Service Project

OCS Day 3- Englewood Veterans Garden & Hermitage Community Garden

August 14, 2022  08:30 AM-04:00 PM


Englewood Veterans Garden

5707 S Hermitage Street
Chicago, IL

Event Overview

About Mass Deployment: Our Mass Deployment program is a team-based event that mobilizes veterans alongside local partners and volunteers in a single city for a week of community impact. This year, we have selected Chicago as the host for the program named Operation Chi-Town Salute. Through four days of large-scale service projects we aim to engage 85+ veterans from across the United States, engage 100+ local Chicago-area veterans, complete 60+ projects at five nonprofit partner locations, engage 200+ community members to serve alongside our veterans, and contribute $200,000 worth of community service impact to Chicago.

Day 3 will be spent serving two partners in the heart of Englewood: Hermitage Street Community Garden and the Englewood Veterans Garden. The Hermitage Street Community Garden provides opportunities for residents to learn about gardening and harvest fresh food, where all excess produce is donated to area senior centers in an amount of up 10,000 pounds. Across the street, the Englewood Veterans Garden serves as a space in Chicago specifically created and designed for veterans and their families; 100% of the clients it serves are veterans, family members or caregivers.

Together with our partners, we will spend the day serving to:
Install roofing on the existing pergolas
Build new garden beds
Build a tool shed
Construct a greenhouse to help extend the growing season
Level and lay pavers under the main pergola
Upgrade the kids play area to give them a designed place to play

Registration is from 8:30am-9:00am. We will begin the project at 9:00am.

What To Wear

TMC blues;Clothes that can get dirty


Street Parking near Venue

Parking Address

5747 S Wood Street, Chicago, IL 60636 This lot is managed by the gardens and we do have permission to use it for OCS!

Who’s Invited

Groups;Kids (under 13);Seniors (55+)

Chicago Platoon

Event Contact:  Megan Kruse
(878) 670-9400

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