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Paws for a cause

On Thursday, June 25, over 50 Chicago Bears staff members and executives, including Chairman George H. McCaskey, President and CEO Ted Phillips, and Senior Director of Special Projects Patrick McCaskey, left their phones and computers behind, trading their suits and ties for work gloves and safety glasses for the team's annual "Paws for a Cause" volunteer initiative.

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This year's project was in support of WINGS, whose mission is to provide a continuum of integrated services in an effort to end domestic violence and homelessness one family at the time. WINGS are planning to open a domestic violence shelter on the south side of Chicago in 2015, the first one to open in the city in over a decade.

With construction on the facility well underway, the volunteers were tasked with a variety of jobs, including vacuuming and scrubbing walls to prep for drywall, yard cleanup to make way for a new Bears playground, planting shrubs around the building, planting, and much more.

As part of the "Paws for a Cause" program, the entire organization - including players, coaches, executives and staff - join together for two large-scale, hands-on volunteer activities.

"Paws for a Cause" addresses the need to support deserving children and families through direct volunteer efforts, and encourages everyone to take time out of their busy schedules to actively make a difference in the lives of people who are most in need.

WINGS believe that everyone has the potential and strength to overcome difficult life circumstances and to accomplish goals that will lead to an enhanced quality of life. WINGS is committed to treating each woman and child in a respectful and compassionate manner while valuing the unique qualities and needs of each family. To support WINGS or learn more about this important organization, please visit http://wingsprogram.com.

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