WHO WE ARE
Since our founding, Avatar Solutions has played an active role in the community by participating in philanthropic events and making charitable contributions to important causes. Our company culture drives home the continued importance of being responsible citizens both inside and outside of the workplace. In addition, we firmly support our employees' and clients' passion for giving back to their local communities. Together, we can all make a difference.
Below are some of the ways in which we have given back to the community.
JPMorgan Chase & Company Corporate Challenge
In May 2012, Avatar employees participated in the 31st running of the JPMorgan Chase & Company Corporate Challenge in Grant Park. Charitable giving is an important component of the JP Morgan Chase & Company Corporate Challenge Series. More than a dozen of our employees will compete in the 2013 challenge.
15th Annual Aon Step Up for Kids
On January 29, 2012, several Avatar employees climbed to the top of the Aon Center, one of Chicago's tallest buildings, to raise money to help children and families served by one of our clients, Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Our employees raised $1,400.01 for the event.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
From October 2011 - January 2012, Avatar and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America launched "Followers for the Kids™," a Twitter campaign to raise money for the Boys & Girls Clubs. Avatar made a $1 donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs for every Twitter user that followed Avatar and tweeted about the Boys & Girls Clubs. The campaign helped the Boys & Girls Clubs continue to inspire and enable young people to become productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
Since January 2011, Avatar has donated to the following organizations:
Where Our Employees Give Back:
Amelia Forczak volunteers with Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation as a "Bear Hug Giver." A Bear Hug is a customized experience that brightens the life of a child who has cancer. She works with children and their families to plan fun events they can look forward to during treatment, which also become lasting memories of happy times together.
Kristina Anderson volunteers as a Regional Challenge Master for Illinois Destination ImagiNation, a non-profit organization that provides educational programs for students to learn and experience creativity, teamwork and problem solving. The organization's core educational program allows student teams to solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. Kristina recruits, trains, and manages volunteers for tournaments in Illinois.
Located in Chicago, Misericordia is a community for adults and children with developmental disabilities. Not only does Misericordia provide its 650 residents with programs that empower them to excel and grow, but its exceptionally warm and caring atmosphere provides them with a place to call "home." Largely run on donations, Misericordia provides numerous ways for volunteers to get involved. Whether it be working in Misericordia's "Hearts & Flour Bakery" preparing gift baskets to be shipped around the country, collecting donations in exchange for Jelly Bellys during "Candy Days," or getting creative with face painting during the organization's famous "Family Fest," Liz Kondratenko enjoys volunteering at this extraordinary place.