UIG’s $1,000,000 Commitment
UIG was founded on the principle of protecting Labor, and we share common values. In an effort to centralize our sponsorship efforts, we have pledged a $1 Million donation over five years to Union Sportsmen’s Alliance, Labor of Love and Helmets to Hardhats.
Union Sportsmen’s Alliance
Launched in 2007 , the USA is North America’s only 100% union-operated, union-dedicated organization committed to uniting the community to educate future generations, conserve wildlife habitat, and improve access to quality places to hunt, fish, and shoot. UIG’s president, Chris DeCaigny, shares the importance of labor unions in USA’s 2016 Sizzle Reel video.
Labor of Love
The Labor of Love raises funds to support the Diabetes Research Institute’s (DRI) efforts to find a cure for diabetes. North America’s Building Trades Unions have been involved in the search for a cure for 30 years. The advances made over the years by DRI and the current clinical trials have been nothing short of miraculous and fundraising will remain an integral part of the effort until a cure is found.
Helmets to Hardhats
This national, nonprofit program connects National Guard, Reserve, retired and transitioning active-duty military service members with skilled training and quality career opportunities in the construction industry. The program is designed to help military service members successfully transition back into civilian life by offering them the means to secure a quality career.
UIG donated this Polaris Ranger to the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance, featuring our other proud sponsorships to Helmets to Hardhats and Labor of Love.
2017 UIG Year of Service
The Fisher House accommodates the families of veterans who are receiving medical care at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital. There is absolutely no charge for any family member to stay at the house and since its opening in 2010, over 3,000 family members have been accommodated and supported. The house purely depends on donations from both individuals and groups to provide guests with supplies, comfort items and personal necessities.
UIG staff spent the day prepping and serving meals, playing games and listening to many stories. The family members were very appreciative of our efforts, stating that it was a great distraction from their daily hospital visits.
The Green Earth Institute is a nonprofit organization established in 2002 to promote nutritional health and environmental sustainability. On their 60 acre farm, they grow over 40 crops of nutritious, delicious organic vegetables, and sell them through a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program. During the summer they offer gardening and nature appreciation programs for children.
UIG staff spent the day preparing the gardens for the educational programs and cleared a field for more vegetable planters. Our hard work will pay off for the summer!
Founded in 1994, the Wetlands Initiative is dedicated to restoring the wetland resources of the Midwest to improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat and biodiversity, and reduce flood damage. The restoration of the vital ecosystem is essential for healthy economies. Wetlands remove pollutants and control sediment to provide cleaner water, offer food and shelter to a vast array of plants and animals, and store floodwaters to reduce the cost and misery from flooding.
Staff members plug planted over 1,000 new plants in the gorgeous Midewin National Prairie to assist this important cause. Our efforts will moderate climate change and restore the essential wetlands.
The SEA Blue Chicago Prostate Cancer Walk & Run started 12 years ago when three impassioned volunteers directly impacted by prostate cancer decided to fight back. Each September, close to 1,500 participants gather in beautiful Lincoln Park to rise to the challenge to fight prostate cancer and remember those who have been lost to the disease. The event has raised over $3 million to help Us TOO International provide: Support, Education, and Advocacy to those combating prostate cancer.
Team UIG participated in this year’s 13th annual Walk & Run to support this great cause. We rallied in blue costumes and one of our teammates even took home a 2nd place medal for the 5K!
Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley is dedicated to providing services for infants, children and adults with disabilities and providing support for the families who love and care for them. Children with and without disabilities will find the highest quality services designed to meet their individual needs. Teams of therapists, teachers and other health professionals help each person overcome obstacles to independence and reach his or her personal goals.
As proud sponsors, Team UIG biked 12 miles at the 2nd annual Bike for the Kids event. The most rewarding part was the chance to meet many of the amazing children that Easter Seals helps every day.