Make A Difference Day - 2015

Each year, hundreds of Maurice Sporting Goods associates and their families unite with a common mission and goal -- to make a contribution of time, energy, support and help to our local community, wherever that may be across the globe.

From projects that help one person to projects that benefit a whole community, every contribution makes a difference. This year Maurice Associates & their family members, community volunteers and friends of Maurice provided 2,160 volunteer hours to community and service projects, food banks, grounds-keeping and public park cleanup. The total number of Maurice Associates, family participants and others numbered 1,211 volunteers in 31 locations throughout the U.S. Canada and China.

Following is a summary by location of the charitable activities, community service and environmental initiatives in which Maurice associates participated.

CORPORATE

2015 Maurice Sporting Goods Corporate Group Photo (Northbrook)

Children's Home & Aid - Rice Child and Family Center
25 associates helped groups of kids with t-shirt tye dying and played outdoor ball sports and board games.

Children's Home & Aid - Rice Child and Family Center
25 associates helped groups of kids with t-shirt tye dying and played outdoor ball sports and board games.

Children's Home & Aid - Rice Child and Family Center
Associates also helped repair bicycles that are used by the kids.

Feed My Starving Children - Libertyville
Associates and their families assembled, packaged, boxed up and palletted meal packets.

Feed My Starving Children - Libertyville
Associates and their families assembled, packaged, boxed up and palletted meal packets.

Feed My Starving Children - Schaumburg
Associates and their families assembled, packaged, boxed up and palletted meal packets (24,624 meals!) bound for Haiti.

Feed My Starving Children - Schaumburg
Associates and their families assembled, packaged, boxed up and palletted meal packets (24,624 meals!) bound for Haiti.

Lambs Farm
23 volunteers worked on maintenance projects and landscaping around the public buildings.

Lambs Farm
23 volunteers worked on maintenance projects and landscaping around the public buildings.

Northern Illinois Food Bank
Associates sorted and re-packed food for distribution to 800 of their network partners serving more than 60,000 hungry neighbors each week across 12 counties.

Northern Illinois Food Bank
Associates sorted and re-packed food for distribution to 800 of their network partners serving more than 60,000 hungry neighbors each week across 12 counties.

Skokie Lagoons
18 Volunteers, including many of our Associate's kids cut, pruned, sawed and removed invasive Buckthorn plants and trees.

Skokie Lagoons
18 Volunteers, including many of our Associate's kids cut, pruned, sawed and removed invasive Buckthorn plants and trees.

Techny Prairie Park & Fields
16 associates from the Northbrook Distribution Center picked up trash and did landscaping at Techny Prairie Park & Fields.

Techny Prairie Park & Fields
16 associates from the Northbrook Distribution Center picked up trash and did landscaping at Techny Prairie Park & Fields.

Turning Point
Volunteers prepared invitations to be mailed for Turning Point's upcoming fundraising event. Turning Point is a domestic violence agency with a mission to confront violence against women and children in McHenry County, Illinois.

WINGS Resale Shop - Niles (Women In Need Growing Stronger: Ending Domestic Violence and Homelessness One Family at a Time)
Volunteers helped prepare this new location for it's grand opening.

WINGS Resale Shop - Niles (Women In Need Growing Stronger: Ending Domestic Violence and Homelessness One Family at a Time)
Volunteers cleaned and stocked shelves.

WINGS Resale Shop - Palatine (Women In Need Growing Stronger: Ending Domestic Violence and Homelessness One Family at a Time)
Volunteers cleaned and stocked shelves.

ATLANTA

Fishing Day-Cubihatcha Nature Center
Maurice Associates, together with community sponsors and parent volunteers, partnered with the Cubihatcha Nature Center to fish with over 100 local children from various community organizations.

BENTONVILLE

NWA Children's Shelter
13 Associates from the Bentonville office along with 6 game & fish employees took 28 kids and eight staff members from the NWA Children’s Shelter out for a fishing experience to the Fish Hatchery in Centerton, AR.

NWA Children's Shelter
13 Associates from the Bentonville office along with 6 game & fish employees took 28 kids and eight staff members from the NWA Children’s Shelter out for a fishing experience to the Fish Hatchery in Centerton, AR.

CHINA

Dong Shan
Sea wall clean-up

Kun Shan
Associates visited a nursing home, interacted with the residents and helped clean rooms.

Wei Hai
Jason and Catherine made a difference doing park clean up in Wei Hai Fo Ding Shan Park.

DANIELSON

Des Moines Food Bank
Seven Associates from the Danielson office prepared meals, sorted potatoes and loaded coolers for the Des Moines Food Bank.

DENVER

Cherry Creek Trail Association
Ben and Kirk picked up 10# of trash along the Cherry Creek Trail, a trail that is heavily used by walkers, runners and bicyclists in the area.

Cherry Creek Trail Association
Ben and Kirk picked up 10# of trash along the Cherry Creek Trail, a trail that is heavily used by walkers, runners and bicyclists in the area

DISTRICT MANAGERS & TERRITORY MANAGERS

Food Bank of Contra Costa
Field Sales, California District: Volunteers sorted and packed food for distribution.

Habitat for Humanity
Field Sales, Northwest District: Associates volunteered their time with Habitat for Humanity.

FIRST SOURCE - MIAMI

Harry Chapin Food Bank
Volunteers from the First Source office donated their time with a local food pantry. The Harry Chapin Food Bank of South West Florida provides food through pantries, soup kitchens, and other local sources.

MIAMI

Beach Clean-up
The beach and shoreline are a lot cleaner thanks to the folks in the Miami office.

PITTSBURGH

Montour Trail
Associates mowed grass and weeds along a 3 mile stretch of Montour Trail. They also painted tunnels, tended to bridges, road intersections and tunnel ways.

Montour Trail
Associates mowed grass and weeds along a 3 mile stretch of Montour Trail. They also painted tunnels, tended to bridges, road intersections and tunnel ways.

REDL (Vancouver, BC)

Alouette River Management Society
More than 60 associates partnered with the Allouette River Mnanagement Society and spent the day picking up trash, planting trees and cleaning up some natural ecosystems around Allco Park in Maple Ridge. Together they planted 35 trees and removed over 200# of trash.

RENO

Oxbow Nature Area
Associates pulled weeds, performed trail maintenance, and trimmed trees and bushes.

Oxbow Nature Area
Associates pulled weeds, performed trail maintenance, and trimmed trees and bushes.

SOUTH SIOUX

Crystal Cove Lake Recreation Area
Associates collected 10 bags of garbage and debris, cleared fallen limbs and trees and used skimmers to remove trash from the water.