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The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation staff sends their gratitude to Northwestern Settlement for providing a volunteer opportunity on August 23. The Foundation team weeded garden beds and harvested vegetables and herbs to be distributed at the organization’s food pantry. The harvest included eggplant, tomato, basil, mint, green beans, and squash. The garden bed project also engages the students at Rowe Elementary School, who plant and maintain the garden, and learn about gardening in their classroom.

Harvested vegetables. Photo courtesy of Northwestern Settlement

Founded in 1891, Northwestern Settlement has served Chicagoans for over 130 years. Their mission is to disrupt generational poverty by supporting, preparing, and empowering young people at distinct stages of life to break down barriers on their path to success in adulthood. Along with the food pantry, Northwestern Settlement provides programs and services that include early childhood education, camps, an elementary and middle school, emergency services, and youth development programs.

Many thanks again to Northwestern Settlement for such a fulfilling experience.


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