04/08/2010 6:09 PM ET
White Sox announce first Volunteer Corps Day of Service for 2010
Fans Once Again Will Work Alongside Team Members on May 8 And at Series of Service Events Throughout Season
Following last year's successful launch of the Chicago White Sox Volunteer Corps, the team will host its first White Sox Service Day of 2010 on Saturday, May 8 - with a Volunteer Corps service project at two sites located in Chicago.
On Saturday, May 8, members of the White Sox Volunteer Corps will assist in restoration work at a Perspectives Charter School in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side and the Little Village Boys & Girls Club in Chicago's South Lawndale/Little Village neighborhood - both located near U.S. Cellular Field. This year's first Service Day was developed in partnership with City Year Chicago and City Year's Care Force. Members of City Year will lead volunteers in service at the two locations on May 8.
In order to participate in White Sox Service Day on May 8, individuals must first register for the Volunteer Corps at whitesox.com/volunteercorps. Once registered, volunteer corps members will have the opportunity to sign-up for the first series of events. Registration for the service event on May 8 is now open. Space is limited; the White Sox are encouraging volunteers to register now.
"The White Sox Volunteer Corps received tremendous participation and support last year from Sox fans and community-focused Chicagoans in our efforts to give back to the community," said White Sox senior director of community relations Christine O'Reilly. "The White Sox are thrilled to extend that spirit of giving that embodies the Volunteer Corps and kick off another season of service on May 8."
During Volunteer Corps' inaugural season in 2009, volunteers, White Sox players and staff members participated in 13 different community events. Those service events included: the renovation of two Boys & Girls Clubs locations and a local public high school, coordination of blood drives in partnership with the American Red Cross and participation in food repacks at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Last year, the Volunteer Corps, along with more than 50 White Sox team members, served Chicagoland with more than 5,369 hours of community work.
New this season, White Sox Volunteer Corps members have been challenged to create their own service events in their communities. Whether it is organizing groups to read at local libraries, visiting senior citizens, cleaning public parks, or coordinating food drives, Volunteer Corps members will have White Sox support in their communities and will earn the chance to be recognized for their service work on the field before a White Sox game this season.
Visit whitesox.com/volunteercorps for full details on the White Sox Volunteer Corps and service events in 2010.