This is what we do best — Through our Social and Community Involvement Program we engage our veterans in several ways to help improve their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
Our program provides consistent opportunities for veterans to engage in their local communities through social, recreational and volunteer opportunities. We host regular social gatherings and community service events and facilitate building meaningful relationships between veterans and their community.
These are opportunities for veterans to meet and participate in various local athletic sports such as co-ed softball, volleyball and bowling. These events occur year-round both indoors and outdoors at various neighborhoods throughout Chicago. Recreational Activities are great for team building, connection with the community and creating a sense of shared accomplishment. Veterans meet weekly for games and/or practice and are consistently in contact with each other throughout the season both on and off the field.
Community Service Events
These events provide opportunities for veterans to serve their communities in a way that aligns with our mission. These events give veterans a purpose and a sense of fulfillment, some volunteer opportunities include but are not limited to, collecting and distributing items for the homeless, neighborhood cleanups, raising awareness of veteran issues and participating/partnering in local events.
These events provide consistent (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly) opportunities for members to meet, socialize, and create genuine relationships. These social events vary by time and are often in various Chicago neighborhoods such as, Pilsen, Logan Square, Lincoln Park, Little Village, Lincoln Square, Portage Park and Back of the Yards. These social events include sporting events, barbecue’s, family activities and attending movie screenings together. These social events are a great way to create genuine friendships as well as improve a veteran’s mental and emotional wellbeing.
These events take months to prepare and often require dozens of veteran and civilian volunteers working together for a shared goal. We currently have two main Empowerment events, our annual Chicago Veterans Ruck March (over 1,400 participated in 2017) and our Chicago Veterans Ball (over 300 participants in 2017). These events allow volunteers and veterans to meet regularly, plan and execute their shared vision.