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White Sox Volunteer Corps

A FAN BASE ACTIVATED. A CITY TRANSFORMED.

About the Volunteer Corps


A signature program for the White Sox, the Volunteer Corps serves as a way to unite White Sox fans through service opportunities within our community. The White Sox Volunteer Corps was created by the Chicago White Sox in response to President Obama's call for Americans to better their communities through service. The team organizes community service events that incorporate support from players and coaches, Southpaw, staff and members of the volunteer group to serve shoulder to shoulder to make a positive and lasting impact in our community.

Nearly 5,000 Sox fans and community-focused Chicagoans have signed up for the Volunteer Corps since its inception. The first day of service, on May 9, 2009, saw more than 300 volunteers working together to restore two local Boys & Girls Club sites. Since then members of the Corps have participated in several other events, including park clean-ups in partnership with the Chicago Park District, food re-packing sessions at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the construction of two large playgrounds with KaBOOM!.

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2016 Calendar

May


Sunday, May 8 - Varying Shifts: Susan G. Komen Chicago's - Mother's Day Race for the Cure

  • Susan G. Komen is the world's largest and most progressive grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists. The Race for the Cure Series is the largest series of 5K run/fitness walks in the world.
Shifts:
  • 6:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Course Marshalls: Help with directing runners/walkers on the race path. Watch for any accidents or potential hazards on the race path. Volunteers will be placed at a specific point on the race path.
  • 6:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Start Line & 1Mile/10K Finish Line Marshalls: Help at the Start Line with setting up, directing participants to the correct areas depending on race and assisting with logistics. Following the start, move to the 1 mile finish to serve as a finish line marshall which includes directing participants where to go, passing out a finisher gift and cheering.
  • 6:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - 1 Mile Walk Marshalls: Help with the 1 mile fun walk which may include setting up, directing participants to the correct race path, and assisting with logistics.
  • 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Gear Check: Help in the gear check tent with collecting participant bags, organizing checked belongings, retrieving participant bags and keeping area secure.
  • Location: Grant Park 337 E Randolph Street, Chicago, IL.
  • Goal: 25 Volunteer Corps participants.
  • Register by emailing vcorps@chisox.com and include Komen Race in the subject line.

Saturday, May 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: White Sox Charities Family Field Day and Garage Sale

  • Family Field Day is a memorable event that gives fans the opportunity to experience U.S. Cellular Field just like a White Sox player. Participants have access to the bullpens, outfield grass and dugouts. A tour of the White Sox newly renovated clubhouse is available for an additional donation to White Sox Charities.
  • Volunteers will be assigned to locations in the Patio for the Garage Sale and on the field for Family Field Day.
  • Location: U.S. Cellular Field 333 W. 35th Street, Chicago, IL.
  • Goal: 20 Volunteer Corps participants.
  • Register by emailing vcorps@chisox.com and include Family Field Day in the subject line by Monday, May 9.

Saturday, May 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Windy City Cleanup

  • Volunteers will join FirstMerit Bank and Live Nation to participate in a morning of service. Volunteers could win tickets to the three-day Windy City LakeShake at Northerly Island Pavilion from June 17 to 19.
  • Volunteers will participate in cleaning up Chicago beaches and parks. Responsibilities include mulching and general beach cleanup. The first 1,000 people to check in and participate in the cleanup will receive a $25 Live Nation® Concert Cash Code®. Also, event t-shirts will be provided.
  • Location: Choose between two locations 31st St. Beach: 3100 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL OR Foster Beach: 5200 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL.
  • Goal: 25 Volunteer Corps participants.
  • Register by emailing vcorps@chisox.com and include Beach Cleanup in the subject line by Wednesday, May 11.

Tuesday, May 24 from 2:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Greater Chicago Food Depository at the National Restaurant Association Food Show

  • The Greater Chicago Food Depository is a nonprofit food distribution and training center that provides food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The vendors from the National Restaurant Association Food Show donate food remaining from the Show to the Depository.
  • Volunteers will go around McCormick Place after the National Restaurant Association's Food Show closes and collect thousands of pounds of food that the vendors donate.
  • Location: McCormick Place 2301 S Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL.
  • Goal: 15 Volunteer Corps participants. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age to participate.
  • Click here to register by Tuesday, May 17.

May 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Special Olympics Track & Field Competition

  • Special Olympics is a global organization that transforms the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities through year round sport training and competition. Spring Games is the Chicago Track & Field Competition.
  • Volunteers are needed to support all the track and field events, assist in awards distribution, help in Olympic Town, distribute lunches, and monitor the event space.
  • Location: Eckersall Stadium 2423 E. 82nd Street, Chicago, IL.
  • Goal: 10 Volunteer Corps participants.
  • Registration is now closed.

Saturday, May 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.: White Sox Service Day with City Year at Sawyer Elementary School

  • Volunteers will join City Year's AmeriCorps and community members to participate in a day of service. Members of the Gage Park and school community will work alongside the Volunteer Corps and City Year to transform the site.
  • Volunteers will transform and beautify the school with murals, painting and light construction projects both indoors and outdoors. Each volunteer will receive two White Sox game ticket vouchers, a t-shirt and lunch.
  • Location: Sydney Sawyer Elementary School: 5247 S Spaulding Ave., Chicago, IL.
  • Goal: 200 Volunteer Corps participants. All ages are welcome.
  • Registration is now closed.

April


Saturday, April 2 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon: Gilda's Club Clubhouse Cleanup

  • Gilda's Club Chicago offers free programs for men, women, children, and their families and friends whose lives have been impacted by any kind of cancer.
  • Volunteers lend a hand with different cleaning aspects, such as cleaning windows, kitchen and Noogieland area clean up, changing light bulbs, dusting and other Clubhouse needs.
  • Location: 537 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL.
  • Goal of 15 Volunteer Corps participants.
  • Registration is now closed.

Saturday, April 16 - Varying Shifts: Children's Place Association Once Upon A Time Gala

  • The mission of Children's Place Association is building a secure and hopeful tomorrow so children facing health issues and poverty succeed tomorrow.
  • Shifts:
    • 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Bring the gala to life by setting up linens, table settings, flower arrangements, silent auction displays and raffle tables. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
    • 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Help by putting on the finishing touches by setting up and monitoring silent auction displays, raffle tables, Sweet Table and registration. Lunch will be provided.
    • 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. - Put on your best dress or snappiest suit and check in guests, sell raffle tickets, monitor the silent auction, and more. This shift also requires helping with teardown from midnight to 1:00 a.m. Dinner will be provided at 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Morgan Manufacturing 401 N Morgan Street, Chicago, IL.
  • Goal: 25 Volunteer Corps participants. Only volunteers over age 18 are permitted to participate.
  • Registration is now closed.

Friday, April 29 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Special Olympics Spring Games Opening Ceremonies

  • Special Olympics is a global organization that transforms the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities through year round sport training and competition. Spring Games is the Chicago Track & Field Competition.
  • Volunteers are needed as seat directors, parade escorts, tunnel supporters, and concourse assistants. Volunteers are also needed at the lunch area and as bus/agency escorts.
  • Location: Soldier Field 1410 Museum Campus Drive, Chicago, IL.
  • Goal: 25 Volunteer Corps participants.
  • Registration is now closed.

Friday, April 29 or Saturday, April 30 for a minimum of two-hours: Misericordia Candy Days

  • Misericordia offers a community of care that maximizes potential for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities, many of whom are also physically challenged.
  • Volunteers are needed to work the streets, sidewalks and store fronts of Chicago and the suburbs. Volunteers simply pass out candy and informational tags in exchange for donations.
  • Location: throughout Chicago and the suburbs.
  • Goal: 25 Volunteer Corps participants.
  • Registration is now closed.

Saturday, April 30 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon: Big Shoulders Fund

  • The mission of the Big Shoulders Fund is to provide support to the Catholic schools in the neediest areas of inner-city Chicago.
  • Join volunteer teams from other service-minded organizations and serve by painting, cleaning, landscaping, organizing and more.
  • Location: Augustus Tolton Catholic Academy 7120 S Calumet Avenue, Chicago, IL.
  • Goal: 20 Volunteer Corps participants.
  • Registration is now closed.

March


Wednesday, March 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.: Greater Chicago Food Depository

  • The Greater Chicago Food Depository is a nonprofit food distribution and training center that provides food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community.
  • Volunteers are needed to help with repacking donated food and other products. You might be sorting produce, looking over a shipment of bread, or repacking bulk dry goods (cereal, pasta, rice) into smaller quantities.
  • Location: GCFD 4100 W. Ann Lurie Place, Chicago, IL.
  • Goal of 10 Volunteer Corps participants.
  • Registration is now closed.

Saturday, March 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.: Loaves & Fishes

  • The mission of Loaves & Fishes is to end hunger for residents in Naperville and DuPage county. They work to provide food and leadership in the community by uniting and mobilizing resources to empower people to be self-sufficient.
  • Volunteers are needed for Client Distribution, which is an activity in which volunteers are assisting their clients as they are shopping in the Loaves & Fishes grocery market.
  • Location: Loaves & Fishes Distribution Center 1871 High Grove Lane, Naperville, IL.
  • Goal: 6 Volunteer Corps participants. Only volunteers over age 18 are permitted to participate.
  • Registration is now closed.

Sunday, March 6 from 1:00 p.m. to TBD: Mercy Home March for Kids Tinley Park Parade

  • March for Kids is an annual month-long campaign held during the month of March to help Mercy Home for Boys & Girls save children's lives and to help heal children who have suffered abuse, neglect, or abandonment. March for Kids makes it possible for Mercy Home for Boys & Girls to give these children a safe and nurturing home - a place where they can live, laugh and learn, while realizing their full potential.
  • Volunteers are needed to join the street team to collect donations and hand out shamrock stickers. The shamrock sticker symbolizes the support for kids in crisis not just at Mercy Home, but throughout Chicagoland.
  • Location: St. George Parish Parking Lot 6707 W. 175th St., Tinley Park, IL.
  • Goal: 25 Volunteer Corps participants.
  • Registration is now closed.

Saturday, March 12 from 11:00 a.m. to TBD: Mercy Home March for Kids Downtown Parade

  • March for Kids is an annual month-long campaign held during the month of March to help Mercy Home for Boys & Girls save children's lives and to help heal children who have suffered abuse, neglect, or abandonment. March for Kids makes it possible for Mercy Home for Boys & Girls to give these children a safe and nurturing home - a place where they can live, laugh and learn, while realizing their full potential.
  • Volunteers are needed to join the street team to collect donations and hand out shamrock stickers. The shamrock sticker symbolizes the support for kids in crisis not just at Mercy Home, but throughout Chicagoland.
  • Location:The Chicago Hilton Hotel, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL.
  • Goal: 25 Volunteer Corps participants.
  • Registration is now closed.

Sunday, March 13 from Noon to 2:30 p.m. OR 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Shore Services Going Green Matters

  • Shore Community Services' mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities through educational, residential, vocational and other related programs provided with community integrated supports and services. Shore eCycle is part of Shore Koenig Training Center, a program that provides vocational training and employment services to 175 adults with developmental disabilities each year. Trainees at the Training Center will be employed to dismantle and recycle electronics that are collected at the Going Green Matters event giving them the opportunity to earn pay and learn new skills.
  • Volunteers are needed to guide traffic, greet guests, accept donations and sort materials.
  • Location: Gillson Beach Parking Lot at Lake Ave. and Lake Michigan in Wilmette, IL.
  • Goal: 12 Volunteer Corps participants.
  • Registration is now closed.

Sunday, March 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Anderson Animal Shelter

  • Anderson Animal Shelter is a "no-kill", limited admission facility. The Shelter's mission is to improve lives of pets and people through service, education and advocacy.
  • Volunteers are needed to walk dogs, work with the cats or help with kennel assistance.
  • Location: Anderson Animal Shelter 1000 S La Fox, South Elgin, IL.
  • Goal: 10 Volunteer Corps participants.
  • Registration is now closed.

February


Monday, February 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Developmental Activities with members of the Shore Services Adult Services Program

  • Shore Services' mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities through educational, residential, vocational and other related programs provided with community integrated supports and services. The Adult Services Program provides developmental training to nearly 80 adults with moderate to severe/profound intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
  • Volunteers will assist the Developmental Activities Trainer in running a fitness/activity clinic where clients would complete different activities in our gym and lunch area.
  • Location: Lois Lloyd Center - 2525 Church St., Evanston, IL.
  • Goal of 10 Volunteer Corps participants.
  • Registration is now closed.

Saturday, February 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Big Shoulders Fund

  • The mission of the Big Shoulders Fund is to provide support to the Catholic schools in the neediest areas of inner-city Chicago.
  • Join volunteer teams from other service-minded organizations and serve by painting, cleaning, landscaping, organizing and more.
  • Location: Holy Angels School - 750 E 40th Street, Chicago, IL.
  • Goal of 20 Volunteer Corps participants.
  • Registration is now closed.

Thursday, February 25 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Bernie's Book Bank

  • Bernie's Book Bank facilitates the collection, processing and redistribution of new and gently used children's books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland.
  • Volunteers are needed to sort, sticker, bag and box books.
  • Location: 917 North Shore Drive, Lake Bluff, IL.
  • Goal of 20 Volunteer Corps participants.
  • Registration is now closed.


January


Monday, January 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 pm: Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day with City Year

  • Volunteers with join City YearÂ’s AmeriCorps members across the United States to participate in a day of service. City Year commemorates the civil rights movement and honors the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by celebrating Dr. King's birthday as a "day ON, not a day off" through various service projects.
  • Volunteers will transform and beautify the school with murals, painting and light construction projects.
  • Location: Thomas Kelly High School 4136 S. California Avenue, Chicago, IL.
  • Goal of 100 Volunteer Corps participants.
  • Registration is now closed.

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Join the Corps!


To sign up for the White Sox Volunteer Corps, for updates on scheduled service events or for more information on White Sox community service efforts, please click on the button below and fill out the form.

New members will receive a personalized membership card after signing up for the Volunteer Corps. Members receive monthly emails about upcoming service opportunities.

Join the Volunteer Corps

For questions or more information, please email us at vcorps@chisox.com.

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Awards and Recognition


A tribute to the success of the Volunteer Corps, the White Sox were honored to be awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports in 2012 and the Commissioner's Award for Philanthropic Excellence in 2011.

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Photos and Videos


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