Make a Difference Day - 2013

Each year during Make a Difference Day, our goal is to make a meaningful contribution to the communities surrounding Maurice’s locations and, in the process, enrich the lives of our Associates, their families and other volunteers from the community.

This year, over 1,025 Maurice Associates & their family members, community volunteers and friends of Maurice Sporting Goods made a huge difference in three countries and touched countless lives on July 16th.

Following is a summary by location of the charitable activities, community service and environmental initiatives in which Maurice associates participated.


2013 Maurice Sporting Goods Corporate Group Photo (Northbrook)

Greater Chicago Food Depository
11 volunteers packed 8,995 pounds of plums.

WINGS Resale Shop - Palatine (Women In Need Growing Stronger: Ending Domestic Violence and Homelessness One Family at a Time)
Volunteers cleaned and stocked shelves.

WINGS Resale Shop - Niles (Women In Need Growing Stronger: Ending Domestic Violence and Homelessness One Family at a Time)
Volunteers cleaned and stocked shelves.

River Trails Nature Center
72 volunteers picked up trash along the trails, cleaned the banks of the Des Plaines River and spread mulch around the Nature Center building.

Glenkirk (Provides quality programs for those with developmental disabilities)
12 Associates from Central Distribution worked on landscaping projects at Glenkirk’s office in the morning.

Glenkirk (Provides quality programs for those with developmental disabilities)
In the afternoon, 12 Associates from corporate did more landscaping projects, fence mending and built flower boxes at one of their group homes.

Lambs Farm
33 volunteers worked on landscaping projects around the public buildings.

Northern Illinois Food Bank
21 Associates re-labeled 19,620 lbs of frozen meat for distribution to food pantries. The meat that was packed for distribution equals 15,092 meals for hungry families!

Lincoln Park Community Shelter Lunches
Three Associates who were staying in the office in the afternoon took advantage of a morning project by preparing 30 lunches for the people at the shelter. The lunches were delivered by the afternoon group.

Lincoln Park Community Shelter
10 volunteers headed to a shelter in Lincoln Park for people experiencing homelessness where they made the outside space more welcoming by helping the facilities manager pull weeds and then cleaned and organized the shelter’s kitchen, which serves 30 residents.

Kids Make a Difference Too!
32 of our Associates’ children, ranging in ages from 5-23, participated in our events. Morning activities were organized by 2 college age daughters of one of our associates. The kids had a blast!


Fishing Day-Cubihatcha Nature Center
102 Maurice Associates, together with 91 sponsors and parent volunteers, partnered with the Cubihatcha Nature Center, the Henry County Police and Water Authority and the National Wild Turkey Federation, as well as with many community supporters to fish with over 300 local children from various community organizations.

Fishing Day-Cubihatcha Nature Center
Big smile. Little fish. Great day!

Fishing Day-Cubihatcha Nature Center
Maurice President and CEO Jory Katlin joins the team in Atlanta.


NWA Children's Shelter
10 Associates from the Bentonville office took 28 kids and eight staff members from the NWA Children’s Shelter fishing. Over 250 fish were caught and 28 lives were made better for that day!


Dong Shan
Park clean-up

Kun Shan
Clean-up in Kun Shan City Park

Shan Dong
Nelson and Catherine made a difference doing park clean up.


2013 Northwest Harvest Food Bank Volunteers

Northwest Harvest Food Bank
Eight Associates from the Danielson office along with DM Rich List sorted and packaged 14,300 lbs of apples and 1,400 lbs of pasta!


Food Bank of the Rockies
Four associates and Don Hoben from the Matzuo office sorted and repackaged 6,000 lbs. of food for distribution to food pantries.


John U Lloyd Park Clean-up
The beach and picnic groves at John U Lloyd Park are a lot cleaner thanks to the guys in the Miami office. They even worked through the thunderstorms brought on by a tropical depression!


Milton Kelso YMCA Day Camp
Our Make a Difference Day program is now included in their newsletter to parents! Now that is Making a Difference! 50 Associates partnered with 30 YMCA staff and the Kelso Conservation Day Camp to provide a combination of events to over 300 local children.

Milton Kelso YMCA Day Camp
Fishing at Kelso Conservation Center

REDL (Vancouver, BC)

Alouette River Management Society
31 Associates partnered with the Alouette River Management Society (ARMS) to perform watershed garbage clean-up, as well as, conduct water testing and species identification and recording.

Nanaimo River Cleanup
Two of Redl's salesmen cleaned up garbage along the Nanaimo River.


Washoe County Parks
45 volunteers performed general maintenance and upkeep of the park’s gardens and groves.


Blood Donation
Andy Hawbecker, Blood Donation Volunteer

Blood Donation
Bart Ellis, Blood Donation Volunteer

Blood Donation
Beth Ellis, Blood Donation Volunteer

Alewa Neighborhood Park Clean-up
Jane Au did clean up in Alewa Neighborhood Park.

Food Pantry Donation
Kevin Stallion donated food and time to his local food pantry.

Park Clean-up
Rick Helsel provided park clean up.

Child Care Center Painting
Robert Fix and sons painted the outside of a child care center.

Resale Shop Volunteers
Ron and Jean Marroquin donated time and help to a local resale shop.

South Sioux Park Clean-up
The South Sioux group provided park and river bank clean-up.

Park Clean-up
California District's Tim Groh and the Eugene Oregon team worked at a community garden.

Bike Repair Volunteer
Troy Buse repaired bikes at an event for riders who have no other means of transportation.

Park Clean-up Volunteers
Vern Westberg and his family cleaned up a local park.