Northwestern Memorial Employees Serve the Chicagoland Community
Hospital was second largest provider of volunteers of any corporate sponsor
Over 580 Northwestern Memorial Hospital employees, including physicians, senior executives, nurses, support staff, and others, spent a Saturday working in schools across the city as part of the 16th Annual Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon. Northwestern Memorial was the second largest provider of volunteers of any corporate sponsor, and together over 8,000 volunteers from across the city transformed 39 schools, home to 30,000 Chicago students.
Chicago Cares is an organization that matches volunteers with service project opportunities throughout the year. The Serve-a-thon is the city’s largest day of service, and the event is designed to help volunteers create positive and inspiring learning environments for Chicago's children. Northwestern Memorial volunteers visited Eberhart, Goodlow and Hurley Elementary Schools where they helped to paint, organize and clean classrooms, plant, build benches, and clean up around the schools.
Lamar Glass, a Northwestern Memorial employee, participated in the serve-a-thon for the first time and was motivated to volunteer because he was seeking a way to give other than with a financial contribution. “It was important to me to volunteer, it made me take a step back and realize that I could positively impact someone else’s circumstances,” said Glass. His team was stationed at Eberhart Elementary School, a 105-year old school on the southwest side. “It was eye-opening to see the state of the school; my team was thrilled to be able to contribute by painting classrooms.”/p>
Northwestern Memorial has participated in the Serve-a-thon for two years, and to-date over 800 employees have participated. “We are very proud to have so many employees give back to the community through this effort,” commented Daniel Derman, MD, vice president of operations at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. This is in keeping with Northwestern Memorial’s Patients First mission which focuses on the care and service we provide in the hospital and in the community.