, complete with wish lists to provide local families with necessities and other items to ensure they can celebrate the holidays. Donations will be distributed to families identified by a local school, as well as children served by The Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Child + Family Center. The residential care and treatment center provides a temporary home for many of Illinois’ young children with severe mental health and behavior issues.
Those interested in participating in the Angel Tree can come to the Robert Half Chicago office to select a tag describing specific needs, such as clothing items and sizes and toys, for these families. As with food donations, these items also can be brought back to Robert Half, and the volunteer team will ensure all Angel Tree gifts are delivered to the school and Rice Child + Family Center.
Those on the Robert Half holiday committee hope that you’ll visit their office to share in the holiday spirit of helping others. They are a fun crew and may even have an elf hat waiting for you. However, if time or distance is an issue, they invite you to visit the websites of these organizations (and others they support throughout the year) to find out how you can help on your own, even after the holidays are over.
For more information, or to participate in Robert Half Chicago’s holiday drive, please call 1.312.616.8367.
Greater Chicago Food Depository
Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Child + Family Center (www.childrenshomeandaid.org/RiceChildandFamilyCenter)
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls