Unilever, Walgreens Partner with Chicago's Education Foundation
Unilever and Walgreens unveiled a new activity and life skills learning area at the Midtown Education Foundation’s Metro Achievement Center.
Chicago, IL - October 29, 2010 – Unilever and Walgreens unveiled a new activity and life skills learning area at the Midtown Education Foundation’s Metro Achievement Center, serving inner-city girls in Chicago from grades 4 through 12, at an event here yesterday evening.
The new Activity and Life Skills learning area, a formerly unfinished and unutilized space at the Metro Achievement Center, will expand personal and educational development programs to support girls ages 8 to 18.
The joint community effort is tied to Unilever’s National Customer Development (CD) Leadership Team’s semi-annual meeting being held in Chicago on October 28th. As part of the group’s regular gatherings, the 70 Unilever leaders seek out a key community project to address in the local area. In lieu of recreational outings, the team opted to roll up their sleeves, partnering with 8 executives at Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreens and give back to the community.
Enhancements to the center will include inspirational pictures depicting young women at the height of achievement; a fully equipped kitchen skills learning area; a flat panel large screen TV monitor with PA sound system; 5,000 square feet of new padded wood laminate studio flooring, new enhanced lighting, and a variety of life skills and exercise equipment. The refurbished space will host life skill lessons, like cooking and personal hygiene, exercise and dance classes.
“Unilever is committed to improving the lives of consumers where we live, work and play, and Walgreens has a proven track record of reaching consumers in the heart of their communities,” said Joe Cavaliere, senior vice president of Customer Development at Unilever. “We are proud to partner with Walgreens to help make a difference in the lives of these girls in Chicago.”
Walgreens has championed the center and played a major role in its ongoing development for over 20 years. In fact it was their exemplary efforts in this regard that first caught the attention of Unilever’s Customer Development executives and led to today’s major event.
Unilever’s CD team’s community efforts began in 2004 and include the development of playgrounds, refurbishing of Boys and Girls Clubs, participation in Habitat for Humanity and National Park projects, as well as the installation of more than 100 new computers in six fully functional computer-learning centers for young boys and girls in cities across the country.
About Metro Achievement Center
Since 1965, Midtown Educational Foundation’s (MEF) Midtown Center for boys and Metro Achievement Center for girls have provided thousands of Chicago urban youth ages eight through eighteen with rigorous academics, structured character education and enriching extracurricular opportunities. Through collaboration with parents, teachers and volunteers, Metro programs instill in its girls a sense of personal worth, develop students' talents, character, and spirit of service, and strengthen academic skills and work habits.
MEF students enroll in college at nearly five times the rate of their peers nationwide. The MEF model is nationally recognized and has been replicated by seven other organizations around the country. This year, Metro celebrates its 25th Anniversary, along with 100% High School Graduation Rate and College Enrollment 11 Years in a Row.
Walgreens ( www.walgreens.com ) is the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2010 sales of $67 billion. The company operates 7,580 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each day, Walgreens provides nearly 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America.
Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility, long- term care and mail service, along with pharmacy benefit solutions and respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. Walgreens Take Care Health Systems subsidiary is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.
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