Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Chamber is our Champion!

On November 14, several volunteers were honored at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Event for going above and beyond the call of duty in their roles at LPCS. We have thousands of dedicated volunteers each year, and these have earned special recognition. Over the next several weeks we will profile these special volunteers on this blog as a way of publicly showing our appreciation for all that they have given, and continue to give, to LPCS and our Guests!

Each year, the Community Partnership Award is given in recognition of an organization or institution that fosters community and support for LPCS and its mission through collaboration with the shelter. Past recipients have included: Lincoln Elementary School, DePaul University, Cubs Care (A Fund of the McCormick Tribune Foundation), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Chicago Photography Center, and Lakeview Action Coalition. This year’s recipient of the Community Partnership Award is the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce.

LPCS has been a member of the Chamber for many years, first becoming involved as a member of a committee which sought to give Chamber members ways to give and get involved locally in the community. Through our membership, we have gained many new volunteers and business donors. Our annual Taste of Fall event has grown each year because of the generosity of local restaurants, for example, and local businesses are huge supports to our silent auctions at both Taste of Fall and the Metamorphosis Party each year.

Today, several LPCS Board members have ties to the local business community and to the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce. Chamber members cook breakfast at LPCS twice monthly in dates hosted by myself and fellow Board members Gil Matar and Jeff Lawler. And our Guests benefit from these partnerships as well; we’ve recently begun sending Guests to networking events hosted by the Chamber, giving Guests real-world experience in practicing their networking skills. This has already resulted in one Guest finding employment! The Chamber also promotes our Guests’ resumes through their e-newsletter to local businesses that might be hiring.

We are so pleased to honor the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce for their outstanding partnership over the years. Finally, please consider attending the Best Holiday Party Ever! coming up on Dec. 10, sponsored by the Chamber. There will be awesome entertainment by the cast of Million Dollar Quartet, food and drink by some of the best Lincoln Park restaurants, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit LPCS! This is a great business networking opportunity or just a plain fun night out in the neighborhood!  Tickets are available at:

Thanks again to the Chamber for a wonderful partnership!

--  Elizabeth Rossdeutscher, Vice President, Board of Directors

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