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Discover and Chicago Cares Volunteers Create Field of Dreams

Little City has its own field of dreams thanks to a team of hard-working volunteers from Discover.

After years of deterioration, Little City’s softball field received the restoration it needed thanks to more than 200 Discover employees that arrived with enthusiasm to volunteer valuable time at Little City on Sept. 26. The project required a whopping 72 tons of sand and dirt to be moved and applied to the field, requiring three dump trucks to deliver the load. Because of the vital work, Little City’s award-winning Special Olympics team will now be able to host games at home instead of needing to travel for every game.

“As a Special Olympics coach at Little City, this really is a field of dreams for our athletes,” said Stephanie Darnell, Volunteer Services Supervisor at Little City.

“It was amazing to see all these individuals come together and complete a project that is going to have such a positive impact on our athletes and residents.”

The massive softball field project was just the beginning for Discover and Chicago Cares volunteers who were determined to do even more for Little City.

The volunteers also helped beautify the mile-long campus walking trail, create canvas murals, re-paint picnic tables and offer other much-needed assistance. Additional Discover volunteers operated in Little City’s gymnasium, creating fleece blankets, pillows and sensory boxes for other community charities.

“It’s one of those events that everyone actually wants to participate in. Volunteerism is one of Discover’s core values and we want to encourage our employees to give back to their community,” said Cathy Davis, Volunteer Lead and Procurement Manager for Discover. “No One ever feels forced to participate, rather, our employees sincerely look forward to this day every year.”

This event was part of Discover Cares program that aims to provide support to the community through volunteerism of their time and skills to make a more caring and compassionate society.

"There are so many capable and caring staff at Little City, past and present, who have helped Clifford. He has made a lot of progress in mastering his behavior."

Colleen, Mother of a child living in a ChildBridge Group Home