Sika USA and its partners recently helped the YOUth CAN headquarters to become a better place. YOUth CAN’s mission is to intervene in the lives of disadvantaged youth in the community by enriching their academic, cultural and social development through academic assistance, computer technology, art and music programs.

 

Volunteers took free and improved a community center building

50 volunteers recently answered Sika’s call to devote one day to improving the quality of a community center building in Chicago. The volunteers spent that day replacing failing ceiling tiles, installing new carpet, cleaning the building’s storage areas, installing shelves, as well as painting and repairing the fence. It was a fantastic event for both the local Sika team as well as our partners.

 

Donation of products and replacing of asphalt roof

Sika is also donating products and materials to replace the 30-year old multi-layered asphalt roof with a new EnergySmart Sikaplan system so roof leaks will no longer be a daily occurrence in the building. Sika is also gifting products and materials to add a new epoxy floor in their design room, lay a wooden floor in the computer room, and provide sealant to fix the gaps in the exterior windows and masonry.

 

Improving declining housing stock and neighborhoods in Chicago and Cook County

Sika formed a strong partnership with Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago in 1991 to improve the declining housing stock and neighborhoods in Chicago and Cook County. Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago serves existing home owners who, due to financial or physical limitations, have been unable to adequately maintain their homes. After 24 years, the organization has repaired over 1,500 homes and 200 non-profit facilities in partnership with communities, corporations, trade unions and civic groups.

 

National Rebuilding Day calls 3,500 volunteers from Chicago

Each year, on National Rebuilding Day, approximately 3,500 volunteers from across the Chicago area come together to complete home repair projects. Skilled members can donate their time and expertise to help make necessary electrical, plumbing, carpentry and other crucial repairs in the sponsored homes. The volunteers provide repairs geared toward making a sponsored home warm, safe and dry. The renovations completed benefit families, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities whose limited income has made it difficult to manage the upkeep of their homes. Emphasis is placed on repairs that make homes safer, healthier, and more accessible for their owners, as well as renovations and upgrades that will leave the home a brighter, more pleasant place to live.

 

But what is the concept behind Give Back Days?

Give Back Days are hands-on, volunteer-driven days of service. Each project is tailored to the sponsoring group’s size, skill level and budget. Typical projects include decorating, landscaping, organizing and cleaning, plus painting murals, furniture and playground assembly, along with other minor repairs. To date, Give Back Day sponsors and volunteers have worked to improve over 200 community facilities in Chicagoland. All work is completed in one day, allowing volunteers to see their immediate impact. It’s an outstanding opportunity for colleagues to work together outside of the office and make a real difference.

 

The YOUth CAN mission strengthens the self-preservation capabilities of community youth

Team-building is an exciting by-product of a Give Back Day. The Sika project YOUth CAN’s mission is to intervene in the lives of disadvantaged youth in the community by enriching their academic, cultural and social development through academic assistance, computer technology, art and music programs. YOUth CAN strengthens the self-preservation capabilities of community youth by giving them the social development skills, educational support and cultural tools necessary for
success.

 

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For more information about the Youth Civil Activism Network visit here

Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago improves the homes and neighborhoods
of elderly, disabled and low-income residents: Rebuilding together 

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