Lots of Change – and Lots of Hope

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CNCS CEO Patrick Corvington joined more than 2,100 college students in Chicago who gathered this past weekend to help bring change to the city’s Englewood neighborhood. The student volunteers were in Chicago for the 2010 International Campus Ministry Conference hosted by the International Churches of Christ. They met with fellow leaders, attended conferences classes and joined with HOPE worldwide in a Day of Service.

On Friday morning at 6am sharp over 2,100 students loaded buses and headed to Englewood in the 16th district of Chicago to participate in the "Lots of Change" event. Bus after bus unloaded students in blue t-shirts who were armed with trash bags, gloves and tools to clean more than 2,000 abandoned lots in the Englewood area that were littered with trash and debris.

Students helping with this clean up were not solely from Chicago; in fact most were from other U.S. and international cities.

After hours of cleaning, the students gathered back together in Sherman Park to share stories and participate in a community rally hosted by HOPE worldwide's Chicago Chapter. At the rally, students heard from special guests Alderman JoAnn Thompson of Chicago's 16th Ward, Freddie Mac's CEO Ralph Boyd, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and CNCS's CEO Patrick Corvington, who inspired students to leave their mark on today's world and be leaders in service.

In the U.S., HOPE worldwide is located in 100 cities and works in cooperation with over 138 churches that provide more than 34,000 volunteers. HOPE worldwide volunteers mobilize to help their communities with issues of disaster preparedness and relief, education, children, workforce development and community outreach.

To learn more about Hope worldwide and how you can volunteer, visit hopeww.org

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