Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Lemonade Stand with a Purpose

This week seems to be a whirlwind of meetings, interviews, and presentations about the Lincoln Park Community Shelter to different groups and students. I did set myself up for this, with an ambitious goal of presenting 10 times in the month of June. Part of it was because I really want the community to know all about the great work we are doing, and another part was because our Fiscal Year ends on July 1st and, since surpassing my presentation goals a few months back, I really wanted to have some ridiculous number to reach as a final hurrah. 

As I prepare for these presentations, I try to find new and interesting visual aids. Sometimes I use movies or I tell a unique story about a Graduate that is really accomplishing something extraordinary (such as Albert and his win by having such a drastic improvement in his health during our Get Healthy Challenge!). I was going through some past photos and I came across this one that is almost a year old:

This is the photograph that was taken when a little girl decided, completely on her own accord, to start a lemonade stand. After learning about LPCS through a school group that volunteered, she decided that she would like to find a way to give back. While most kids are using their allowances on video games or cd players (I may be aging myself…), Madeline did something unique. She worked for this money, and then she gave it to people in need. 

That was such a wonderful moment for me as a contributor to LPCS. At such a young age, this little girl has recognized that you have to work hard to earn money. Sometimes it means going to a regular job you don’t love, and other times it means standing on the street with a glass of cold lemonade and selling this to nearby customers. 

I also was able to take a moment this morning to  reflect upon the importance of going out to the community and sharing about LPCS. If I go to ten places in a month, and speak to 20 people at each place, I will have reached over 200 people. If in those 200 people, even one person is inspired to help out an organization, such as LPCS, then I will have done something worthwhile.

Madeline is an inspiring girl and I look forward to all of the great things she will do as she grows up!  

What are some creative ways, such as a lemonade stand, that you can think of to raise money for a cause or give back to the community? Please share here!

By: Meghan Freebeck, Community Relations Manager

Friday, June 14, 2013

Get Healthy! Challenge results

Congratulations to our Winners!

For the last 61 days, LPCS has been undergoing a Get Healthy! Challenge in an effort to improve the health of staff, Guests, and Graduates. We had daily walking groups, yoga and tae kwon do classes, breathing exercises, stress relief, healthier meals (provided by our great volunteers!), and numerous health classes offered on and off site. The results of the challenge were wonderful!

Every single person remained at a stable weight or lost weight, often depending upon their goals. The Guests all noted an improvement in their daily health, but most importantly, they were thrilled with the new activities and variety of meals during the challenge.We even finished the challenge by completing the Run Home Chicago 5K together.

Thank you to all of our volunteers that helped us make this possible! We have a lot of new habits and we are excited about remaining a healthier organization!

Here are the Guest and Graduate winners -

Graduate Winner:
Albert L – Albert had achievements in both weight loss and exercise. He participated in healthy activities, joined us at Run Home Chicago, and noted healthier eating habits as well.

Guest Attendance Prize:
Deb W – Deb attended many of the walking clubs, participated in the health classes and fitness classes at LPCS, and also walked at Run Home Chicago.

Guest Achievement Prize:
Jackie T – Jackie was always encouraging of other Guests to join in the walking groups, had a great attitude at each activity, and was perseverant throughout the entire challenge.

Guest Numbers Prize:
Steve G – Steve had the greatest improvement with overall weight, BMI, and body fat.