ActiveCampaign is and always will be committed to the welfare of its community. As a business, we have a responsibility to give back, and to promote a culture that not only caters to our own customers and employees, but to our city and beyond. That’s why earlier this month, ActiveCampaign held a Volunteer Fair, opening its doors to local and international nonprofit organizations (and a dog). Employees had the opportunity to visit the various stations set up in our Cafe to learn about, contribute to, and even participate in the good work that’s being done every day.

For many of us, this Volunteer Fair was a great introduction to some really wonderful organizations. For others, it was an opportunity to take a closer look at organizations they had a prior history with, or had volunteered with in the past. We thought it would be nice to give some of our employees a chance to share their thoughts and experiences in their own words:
“One Tail at a Time has continually impressed me with their ability to organize and mobilize a large amount of volunteers. All volunteers are empowered to follow their passion and can do everything from fostering, training and socializing, to just driving adopted dogs over to their new families. They are very dedicated to the mission of saving animals and helping them find a quality, long term home and it makes volunteering that rewarding.”
– Julia Anderson, Technical Project Manager

“I’ve volunteered for Lakeview Pantry for over a year and cannot say enough praise for the organization. It is extremely well run. Mostly I’ve stocked shelves and packaged home delivery meals, but most rewarding is working the distribution as a ‘personal shopper’ for the clients. They are thrilled to be treated with dignity and are deeply grateful for the quality food that Lakeview provides.”
– Carol Zmuda, Senior Database Engineer

“I volunteered with Tutoring Chicago’s literacy program in the ‘17-18 school year. Each week was an incredible experience, watching my student catch up to his literacy grade level, and gain confidence in his own ability to read and learn. Reading went from being a dreaded task at the beginning of the year, to a source of joy and accomplishment. I’m excited for the ‘18-19 school year to begin, hopefully with a team of AC volunteers!”
– Marion Huebner, Full Stack Developer

That’s just a small sampling of the diversity of charitable groups that attended our Volunteer Fair, and every single one deserves a look-see. If you’re interested in learning more, check out the full list of organizations below.
Awesome Foundation: Local funding for entrepreneurs.
Chicago Scholars: Mentorship of first gen college students.
Tutoring Chicago: Youth tutoring for economically disadvantaged students.
Open Books: Book shop providing literacy programs and book donations.
Best Buddies: Opportunities for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
Howard Brown Health: LGBTQ health services, research, and education.
Sarah’s Circle: Services for women affected by homelessness.
Habitat for Humanity Chicago: Community improvement and homeownership support.
Feed My Starving Children: Provides meals for malnourished children in developing nations.
Culinary Care: Food delivery.
Greater Chicago Food Depository: Food bank and community engagement.
Lakeview Pantry: Food bank on the north side.
Alliance for Great Lakes: Working to protect the Great Lakes.
One Tail at a Time: No-kill dog rescue.