The Junior Board organizes three annual events to raise funds for Rush University Medical Center: a fall car wash, a holiday tea, and a spring fashion show. The Board's Executive Officers have the important task of reviewing requests from various departments and determining how to appropriate funds. In 2019 the Junior Board allocated almost $80,000 to fund the following projects:
Rush Education and Career Hub (REACH)
Each year the proceeds from the fashion show go to support the Woman’s Board’s Principal project. Our 2019 fashion show “Make a Difference” raised $30,000 all of which will go to the REACH program, an innovative education and workforce development program that provides education, mentoring, and internship programs to young people from Chicago’s West Side communities.
RU Caring Back to School Health Fair and MLK Day Activities
The Back-to-School Health Fair is an annual city-wide event that the Junior Board has supported both financially and through volunteer service for the past several years. In 2018 over 450 students received school physicals, vaccinations, and backpacks at the fair. Health providers also saw 200 adults where they took vitals and discussed the signs of stroke. Through the MLK Day of Service, student volunteers partner with the Rush Cardiology Department to provide heart screenings for community members of Chicago’s West Side.
Rush School Based Health Centers and the Adolescent Family Center
Rush provides safety net services for at-risk youth through its health centers at three Chicago Public Schools and the Adolescent Family Center. These centers provide comprehensive urgent, primary, and prenatal care services for students, baby and toddler healthcare for the children of students, mental health services, and pregnancy prevention programming. Funds raised by the Junior Board this year will provide clinical supplies, medical equipment, and essential medications such as antibiotics and asthma medication for uninsured youth.
IMD Guest House
The IMD Guest House hosts veterans participating in a three-week Intensive Outpatient Program through Rush’s Road Home Program. This year the Junior Board is providing funds to furnish a Community/Day Room for the veterans at the facility.
Reach Out and Read
Rush’s Pediatric Care Center participates in the nationally established Reach Out and Read program which provides new and gently used books to children between six months and five years of age at each of their well-visits. For the past two years the Junior Board has held a spring book drive for the center and this year the board will donate more than $2,000 for the purchase of new books. Board members also volunteer at the center throughout the year reading and doing crafts with patients and siblings.