Levenfeld Pearlstein Announces 2010 Grants as Part of Ongoing Commitment to Chicago Community Organizations
February 5, 2010
Levenfeld Pearlstein is pleased to announce that, for the third consecutive year, it has awarded charitable grants totaling $50,000 to two worthy Chicago community organizations. The firm made a grant to the Erie Family Health Center and a grant to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, as part of its Corporate Contributions Program. Launched in 2007, the Corporate Contributions Program is part of a broader civic and social responsibility initiative that Levenfeld Pearlstein has undertaken since its founding in 1999.
At Levenfeld Pearlstein, we believe that doing right and doing well are inseparable and that it is our obligation to help others. Our commitment to corporate social responsibility and sustainability is serious and reflects our values and culture as a firm. Not-for-profit organizations have been particularly hard hit by the challenging economy, and the firm felt that it was extremely import to continue our Corporate Contributions Program, regardless of economic conditions. The commitment to bettering the communities in which we work and live is tightly woven into the fabric of Levenfeld Pearlstein, and to halt our program would go against the principles on which our firm was founded.
Levenfeld Pearlstein’s grant to the Erie Family Health Center represents the firm’s third year of support for Erie’s school-based clinic at Ryerson Elementary School, which serves some of Chicago’s lowest-income communities. The grant will fully fund the continuation of integrated mental health services, community, and education programs, providing students with direct access to mental health services. This will include an on-site licensed clinical social worker to provide behavioral services, teacher and staff training, and outreach to parents and the community. Erie Family Health Center seeks to address the immediate needs of children, give them the tools they need to address their challenges, and provide enhanced intervention to improve the quality of their lives.
Levenfeld Pearlstein’s grant to the Greater Chicago Food Depository represents an expansion of the support that the firm has provided to GCFD for the past eight years as a sponsor of the organization’s Commercial Real Estate Awards Dinner. Our grant specifically provides funding to the Food Depository’s Chicago’s Community Kitchens (CKK) program, which provides job-training programs in the food service industry for unemployed, under-employed and welfare-to-work adults. The program has already graduated more than 600 students. Additionally, the students in the program prepare meals for more that 2,500 children per day as part of GCFD’s Kids Café program. CKK is fully funded by grants and individual contributions – it receives no state or other governmental funding.