Monthly Archives: November 2009

Picture the impact YOU can make!

One Brick + Your Donation = Huge Impact

Did you know that One Brick helps more than 600 nonprofits throughout our 6 cities? That support means a lot to the organizations we serve. And your support means a lot to us. Here’s just a few of the activities that a gift to One Brick supports: 

Restoring an inner city kid’s playground: Last week 14 volunteers worked for 3 hours to restore an inner city playground. It cost One Brick $126 to create and run this event. Literally thousands of kids will now be able to enjoy a clean and safe environment. This work was provided FREE to the local community.

Hunger relief at a local food pantry: At a recent event, 32 volunteers worked for 2 1/2 hours and packed 8.5 tons of dry goods into 952 boxes for 952 needy families.  It cost One Brick $240 to stage this event.  The cost to the food pantry and the needy families? Free.

Reclaiming wheelchairs: This past August, 15 volunteers cleaned and powerwashed nearly 50 wheelchairs for seniors in need.  Senior citizens at the Goodwin House now have a clean set of wheels and improved mobility. Without this work, these folks would have spent thousands of dollars.  Yet because of One Brick – their cost was nothing.

Harvesting fresh produce for hungry families: This past October, One Brick volunteers spent 44 hours harvesting, planting, weeding and hauling organic produce at an urban community garden dedicated to providing fresh and healthy food to the hungry. With One Brick’s help, the urban garden supplied hundreds of pounds of food in one day to those who needed it most. It cost One Brick $132 to provide this help, but it cost the garden absolutely nothing.
These are just a few of the hundreds of events we create every month. We are extremely efficient, which allows us to stage these events at a very low cost. What does this mean to you? Your tax-deductible gift has a HUGE impact.
   + $50 provides more than 16 hours of volunteer help back to your community- which can translate to more food for the needy, more trees planted, or more lives touched.

   + $125 provides an entire One Brick event back to your community- which can translate to a new playground, a restored classroom, or hundreds of meals prepared for the homeless.

   + $500 provides a week’s worth of One Brick events back to your community- making a huge impact across multiple organizations that rely on One Brick every day.

Will you help us continue the work that One Brick does every day in your community?

Clive R. Charlwood
Executive Director, One Brick

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Posted by on November 19, 2009 in Support One Brick Chicago



OneBrick Superstar: Peter Nava

Super volunteer, Peter Nava, started volunteering with One Brick Chicago in November of 2005.  Nearing his four year volunteer anniversary with One Brick, Peter has completed an amazing feet of volunteerism.  He has volunteered at 100+ One Brick events! 

Peter broke the 100 event barrier at the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk mailing on November 9, 2009. Now, Peter is part of an “elite” group of Chicago One Brickers who have volunteered at 100+ events. 

Congratulations, Peter!  And thank you!!  We are lucky to have you as part of our One Brick family!  Here’s to 100 more events!

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Posted by on November 19, 2009 in Fun-Shine, One Brick Superstars


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Chicago Chapter Leadership Changes

After almost five years, Amy Sheren has stepped down as the Chicago chapter’s Chapter Director.  Amy has been instrumental in One Brick Chicago’s growth, and her leadership will be missed.  But no worries, Chicago, Amy will still be volunteering and managing events (like tomorrow’s Booze ‘n Blankets)… So let’s raise a glass to Miss Amy!  Cheers!

Let’s also raise a glass to the new chapter leaders for Chicago: Jason Waugh (, Chapter Director; Meghan Stegemann (; Angela Perkins (; and Joanna Evans (

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Posted by on November 19, 2009 in Annoucements



Chipping in for LLS


We had a very special guest for our event with LLS today. Our very own National Executive Director, Clive, joined us from San Francisco to work with OneBrickers as we assembled new patient binders for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Afterwards, many of us reconvined at Dylan’s Bar and Grill for a quick drink while sharing stories of volunteering.

A few pictures have been posted from the event. Please take a moment to flip through them HERE


Posted by on November 7, 2009 in Events



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Don’t forget to follow us at OneBrickChicago to get your updates regarding our activities on the go.

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Posted by on November 7, 2009 in Fun-Shine, Updates



In Your Own Words: Marissa


My good friend Katie and I met putting hundreds of condom goody bags together.  Clearly, it was destiny.  Somewhere between me wondering aloud if the same person really would want XL condoms and strawberry flavored ones and her compensating for a lube shortage by stuffing extra “tuxedo” condoms in her packages… I knew this girl was the friend for me.

One Brick is a great organization for those who want to volunteer but don’t want to (or can’t) commit to the same project/organization every week.  I’ve done all sorts of events with them, ranging from serving beer at a festival to hauling books out of storage for a library book sale.  Everything has always been very well organized and all the leaders are volunteers too.

What I like about One Brick is not only getting to be a part of doing “good”, but also meeting some great people.  There is always a social component to every volunteer event, meaning who ever wants to usually goes out all together afterward for food/drinks.  The volunteers range in age, but I’ve found they’re predominantly women in their 20/30’s (yeah, holy-single-guy’s-untapped-gold-mine, you’re tellin’ me).  It’s really a great way to expand your social network and make some new friends, especially since most people seem to do it on their own – it’s not like there are cliques.

Events fill up fast, so look ahead on the calendar ( and I’d advise you sign up the day an event becomes available for sign-up.

BOTTOM LINE:  A well-organized group & a great way to meet new friends and do some good… at your convenience!


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Posted by on November 2, 2009 in Fun-Shine, Your Stories


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Lincoln Park Zoo: Trick or Treat at the Spooky Zoo Spectacular!

Thank you so much for taking the time out of your schedule on Saturday to come out to support One Brick and the Lincoln Park Zoo Spooky Zoo Spectacular! We had a great turnout and a really fun after event (thanks, Yari!) – hopefully we’ll see each one of you out at another One Brick event soon! Please let either of us know if you have any questions about the event or One Brick – look out for more fun events on the calendar and also a leadership meet and greet in early December.

All the best, Joanna and Yari

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Posted by on November 2, 2009 in Events