A True Inspiration for Us

This is Carlo Garcia…and he is a true example of the word INSPIRATION!

When reading this story today, we just knew that we had to do whatever we could to share this man’s story with as many people as possible. Carlo’s story may seem simple and not that big of a deal to some but think of the impact if more made the sacrifice he has done.

Not going to go too much into the story here because nothing we could write can truly do the article written on Yahoo justice. Please take a moment to read Carlo’s story (CLICK HERE) and if you feel inspired like we do…pass it on! There more people that buy into this way of thinking the better.

Thank you Carlo….for making a diffrence

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Posted by on December 17, 2010 in Uncategorized


Wait!!! What did you say?!?

Final weeks of the One Brick Annual Campaign and ALL DONATIONS ARE BEING MATCH FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER! One Brick needs your support so that we can continue to provide valued service to community non-profits.

We know you love all that we do to support the communities we serve.  So, before you head out for some holiday fun, please:

  • Sign up for your Workplace Giving Campaign (check with your Human Resources Dept)
  • Donate on-line via the One Brick website
  • Send a check or money order to: One Brick, 237 Kearny Street #209, San Francisco, CA 94018
  • Encourage friends and family to support One Brick as well!

Remember that through the matching campaign, any donation this month is doubled!  Go to the One Brick donations page for all the details.


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Posted by on December 17, 2010 in Uncategorized


Holiday Goodness Achieved!!

Last night was One Brick’s Annual Holiday Happy Hour and needless to say it was a rousing success!! Many came out in their sweaters and holiday garb to make it a special night. Take a look at the picture above to see all the donations dropped off at the party by amazing OneBrickers! This show of support both to One Brick and those we look to serve is what makes the hours and effort put in worth while.

From everyone on the One Brick Chicago team….THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!

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Posted by on December 17, 2010 in Uncategorized


Another Great Night At Girls on The Run

Tonight a dozen dedicated OneBrickers braved the cold to do their part at Girls on The Run. The team assembled coaches packets for the upcoming season.

These events can’t be done without people like you so it’s greatly appreciated. Please check the calendar for future events!!

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Posted by on December 14, 2010 in Uncategorized


2 More Weeks!!!

A group of anonymous donors has pledged $7,500 to One Brick if we can raise a matching amount through contributions. Every dollar you are able to contribute will be doubled!  That means double the impact!  Twice as many events leads to twice the number of meals served, twice the number of bags of groceries distributed, twice the number of trees planted, and twice the number of art projects supervised.

We must raise the $7,500 by December 31 so that we can meet our fundraising target for 2010. These funds are crucial if we are to continue our work in 2011.  Please help by visiting the One Brick donations page for all the details.


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Posted by on December 11, 2010 in Uncategorized


Time to get out those Holiday Sweaters!

Mystic Celt

3443 N. Southport Ave., (between Cornelia and Roscoe)

Wed, December 15th    6:30 PM to 10:00 PM


Hohoho!  it’s that time of year again.  It’s One Brick Chicago’s Annual Holiday Happy Hour Extravaganza: Island of Misfit Toys Edition!


Our annual holiday happy hour is always a fun time.  Reconnect with your One Brick friends and make some new ones!  Participate in this year’s Holiday Garb/Fashion-Challenged Sweater Contest!  Make a Misfit Toy!  Test your knowledge in our Holiday Trivia Contest!


With your donation of $20 to One Brick, you will get drink specials, cool prizes and lots of holiday cheer!


We also are very pleased that this year’s non-profit beneficiary will be the Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago Medical Center. With your donation of toy, we will knock off $10 of your cover charge.


And if you wear holiday garb (the crazier, the better!) – you will get $5 off your cover charge!


What we’ll be doing

Raising the roof, raising funds for your favorite Chicago volunteer organization, collecting toys, wearing ugly holiday sweaters, showing off our holiday trivia knowledge, making misfit toys and having LOTS of fun!


What you should know

Here is the Wish List and guidelines from Comer Children’s Hospital.

Programming Needs:
Teen Support Gift Cards (Target, Best Buy)
Toys and Activities
– UNO Cards  (apparently – there is always a demand for UNO cards!)
– Art supplies and Craft kits (glue or paint must be non-toxic)
– Play Station II/III, X-Box 360, Wii & Game Cube games (rated EC/E/E10+/T)
– Nintendo DS Lite game systems and games
– New release DVD movies (Rated G, PG, PG-13)
– I-pods, MP3 players, portable CD boom boxes
– I-tunes gift cards
– musical and light up toys
– medical play kits
– African American baby dolls and barbies (all plastic)
– Action figures
– Matchbox cars
– Play Doh (small party size containers)
– “I Spy” and “Look and Find” books
– Bubbles in no-spill tumblers
– hand held electronic games
– Word search puzzle books, comic books and sudoku
– Board books – no fabric
– rattles
– batteries – AA, C, D, 9-volt
When donating, we ask that all items adhere to the following guidelines:
– brand new (tags/packaging still on all items)
– non-violent
– durable and plastic
– non-denominational
– non-toxic
– non-edible (no food please)
– unwrapped
In efforts to adhere to safety and infection control guidelines, Comer Children’s Hospital is unable to accept:
– fabric or handmade items
– anything with latex
– small rubber balls
– magnetic toys
– anything breakable (i.e. ceramic, glass)
– no candles


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Posted by on December 5, 2010 in Uncategorized


WOW! Look at you have accomplished!!!

One Brick was very busy in 2009!  In addition to contributing 65,000 hours of community service, we welcomed our sixth chapter in Seattle and started on our seventh chapter in Orlando.  Also, 118 One Brick volunteers received Presidential Volunteer Service Awards.  You can read all about it in our 2009 Annual Report!

Thank you for all you do to help build a better community One Brick at a time.

Read One Brick’s 2009 Annual Report.

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Posted by on October 16, 2010 in Uncategorized