Monthly Archives: February 2009

Volunteering May Be Good For Your Health

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Corespondent and Obama appointee for Surgeon General, recently wrote on the health benefits of volunteering on his CNN blog.  According to the article, just a few hours a week can lower your chances for heart disease and help you live longer. 

Read more of Dr. Gupta’s article HERE

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Posted by on February 26, 2009 in Facts



Help Aspire at Big City Night

This past Saturday night, Angela and her fellow One Brickers assisted greatly with Help Aspire at Big City Night at Hyatt Regency Chicago. We thank all that were able to make it and make a difference that evening. 

Take a peek at the pictures from the event HERE

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Posted by on February 25, 2009 in Events



The G.O.A.T. Speaks on Service

Service to others is the payment you make for your space here on earth

-Mohammed Ali

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Posted by on February 25, 2009 in Quotes



AIDSCare’s Fat Saturday Ball

Thank you to all those who came out Saturday to AIDSCare’s Fat Saturday Ball. As you can clearly see from the pic above the One Brick Chicago team was well represented and dressed to impress. It was a truly fun event for a great cause.  

You can see for yourself by the pictures that have been posted. Check them out HERE

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Posted by on February 24, 2009 in Events



The Next Chapter of One Brick

Some may or may not have heard that developement has started to start a One Brick chapter in the great Northwest.

That’s right…One Brick is coming to Seattle

If you know anyone in “Queen City” please let them know we are coming to town. They can join the mailing list (and perhaps help launch the chapter) by sending an email to

A little big about Seattle for those that don’t know:

  •   Seattle is the birthplace of grunge music including bands: Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Nirvana.
  •   Seattleites like their coffee; It’s the home town of Starbucks, Seattle’s Best Coffee,and Tully’s.
  •   A 2003 Census Bureau survey indicated that Seattle was the most educated large city in the U.S.
  •   51.6 percent of residents aged 25 and older had bachelor’s degrees.
  •   The Seattle metropolitan area has the 17th largest per capita income in the US.
  •   It’s rumored to rain in Seattle (from time to time)
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Posted by on February 24, 2009 in Annoucements



One Brick Local Leadership Team – Meet & Greet

Do you love One Brick and want to learn more about opportunities to get more involved? If so, join us for our first monthly Meet & Greet with volunteer Chapter Leaders on March 3rd.

It’s a great way to learn more leadership roles within One Brick! Whether you have eight hours a month or eight hours a week to contribute, following are just a few of the ways to step up:

  •  Event Managing / Coordinating: Our Event Managers (EM) and Event Coordinators (EC) work together to make sure each event is a success. This involves arriving a little early, welcoming volunteers, signing them in, picking a place for the post event social, and then engaging folks to make sure they have a fun and rewarding time. Is this role for you?
  • Non-Profit Networking: If you like to find or set-up projects with our existing and new partners, this could be the committee for you! No time to talk on the phone? No problem! You’ll get a One Brick email account and can communicate any hour of the day or night!
  • Setting up Socials: Do you know the best bars in town with the best specials? Do you love Name That Tune, Trivia Nights, and Bingo? If so… this could be the team for you!
  • FUNshine: This committee meets every 4-8 weeks to show appreciation for our Chapter Leaders and Super-Volunteers. Whether you like to craft homemade cards, send birthday e-greetings, or send thank you notes to donors, this is the group for you!
  • FUNdraising: Do you want to coordinate a fund-raising scavenger hunt? Have you planned or participated in an annual fund-raising campaign? Do you know or would you like to learn more about matching grants? Are you looking to develop skills in preparation for a career change? If, so check us out!
  • Other Event Info: Our only request (beyond interest) is that you have attended at least one volunteer event before you RSVP. Why? Volunteering with us is the best way to learn what we’re all about and, yes, we also want to know that you love One Brick!

Did you Know? Each One Brick event provides 50-100 hours of volunteer service to a worthy cause within our community. This translates into 1-2 WEEKS of service for the local food bank, school, etc. Based on a research report released by Independent Sector, Chicago volunteer labor is calculated to be valued at $21.09/hour, which means that each event (assuming a conservative average of 50 total hours of service) delivers more than $1,000 of service to that nonprofit.

Now that’s leverage!



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Girls on The Run + One Brick= AWESOME!

Thank you to all those who came this week for another great event with Girls On The Run. Your time and hard work is invaluable as well as greatly appreciated. Without your help, coaches would not be as prepared as they could be this running season. You all rock!!!

Pics have been posted so check them out HERE

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Posted by on February 21, 2009 in Events