IABC/Chicago recently sat down with Tom Keefe to find out what’s so great about participating in the Gift of Communication. With this year’s event less than a month away, we wanted to know why Tom keeps coming back for more.
IABC/Chicago (IABCC): Thanks for talking with us Tom.
Tom Keefe (Tom): Sure thing.
IABCC: Almost every year, we host a volunteer event called the Gift of Communication. Tell us a little bit about the event.
Tom: This is a special event for several reasons. First, it’s absolutely free! Second, it’s a nice way to share our communication skills and expertise with folks who really need it, but might not be able to afford to hire someone. I’ve attended several and have enjoyed every one of them.
IABCC: So, what happens at the Gift of Communication?
Tom: IABC/Chicago partners with the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago to identify non-profits that need help solving a communication issue. Many times, these agencies operate on limited funding, and can’t afford to hire a full-time communicator.
IABCC: How long does the event last?
Tom: This year’s event is taking place on Tuesday, June 18 from 1-5pm at DePaul University’s School of Communication at 14 E. Jackson, Room 1834 in downtown Chicago.
IABCC: Can people show-up the day of the event or is pre-registration required?
Tom: I strongly recommend that members register in advance. That way, we can partner members with agencies and provide advance information about the particular issue the agency is facing. This allows everyone to hit the ground running once they’re in the same room.
IABCC: Do you know the names of this year’s participating organizations?
Tom: As a matter of fact, I have a few names I can share. The list includes Teamwork Englewood, BUILD, Youth Guidance, North Lawndale, Corazon and Family Service. These agencies all provide after-school programs for middle and high school students on the west and south sides of the city. They’re also regular participants in the United Way’s African American or Latino initiatives.
IABCC: Thanks for sharing a little bit about your experience.
Tom: Anytime. Hope to see you there!