January 16, 2012

The leadership at HSA Commercial launched HSAwareness in late 2011 to encourage generosity and volunteerism among the company’s team members and other stakeholders. The group has already hit the ground running with successful fundraising campaigns for its partner organizations: The Greater Chicago Food Depository and Chicago Commons.

HSAwareness Food Drive

HSA partnered with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to help in the fight against hunger. The Food Depository distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to 678,000 adults and children in Cook County every year.

For our part, HSA launched a virtual drive, which was distributed to our team members and colleagues. Through a Virtual Food Drive, the Food Depository can purchase food in bulk quantities, at prices well below the market rate. As part of the firm’s first virtual food drive, HSA was able to raise $1,640.24 to benefit the Food Depository. Due to the efficiency and buying power of the Food Depository, this will provide approximately 6,500 meals to families across Chicago.

Throughout the entire month of December, HSA also set up boxes at its office and at the firm’s medical office buildings throughout Chicagoland to collect physical donations for the Food Depository. HSA’s employees and building tenants were unbelievably generous, donating 28 boxes (seen above) equal to 688 pounds of non-perishable food which will provide over 513 meals to families throughout Chicago.

Chicago Commons Clothing Drive

In late 2011, Chicago Commons reached out to HSAwareness about providing winter clothing to 40 families at the Piccolo Elementary School, a school in a high poverty community that is working hard to improve its results. Chicago Commons is a 117-year-old institution that fosters well-being for thousands of children, adults, seniors, and families through programs designed to provide the tools necessary to help strengthen skills and develop self-sufficiency.

Through the generosity of the company’s team members, HSA was able to provide essential winter clothing and supplies for 19 of the school’s at-need families. HSA’s Homer Hill, Dorothy Witkowski, and Alina Zaj are seen above with the wrapped presents prepared for delivery to the Chicago Commons facility in Humboldt Park.

The team at HSAwarness would like to sincerely thank everyone who participated or contributed to our food and clothing drives, and we look forward to working with all of our friends and colleagues to make a difference in the lives of others through our future endeavors.

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