On Friday, Feb. 14, more than 400 volunteers, including NBA and WNBA players, legends, coaches, partners and guests, will roll up their sleeves and give back to the city of Chicago as part of the 13th NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service with support from Nike, SAP and State Farm®. Working in partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and City Year Chicago, volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on service projects, sorting and packing food donations and school supplies that will be distributed to support students and families across Chicago neighborhoods.
Volunteers will visit the Greater Chicago Food Depository to sort and repack food donations for those in need. The Greater Chicago Food Depository is at the center of a network of more than 700 partner organizations and programs – food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, mobile distributions and other partners – working to bring food, dignity and hope to our neighbors across Chicago and Cook County. The Food Depository addresses the root causes of hunger with job training, advocacy and other innovative solutions.
Additional volunteers, including NBA Rising Stars, will join City Year Chicago and students from North Lawndale and Back of the Yards neighborhoods to pack more than 500 school success kits that will benefit local teachers and students. Fueled by national service, City Year Chicago recruits, inspires, and mobilizes emerging leaders as Student Success Coaches who empower under-resourced Chicago Public Schools students to reach their highest potential. In the 2019-20 school year, City Year Chicago is engaging more than 250 AmeriCorps members in service to 16,000 students in 31 Chicago Public Schools.