Assurance employees were busy volunteering with four Assurance Caring Together charity partners during the past 30 days. Read more about the exciting month with Western DuPage Special Recreation Association, Casa CentralNorthwest Community Healthcare Foundation and Friends of Busse Woods.

Western DuPage Special Recreation Association

Who: Assurance employees volunteered with Western DuPage Special Recreation Association. The nonprofit encourages children and adults of all ages affected by various mental and physical disabilities to participate in community-based social and recreational programs. 

What: Assurance employees spent the day at Enchanted Castle playing games with 21 buddies from the program. ACT volunteers and their buddies played everything from bumper cars, laser tag and mini bowling to arcade games. Prizes were earned and belly laughs were had, all while supporting inclusion no matter your age, mental or physical abilities.

When: July 25, 2019 

Casa Central

Who: Casa Central is the largest nonprofit in the Midwest for Hispanic social services. Founded in 1954, the organization seeks to achieve a sustainable, higher quality of life for each individual, enhance the community, care for families and contribute to society by empowering the Hispanic community. 

What: Assurance volunteers began their day thoroughly cleaning the vehicles Casa Central uses to transport their senior citizens. After washing the vehicles, volunteers spent the afternoon playing games and making arts and crafts with the senior citizens. At the end of the day, the volunteers played games and read books with the early learning academy, 3-5-year-old children. 

When: August 13, 2019

NCH Foundation

 

Who: The Northwest Community Hospital (NCH) Foundation was established in 1981 to serve as the fundraising entity for the hospital. In order to continue the quality of care and social services needed, Northwest Community Hospital developed the NCH Foundation. 

What: Employees spent the day preparing for the hospital’s 60th Anniversary event. ACT volunteers did everything from labeling over 4,200 cards, assembling patient brochures and tagging stuffed animals for the comfort care program to organizing clothes in the emergency room and crafting for the evening ahead. At the end of the day, the ACT volunteers got to meet the hospital therapy dog, Clarice. During the meet and greet, volunteers had the chance to learn about the hospital’s therapy dog program. 

When: August 14, 2019 

Friends of Busse Woods

Who: Friends of Busse Woods is a fully volunteer organized group in conjunction with the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Busse Woods is over 3,700 acres within the Cook County Forest Preserve System. ACT volunteers enjoyed giving back to the beautiful and fitness-friendly forest preserve where the company holds its annual accredited 5K.  

What: Assurance volunteers were all hands-on deck when it came to clearing acres of buckthorn from paths and touristy areas. The plant is an invasive shrub that contributes to erosion, degrades wildlife habitats and out-competes the native plants for nutrients, light and moisture. 

When: August 22, 2019 

About Assurance Caring Together

These volunteer opportunities are four of 21 similar events scheduled for 2019 where Assurance employees donate their time to deserving nonprofit organizations. All volunteer days are organized by the company’s employee-driven charitable foundation, Assurance Caring Together (ACT). Assurance employees have donated over 24,000 labor hours in the last 14 years through ACT.