Giving Back

 

“Giving back is important to everyone at SIM Partners. One of the best ways we can give is through our work.”

– Jon Schepke, CEO



Anixter

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On June 6, some of the SIM Partner employees volunteered their morning with the clients of the Anixter Center in Lakeview on Chicago’s north side. It is one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the Chicagoland area that has different programming for all ages to help people with disabilities and the challenges that come with those disabilities.

From the moment we arrived that morning, we could feel the energy and support that this place offers all of its’ clients. Everyone that was getting dropped off was smiling and excited for the day’s activities.

To learn more about Anixter Center and our time there, please read Hannah’s blog post or check out their website!


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The Greater Chicago Food Depository is Chicago’s food bank. They provide food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community, mainly distributing food where it is needed most throughout Cook County. Since 1979, the Food Depository has made a daily impact on hunger across Cook County. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 70 million pounds of food, 35% of which was fresh produce. Every day they distribute the equivalent of 160,000 meals.

On February 7, a dozen of us from SIM Partners gathered at the McCormick Tribune YMCA in Humboldt Park on Chicago’s west side to package and distribute produce for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. This is the third time SIM Partners has volunteered to help the Chicago Food Bank. Fortunately on this chilly February day, we were mostly indoors packaging hundreds of bags of produce to given to families in need. We were behind schedule since the delivery trucks were still circling the block, so we had a lot of catching up to do. Good thing our SIM volunteers were up to the task because the work was non-stop from the moment the truck doors opened! By the end we were breaking down the boxes and sweeping the floors. It was an exhausting yet fulfilling morning at the McCormick Tribune YMCA that went by very fast. We are pleased that we could offer our time and effort once again to help the Chicago Food Bank provide for those in need.

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For more information about the Greater Chicago Food Depository, check out their website. Make sure you check out the rest of Jay’s blog post, too!


 

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Toys for Tots has been distributing toys to needy children for decades. In 2015, Toys for Tots distributed 18 million toys to 7 million children throughout hundreds of drop-off locations in the United States. As announced on December 13, SIM Partners has made it easier for toy donors to find drop-off locations.

The improved functionality supports the mission of the Toys for Tots program, which collects new, unwrapped toys and distributes those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which a Toys for Tots campaign is conducted. In 2015, Toys for Tots distributed 18 million toys to 7 million children.

Through our pro bono work, we have designed for the Toys for Tots website a locator tool that emulates the best store locators you find on retailer sites. The locator gives donors a map-based drop-down menu with essential location data for the closest brick-and-mortar drop-off centers. By making the search for locations easier through our Velocity platform,  we’re connecting more donors with needy children.

Our CEO, Jon Schepke, is very passionate about this cause. Read his blog post to learn more about our Toys for Tots tool.

 


PAWS Chicago is a No Kill animal rescue clinic that is focused on building No Kill communities (starting with a No Kill Chicago) that respect and value the life of every cat and dog. Since being founded in 1997, PAWS has helped to reduce the killing rate of homeless animals here in Chicago by nearly 70%.

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On November 6, the SIM Partners team worked together with other PAWS volunteers to help make a difference in the lives of the rescued animals. Our team visited Dog Town and Kitty City where we cleaned, refilled water bowls and made comfortable beds for our furry friends. After we put in a few hours of work we had the chance to socialize with our newfound pals.

If you’re interested in adopting any of these adorable four legged guys and gals please check out the PAWS Chicago Website.


Other Organizations We Work With

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Santa for the Very Poor is a grassroots, non-profit organization that purchases and delivers food, warm clothes, blankets, and toys to thousands of our poor neighbors in the Chicago area at Christmas. Santa for the Very Poor is unique in that every penny donated goes straight to the purchasing of the toys, knit goods, and food—nothing goes to administrative expenses, which are all personally paid for by their directors. They work with social service agencies and religious organizations to find the families that are most in need.

Each family gets two big bags of groceries—a 15-lb. turkey or two canned hams, cranberry sauce, peaches, vegetables, cookies, muffins, mints, and more—plus a gift certificate for even more groceries. They get another bag full of new, warm things to wear or blankets, and if they have children, there will be toys, games, and stuffed animals to hand out.

SIM Partners’ CEO, Jon Schepke is on the board of directors at Santa for the Very Poor and every year delivers bags of groceries and toys to families in need.

www.santavp.org

Rags of Honor

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Rags of Honor stands by a simple mission “To make a difference for those who’ve served our country by building a company that gives back.” Rags of Honor hires unemployed veterans offering them a living wage, training and the benefits, advancement and skills needed to continue forward with the dignity they deserve. Every ROH item is made in America, screen printed, packed and shipped by a US military veteran.

Our team works with Rags of Honor as needed for marketing and event support. We encourage you to do your part and give back by purchasing a shirt for yourself or your next corporate event from Rags of Honor.

SIM Partners’ CEO, Jon Schepke is on the board of directors at Santa for the Very Poor and every year delivers bags of groceries and toys to families in need.

www.ragsofhonor.us

Mordine & Company Dance Theater

Mordine & Company Dance Theater, now in its 44th season, is led by celebrated dance maverick Shirley Mordine. The Company has produced works whose coalition of choreography and theatre has won critical acclaim. Praised for original choreography combining wit and sheer movement with technical sophistication, the Company’s work has been described as “a two-edged sword of comedy and drama” and “adventurous, audacious, gutsy, and energetic.”

The Company’s goals continue to be advancing and expanding the art form of dance by:

  1. Engaging with audiences (and expanding the diversity of the audiences we reach) by presenting provocative and challenging programming.
  2. Continuing to collaborate with outstanding artists, dance companies, and cultural institutions.
  3. Mentoring promising young choreographers through our Choreographic Mentoring Program

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In October 2013, Mordine & Company Dance Theater will be opening The Dance Center of Columbia College’s 40th Anniversary season. As Shirley Mordine herself spearheaded the creation of this institution, it is a special honor to be invited to celebrate its legacy. True to the Company’s collaborative spirit, this performance will include I Haven’t Gone There, which features members of Mucca Pazza Marching Band; and All at Once, which is set to an original score by Shawn Decker. The Company is in particular need of funds to support the rehearsal process leading up to this performance.

Rebuilding Together

On April 27, 2013 SIM Partners will join forces with ‘Rebuilding Together Chicago’ to help repair a family’s home on the south side of Chicago. With our time & dedication, SIM Partners plans to repair & renovate over 10 rooms for a household in one day, ensuring safe living quarters for the family and their young children. From beginning to end, the SIM Partners team is excited to plan, strategize & execute such an influential & life-changing project for a family in the local area.

If you would like to help turn this family’s house into a home you can donate to the cause below. With a renovation of this scale we are in need of supplies and skilled laborers. If you have items that you would like to donate or if you are a skilled laborer and would be willing to volunteer your time on National Rebuilding Day, please fill out the form above.

Rebuilding Together believes that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods & communities across the country.

For almost 25 years, Rebuilding Together has provided extensive home rehabilitation and modification services to homeowners in-need. Home by Home, Block by Block, entire communities are transformed.