As a co-chair of this year’s Chicago Volunteer Committee, I’ve been organizing ways for our staff to take advantage of the opportunity to honor our founder Dan Edelman through our “Summer of Service.” But, I didn’t want to just organize, I wanted to be among the first to donate my four hours and inspire others to do the same. I seized the moment by joining our first group volunteer event for Summer of Service on Wednesday, August 1st – an afternoon at Off the Street Club’s (OTSC) summer camp in Wheaton, IL. I was joined by 11 co-workers and my 15 year-old daughter and her best friend; it’s never too early to instill the spirit of giving back!
Founded in 1900, OTSC is Chicago’s oldest boys and girls club and serves more than 3,000 kids. In the summer, OTSC kids get to trade in the violence and drugs of their neighborhood for cookouts, sing-alongs, swimming, hiking and horseback riding at Camp Mathieu. We went to give our time, but what we got in return far exceeded anything we gave. Volunteering with OTSC was more of a treat for us with all the hugs, love and attention that the children showered us with. As the kids showed us the camp, they exhibited such happiness at being there it made me proud to be an Edelman employee. Everyone had so much fun that we are looking forward to going back again in the very near future.