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Thanks for a successful joint Meet & Match with Chicago Cares!

Photo credit for photos pictured in this piece: Erik Unger

Our thanks to everyone who made our 2018 joint Meet & Match with Chicago Cares on February 7th a success! This year's event celebrated the merger of WomenOnCall and Chicago Cares and launched Skills for Good, the new program of Chicago Cares that leverages WomenOnCall's technology platform and skills-based volunteerism model. This historic evening marked the coming together of our organizations to expand volunteer opportunities and enhance the capacity of nonprofit organizations to build a stronger, more unified Chicago.

The evening began with an insightful discussion onstage between Margot Pritzker, founder of WomenOnCall, and Leslie Bluhm, co-founder of Chicago Cares, led by moderator Francee Harrington, WomenOnCall Advisory Board member. The leaders shared their vision for the merger as well as details from the planning process to help the merger serve as an example to others in the sector.

Following the conversation onstage, 250 professionals met face-to-face with 50 diverse, local nonprofits in the Chase Tower Plaza level space on short-term, skills-based volunteer projects. Via a speed-networking process, nonprofit participants discussed available projects, and participants shared more about their professional backgrounds, skills and interests to find a match. Following the evening, volunteers and nonprofits continued to forge connections online at womenoncall.org. This was the 12th annual Chicago event for WomenOnCall and another powerful way to assist nonprofits in fulfilling their specific, skills-based volunteer needs.

We thank our sponsors who helped make this event possible. A special thank you to JPMorgan Chase for welcoming us once again at the Chase Tower and providing instrumental support throughout our six-year partnership. We thank Latham & Watkins for their continued commitment to the Meet & Match and for their work to advance pro bono throughout the Chicago community. This year, we were delighted to have Vanille Patisserie join us, and we thank them for their generous contributions and their dedication to Chicago's nonprofit sector.

Until Summer 2018, Skills for Good volunteer opportunities can be found on www.womenoncall.org. If you attended the February 7th Meet & Match and would like assistance connecting with a volunteer/nonprofit you met or if you would like to share your feedback, please feel free to contact us at aziel@chicagocares.org. We want to hear from you!