Chicago Volunteer Day

IGLTA Foundation Projects Make Big Impact in One-Day Volunteer Blitz
More than 50 volunteers clean city park, help hungry, and transform school in Chicago

Volunteers from the IGLTA Foundation and the Center on Halsted joined the Nettelhorst Community Group to transform the exterior of Chicago’s Nettelhorst Elementary School.

On May 14, 2013 the IGLTA Foundation hosted a volunteer day to support three Chicago organizations, providing attendees from the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association’s 30th Annual Global Convention with a meaningful opportunity to give back to the local community. Over 50 volunteers joined the activities with significant accomplishments:

  • Packaged over 3,600 pounds of pasta at the Greater Chicago Food Depository for distribution to those in need.
  • Transformed outdoor space at the Nettelhorst Elementary School, a cooperative effort with the Nettelhorst Community Group.
  • Removed litter from Columbus Park.

“It was a great day for the LGBT travel community to show their support for Chicago,” said Charlie Rounds, IGLTA Foundation Board Chair and Managing Director of Brand g Vacations.

In addition to the volunteer effort, the IGLTA Foundation made a generous financial contribution to the three organizations.

Columbus Park

Columbus Park
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IGLTA Convention attendees cleaned up Chicago's Columbus Park

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Posted in News on May 20, 2013Travis Ferland
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