Community Spotlight: Three Ways to Give Back in Chicago This Holiday Season

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“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” These insightful words once spoken by Winston Churchill hold true in our daily operations at Scio at the Medical District.

It is important to the community team at Scio to find ways to band together to make a difference for the neighborhood they know and love. While that is a year-round endeavor, it becomes a priority during the holiday season.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to give back locally:

Sort and distribute food from a local food bank

Time may already be at a shortage during the months ahead, but so is everything else. The demand for food, shelter and other basic necessities grows higher during the cold winter months, often with less people available to help out. Setting aside a little time to volunteer can have a profound impact on organizations like the Greater Chicago Food Depository and The Salvation Army.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository seeks to fight hunger one meal at a time by providing food to hungry people while simultaneously striving to end hunger in the community.

The organization partners with 700 agencies and programs to distribute food where it is needed most throughout Cook County.  

In addition to accepting donations, the volunteer opportunities are plentiful. Volunteers can repack bulk food into family-sized portions, distribute fresh produce, or collect food at events.

“Volunteers play essential roles in distributing food to our network of pantries and programs,” the GCFD web site says, adding that with help from 22,163 volunteers the organization distributed nearly 70 million pounds of food to hungry people last year.

Volunteer to spend time with others

Little Brothers Friends for the Elders seeks to solve another issue many people face at this time of year: loneliness.

The organization seeks to “give elders vital support and the change to develop the meaningful friendships missing in their lives,” the web site reads.

Volunteer opportunities vary, including visiting volunteers, who work with the staff to create a lasting friendship by commit to visiting at least twice a month.

Other options include participating in birthday parties and family celebrations.

Donate food or money to a local food drive

Donating food or money to a local food drive has to be one of the most efficient ways to make a big difference for others this holiday season. Drives are held everywhere throughout the city, including at Scio at the Medical District.

“(The medical district community) itself is an area brimming with people who sincerely and truly care about helping others, supporting small businesses, and coming together for a common cause,” Property Manager Dan Rockoff said. “And our team here at Scio is no different.”

The annual food drive runs through Friday, Nov. 16.

“We are invested in this community and (the food drive) really offers us a fantastic way to give back to the area that we call home,” said Rockoff. 

Scio at the Medical District: Welcome Home

The service model at Scio at the Medical District is built on exactly that: service. The members of the community team strive each day to bring life to the words of Winston Churchill.

In addition to offering only the best luxury living experience to current and future residents, Scio at the Medical District offers resort-style amenities, including a newly constructed pool area, amenity space and fitness center. And the recently remodeled studio, one, and two bedroom homes are finished with every detail.

To learn more, or to apply, call (312) 427-1855 or visit us online.


WHAT: Scio at the Medical District food drive

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 31 through Friday, Nov. 16

WHERE: Scio at the Medical District, 901 S. Ashland Ave.

WHY: We love our community!

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