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Lou Malnati’s Makes a Special Delivery

Tanya Sypersky was a Lou Malnati’s waitress with an idea.

With a sister at Little City’s Countryside Center, Tanya worked to have the Lou Malnati’s Schaumburg crew to come to Little City for a day of volunteering. Six months later, Tanya was interning at Little City. Four months after that, she was a Little City employee.

“I’ve loved it here,” Tanya said. “This is definitely my career choice so I expect to be here for a long time.”

The experience went so well in 2017 for not only Tanya but the whole Lou Malnati’s crew that they came out again this past July. And it turns out the kings of the deep dish are also kings of the deep clean.

More than 20 volunteers deep cleaned and detailed over 10 Little City vehicles and also weeded and landscaped the new therapeutic garden for the ChildBridge Center for Education. The two groups of volunteers managed to get both projects done within three hours. The sparkling vehicles and tended garden will give Little City students and residents a safe and pleasant environment.

Tanya said she plans to continue the relationship between Little City and Lou Malnati’s as she still takes shifts with the pizza establishment when she is able to. Having that connection gives volunteers an inside perspective to just how much their contributions mean.

“Because I have an inside view now, I can explain to them how appreciated it really is,” Tanya said. I definitely see the value more now that I work here compared to when I was volunteering.”

Having been promoted from Health and Community Specialist to an Assistant Program Manager in charge of four Community Integrated Living Arrangements, Tanya is staying plenty busy at Little City. But she said she loves the community aspect of volunteering and plans to keep volunteering with her Lou Malnati’s friends any time she can.

“Little City uses an affirming message – that it’s a good world, there’s a place for my kids in the world and Little City will help them find it.”

Rachel, mother of children receiving home-based support services