A signature program for the White Sox, the Volunteer Corps serves as a way to unite White Sox fans through service opportunities within our community. The White Sox Volunteer Corps was created by the Chicago White Sox in response to President Obama's call for Americans to better their communities through service. The team organizes community service events that incorporate support from players and coaches, Southpaw, staff and members of the volunteer group to serve shoulder to shoulder to make a positive and lasting impact in our community.
More than 5,000 Sox fans and community-focused Chicagoans have signed up for the Volunteer Corps since its inception. The first day of service, on May 9, 2009, saw more than 300 volunteers working together to restore two local Boys & Girls Club sites. Since then members of the Corps have participated in several other events, including park clean-ups in partnership with the Chicago Park District, food re-packing sessions at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the construction of two large playgrounds with KaBOOM! and a meal packing event with Feeding Children Everywhere in which 100,000 meals were packaged and distributed to local non-profit agencies.
A tribute to the success of the Volunteer Corps, the White Sox were honored to be awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports in 2012 and the Commissioner's Award for Philanthropic Excellence in 2011.