JOIN US!

 
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There Are So Many Ways to Give a Spear…

 
 
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MAKE A ONE-TIME GIFT

 
 
 
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GIVE A RECURRING GIFT

 
 
 
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GIVE YOUR TIME

 
 
 

GIVE AND GET

Sign up for Imperfect Produce now using promo code PURPLE10 and Purple Asparagus will receive a $10 donation.

 

Give for the Future…

 

One of the many ways you can choose to express your commitment to the health of our community's future is by including Purple Asparagus in your planned giving. This is an easy way to make a lasting impact without affecting your current financial security and freedom. Planned gifts offer you the flexibility to balance your personal financial goals with your interest in supporting the impact work of Purple Asparagus, and also may provide significant tax and income advantages. Donors are advised to consult with their attorneys and/or other professional advisers when considering a planned gift to Purple Asparagus.

If you have already included Purple Asparagus in your estate plans, please contact us to let us know.

 

GIFTS OF CASH

Investors wishing to make cash gifts to Purple Asparagus may make checks payable to “Purple Asparagus,” and mail them to 2545 West Diversey Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60647.

MATCHING GIFTS

If your employer offers a matching gift program, just provide us with your matching gift paperwork (generally available from your Human Resources Office) and we will do the rest.

GIFTS OF STOCK

For information on how to make a gift of appreciated stock to Purple Asparagus, please consult your financial advisor to develop a plan best suited for you.

BEQUESTS

Once you have made provisions for family in your wills, you may wish to leave a specific amount, a percentage of the estate, or the residuum of the estate to Purple Asparagus. If you wish to make a bequest to Purple Asparagus, please consult your attorney for language best suited to your estate plan.

LIFE INSURANCE AND RETIREMENT PLANS

You may choose to make Purple Asparagus the designated beneficiary of life insurance or retirement plan proceeds. Life insurance policies with built-up cash value can make convenient tax-deductible gifts. Naming Purple Asparagus as a beneficiary of a retirement plan can result in significant tax savings. For information on how to make Purple Asparagus a designated beneficiary, please consult your financial advisor to develop a plan best suited for you.

CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITIES

Charitable Gift Annuities (CGA) are one of the most popular forms of planned giving and can offer tax advantages as well as life income for the donor or a named income beneficiary. A CGA is a contract between the investor and issuing charity, in which the investor makes an irrevocable gift to the charity, and in return the charity pays the investor a fixed income for life. Upon the death of the investor, the amount remaining (residuum) goes to the charity. For information on how to make a CGA to Purple Asparagus, please consult your financial advisor to develop a plan best suited for you.

 
 
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Become a Volun-spear…

 

There are thousands of kids across Chicagoland waiting for Purple Asparagus to bring Delicious Nutritious Adventures to their classroom.
We can’t do it alone. Every volunteer DOES make a difference!

 
 

LEAD CLASSROOM INSTRUCTORS

Are you a certified teacher, a trained chef or chef in training, a good home cook, or health food enthusiast who loves working with kids? We need your help organizing and presenting school programs. 

Lead Instructors are asked to make a commitment of 4-5 hours every month for 9 months. 
Responsibilities include:

  • Run the Delicious Nutritious Adventures program one day per month for nine-months, from October through June, in a designated school.

  • Schedule program dates with the program site contact and Purple Asparagus program manager.

  • Collect and return to Purple Asparagus student allergy forms, photo release forms and surveys as needed.

  • Review monthly lesson plans provided by Purple Asparagus and collaborate with staff to ensure readiness for program delivery.

  • Lead and direct assistant instructors while on site.

  • Execute program according to curricula.

  • Pick up and return supplies to/from Purple Asparagus office before and after programming.

  • Must pass a background check.


 

CLASSROOM ASSISTANT

Whether it’s for a program in your own child’s school or in any of Purple Asparagus’ partner schools, our Chef Instructors always welcome an extra pair of hands.

Classroom Assistants are asked to make a commitment of 3-4 hours every month. 
Responsibilities include:

  • Assist the lead instructors in executing our Delicious Nutritious Adventures programming.

  • Assist with program set up, food preparation, distribute materials, food samples and recipes to students.

  • Engage with students in discussion about the ingredients they are trying.

  • Assist with anything else the lead instructor needs.

  • Program Assistants can commit to programs as they are scheduled and may work at multiple locations throughout the school year.  

  • Must pass a background check.


 

GENERAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Throughout the year, Purple Asparagus hosts informal, drop-in programs at farmers markets, health fairs and green expos; provides activities at community festivals and events; and engages our community with lots of other exciting, one-time opportunities where you can volunteer.

Volunteers must pass a background check prior to participating. Once registered, you will receive occasional emails with upcoming opportunities.

 

If you have any questions about volunteering with Purple Asparagus, please contact our Adventure Spear,
Rachael Morkunas
for more information.

 
 
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 Join Our Team…

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

There are currently no employment opportunities available.

 

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Purple Asparagus has numerous opportunities throughout the year for responsible college and graduate level students to join our team through an accredited university or college internship program. For more information or to apply, please contact our Adventure Spear, Rachael Morkunas.

 
 
 
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CHANGING THE FUTURE… ONE BITE AT A TIME!

Thank you to everyone who helped make Purple by Night a success. With your efforts, we raised over $60,000. If you missed it, please sign up for our mailing list for news of future events.

View the Purple By Night Gallery.


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PLATINUM SPONSORS

Mindful Money Financial Counsel, LLC
Wintrust Financial Corporation

GOLD SPONSORS

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois
Drury Lane Theatre
Ethel R. MacGill
Evive Health, LLC
Jenner & Block
Mars Food
Swedish Covenant Hospital

SILVER SPONSORS

Paro
Chapman & Cutler, LLP

BRONZE SPONSORS

The Green Exchange
Ingredion Incorporated
Kaleidoscope Learning
Raeanne Sarazen, MA, RDN

BEVERAGE SPONSORS

Beam SuntoryH2VinoLagunitas Brewing CompanyRepurposed Pod

PHOTOGRAPHY SPONSORS

Angela GarbotGreesha Kagan

DÉCOR SPONSOR

Ceciel’s Flowers

MARKET SPONSOR

Imperfect Produce

OUR HOST COMMITTEE

Alexis Owens • Alia Dalal • Anne Leroux • Anne Ryan • Brad Bonneau • Cassidy Morris
Catherine & Billy Lawless • Ceciel Coolegem-Fosco • Christy Levy • Danielle Watts Calderone • Erica Green
Giana Wilkinson • Gil Sharon • Heather Haukness • Janet Hagen • Jennifer Christiansen • Jennifer Christensen
Jennifer Jahn • Jenny Uyeda • Jill Houk • Joi Freeman • Kay Christ • Lara Ramsey • Lauren Craig
Melissa Graham • Michael Levy • Mikala Stewart • Natalie Santos • Nathalie Kovinkov • Nora Burke
Peggy Antosiewicz • Prem Batchu • Raeanne Sarazen • Sandra Wagner • Sheri Rudberg • Susan Miszewski
Tom Van Lente • Trish Elliott • Vova Kagan

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