In spring 2015, 76 Booth students participated in the first ever Booth Gives Back volunteer day of service. Sponsored by Booth’s Giving Something Back student group, Graduate Business Council, Dean’s Office, and Social Enterprise Initiative, Booth Gives Back was the first ever school-wide program for students in the Full-Time MBA Program to give back to the community.

This year, we partnered with the following nonprofits to contribute our time and energy:

Casa Central: Founded in 1954 by a multi-denominational Booth students volunteer at the Chicago Park Districtgroup of churches, Casa Central is the largest Hispanic social service agency in the Midwest. Booth volunteers assisted in sanitizing and organizing toys and furniture for their Early Learning Program.

Chicago Park District: The Chicago Park District is the largest municipal park manager in the nation and owner of more than 8,100 acres of green space. Boothies volunteered at Promontory Point near the lakeshore to mulch the trees so that they survive different weather conditions and make the park more attractive for visitors. 

Chicago Lights Urban Farm: The Chicago Lights Urban Farm empowers youth and community residents in the Cabrini-Green neighborhood to have increased economic opportunities through access to organic produce, nutritional education, work force training, and microenterprise development. After getting an informational tour of the farm, Booth volunteers helped with tasks including planting, weeding, and removing old growth for the new season to come into bloom.

Food Bank VolunteersGreater Chicago Food Depository: Founded in 1979, the Greater Chicago Food Depository is Chicago’s food bank, making a daily impact across Cook County by distributing the equivalent of 154,000 meals every day. Booth Gives Back volunteers were given a goal of cleaning and packing 5,000 lbs. of cabbage, and exceeded their goal by over 7,000 lbs.!

After a hard day’s work, volunteers celebrated at an afternoon social organized by the Graduate Business Council. Giving Something Back would like to thank our enthusiastic volunteers and generous sponsors (Graduate Business Council, Chicago Booth Dean’s Office and Social Enterprise Initiative) for their involvement in the first-ever Booth Gives Back. We look forward to growing this nascent initiative in future years!

Vidur Sehgal is a recent graduate of the Chicago Booth. While he was at Booth, Sehgal was a cochair of the Giving Something Back student group and led the creation of Booth’s first day of service event, Booth Gives Back.