On April 13, over 100 Springfield, Burr Ridge and Fort Wayne employees participated in the annual Run As One 5k event for Team Rubicon.
On Oct. 18, 15 Springfield employees and Team Rubicon partnered for a day of volunteering. Two groups dedicated their time at Eden Village, an organization that provides housing for Springfield’s chronically disabled homeless community, and Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that helps fund Habitat for Humanity’s resources and services.
On May 9th, Burr Ridge and Alsip employees gathered at the Home Depot in Lincoln Park Chicago to help Team Rubicon and Keller Williams build planter boxes for the Woodlawn community area. The event was hosted by Keller Williams with support from Chicago Community Tool Bank to help beautify the south side community area of Woodlawn. Starting at 9:30am people gathered in the Home Depot parking lot to build over 50 planter boxes! Once the boxes were built a large truck loaded them up and delivered them to the community.
Springfield employees participated in a Halloween event at the Stalnaker Boys and Girls Club, helping the club participants decorate pumpkins.
Tuthill Springfield held its annual Chili Cook-off and Dessert competition in an effort to raise money for Team Rubicon. There were competitive entries with ten different chilis and six different desserts to sample. 77 participants donated and voted for their favorite chili and dessert. All together, they raised more than $600.00 for Team Rubicon, beating last year’s total donation!
In October, Tuthill Springfield hosted a wing sauce competition with their employees, and the winning sauce (Spicy Bar-B-Q) was entered to compete on Nov. 2, at Wingapalooza, the largest annual fund raiser for the Boys & Girls Club in Springfield. There were more than 80 restaurants and 25 corporate teams competing for the title “Best Wings in Springfield.” The team served more than 1,500 wings and saw more than 7,000 people in attendance. The one-day event raised more than $100,000 for BGC.
On August 13th, Tuthill Burr Ridge went to the Kidz Express Boys & Girls Club in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago to help build desks and chairs for the young people that attend the club. A Swedish company generously donated 400 desks and chairs to the Chicago Boys & Girls Clubs, and each club was provided 50 desks. The desks and chairs will be used for the coming school year for tutoring and any school related programming.
While the team was only tasked with building around 20 desks, the Burr Ridge team managed to build 40 of the 50 desks for the club. "I was there [the next] morning and couldn’t believe how much they accomplished in the short period of time. Great group, thanks again for all your help!" - Boys & Girls Club Facilities Manager"
In December, Tuthill Clearwater packed goodie bags for the Boys & Girls Club of Suncoast in Tarpon Springs, FL during the holiday season. The Club Director asked Clearwater to help support a better holiday for the children at their location by helping them fill the kids wish list. Bags were filled with headphones, sports balls, tall socks, and lip gloss. The younger children asked for headphones, colored pens, water bottles and socks. A total of 43 children received goodie bags at Christmas.
Tuthill Fort Wayne held their annual food drive and fundraiser for the Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Inc. Fort Wayne exceeded their goal of $5,000 through raffle ticket sales and donations. A total of $5,150 was raised to support the food bank, plus Tuthill contributed $2,500 for a total of $7,650 and 175 lbs of food.
Impact Through Education
On November 7th, Burr Ridge employees hosted students from Marist High School for the 6th year in a row. 48 students came to Tuthill to strengthen their ability to work as a highly functional team using tools such as designed partnerships, the learning zones, and the knowledge pie.