July 14 marked the 4th Annual ITW Day of Action. More than 200 ITW employees volunteered at the ITW David Speer Academy in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood on Chicago’s northwest side. Volunteers ran outdoor soccer, football, softball and relay race stations for 150 young summer campers–practicing technique and executing drills.
Inside the school, kit building projects were being made for United Way partner agencies to pass on to the clients they serve. Volunteers packaged a total of 2,700 hygiene kits, new moms kits and snack packs. There was a great deal of shock and a few tears of joy when agency representatives came to pick up the donations. There were so many packages, one agency had to make multiple trips with their van to collect everything!
In the surrounding community, groups of ITW volunteers went to local agencies to work on projects that were of immediate need including resume writing, mock interviews, landscaping, organization, cleaning, and litter cleanup.
Wendy DuBoe, President and CEO of United Way of Metro Chicago, kicked off the Day of Action with a welcome message to the volunteers and shared the exciting news of exceeding LIVE UNITED 2020 goals and moving into the Strong Neighborhoods Impact Plan. Rosemary Matzl, Vice President of Community Affairs at ITW and Tom Mulder, Founding Principal at ITW David Speer Academy, thanked the crowd for their hard work and spoke to the importance of the impact they made not only to the school but, also the lasting impression they made on the youth they worked with.
The ITW David Speer Academy is near and dear to the hearts of ITW employees. The school is named in memory of David Speer, the former Chairman of ITW, who served the company for 33 years at the time of his passing in 2012. The Academy is in its 3rd year hosting a freshman, sophomore, and junior classes. The school will have their first senior graduating class this coming school year. The school is a level 1+ STEM School, which opened in 2014. Speer Academy offers a STEM-focused education that exposes students, also know as ‘innovators’, to a variety of math, science, technology and engineering careers through its partnership with ITW.
Social responsibility is deeply rooted in ITW’s corporate values. ITW strives to make a meaningful difference in the communities where its employees live and work. The Annual Day of Action allows the ITW team to come together and give back.
Thank you for all the amazing work you do ITW!