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Community Service Spotlight: Maximus G.

Black History Month at LFC

Learning to support and serve others is a key component of education, especially for our high school students. The LFC encourages students to regularly participate in volunteer community service projects. By supporting a good cause through an organization, or by directly helping those in need in our neighborhood and city, our students learn empathy, open-mindedness, respect and responsibility. 

Throughout the year, our middle and high school students volunteer with a variety of non-profit organizations, including Friends of the Chicago River – which works to project the river’s ecosystem and surrounding parks, Keen Chicago – which offers sporting activities to children with disabilities, the Anti-Cruelty Society – which protects animals and provides them with shelter and care prior to placing them in new homes, the Friendship Center – which distributes groceries and hot meals to those in need, and more. 

This week, we are pleased to share the work of Maximus G., a first year Baccalaureate student, who volunteered for the Chicago-based organization, Almost Home Kids – a non-profit organization that provides children bridges from hospital to home.  By responding to needs of families, training caregivers, offering respite care, advocating for accessibility and inclusion, and educating healthcare professionals, this organization offers hospitalized children further transitional care.

After becoming involved with Almost Home Kids, Maximus was able to raise $2,500 for the organization, and collected an astounding number of diapers, wipes and other childcare items. He was inspired by the organization’s mission and its impact on many recovering children and their families.

"I learned this location is one of three fully volunteer facilities that saves Illinois 30 million dollars a year and 5 million dollars per hospital to transition medically fragile kids." said Maximus "Illinois locations are now a model to start to dream of more facilities in the US to help families and reduce major healthcare transitioning costs. Amazing. This place is very special."

Maximus has been invited to speak at their next board meeting in March to share more about the success of this initiative. Great work, Maximus! We are proud to be fostering young, committed and responsible global citizens.

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