2016-05-09

Chicago White Sox Charities has long been a supporter of City Year Chicago, and are the sponsors of the team serving at Tilden Community Academy High School. On top of their day-to-day support of our AmeriCorps members, we were proud to partner with Chicago White Sox Charities – and their amazing Volunteer Corps – on Saturday May 7 for the 8th Annual Chicago White Sox Day of Service! 

Members of the Volunteer Corps and the Gage Park community stand and prepare to do some PT before service! 

 

This year’s Day of Service brought us to Sidney Sawyer Elementary School, in the Gage Park community. Nearly 300 volunteers from the Chicago White Sox Volunteer Corps, staff, and students from Sawyer gathered and deployed to 14 projects. Projects, led by AmeriCorps member Service Reserves (corps members who take the extra opportunity to prepare project sites and lead volunteers in service throughout the year), began after our opening ceremony, where we heard from Sawyer Assistant Principal Clarisa Bravo-Ruiz.

Sawyer Assistant Principal Clarisa Bravo-Ruiz accepts the mic from our MC's to share the impact the day's service will have on her students 

 

She shared her excitement for hosting all of the volunteers, but also shared how important a message the volunteers’ presence and impact would have on her students – showing them that fellow Chicagoans care about them, and want to give back and help boost their pride in their school, and in their education.

Project Coordinator Cody greets his team of volunteers and explains the projects they'll be doing throughout the day
 

Projects included: organizing books to be used in the library, painting banners with motivational quotes and educational pictures, constructing benches, tables, and garden boxes to be used in the school garden, and painting the walls of the cafeteria, stairwells/landings, and walkway in-between the 2 school buildings.

Vounteers paint college logos on banners (to be hung around the school) to show students the options they have towards higher education

Volunteers used the gym to construct garden boxes, benches, and tables, to be used in Sawyers garden/outside space

 

These Dr. Suess letters are sure to inspire students to want to read about characters like the Cat in the Hat and The Lorax!

Impact Manager Carlton led our Kids Zone project, where younger children of volunteers engage in projects designed for students in their age group

Volunteers in the process of painting Sawyer's mascot, in the walkway between the two school buildings 

 

Right before breaking for lunch, volunteers were surprised by a visit from current and former Chicago White Sox players and Southpaw, the White Sox mascot! Harold Baines and Rick Renteria joined Carlos Sanchez (Second Basemen) and Dioner Navarro (Catcher) as they worked alongside volunteers on a few projects before that evening’s game (a 7-2 win over the Twins).

 

Assistant Principal Bravo-Ruiz welcomes players to Sawyer
 
 

 

Rick Renteria spoke to volunteers during lunch on the importance that the White Sox organization places on giving back to the community, and before leaving to prepare for the game, players took pictures and signed autographs with volunteers.

 

Southpaw helped pass out lunch!

 

We’d like to thank everyone from the Chicago White Sox organization and the Volunteer Corps for their continued support to making better happen across Chicago! For more pictures of the White Sox Day of Service, browse our Flickr album

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