On Saturday, December 4, IABC/Chicago members will use our experience and skills to make a difference in the Chicago metropolitan area. We’re joining IABC chapters throughout the world in offering the “Gift of Communication” program.
The “Gift of Communication” program connects IABC chapter members with local not-for-profit social service agencies that need communications counsel and tactical support, and that don’t have resources to address those needs by themselves.
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on December 4, in a facility in downtown Chicago. We are still finalizing arrangements before announcing the location.
The IABC/Chicago “Gift” program is being led by long-time IABC member, Greg Gordon, senior vice president, research and strategy at L.C. Williams & Associates LLC. This is your opportunity to join Greg and the team of IABC volunteers who are part of the chapter’s “Gift” event.
If you would like to volunteer for the “Gift of Communication” program, or receive additional information about it, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the IABC/Chicago office at 1-773-262-2433.
We’ve teamed with United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, which has linked us with several local not-for-profit organizations. We are in the final stages of selecting the organizations that will participate in this first IABC/Chicago “Gift” program on December 4.
Prior to the “Gift” event, chapter volunteers will be briefed on the agencies’ top two communication issues. During the “Gift” session, members will spend one to two hours working in small groups with agency representatives, providing communication advice and support.
The “Gift” program was originally developed by IABC’s Maritime Canada chapter, which has been running it successfully for nine years. IABC’s Golden Horseshoe chapter has participated in the “Gift” program for five years. Both consider it a huge success — and have made it an annual tradition.