IBJI CARES (Compassionate Allied Rehabilitation Enabling Society)
IBJI CARES is the philanthropic arm of Illinois Bone & Joint Institute (IBJI) and is supported by the IBJI community. Formed in 2018, IBJI CARES empowers employees and patients to promote the benefits of wellness, healthy movement and positive lifestyles with neighbors near and far through fundraising, education, community outreach and service opportunities. Funds raised by IBJI CARES benefit causes in the Chicagoland area, as well as worldwide, that enhance the health and wellbeing of others.
For more information, please contact IBJI CARES Chairperson Tara Banick, PT, DPT, at email@example.com.
IBJI CARES Donates Splints, Braces
July 30, 2019
On Friday, July 26, IBJI CARES Foundation boxed up approximately 200 surplus splints and braces and shipped them to the World Medical Missions charity organized by Samaritan’s Purse. These items will be sent overseas to developing countries where they can be given to those in need of orthopedic care. IBJI CARES Foundation is delighted to be a part of this wonderful effort!
IBJI CARES Foundation ‘Day of Service’ a Success!
July 22, 2019
On Saturday, July 20, 38 IBJI physicians, therapists, and staff came out on the hottest day of the year to volunteer at New Life Shelter for the homeless in Chicago! Despite the heat, our hard-working volunteers painted walls and windows, installed a new basketball hoop, deep-cleaned the kitchen, organized the pantry, lay down sport court, moved a gazebo, cleaned ceiling fans, organized the attic, and performed many other odd jobs to help make the shelter more functional and pleasant for the ~18 children and 30+ adults who live there at any given time.
We also donated new toys (a bike, trike, kites, basketball, legos, and other games) to promote active play and healthy movement for the children staying there. We were also able to watch the installation of the new outdoor playset, made possible by the funds IBJI CARES Foundation has raised so far this year on behalf of New Life Shelter!
This Day of Service was a meaningful way to demonstrate that our efforts and concern for our community go beyond just donating money, and we were humbled to be able to make a difference for our Chicagoland neighbors in need!
IBJI CARES Open Golf Tournament a Success!
July 3, 2019
The sun broke through a rainy June on the 29th to shine over the first annual IBJI CARES Open charity golf outing! Held at Chevy Chase Country Club, the event welcomed over 130 guests for a delicious lunch, silent auction, and golf tournament. We were honored to host the director and board members of our 2019 target charity, the New Life Shelter of Chicago, for which the event raised $16,000 to help fund major renovations to the shelter’s playground, kitchen, bathrooms, and common areas.
The afternoon was filled with fun, exciting auction items, and prizes for the winning foursome and longest drives! Thank you to all of the IBJI physicians, therapists, and staff who participated and/or volunteered their time to make the day a huge success! We also thank our many corporate sponsors, who so generously donated towards the effort. We can’t wait for next year’s golf outing!
Thank you to our event sponsors:
IBJI CARES Bernie’s Book Drive Complete!
Thank you all for an incredibly successful Bernie’s Book Bank Book Drive! Our goal was to collect 2,000 books, and in one month, we didn’t just meet that goal…
We blew it away, with a grand total of 3,936 children’s books donated!
Top Five Clinics
- Libertyville — 515 books
- Glenview — 440 books
- Lindenhurst — 414 books
- Gurnee — 404 books
- Avondale — 361 books
We appreciate everyone who brought in books, made colorful donation boxes for their clinics, and talked up the drive to patients, friends, and neighbors.
Last Saturday, around 35 of us met at Bernie’s Book Bank for a packing session, where we prepped books to be shipped out to underprivileged kids around Chicagoland. We also dropped off our donated books en masse, and their staff were overwhelmed by both the quantity and quality of the books we brought.
Thanks again! We showed in a big way how much IBJI really does “CARE”!
IBJI CARES Donates Crutches Overseas
On March 1, IBJI team members gathered to help box up and ship out the assistive devices collected from patient and clinic donations during the company-wide drive we hosted on behalf of Crutches4Kids this winter. We packed up and loaded onto a truck a total of 86 pairs of crutches, 45 canes, and 16 walkers! They are being trucked to New York, from where they will be shipped to those in need in medically underserved areas of Haiti. IBJI CARES was proud to make this possible and thankful for all those who donated items for this wonderful cause!
IBJI CARES Hosts Charity Spike Ball Fundraiser
IBJI’s own Health Performance Institute teamed up with IBJI CARES to host our very first fundraiser event, with all proceeds going towards our 2019 charity partner, New Life homeless shelter in Chicago. Around thirty junior high and high schoolers from the Chicagoland area competed for the title of North Shore Spike Ball Champions, and competition was intense! Thanks to everyone who came out to play in honor of a great cause, and thanks to all who worked to make the event a success!
To learn more about IBJI CARES’ 2019 charity partner, New Life Shelter / Good News Partners, please visit goodnewspartners.org.