During its third annual “Month of Giving” initiative, Rockford-area Jersey Mike’s restaurants raised $6,756 for Northern Illinois Hospice.
Local franchise owner and operator Frank Tarara made the decision to donate local proceeds in 2014 to Northern Illinois Hospice. “Giving back to the community and making a difference in someone’s life has been the mission of Jersey Mike’s from the beginning,” Mr. Tarara said.
On a national scale, Jersey Mike’s, known for its East Coast-style subs, joined forces with 86 local charities around the U.S. Last year’s Month of Giving raised nearly $858,000 for 74 different charities nationwide.
During March, both Rockford-area Jersey Mike’s solicited donations, and on March 27, donated 100 percent of their sales to Northern Illinois Hospice.
Social media platforms such as Facebook played a huge role in getting the word out as friends told friends about Jersey Mike’s big fundraising event for NI Hospice. Local media jumped in, too, helping to spread the word.
“As a not-for-profit hospice, we cannot do what we do without community support,” John Quinn, former Northern Illinois Hospice Development Director said. “We care for some of this region’s most vulnerable people, and it is humbling to see the community, in turn, care for us.”
Quinn added, “Community volunteers founded Northern Illinois Hospice, and it is gratifying to see community members come together to support our agency.”
If your business would like to help Northern Illinois Hospice with a project or fundraising, please call 815.398.0500. From building & property maintenance to fundraising programs, Northern Illinois Hospice services are supported by generous donors throughout the community it serves.