Amicus Community Outreach Program

CME Group Amicus Volunteering

Amicus, Latin for friendship, is CME Group's community outreach program, which was founded in 1994 by retired chairman of the board Jack Sandner as a means to provide our community with a way to personally help others. Amicus offers year-round volunteer and donation opportunities to advance education, provide needed resources for the underprivileged and enrich lives by providing a human touch to those in need. Amicus volunteers collectively provide more than 2,000 hours of community service each year to non-profit agencies that are committed to making a difference in people's lives.

Monthly Projects

Amicus sponsors monthly service projects with four partner agencies: Hephzibah House, House of the Good Shepherd, Inspiration Cafe and the Salvation Army Emergency Lodge.

  • Hephzibah House: Hephzibah Children's Association is a community-based agency that provides a range of services to children and their families, including group homes and foster care, child abuse prevention, child welfare assessments and after-school day care. Amicus volunteers have chaperoned regular field trips for the children at Hephzibah since 2009.
  • House of the Good Shepherd: The House of the Good Shepherd helps women and children affected by domestic violence rebuild their lives. Amicus began working with the House of the Good Shepherd in October 1995 when a group of volunteers accompanied the mothers and their children to the Chicago Children's Museum. Since that time, volunteers have planned a variety of recreational and cultural activities for the families.
  • Inspiration Cafe: Amicus launched a monthly volunteer program with Inspiration Cafe in July 1995. Our volunteers can be found cooking and serving a warm and satisfying dinner to the cafe's homeless patrons.
  • Salvation Army Emergency Lodge: In March 2000, Amicus began its partnership with the Salvation Army Emergency Lodge, a transitional homeless shelter. Our involvement consists of chaperoning field trips with the school-age children to cultural, educational and entertaining activities they might not otherwise have a chance to enjoy.

Annual Projects

In addition to the monthly projects, Amicus offers seasonal volunteer and donation opportunities to provide needed services to a wide array of non-profit agencies and worthwhile causes.

  • United Way Employee Giving Campaign: CME Group is proud to conduct an annual employee giving campaign that provides vital funding to the United Way and its partner agencies. Through the generosity of the exchange community, people throughout the country will get the help they need to overcome life's challenges.
  • Chicago White Sox Illinois Fatherhood Essay Contest, benefiting the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative: More than 100 Amicus volunteers serve as judges for this annual contest, reading thousands of essays written by students from across Illinois about their fathers or father figures.
  • Tailgate Parties benefiting Special Spectators: Amicus volunteers host fun-filled tailgate parties for children with serious illnesses and their families before football games at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois.
  • Holiday Gift Drive: The exchange community provides gifts for children and families that otherwise would go without during the holiday season.