AIU is not only serious about helping to enrich and educate students to move forward, but also enriching the community as a whole.
AIU's WeCare committee operates as a philanthropic arm of the university. The mission of WeCare is to create a difference in communities and empower the lives of those in need. The committee partners with individuals and groups to raise funds for various charitable organizations.
WeCare takes pride in its selection process, which ensures that no favoritism, prejudicial, or potentially offensive actions are undertaken.
Supporting Veterans via Honor Flight
Honor Flight is an organization that helps veterans of the Second World War fly to Washington, D.C., for a day of honor and remembrance. To support the organization, AIU’s WeCare committee raised funds through hot dog, taco, and trivia lunches, as well as lemonade stand sales. The total donation to the organization was $521. Additionally, the committee was able to collect 32 letters for Honor Flight’s Mail Call, a program that collects letters for veterans to read during their journey to the capital, reminding them of the impact their sacrifice has made.
Serving Children with Special Needs
The Kids Equipment Network (TKEN) is a local nonprofit that works to provide durable adaptive equipment to children with special needs. In order to raise funds for TKEN, WeCare organized an online fundraising competition and held bake sales. The bake sales brought in a lot of participation, with 27 bakers contributing dishes (in some cases, multiple dishes!). Altogether, these efforts came out to a total of $455 raised for the organization.
Working for Safe, Humane Neighborhoods
Safe Humane Chicago is an organization whose vision is a city in which people and companion animals are safe from all forms of violence and have the resources necessary to live in safe, humane neighborhoods. Various initiatives were organized to raise funds for Safe Humane, including a bake sale, chili cook-off, and guessing jar. There was also a team competition held to fundraise and collect boxes of granola bars to donate, as the organization was in need of snacks to provide to the children participating in its after-school programming. Over $1,500 and 540 boxes of granola bars were donated.
Contact the WeCare Committee
To learn more about AIU’s corporate social-responsibility philosophy or get involved with WeCare, feel free to contact the organization directly via email at WeCare@aiuonline.edu.