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ONE BRICK VOLUNTEER, MARISSA, WAS KIND ENOUGH TO LEAVE THE FOLLOWING REVIEW ON YELP REGARDING HER EXPERIENCE WITH ONEBRICK.
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 (http://www.onebrick.org) 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!
THANK YOU MARISSA FOR YOUR KIND WORDS
THE FOLLOWING IS AN ACTUAL TESTIMONIAL FROM A ONE BROCK VOLUNTEER ON THEIR EXPERIENCE WITH ONE BRICK. THANK YOU MARTHA FROM THE ENTIRE ONE BRICK TEAM FOR YOU KIND WORDS.
I moved to Chicago about a year ago and didn’t know anyone. One night I started googling things to do in the city and found One Brick. I’ve always loved volunteering and the social component was like icing on the cake. Getting to make a difference and make new friends at the same time sounded like the perfect combination. I love everything about One Brick. It’s a great way to volunteer.
First of all, it’s soooo easy. There’s a calender posted online with various events. (Check it out athttp://www.onebrick.or…) All you have to do is find an event that looks interesting to you, sign up, and volunteer. There’s no orientation or commitment, and you can sign up for as many or as few events as you want.
The variety of events is another plus. In the past year, I’ve gotten to cook lunch for the homeless, package condoms, bake cookies, paint a grade school bathroom, garden, and so much more. I love that I’ve been able to have so many different experiences and see different areas of the city. One Brick is never boring.
It’s also a great way to meet people. After every event we go out to get food or drinks and to socialize. It’s always a good time! I’ve met some great friends through One Brick and also met some wonderful interesting people. I can’t say enough good thing about this organization!
The One Brick crew headed to the Urban Garden at Cabrini Green and helped de-weed planting beds and spread mulch along the cleared pathways. Everyone enjoyed the hands-on event and felt a great sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.
Afterwards, several of us hopped over to Uncle Julio’s for some delicioso Mexican food and refreshing drinks after a hard, but rewarding, day’s work.
-Jeremy, Event Coordinator
It’s a warm and sunny Saturday morning on Chicago’s near north side… it must be a great day to be at City Farm! As you can see from the picture above, we had event another good turnout for our City Farm event where OneBrickers spent their Saturday morning tending to the grounds while also being educated on the benefits of local farming.
This is always a popular event so please be on the look out for it and sign up earlier as this event always fills up quickly. Pictures will be up on the site soon so please stop by for that update.
I want to give a shout out to everyone who volunteered at Monday night’s cookie packing session at the Night Ministry. In less than 2 hours, we packed over 11,600 cookies! We also had a huge group go out afterwards at the Rail on Damen. $.10 chicken wings on Monday night totally rocked! It was a great time on Monday night!
-Jo Elle, Event Manager
Oprah recently gave mention to One Brick’s efforts in San Francisco and their partnership with The Good Hotel in that city. Please take a peek HERE to learn more.
These are the types of moments in life that touch everyone. The music video above is the classic “Stand By Me” played by numerous performers from around the world. None of them have met even during recording but all of them were able to create thsi beautiful peice of music.
This is a great way to start a weekend.
As a reminder we still have spots available for our events this weekend. We hope to see you at one of them.