When members of the Culver Club of Chicago gathered for their annual holiday party on Dec. 10, they decided to use the occasion to assist Cornerstone Community Outreach, a center working with the city’s homeless.
Susie Jendro ’03, who serves as the club’s philanthropy chair, said the club conducted a coat drive which garnered 40 coats and several bags of scarves, gloves, and hats from the 140 people attending that evening.
“I was overwhelmed by the response we got.” Jendro said via email. “My entire car was full to the ceiling with winter jackets! I dropped them all off the next day and the people at Cornerstone were very moved and appreciative. We put them out immediately for folks to take.”
On Saturday, Jan. 14, club members will meet at Cornerstone for what Jendro hopes will become its annual volunteer day. Volunteers will be preparing and serving hot meals to more than 100 men, women, and children in need. And, since Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, Jan. 16, they will have a special craft activity for the children to celebrate. For more information, interested people can go to the Culver Club of Chicago’s Facebook page.
Through the years, the Culver Club of Chicago and Culver Academies students have volunteered at Cornerstone. But that relationship faded after 2008. When Jendro, who is a regular volunteer at Cornerstone, assumed the club philanthropy chair duties, she wanted to revive the club’s participation. At the volunteer day last March, 20 club members turned out, re-establishing the club’s connection with the homeless center.