The Urban Initiatives Junior Board is comprised of young professionals who volunteer their time and efforts to the thousands of kids UI serves across Chicago. Here is a short interview with our newest Junior Board member, Isabel.
UI: Why did you decide to get involved with Urban Initiatives?
Isabel: I decided to get more involved for a few different reasons. Firstly, after I learned how involved my company was with UI I wanted to become just as involved on an individual level. I wanted to become more involved in an organization that I was interested in and passionate about and thought this would be a great opportunity as I already felt connected through the events I had participated in. As I participated in UI events through Storck I learned what a wonderful organization UI was and how important and connected I feel to UI’s mission. Personally I began playing soccer when I was 5 and continued to play through college. I know what a profound influence soccer had on my life whether it be enhancing my work ethic or exposing me to social and leadership roles I may not have been exposed to otherwise. I know firsthand the importance of structured after school programs and couldn’t be more excited that it also involves one of my favorite sports.
UI: What are you hoping to get out of this experience?
Isabel: I hope to get more involved with volunteering and interacting both with the children UI supports and the other members of the Junior Board. I hope to also spread the word about UI and get others interested in supporting and participating in UI’s mission.
UI: What have you been involved with so far?
Isabel: I first got involved with UI when I joined a coed soccer league through LTS that played for UI with my coworker. I have also participated in a soccer practice and dinner with the students of Jenner Academy and coworkers from Storck. During our annual Jenner field trip to the Storck office I presented the Supply Chain Departments overview to the students explaining the function and importance of our department and it’s connection to the company as a whole. Most recently I fundraised and participated in the Shamrock Shuffle UI Team.
Thanks for joining the team Isabel!