HSA PrimeCare Team Prepares Lunch for Ronald McDonald House Residents in Streeterville

Last week, the HSA PrimeCare Team worked together to prepare lunch for the residents of the Ronald McDonald House in Streeterville near Lurie Children’s Hospital. Alongside the Ronald McDonald House chef, the team of six HSA PrimeCare volunteers prepared a Mexican-themed lunch complete with shrimp and beef tacos, homemade pico de gallo, black beans, Spanish rice, corn salad, cheese quesadillas, and fruit.

Particularly for families who travel far to seek the medical care their child needs, parents often find themselves eating out of vending machines and racking up unaffordable hotel bills. Ronald McDonald Houses help families stay together and focused on what’s important – the health of their child. The organization provides private rooms, home-cooked meals, child play areas, and other services to the families of children facing a severe medical crisis, allowing them to focus on the care of their child without the added stress of searching for affordable and convenient housing and food. Through the Culinary Hearts program, HSA PrimeCare volunteers had the pleasure of preparing and serving lunch to these families and packing to-go boxes for families who could not attend lunch at its regularly scheduled time.

The HSA PrimeCare team is excited and proud to have volunteered with this impactful organization, and we look forward to many more years of participation.

Ronald McDonald House Charities is able to make a difference in the lives of so many families, thanks to the generosity of volunteers dedicating their time, talent, and resources to the organization. We encourage all of our friends and partners to visit the Ronald McDonald House website to learn how you can lend a hand.    

HSAwareness Renovates Playground at Chicago Commons’ Paulo Freire Family Center

Last week, and for the third consecutive year, HSAwareness volunteers returned to Chicago Commons’ Paulo Freire Family Center (PFC) in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood to help freshen the playground for the upcoming school year. Every year, the playground sustains a harsh Chicago winter after months of heavy use by the children of PFC, but for the past three years, the HSAwaresness crew has shown up ready to get their hands dirty. This year, the team was tasked with sanding and staining logs and a wooden patio canopy, as well as hauling and spreading fresh mulch and woodchips throughout the playground.

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Recently HSA Commercial was named 2016 Corporate Partner of the Year by Chicago Commons for past projects such as this one. HSA CEO and Chicago Commons long-time board member, Bob Smietana, accepted the award on behalf of the HSAwareness team at the organization’s annual meeting.

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For 120 years, Chicago Commons’ mission has been to partner with individuals, families, and communities to overcome poverty, discrimination, and isolation. Every year, the HSAwareness team, led by Bob Smietana, and HSA SVP, Josephine Thomas-Hoytt, eagerly anticipate assisting this valuable organization with their playground restoration project at PFC. Our volunteers, pictured below, hope that the children at Paulo Freire Family Center enjoy their new playground, and we look forward to returning again next year.

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HSA Commercial Named 2016 Corporate Partner of the Year by Chicago Commons

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Last week, HSA Commercial was named 2016 Corporate Partner of the Year by Chicago Commons, HSA’s long-term social outreach partner and a leading provider of early childhood education and senior care services in low-income Chicago neighborhoods. Bob Smietana, HSA Commercial’s CEO and long-time governing board member at Chicago Commons, accepted the award on behalf of the company at the organization’s annual meeting.

For 120 years, Chicago Commons’ mission has been to partner with individuals, families, and communities to overcome poverty, discrimination, and isolation. “Chicago Commons is one of the most worthwhile organizations serving the city of Chicago,” said Bob. “They do phenomenal work for families in low income neighborhoods, and HSA is proud to partner with them to help make a difference in our community.”

HSA Commercial’s social outreach arm, HSAwareness led by senior vice president Josephine Thomas-Hoytt, works with Chicago Commons on a number of initiatives each year. These initiatives include an annual playground renovation project, as well as a holiday gift and winter clothing drive for Paulo Freire Family Center in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. Earlier this month, HSAwareness assembled backpacks filled with school supplies for 24 children due to graduate from Paulo Freire this year and move on to kindergarten in the fall.

HSA Commercial would like to sincerely thank Chicago Commons for the recognition, as well as everyone who contributed to HSAwareness initiatives throughout the year. We look forward to working with all of our friends and colleagues to continue to make a difference in the lives of others through our partnership with Chicago Commons.