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A collage from Sole Hope

On #GivingTuesday, INTREN employees across the country actively supported ‘Sole Hope’, an organization that provides shoes, first aid kits and education to fight the devastating results from a crippling parasite called jiggers in Uganda.

Employees donated jeans, money and their time by assembling first aid kits and cutting out shoe patterns. ‘Sole Hope’ employs Ugandan men and woman who then handcraft the closed-toed shoes, which help prevent jigger infestation for people who wear them. Currently, they make over 20,000 pairs of shoes per year!

Not to be confused with chiggers, jiggers are a small parasite that prevents kids from walking or running and adults from caring for their family. Many in Uganda believe that jiggers are a curse and often the infected become an outcast.

Thanks to ‘Sole Hope’, they are helping Ugandan people to become jigger-free and restoring their health and hope for the future, one pair of shoes at a time.

If you are interested in learning more, please go to www.solehope.org

Intren at the 2019 Womens Empowerment Lunch
INTREN women were thrilled to participate at the annual Women's Entrepreneur Network- Chicago EmPOWERment Forum held at the Museum of Science & Industry in the midst of their 'Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light' exhibit. The event was a celebration of women in STEM and honored this year's accomplishments.
Intren at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Dinner
INTREN is honored to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County (Illinois) and 'The BIG Event' being held tonight! The celebration honors their community partners, 'BIGS of the Year' and raises awareness about the children in the county that are still waiting to be matched with their future mentor. Thank you to former Board Member and Controller Jon Arnopolin for your contribution to this wonderful organization!
INTREN's Lloyd Gillespie, Pete Becker, Ben Turk, and Brian Creighton participated (and won!) ComEd's OCC Golf outing held this past Friday in Joliet, Illinois. Word on the street is that Anne Pramaggiore, senior executive vice president and CEO of Exelon Utilities, has banned Lloyd from winning any more ComEd golf outings, but that doesn't seem to have stopped him!
A cancer survivor stands with our pink helmet-wearing crew
Today was extra special. INTREN cable replacement crew members Lance Moon and Larry Palmer were working in a Buffalo Grove, IL subdivision when Peggy, a 23-year ovarian cancer survivor, asked to take a photo with the men. She truly appreciated them wearing their pink hard hats and supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month. #OutPerformingEveryday #TeamPINK
Nicor Gas Academy SlideCongratulations to the 2019 Nicor Gas Career Academy graduates! INTREN was thrilled to be a part of this six-week job-readiness program that was designed to prepare participants for entry-level work in the utility industry. Speaking today at the ceremony were Nicor Gas Community Affairs Director Margi Schiemann, Nicor VP Pat Whiteside, Quad County Urban League President & CEO Theodia Gillespie and graduates Ian Retrigue and JoAnna Matthews. Congratulations to all!