Community Connection

Community Connection

Every year, attendees have the chance to give back to the host city through a variety of activities that benefit a local charitable organization. This year, we have opportunities to benefit both the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Little Brothers: Friends of the Elderly.

*Meet on Level 3, Central Concourse across from Registration

Other Chicago Experiences

5k Fun Run/Walk Chicago Tours

The Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD)

Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) is Chicago's food bank, providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in the Chicago community. The Food Depository works in partnership with 700 agencies and programs including pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and responses for children, older adults, and veterans. This network distributes food where it is needed most throughout Cook County.

Since 1979, the Food Depository has made a daily impact on hunger across Cook County. Last year, the Food Depository distributed nearly 72 million pounds of food, 37% of which was fresh produce. They distribute the equivalent of 164,000 meals every day. While food distribution is central to their mission, they also develop programs that address the root causes of hunger for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Canned goods will be collected during ASAE Annual Meeting to benefit the GCFD. The most needed items include: peanut butter, canned beans, canned chili, canned soup, canned stew, canned vegetables, and canned fish.

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Little Brothers: Friends of the Elderlyadditional fee

Participation Limit: 70
Tuesday, August 21
2:45 - 5:00 p.m.

Little Brothers

Little Brothers: Friends of the Elderly is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among Chicago's elderly. Since 1959, the Chicago Chapter has served seniors over the age of 70 living without the support of family and friends. Their volunteers make their work possible, reaching out to elders as friends and family would-calling to chat or check in, providing transportation to celebrations and events, delivering food bags, and sharing meals and conversation.

At the heart of their work is the Visiting Program, which gives volunteers the opportunity to build friendships with elders on outings around the city or in their homes-an especially important socialization opportunity for their elders who are homebound. For these in-home visits, volunteers take along hand-decorated bags packed with special items to remind their elders they are loved and remembered.

ASAE volunteers will help decorate bags for birthday deliveries, make candy favors, and pack toiletry kits for homebound elders.