Since our first day in business, Marcel Digital has made it a priority to give back to the Chicago community in meaningful ways. Through the years we've partnered with numerous charitable organizations and nonprofits to provide our time and effort, as well as digital marketing and web development services, to bring about positive change and live our core values and mission.
Here are just a few of the charities and organizations we have the pleasure of working with:
Let us tell you a bit more about a few them.
StreetWise is a Chicago based organization focused on ending homeless through employment opportunities that provide individuals with a stable foundation to pull themselves out of crisis, empowering the entrepreneurial spirit through the dignity of self employment. Marcel Digital has not only provided resources to build a new website for StreetWise, but our CEO Ben Swartz is Chairman of the StreetWise Board of Directors, helping shape the vision of StreetWise and how it can more effectively decrease homelessness in Chicago, changing the lives it impacts forever.
As a partner of Chicago Lights, a nonprofit program at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Marcel Digital has been able to provide numerous internships to high school level students with barriers to career development opportunities, and is proud to be a part of the team that has seen 100% of those enrolled completing their internships, engaging in important on-the-job learning and resume-building skills. Ben sums up the importance of our work with Chicago Lights...
"The person I am most proud of is my very first Chicago Lights intern, Livong Loving. He was a high school kid who we had given an internship in the hopes that he could learn about working in an office and get a taste of the digital world. We quickly bonded and Livong’s internship became a mentorship. At least, I like to think of it as mentorship, but Livong has really done it on his own. He is married, recently had his first child, quickly moving up the ranks at his current company and is looking to purchase a house. I could not be more proud of Livong and the man he has become. He continues to be an inspiration to me and my work."
Every holiday season, our partner, Rush University Medical Center, provides the opportunity for businesses and individuals to sponsor a family, handling all of their holiday shopping for gifts and home necessities. Marcel Digital has been working with Rush Adopt-A-Family for 10+ years with each member of our team partaking in shopping and wrapping gifts for families. Patrick Delehanty says...
"It's a humbling and rewarding experience getting to help with Rush Adopt-A-Family. Not only does it bring us closer to our community and the ability to provide a family with a wonderful holiday season, but it brings us all closer as a team, appreciating what we have and working together to make it happen. It's something any business with the resources to do so should be doing."
Chicago Help Initiative
Marcel Digital has had the pleasure of providing weekly meals to the homeless community of Chicago through Feeding Hope at the Chicago Help Initiative for many years. Not only has this given us the ability to engage and help our community directly, but it's also given us a great insight and respect for the those who organize and execute these events on a weekly basis; those who prepare, serve, and clean up at every event. It's truly a special event that gives each of our members a feeling of gratitude and appreciation that they were able to help directly serve the community. As our SEO Coordinator Vanessa Ramirez says...
"What impacted me most was being able to see what a huge impact our volunteering had on everyone that attended. Having an opportunity to not only serve them, but also talk to them really makes a difference in their lives. Sometimes we forget that the homeless are people too, so connecting with them and sharing some quality time together was a wonderful experience."
Want A Partner?
Marcel Digital is always on the lookout for organizations and charities to partner with to better our community. If you’re interested in partnering with Marcel Digital via digital marketing efforts or volunteering at your events, we’d love to hear how we can help!
About the author
Kyle Brigham is the Chief Strategy Officer at Marcel Digital. He specializes in client services and project management, but also original Nintendo games and ping pong.