Thank You for Volunteering

Helping children make gingerbread houses at Wentworth Commons

Helping children make gingerbread houses at Wentworth Commons

Thank you to everyone who volunteered in 2015.  You truly enriched the lives of our residents.  Over the course of the year, 95 volunteers provided fun-filled holiday parties, backpacks filled with school supplies, holiday presents, and so much more.

Volunteers helped hundreds of residents by:

  • Providing back-to-school supplies for 156 children;
  • Supplying holiday gifts for 344 adults and children; and
  • Sponsoring holiday meals for 320 residents.

If you, or your organization, would like to help in 2016 please contact Alva Winfrey Kennedy at awinfrey@mercyhousing.org.

Many of these volunteer activities were sponsored by companies, churches, and other partners, including:

  • St. Anthony Catholic Church collected holiday gifts for the 77 youth at the Wentworth Commons, Roseland Village, and Holland Apartments;

    Children receiving holiday gifts at Pullman Wheelworks

    Children receiving holiday gifts at Pullman Wheelworks

  • The Sisters of Mercy coordinated a holiday gift drive that collected holiday gifts for the 191 youth living at Pullman Wheelworks;

    Bank of America volunteers

    Bank of America volunteers

  • Bank of America hosted a Thanksgiving dinner and provided giveaways to residents living at the Harold Washington Apartments;
  • U.S. Bank hosted a back-to-school picnic and backpack giveaway for 136 school children living at Pullman Wheelworks;
  • U.S. Bank volunteers organized an evening of activities and a holiday meal for formerly homeless residents at the Johnston Center;

    PrivateBank volunteers reupholstering chairs

    PrivateBank volunteers reupholstering chairs

  • The PrivateBank provided energetic and creative volunteers to reupholster 139 chairs benefitting formerly homeless residents at Carlton Apartments;
  • Linden LLC provided a party filled with food, games and presents for 16 youth living in Austin;
  • Christopher B. Burke Engineering employees collected 20 winter coats for the youth in the Austin after-school program;
  • Capital One provided six new computers for the Holland Apartment’s computer lab and hosted computer training and financial education classes for 75 residents;

    Beverly Bank volunteers lead story time

    Beverly Bank volunteers lead story time

  • Pullman Bank and Beverly Bank sponsored a holiday party for 165 residents at Pullman Wheelworks that included story time, cookie decorating and ornament making;
  • O’Hare Rotary Club continued its tradition of donating move-in baskets for new residents;
  • Emil McCauley and family helped 70 children build the gingerbread homes of their dreams at Wentworth Commons and 850 Eastwood; and
  • Nate Frank, along with his family and friends, provided a hearty meal and holiday gifts for 60 residents of Carlton Apartments.

Thank you!

Thanks to you, hundreds of residents benefitted from much-needed resources that enabled them to live in hope.

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