Make A Difference Day - 2014

From community and service projects, to food banks, grounds-keeping and public park cleanup, reaching out to the community that surrounds us is the goal of our Maurice Cares Make a Difference Day activities. These projects enhance the lives of our Associates, their families and other community volunteers while making a contribution to our local communities and enriching the lives of those less fortunate.

This year, over 1,020 Maurice Associates & their family members, community volunteers and friends of Maurice Sporting Goods provided over 5,000 hours of volunteer service to our local communities.

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

CORPORATE

2014 Maurice Sporting Goods Corporate Group Photo (Northbrook)

Greater Chicago Food Depository
19 volunteers sorted 2400 lbs of cereal.

Greater Chicago Food Depository
19 volunteers sorted 2400 lbs of cereal.

Lambs Farm
34 volunteers worked on maintenance projects and landscaping around the public buildings.

Lambs Farm
34 volunteers worked on maintenance projects and landscaping around the public buildings.

Magazine Drive
14 Volunteers collected, sorted and bundled 859 donated magazines to be reused at various locations.

Marquard Center Kitchen
The Marquard Center in the Wicker Park/Bucktown community, serves nutritious meals to 100 individuals every night of the year. Associates served guests at the soup kitchen.

Northern Illinois Food Bank
11 Associates sorted and re-labeled 19,044 lbs of frozen meat for distribution to food pantries. The meat that was packed for distribution equals 15,870 meals for hungry families!

River Trails Nature Center
Volunteers picked up trash along the trails and the banks of the Des Plaines River.

Skokie Lagoons
43 Volunteers, including many of our Associate's kids cut, pruned, sawed and removed invasive Buckthorn plants and trees.

Skokie Lagoons
43 Volunteers, including many of our Associate's kids cut, pruned, sawed and removed invasive Buckthorn plants and trees.

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

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

Glenkirk (Provides quality programs for those with developmental disabilities)
9 Associates from Central Distribution assembled furniture for a new resident's facility that is opening soon.

SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education)
11 Associates sorted crayons, made super crayons, sorted and organized text books and prepared paper packets for the upcoming school year.

ATLANTA

Fishing Day-Cubihatcha Nature Center
110 Maurice Associates, together with 65 sponsors and parent volunteers, partnered with the Cubihatcha Nature Center to fish with over 100 local children from various community organizations.

Fishing Day-Cubihatcha Nature Center
110 Maurice Associates, together with 65 sponsors and parent volunteers, partnered with the Cubihatcha Nature Center to fish with over 100 local children from various community organizations.

Fishing Day-Cubihatcha Nature Center
It's all about the kids!

BENTONVILLE

NWA Children's Shelter
Ten Associates from the Bentonville office took seven kids and four staff members from the NWA Children’s Shelter out for a fishing experience.

CHINA

Dong Shan
Jin Luan Beach clean-up

Kun Shan
Clean-up in Kun Shan Forest Park

Wei Hai
Jason and Catherine made a difference doing park clean up in Wei Hai Fo Ding Shan Park.

DANIELSON

Northwest Harvest Food Bank Volunteers

Northwest Harvest Food Bank
Five Associates from the Danielson office packed 50,000 lbs of fresh corn on the cob. The food bank provides food to the food banks in Washington State.

DENVER

Rocky Mountain Food Bank
Three associates sorted and repackaged food for distribution to food pantries.

Rocky Mountain Food Bank
Three associates sorted and repackaged food for distribution to food pantries.

MIAMI

Beach Clean-up
The beach and shoreline are a lot cleaner thanks to the folks in the Miami office.

TORONTO/MISSISSAUGA

Milton Kelso YMCA Day Camp
50 Associates partnered with YMCA staff and the Kelso Conservation Day Camp to provide a combination of events to over 300 local children. The combination of events, included Archery station, a dry casting station, a fishing station, a Nature Walk featuring decoys and game calls, and a Games station for baseball pitching.

Milton Kelso YMCA Day Camp
Fishing at Kelso Conservation Center

Milton Kelso YMCA Day Camp
Archery stations at Kelso Conservation Center

REDL (Vancouver, BC)

Alouette River Management Society
45 Associates cleaned 3.6 KM of River Road.

Katzie Slough Cleanup
Local government and Redl volunteers pitched in to clean up a vital Pitt Meadows waterway. Collecting garbage along the Katzie Slough, the team found 300 pounds of waste, and offered manufacturers a valuable insight into their waste’s final resting place. The story and video are featured on Metro Vancouver Close-Up

RENO

Verdi Nature Trail
40 Associates pulled weeds, performed trail maintenance, gravel replacement and trash pick up.

Verdi Nature Trail
40 Associates pulled weeds, performed trail maintenance, gravel replacement and trash pick up.

DISTRICT MANAGERS & TERRITORY MANAGERS

Snowy Plover Nesting Reserve - Channel Islands Beach
Field Sales, California District: Aaron Barnes and merchandiser associate, Grace, cleaned up around the Snowy Plover nesting reserve, located on the Channel Islands Beach.

Na Pueo Park Clean Up
Field Sales, California District: Jane Au did clean-up activities in Na Pueo Park.

Guajome County Park Clean Up
Field Sales, California District: Justin Romney and his kids did clean-up activities in Guajome County Park.

Lake Thunderbird State Park Clean Up
Field Sales, Central District: Associates did clean-up activities in Lake Thunderbird State Park.

Food Bank of Contra Costa
Field Sales: Associate Julia Peterson bagged 3 pallets of onions and a pallet of carrots.