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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



2009 Annual Campaign

One Brick has kicked off its 2009 Annual Campaign.  You count on us throughout the year to deliver the best possible volunteer experience.  Chicago non-profits count on us to help bring enthusiastic volunteers to help their causes.  Now we are asking if we can count on you to help keep us running strong.

Here are a few ways you can help support One Brick during our Annual Campaign:

1.  Make a donation easily and securely on our website:

2.  Send us a check to:  One Brick, 237 Kearny St., #209, San Francisco, CA  94108

3.  Ask your employer to make a matching donation.  They may also match your volunteer hours!  The info you may need for this is here:

4.  Ask your friends, family, colleagues to support you and One Brick by making a donation in your name using any of the above methods

As always, thanks for your support!


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Do U know about Dollars For Doers?

Did you know that you could be raising money One Brick just by volunteering with One Brick?!

“What you talkin’ about, Mr. One Brick Chicago Blogger?”

It’s true!! Several companies make donations to non-profit organization (like One Brick) just for their employees volunteering with them. Grants range from $100 to $450 per employee per calendar year. Some companies may ask that the volunteer to work a mininum number of volunteer hours during that calendar year for the grant to be awarded to the non-profit. 

“How do I know my company particpates in the Dollars for Doers?”

Well, we’ve located a list on the Red Cross website that was last updated in 2007 with a number of companies nationwide that participate in the program…..RIGHT HERE

“This sounds great! How do I sign up?”

All you need to do is contact Mr. FUNdraising himself, Dana at and he will personally show you how easy it is to get signed up. It’s just that easy!!!


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Talking Money with Dana aka “Mr. FUNdraising”

Mr. FUNdraising coming to you with his new monthly installment of activity.  Yes, this year we’re focused on raising money to keep the One Brick FUN and volunteer work happening.  Did you know  over 100 companies donate to various Non-profits just based on the hours donated by their employees?  It’s relatively new but corporations are picking up on the new fad called “Dollars for Doers”.  Basically companies are writing grants for charitable organizations based on the hours donated by their employees time.  

Want an easy way to donate to One Brick?  If you work at a company listed below, apply for a grant to benefit One Brick!  For instance, Verizon donates $750 for 40 hours of work given to a specific organization.  If your company isn’t listed – ask your HR department if they have a “Dollars for Doers” program.  If your company doesn’t –  hound HR until they do!  Sign up your company today by e-mailing Mr. FUNdraising We’ll highlight your company once a month in the Mr. FUNdraising column.  Looking forward to hearing from all the Doers out there! 

Mr. FUNdraising aka Dana P  



Mark The Date

One Brick Chicago’s Mardi Gras Happy Hour 

Tuesday, February 24, 2009  6:30PM to 9:30PM

Corcoran’s Bar & Grill – 1615 N Wells St

One Brick brings New Orleans to Chicago with our Mardi Gras Happy Hour. We’re back at Corcoran’s with awesome food and drink specials.

If you’ve never been to a One Brick event, this is a the perfect opportunity to get to know the One Brick crew! If you have, you know how much fun our events can be. Anyone 21 and over is welcome, so bring everyone you’d love to have a drink with, and help support One Brick!

RSVP for The Event Now!!


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We Need You…to help us win $10,000

Charity of The Year….only you can make it happen.

101.9 RXP is a ground-breaking new station that combines new music, classic rock and alternative along with a genuine focus on the local community by their local on-air personalities like Matt Pinfield. Part of RXP’s local dedication is this effort to assist community charities within their listening range (NY, Long Island, and New Jersey) during the current economic downturn. The grand prize is a $10,000 contribution to the charity that receives the most votes.

You can vote once a day, every day, from December 15th through January 30th, 2009. Every time you vote, or tell a friend to vote, you are making a huge difference for your charity. Good luck and thanks for everything you do to help our local communities!

Click Here To Show Your Support for One Brick Chicago for Charity of The Year

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Posted by on January 26, 2009 in Support One Brick Chicago