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Chicago

The Windy City

Give back to your Chicago community through volunteer opportunities with The TGB Foundation, an impact-driven nonprofit providing the opportunity for kids to live their best life possible.

The Together Giving Back [TGB] Foundation was created in honor of Optomi, llc Cofounder, Todd G. Black. Todd championed strong values, generosity, warm-hearted corporate culture and he relished any opportunity to make a positive impact in people’s lives.

Having been raised in the Chi-town area, Todd had a deep love for all things Chicago. Sports, music, theatre, architecture and of course Chicago makes an amazing backdrop for events of all kinds, especially charity events. 5K Runs, Galas at the Adler Planetarium, backpack packing at the Northern Illinois Foodbank… there is no shortage of ways to volunteer in Chicago to help children in Chicagoland.

With the launch of The TGB Foundation, we aim to help the community through local volunteering opportunities to enhance the lives of children. This can involve assistance with the packing of our TGBash Bags… bags full of entertaining items for little patients going through treatments in the hospital. We’re looking to give out over 2000 bags before the end of 2021.

In partnering with Children’s Hospitals, we are able to help kids of all ages have a more comfortable hospital experience. Psychology studies have shown that simple games can improve mood, promote relaxation and ward off anxiety (Russoniello et al.). Our TGBag does just that. Through the gift of entertainment and distraction activities, we are able to normalize life and enhance the hospital stay for young patients and their families. These bags include items such as puzzles, fidget spinners, stress balls, coloring books and activity books. Our gifts allow the opportunity for better outcomes by transcending the reality of the moment… all in an effort to allow these little patients to ultimately live their best lives.

In addition to our own TGBash Bags filled with custom activity items from The TGB Foundation, we also coordinate volunteer efforts to pack backpacks for the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Optomi, the company that Todd Black cofounded, created a program called Opt2give to alleviate the hunger epidemic in the U.S. Through this program, Optomi, LLC donates a weekend worth of meals to a food insecure child with every business deal. The program has fed over 5,000 children with over 35,000 meals to date.

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Here at The TGB Foundation, we believe in the power of a positive mental state
to promote health and healing… so we aim to make every child smile,
feel cared for and find relief from their worries for a little while.
“A cheerful heart is good medicine.”
-Proverbs

What are these amazing Chicago Volunteer Opportunities?
The TGB Foundation is creating a PARTY IN A BAG for kids during their hospital stay. The TGBash Bags are an entertainment bag full of coloring books, slime, joke cards, a fidget spinner, a stuffed animal, crayons, etc. – items that will help children better cope with their circumstances in the hospital. If you are able to contribute, please go onto https://thetgbfoundation.org/give/ to donate. Thank you for helping us make a little patient’s day!

Help us supply TGBash Bags
We’ll make an assembly line for the packing session
We will observe all Covid-19 CDC protocols
Sign-up here for the best volunteer opportunity in Chicago

Upcoming 2022 Volunteer Projects in Chicago are:
October 10th Golf Event
Volunteer with your family for The TGB Foundation
Volunteer with your company with The TGB Foundation

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