CME Group believes that part of being a good corporate citizen means giving back to our community. To support this commitment, the Amicus Community Outreach Program was founded in 1994 by retired Chairman of the Board Jack Sandner.
Amicus, which means friendship in Latin, offers employees and members of our exchange community the opportunity to volunteer their time to advance education, provide needed resources for the underprivileged, and enrich lives by providing a human touch to those in need.
Salvation Army Emergency Lodge
The Emergency Lodge provides temporary lodging for homeless families while assisting them to find safe and affordable housing, and providing case management, educational assistance, recreational activities, and medical care. Amicus volunteers have hosted educational field trips during the weekend for children at the Lodge.
Inspiration Café provides supportive services to help men and women exit homelessness with dignity. One of the café's services includes CME Group Amicus volunteers cooking and serving a warm and satisfying dinner to the patrons.
Working In the Schools (WITS)
Since January 2014, our employees have tutored more than 35 children from our Chicago adopted school, Washington Irving Elementary, in weekly reading comprehension during the school year at our Chicago offices.
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 to rebuild their lives. Amicus began working with the House of the Good Shepherd in October 1995. Since then, volunteers have planned a variety of recreational and cultural activities for House of the Good Shepherd families.
Amicus offers seasonal volunteer and donation opportunities to provide needed services to a wide array of non-profit agencies and worthwhile causes.
Amicus volunteers host fun-filled tailgate parties for children with serious illnesses and their families before two football games at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois. The universities’ athletic departments provide tours of the locker rooms and several athletes and cheerleaders participate in the event to entertain the children.
Every summer, CME Group holds its annual Intern Service Day in Chicago to introduce our student interns to our corporate citizenship programs. Intern volunteers have helped with running a summer festival event for the children at the Carole Robertson Center for Learning, the local YMCA, and the House of the Good Shepherd.
Each year, CME Group employees host holiday parties at our Chicago and New York offices, benefiting children from Washington Irving Elementary and the New York Boys and Girls Republic. Children particpate in festive activities and our exchange community provides gifts for more than 200 children and 40 families that otherwise would go without during the holiday season.
Each school year, our employees volunteer their time with the students, and provide a variety of services and resources to a school in their community.
Employees in the New York and Chicago offices raise thousands of dollars in supplies and cash contributions donated by the exchange community to ensure that students in our U.S. adopted schools are ready for academic success. In addition, CME Group’s Document Processing Center sponsors the schools’ student and teacher handbooks and monthly newsletters.
Through the Chicago Public Schools Futures Exchange Program, CME Group departments are paired with specific grades to strengthen the connections between CME Group and our adopted school, Washington Irving Elemerntary School. Members of our leadership team assist with classroom lessons and provide extra support for teachers as part of the Principal/Teacher for a Day program. Other sponsored activities have included field trips to local libraries and museums, poetry slams, school plays, fishing trips, physical fitness programs, and nutrition education.
The CME Group New York office partners with PS 277 located in the South Bronx. Our New York employees embrace this partnership by sending volunteers to assist with classroom preparation before the start of the school year, sponsoring and chaperoning the annual fifth grade field trip to the New York Hall of Science to celebrate their graduation, and donating much-needed technology equipment.
The CME Group London office has become a Career Academy partner with Lambeth College in London. The Career Academy charity is dedicated to raising aspirations by transforming a younger person’s life chances through learning. In addition to hosting mentorship programs and office visits, the London office employs Junior Interns, who leave CME Group as more confident individuals with a better understanding of the company, the derivatives markets, and a positive outlook on their future studies.
As a global corporate citizen, CME Group works to expand our charitable footprint around the world and positively impact the communities where we live and work.
Our citizenship initiatives in London, Belfast, and Singapore include hosting fundraising events, making donations, and volunteering time to benefit charitable organizations that support those in need.