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About onebrickchicago

One Brick brings volunteers together to support other non-profit organizations by adopting an innovative twist to the volunteer experience: we create a friendly and social atmosphere around volunteering, and after each volunteer event, we invite volunteers to gather at a local restaurant or cafe where they can get to know one another in a relaxed social setting.

Mark The Date: “BEER”ware The Ides of March!

Spring’s not here, but we’ve got beer!! It’s that time of year- March Madness, a longing for Spring, St. Patty’s Day, and Mardi Gras- but wouldn’t you like a chance to give back AND have some fun at the same time!?

Come to Beer Tasting at Haymarket Brewery! 737 W. Randolph St.


Here are the details:

For the tasting- entry will be $15, $10 with a donation of children’s books (Pre-K-8th grade please!) for Galapagos Charter School on the West Side!

To try the beer, it is $1.50-$2.50 per 4oz pour- there will be lots of options, and an expert on hand to teach you about the beer you are trying!

Other FABULOUS activities will include a Beer Goggles Photo Contest and March themed trivia- prizes will also be March themed and AWESOME.

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Posted by on March 4, 2011 in Uncategorized


2010 Highlights of One Brick Chicago Events

These are just a few of the precious memories from our events in 2010. Again we cannot do any of these events without you OneBrickers who come out, give your time and make such a difference with the effort you make. We are looking to having many more events in 2011 and even trying some new events.

Please spread the word to all of your friends.

More volunteers= more events!!


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Posted by on March 4, 2011 in Uncategorized


Awesome Thank You Letter From Comer Children’s Hospital


Last month’s Holiday Happy Hour asked attendees to bring a toy to donate to the Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago Medical Center.  We received this awesome thank you letter and just had to share!


Dear One Brick,


The Child Life and Family Education Program at Comer Children’s Hospital would like to sincerely thank you for your generosity this holiday season.  Your donation of toys and gift cards helped make Christmas magical for each of our hospitalized children and their families.  Please extend this thank you to all involved at One Brick.

Thanks to your support, our team was able to set up a store this year dedicated for parents to choose gifts for their children.  When a child is hospitalized the entire family routine becomes disrupted.  Daily responsibilities of laundry, cl eaning and paying bills become very difficult to maintain.  Having time to shop for Christmas becomes nearly impossible.  The holiday store, called Comer’s Toyland, provided a wonderful opportunity for parents to contribute to their child’s holiday joy at no cost to them and without leaving the hospital.  Words cannot describe the appreciation from every parent.  Several parents filled with tears at the sight of the store and one in particular stated, “You have no idea how much this means.  I was so worried about how I was going to get any gifts for my child.  Thank you so much!”

Christmas would not be complete without a visit from Santa.  Your donations also made is possible for Santa to deliver gift bags to every child on Christmas Day.  The magic of the season was visible in each child’s eyes.  Ryan, a 3 year old boy, stared in amazement at Santa and with his help, started opening his gifts.  Mom and dad were holding back tears as they took pictures to remember this special moment.  Alexis, a 9 year old girl, popped up in bed as Santa entered her room.  She immediately started opening her bag of gifts and exclaimed, “WOW!  This is just what I wanted!” as she saw her new art kit.

Your donations helped to make Christmas a reality for those in need.  Many of our families are faced with additional emotional and financial challenges during the holiday season.  Thank you for making a difference.  We look forward to continuing our partnership with you in the future.  We wish you and your family peace and good health in 2011.

Amy Carter, MS, CCLSChild Life Specialist, Donations Coordinator

Pat Manning, MEd, CCLSDirector, Child Life and Family Education

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Posted by on January 7, 2011 in Uncategorized


Getting things done at Ladder Up!!

Thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers! One Brick brought in 2011 by assisting Ladder Up
assemble 1000 FAFSA informational packets for students all around
the city. It took a lot of teamwork but our goal was accomplished
ad for that we thank you!

What a great way to start another year with One Brick!

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Posted by on January 4, 2011 in Uncategorized


Not even A cold winter night cant stop OneBrickers

Yeah it was cold and there was snow and ice!!! But that didn’t stop any of these brave and dedicated OneBrickers from taking an evening to put together packages of books for women incarcerated.

76 packages in all were carefully selected and packaged to be sent out to women all across the country! Thank you again for making a difference with One Brick Chicago!

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Posted by on December 28, 2010 in Uncategorized


From the One Brick Chicago Family…

From all of us at One Brick Chicago to everyone out there, may your holidays be filled with good spirits and precious memories to last a lifetime.

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Posted by on December 24, 2010 in Uncategorized


Help Spread The Word!!

One Brick Chicago is always looking for more people to help MAKE A DIFFERENCE in Chicagland. Two of the ways we try to reach out to people is via our Facebook Fan Page and Twitter @onebrickchicago.

If you are already utilizing these options to stay updated on our events, annoucements and activites, GREAT. We only now ask that you recommend our FB page and Twitter to others that may find these options useful or to those who may be looking for volunteer opportunities in the Chicagland area.

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Posted by on December 18, 2010 in Uncategorized