Doing its part to help bring sports and hope to kids in need, Wintrust Community Banks are teaming together with local youth charity Gear for Goals to host a month-long sports gear collection drive in August.
Starting August 1, community residents are encouraged to donate new or gently used baseballs, bats, gloves, soccer balls, and even musical instruments at participating Wintrust Community Bank locations.
Each year, Gear for Goals (G4G) collects sports gear to benefit under resourced children, both locally and globally in over 29 countries, including the Dominican Republic, Kenya, and Russia.
“Our goal is to collect 150 lbs. of sports gear at each location, totaling 1,500 lbs. of gear,” states Dr. Warren Bruhl, Executive Director Gear for Goals. “This would help about 30,000 kids have access to sports.” For a full list of accepted items, visit G4GSports.org.
Event Information: Gear for Goals/Wintrust Community Banks’ Gear Drive
When: Saturday, August 1 through Monday, August 31, 2015
Where: Wintrust Community Banks participating locations include Buffalo Grove Bank & Trust in Buffalo Grove; Deerfield Bank & Trust in Deerfield; Glenview Bank & Trust in Glenview; Northbrook Bank & Trust in Northbrook; Northview Bank & Trust in Northfield; and North Shore Community Bank & Trust in Glencoe, Wilmette and Winnetka.
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm; Saturdays 8:30am – 1pm
For location information, visit northbrookbank.com or nscbank.com.
During the effort, Wintrust Banks will give each junior saver $5 in treat dollars towards goodies in their community for donated equipment. (Limit: one per household).
“Dreamweaver International is thrilled to have our Gear for Goals’ project work hand-in-hand with Wintrust Banks to bring sports to kids in need,” states Bruhl. “We have some huge needs coming up with trips planned to the Dominican, Haiti, and Kenya and many of the donated items will find their way into the hands of thousands of under resourced children.”
According to Bruhl, Gear for Goals has helped over 130,000 children globally since its inception in 2012, including a sponsored little league program in Kenya, and plans are now underway to expand their existing little league to grow into other regions.
For more information or ways you can help, visit dreamweaver911.org.
About Dreamweaver International and Gear for Goals
Dreamweaver International is a non-profit located in the United States that provides education, healthcare, and humanitarian aid to the people of the Rift Valley of Kenya. Dreamweaver International is making a global impact through its Gear for Goals’ project, bringing sports gear and hope to under resourced children around the world. Armed with a mission to help every child in the world have the hope and opportunity sport and the arts can bring, G4G currently serves children in the Dominican Republic, Kenya, Bolivia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Russia, Philippines, Jamaica, India, and Cuba.
About Wintrust Community Banks
Wintrust Community Banks were created to provide an alternative to the big banks, offering the solutions and services of larger competitors with the customer-focus and service that can only be found at a true community bank. With more than 125 locations across the Chicagoland area, southern Wisconsin and northwest Indiana, Wintrust Community Banks offer a number of financial solutions including personal, business and commercial banking; lending; mortgage; and treasury management services. The banks are staples of the communities they serve hosting free events, offering complimentary seminars and sponsoring local organizations and community activities.
Wintrust Community Banks are Members FDIC and Equal Housing Lenders.