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In Your Own Words: Marissa

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

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

 

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Kind Words from A One Brick Volunteer



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!

 

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Adventures in Volunteering

My wife and I often share our music with seniors at retirement or nursing homes. I play the cello and she plays the harp. Often times my wife will introduce a song or tell something about the music she is about to play. One time she told the audience that she is going to play a piece entitled, Claire de Lune by Claude Debusy. One hard of
hearing resident asked another sitting next to her, “What did she say?” The resident replied, “She is going to play Fruit of the Loom.”

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2009 in Fun-Shine, Your Stories

 

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Don’t take it from us…

The following was posted on YELP by Kyle H. regarding his experience working with One Brick. 

My Fellow Chicagoans may not know too much about One Brick. I met some One Brickers while volunteering to clean up Humboldt Park on Earth Day and they seemed like a nice friendly lot. Plus, they went for food and drinks afterward and invited me along, it’s like Yelp +Volunteering! So it seems a perfect match to push their cause here.

It took me a while to volunteer after that initial meet, but it was so easy! You can sign up on their email list and register directly from there or go to their website and do it. My event last week was cooking for the Lincoln Park Community Shelter. One Brick brought about 12 people together that chipped in for the food, the organizer made up the menu and brought the groceries and put us to work! I had no idea I could fry up 30 breasts of chicken in an hour but call me Mel I guess! “Order up Dingbat!” The volunteers did range from the experienced (100+ events done) to the novice (me and another), but we were made to feel welcomed and there was no snobbery or lack of getting to know people.

There’s such a variety of volunteer opportunities and you can sign up whenever you want and not feel pressured.There are also Social Events (hello Yelpers) where One Brickers meet to drink and socialize and perhaps rally around a cause like bringing school supplies for needy kids. I’ll definitely volunteer with them again. (Getting down from my Soap Box now so you may climb up!)

Thank you Kyle for your kinds words.

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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The Night We “Lit Up The Lakefront”

 

My fiance and I will never forget the night we helped “Light Up The Lakefront” with One Brick last fall. When first assigned our task of placing candles in brown bags of sand, it didn’t hit us. When we were asked to light those candles, it didn’t hit us. Yet when they told us…it hit us.

 “Each lit candle represents a woman effected by domestic violence.” 

The candles turned from glowing brown bags to lives. We turned to women telling their stories and we suddenly learned our true meaning for being there that night. 

Thank you One Brick for giving us the opportunity to be apart of it.

-Shaun (One Brick Volunteer since 2007)

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2009 in Your Stories

 

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