Serve-a-Thon 2017: Inspiring Vibrancy with Chicago Cares
On a recent sunny Saturday afternoon, SPINS rallied together a team of 30 volunteers to help restore and inspire our community. At this year’s Chicago Cares Serve-a-Thon, we joined 5,000 others to build, create, organize, engage, and more at 28 locations across Chicago. Our SPINS’ team spent the day at Perkins Bass Elementary, a Chicago Public School (CPS) serving pre-kindergarten through eighth grade in the Englewood neighborhood.
SPINS’ team members and other Chicago Cares participants helped revitalize the school by painting several interior walls; creating murals, mosaics, and a “Welcome to Bass” sign for outside; and painting a U.S. and a world map on the outdoor blacktop.
Studies have shown that students and teachers perform better in an environment that is both stimulating and beautiful. Together, we worked to send a positive message to students to support their success. The collective 5,000 Chicago Cares volunteers also helped save CPS $3 million in facility improvements.
This is the third year that SPINS has volunteered as a group for Chicago Cares, and this year we were proud to complete all of our projects in record time. Couldn’t make it to volunteer with us this year? Plan to join us next year, and find plenty of volunteer opportunities year-round at http://www.chicagocares.org.