Celebrate the Accomplishments of the Chicago Conservation Corps

Content Creator, including photographs: C3 Blogger Tom fromĀ www.letUbeU.com

Chicago Conservation Corps

The Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) has put together an impressive resume of accomplishments over the past 5+ years. In case you are new to C3, we are a group of over 400 volunteers and teachers (with 3 staff members to facilitate) who recruit and train more volunteers to organize environmentally-friendly projects around Chicago’s 50 wards.

Chicago Conservation Corps

Our projects consist of cleaning neighborhoods & forest preserves, organizing workshops that teach citizens how they can save money by reducing water and electricity consumption, and educating & inspiring Chicago Public School students to be leaders in the conservation movement in Chicago. We also have a Speakers Bureau which provides businesses and organizations with C3 Leaders who provide inspiration and resources to make your event more eco-friendly.

Chicago Conservation Corps

To date, our volunteer’s actions have provided many benefits to the city of Chicago. Please celebrate with C3 and show you care for the environment by following us on Twitter (@ChiConservation) or Facebook (Chicago Conservation Corps) and sharing some of our accomplishments below. To date:

  • 401 projects since 2006 throughout the city
  • Currently 83 active clubs in CPS schools
  • 1,500 students engaged in the program per year
  • 6,903 weatherization kits (for reducing heat loss in homes) installed in 2011-2012 heating season
  • Nearly 125,000 community members impacted by C3 projects
  • 9.4 million pounds of waste diverted from landfills
  • Nearly 300 acres improved through clean-ups and plantings

Thank you for reading. Remember, this is for your, my, and our children’s

Chicago Conservation Corps

All photographs were taken from The Field Museum’s exhibit: The Abbott Hall of Conservation Restoring Earth

In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Chicago Cares Celebration of Service, January 15th.

Through his words and examples, Dr. King inspired a new generation to better their communities. At the Celebration of Service, Chicago Cares challenges you to move from words to deeds through service to your community. When 3,000 of us gather to honor Dr. King on Saturday, January 15, we will be an active part of building and strengthening our city while keeping Dr. King’s dream alive.

Chicago Cares Celebration of Service volunteers make a difference by:

-Serving as role models for children while acting as their “tour guides” through interactive, educational World’s Fair activities.
-Joining older students to reflect on peace and diversity as we address the issue of youth violence.
-Creating a more welcoming environment at our city’s schools and agencies by painting murals, designing mosaics and building benches or banner stands.
-Making reading more fun and accessible by organizing, sorting books and revitalizing a school library.
-Throwing a festive and energetic Dr. King birthday party for adults living with disabilities.
-Brightening a senior’s day by serving a homemade meal, sharing stories and working together on a craft.

The volunteer registration deadline is Monday, January 10 or whenever capacity is reached (whichever comes first). Capacity is limited and registration is expected to fill quickly, so register today.

Earth Wine and Fire: Earth Day benefit party Fri April 23

Earth, Wine and Fire is a charity event intended to benefit the environment. It will occur on Friday April 23, 2010, the day after Earth Day, from 5-11PM (a movie screening of No Impact Man starts at 5:00; the party kicks off at 7:00). We expect it to be a fun party hosted by a small group of community folks who banded together to create an enlightened evening with a purpose. We intend to educate, incite action and enjoy. Buy your tickets in advance for a discount. $25 now; $35 on the day of the event. Includes: Entry, 3 tickets that can be used for drinks or the raffle, appetizers, music, entertainment and full access to all Nature Museum exhibits! Additional beverages available for purchase. Children 12 and under are free. Join the party! Buy your tickets at www.EarthWineAndFire.com!