Summer 2014 marked the inaugural Week of Possibilities (WOP), an initiative during which AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company headquartered in North Chicago, mobilizes thousands of volunteers worldwide for a week of transformational service in communities where their employees live and work.

With a strategic commitment to Education Transformation in AbbVie’s headquarter communities, a large portion of the volunteer service each year takes place in the public schools in North Chicago, through a partnership with North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP). Projects during the WOP focus primarily on facilities renovations, as limited financial resources have made it impossible for district leadership to maintain, improve or expand school properties on a regular basis.

Over the past three years, libraries, learning spaces, teachers’ lounges, professional development rooms, playgrounds, parent and family resource rooms, technology spaces, athletic facilities, fields, gardens and more have been transformed by AbbVie volunteers district-wide, and an existing building was transformed into the first ever full-day Early Childhood Center in North Chicago.

During this year’s WOP, in addition to managing a number of projects, NCCP will work alongside AbbVie to coordinate all volunteers in Lake County, who will be serving with the following partners; Bernie’s Book Bank, Community Action Partnership, The Heart of America Foundation and KaBOOM!. Projects will include complete renovations of the North Chicago Public Library and six housing units for local veterans, a brand new playground at A.J. Katzenmaier Academy, the creation of an in-school health clinic at North Chicago Community High School (NCCHS), and a number of other projects focused on beautification of indoor and outdoor spaces at NCCHS.

[Link to AbbVie video for WOP 2016]