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Take the Week to Make a Difference in Your Neighborhood

April 18, 2012

All Chicago real estate inhabitants are not only invited but encouraged to participate in National Volunteer Week, going on now around the country and our city. A time to give back to your community and help beautify your neighborhood, the week will culminate in a Citywide Day of Service on Saturday, April 21.

“Chicago is the City of Big Shoulders, but we are also the City of Big Hearts,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “There’s nothing more rewarding than helping others – you make their lives a little better and learn more about yourself in the process.

“We’re proud of our city’s history of community service and Volunteer Week is an excellent opportunity to showcase what Chicagoans offer each other.”

There are scheduled projects across the city this week, including volunteer fairs and park cleanups, coordinated by One Good Deed Chicago, a city-sponsored campaign that encourages residents to volunteer in their communities.

“Chicago is home to hundreds of non-profits and social service organizations that find thoughtful and innovative ways to support our communities and residents every day of the year,” said Chicago Chief Service Officer Jenne Myers. “National Volunteer Week is a great way to not only highlight their impressive efforts but to also engage Chicagoans in giving back and helping others.”

Volunteer Week in Chicago will be highlighted with a Citywide Day of Service on Saturday, April 21, in honor of Earth Day. Saturday is also Global Youth Service Day.

Among the Chicago activities slated for Saturday:

*Chicago’s Citywide Clean & Green: This volunteer program has been bringing together community groups and area residents to clean and beautify neighborhoods for more than 20 years. For information, city residents can call 3-1-1 or visit cityofchicago.org.

*Park Cleanups: Friends of the Parks is hosting its 23rd Annual Earth Day Parks & Preserves Clean-Up day from 9 a.m. to noon at a bunch of area locations. Visit earthdaychicago.com for more locations.

*Chicago Service Project: City Year Chicago is hosting this day, in which volunteers will work to fix up Howland Charter Elementary School. Visit cityyear.org/chicago for more information.

“Ordinary people make a difference, something we see every day and in every neighborhood of Chicago,” said John Hosteny, Director of the Illinois Office of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

“When people come together to realize a common vision, we strengthen our community and change history.”

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