In celebration of National Volunteer Week, which takes place every April, Heartland Alliance is showcasing our volunteers, their contributions, and the ways in which we offer our thanks to them for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to our vision to create Equity and Opportunity For All.
Last year, almost 2,000 volunteers completed a total of 164,000 hours of service across 16 Heartland Alliance programs. Our amazing volunteers help expand the reach of Heartland Alliance into more communities than we could reach alone and contribute profoundly to the scope of services we can offer to our participants. From providing youth mentorship to pulling weeds at our urban farm, to staffing airport information kiosks and ESL classes for newly arrived refugees, our volunteers use their own personal expertise to help us make a difference in thousands of lives.
Getting Ready for Spring
For the second year in a row, My Block My Hood My City spent Earth Day helping out at Chicago FarmWorks, Heartland Alliance’s urban farm and job training program in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. Hundreds of volunteers came out to prepare the farm for spring, working on projects from moving soil and mulch, to weeding, moving logs, and picking up trash. Volunteers of all ages got their hand dirty and learned about how Chicago FarmWorks works with participants to overcome barriers to employment, while also growing 30,000 servings a year of healthy, organic fruits and vegetables that get distributed to Heartland Alliance food pantries on the North, West, and South sides. Thanks to this amazing group of volunteers for spending the day with us and showing us their commitment to engaging in the community and making Chicago better one block at time.
Hitting a High Note With Our Volunteers
There’s no better way to pay tribute than to have a choir sing your praises! Nearly 150 Heartland Alliance volunteers joined us on April 22 as guests for the House of Blues Gospel Brunch. In appreciation of their efforts, attendees enjoyed a morning full of singing, dancing and dining alongside fellow volunteers who contribute to our mission and participants’ well-being. The interactive show featured gospel singers from Chicago’s south side who engaged the crowd through their catchy choruses and brightly-colored outfits. Guests were also able to connect with new and familiar faces, as well as partake in a goodie bag giveaway. Heartland Alliance is truly grateful to have the support of so many dedicated volunteers, and we hope each of them felt our gratitude during this wonderful event!
Why We Get Involved
Every year, volunteers provide thousands of hours of service to Heartland Alliance programs. Each volunteer has their own reasons for getting involved but most center on a strong sense of community and a deep love of service to others. In honor of National Volunteer Week, we asked four Heartland Alliance volunteers to tell us in their own words, why they love serving others.
Hear directly from some of Heartland Alliance’s volunteers about why they volunteer and why this work is so important to them. Read more.