Local Chambers, 'Giving DuPage' Plan 9/11 Event to Promote Volunteerism

The Darien Chamber of Commerce will participate in the 11th annual Day of Service and Remembrance at the Grove Moose Lodge #1535 on Sept. 11.

The Darien Chamber of Commerce will partner with other area chambers and the nonprofit "Giving DuPage" next month to host a special "Business After Hours" to remember the events of 9/11.

The 11th annual Day of Service and Remembrance will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the Downers Grove Moose Lodge 1535, 1030 Warren Ave. During the event, chambers in Darien, Downers Grove, Lombard and Westmont will join together to connect churches, schools, businesses, scout troops, families and individuals with service projects in local not-for-profits. 

Last year, in honor of the 10 anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Giving DuPage hosted a gathering that included music, speakers and on-site service projects at the Morton Arboretum.

A new chapter will begin this year as the emphasis is placed on matching skills with needs and creating ongoing relationships between community members and not-for-profits organizations, according to a press release.

“With all the human services budget cuts, it’s more important than ever to volunteer time or talent to the many not-for-profits that serve those in need," said Laura Crawford, President and CEO of the Downers Grove Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry. "The spirit of volunteerism was so great after 9/11, and this event is intendedtro keep that spirit alive by stimulating conversations and promoting interest between potential volunteers and not-for-profit organizations.” 

Representatives from local nonprofits will be on hand to talk about their organizations and their greatest volunteer needs. Business and community members will were wear name tags of a different color that note a self-identified talent they would like to share, Crawford said. 

The event is free and open to the community.

“This is the first step in shifting the way we promote volunteerism”, said Kathy Blair, Executive Director of Giving DuPage. “For many years, we have encouraged not-for-profit organizations to host projects for groups of volunteers on specific days and times, and the organizations have told us loud and clear that this is not the best way to meet their needs. The most effective volunteers are those that commit to serve over time and share talents that address a specific need that supports their mission."

Founded in 2001, Giving DuPage is a 501(c)3 organization that promotes volunteerism in DuPage County. In addition to its Annual Giving Guide and days of service, the group hosts trainings, fairs, and the Human Race, a 5KRun/Fitness Walk that raised $48,000 for 27 not-for-profits in 2012.

For more information, visit the Giving DuPage website.

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*The above was a media announcement from Giving DuPage.


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