2020 COVID-19 RELIEF FUNDS
We are committed to supporting our customers and communities, now more than ever. Through our partnership with Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, we were able to provide $20,000 in relief funds to nonprofit organizations and small business that are helping our neighbors in Oak Brook, Hinsdale and Evergreen Park. The nonprofits were Evergreen Park Food Pantry, Evergreen Park OSF Little Company of Mary Medical Center Healthcare Foundation, Greater Oak Brook Chamber C-19 Relief Fund, Hinsdale HCS Family Services food pantry, and the West Suburban Community Pantry.
We are proud to join the long list of community partners that have donated their resources over the past few weeks. It has been incredible to watch how our communities have bonded and strengthened each other in the midst of the crisis.
2019 Greater Oak Brook Community Sponsorships
Oak Brook Park District Pink 5K: Evergreen co-sponsored the Pink 5K, a race that raised $10,000 that went toward cancer research. We also sponsored Team Evergreen, 15 employees and family members who walked and ran to support cancer research.
Oak Brook Park District Mutt Miler: For this one-mile stroll, people brought their dogs to Central Park with local vendors and demonstrations for dogs and their humans. Fifty percent of the proceeds went toward Oak Brook Park District's Universal Playground Project, the Sandlot. Evergreen Bank Group sponsored the event with a donation and hosted a table.
Oak Brook Park District Unwine Wednesday: Wine tastings from The Wine Cellar were paired with food selections from La Barra Ristorante as the main event. There were also raffles, wine pulls, live music and more. Funds raised went toward Oak Brook Park District's Universal Playground Project, the Sandlot. Evergreen Bank was co-sponsor of the event and donated Cubs tickets to the raffle.
Oak Brook Park District Foundation: The Oak Brook Park District Foundation is committed to assisting the Oak Brook Park District by securing philanthropic support on its behalf to enhance the use, growth and preservation of parks, open lands, facilities, and programs. One of the beneficiaries of the fundraising efforts of the Foundation is the Sandlot, the one of a kind playground at the Oak Brook Park District that removes both physical and social barriers. This unique playground was built so ALL individuals, regardless of age or ability, can play side by side with their peers and families. Evergreen Bank Group supports the Foundation by being represented on the Board of Directors and participating in many events that fundraise for the Foundation.
Oakbrook Terrace Park District Camp: Evergreen Bank Group donated the t-shirts for the children's camps for the Oakbrook Terrace Park District, so there was one less cost for the children to worry about when they joined in on the fun.
2019 Village of Evergreen Park Sponsorships
Fourth of July Parade: Evergreen Park knows how to throw a parade, and 2019 was no exception! For years, thousands of people have turned out to view the spectacular parade. Evergreen Park's patriotic promenade has gained a reputation as being one of the best in the south suburbs. It was held late in the afternoon on July 3 and fireworks followed in the evening. The parade highlights families marching together, community groups, businesses, churches, youth teams, and scout troops. This parade truly is a celebration of the community, and Evergreen Bank Group proudly sponsored a float with many staff walking alongside it to greet parade watchers and handout frisbees.
Day in the Park: Face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, a family craft area and a rock climbing wall highlighted the kids' activities at this well-loved annual Day in the Park. The Evergreen Park Fire Department displayed their vehicles and let kids explore. Food from area restaurants was available for purchase and live music entertained the crowd. Evergreen Bank hosted a table with a prize wheel, giving away prizes to all participants.
Evergreen Park School Supply Drive: Our Evergreen Park Branch hosted a school supply drive for the local school district. In addition to gathering supplies at the branch, Evergreen Bank Group donated even more needed supplies.
Evergreen Park High School Scholarship Board: This Board reviews and approves scholarships for students based on need and academics. Evergreen Bank supported the Scholarship Fund with donations, Cubs tickets for the raffle at their annual fundraising event, and has a staff member on the Board of Directors.
2019 Hinsdale Community Sponsorships
HCS Family Services: HCS Family Services strengthens the Hinsdale community by reducing hunger and promoting self-sufficiency. It provides programs and services to over 4,500 heads of household and 25,000 low-income families living in Southeast DuPage County including the Villages of Hinsdale, Darien, Burr Ridge, Westmont, Willowbrook, Oak Brook and Clarendon Hills. HCS assists individuals and families by providing assistance to stabilize their family situations, and then works with them toward long-term solutions of economic self-sufficiency. Evergreen staff generously collected donations, often weekly, for this community partner. One of our executive staff is on the Board of Directors of this organization, donating time and talent to assist in its community efforts. Evergreen also contributed through sponsorships and events throughout the year.
Infant Welfare Society: For over 100 years, the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago (IWS) has been delivering critical health care and wellness services to infants, women and children. Infant Welfare has always been a visionary urban community health center, continually expanding, redefining and integrating the scope of services it delivers to families. IWS leads the way among community health centers in providing early childhood development services. The clinic helps families manage chronic pediatric illnesses such as asthma, offers pediatric dental care, orthodontics and optometry services. Evergreen Bank purchased a table at IWS's annual fundraising gala and donated items for the auction.
Hinsdale Junior Women's Club: Hinsdale Junior Woman's Club (HJWC) was founded in 1949 and remains a leader in volunteer and philanthropic services. HJWC is continuously recognized for outstanding children's programs, leadership, and fundraising. Evergreen supported HJWC with a donation and sponsorship of their annual fundraising event.
Hinsdale High School sports teams: Evergreen donated to baseball, football and other sports programs to help ensure students have the tools they need for success.
Hinsdale Wine Walk: This new community event provided attendees with a toured walk to different community stores for wine tastings. Evergreen supplied the bags for the walkers as they enjoyed Hinsdale's downtown and the wine samples.
Lyric Opera Hinsdale: The Lyric Opera Hinsdale is a fundraising group for the Lyric Opera in Chicago. Evergreen Bank Group provided the flowers for their beautiful spring luncheon.
Alfred Nobel Elementary: Evergreen supports education in many ways, including financial literacy. In 2019, an Evergreen team of twelve employees visited Alfred Nobel Elementary in Chicago to teach about the basics of finance. Using fun examples, the children learned what a checking account is and how it works. They learned why saving is import and how interest can be earned. They learned about credit and the dangers of credit card over usage, and they even found out how a budget can help a household.
Evergreen also donated six laptops to the teachers of Alfred Nobel, as well as travel mugs and pencils designed to look like rolled up $100 bills for their classrooms. The children in the financial literacy classes were each given a piggy bank and pencils made of recycled currency.
Toys for Tots: All branches had toy collection boxes that were filled with toy donations from our customers and staff. In 2019, Toys for Tots showed more than 24,000 children what hope looks like by delivering the toys through 116 agencies throughout the area.
EdgeAlliance: EdgeAlliance, located in Chicago, Illinois, is a nonprofit organization focused on affordable housing and supportive services for individuals. EdgeAlliance responds to the community's needs, including housing assistance for those with HIV/AIDS, the homeless, veterans, and people living with disabilities. Evergreen donated financially to help EdgeAliiance's support of the community.
Accion Chicago: Accion, located in Chicago, Illinois, is an alternative lending organization dedicated to providing credit and other business services to small business owners who do not have access to traditional sources of financing. By encouraging the economic self-reliance of micro entrepreneurs, Accion strives to help businesses and communities grow and Evergreen donated to the efforts of Accion Chicago.
Habitat for Humanity (DuPage County): Habitat for Humanity builds homes for those in need of shelter. Sometimes homes are built to replace one destroyed by fire, or a home is modified to allow a homeowner with disabilities to access the front door, or new homes are built for families not able to secure a home on their own. Evergreen donated financially to Habitat for Humanity, helping to build more homes.
DuPage Pads: This organization provides overnight shelter and basic needs for those who are without a home. DuPage Pads works to provide those in need with a place to stay, meals, and job search assistance. Evergreen Bank Group supported DuPage Pads financially.
HEAR Foundation (Health, Education and Relief Foundation): This scholarship foundation's mission is to provide financial and mentoring support to Chicagoland High School graduates of need, who have demonstrated academic excellence, commitment to community, and highest moral character in pursuing their goal of a college education. Evergreen and staff donated funds to HEAR throughout the year.