Greg Owen-Boger - Feb 22, 2017

What a Weekend! Turpin Cares Rocked it for the Homeless

Turpin Cares volunteers gather to assemble winter care packages

Turpin Cares is a project sponsored by Turpin Communication to help the homeless in Chicago.

Each quarter our employees and “friendlies” get together to assemble Care Packages for distributing to those who are less fortunate than us.

Last weekend, we assembled twenty-five care packages. Each one contains non-perishable food, health and hygiene products, and hand-knit hats and scarves. We envision a future when we’ll be able to make many more packages, so to that end, we held a knitting class all day Saturday! In one of the pictures below, you can see several of our staff members (and others) learning some new mad skills! In all, we learned to knit, purl, cast on, and fix mistakes. The hands-down favorite new skill, though, was turning mistakes into design features!

 The next time we get together will be May 6. The packages we make at that time will include summer-time necessities such as insect repellent and sun screen. All of these new knitters will keep on knitting though. We’ll use what they make next fall and winter.

Want to get involved? We’d love to have you. You may donate items for the care packages, hand-knit hats and scarves, or your time. Cash donations are also accepted. Email and we’ll send more information.

Enjoy these photos of our amazing volunteers!

And most of all, a huge thank you to everyone who helped out. Maybe you sent items, knit or crocheted, donated cash, fed us while we worked, or helped entertain us. Whatever you donated, Dale and Greg (Turpin’s owners) would like to extend a heart-felt thank you.

Signing cards for Turpin Cares winter care packages


Ann volunteered to assemble Turpin Cares packages for the homelessGreg Owen-Boger teaches a knitting class to Turpin Cares volunteers

Turpin Cares put together 25 care packages for the homeless in Chicago

Written by Greg Owen-Boger

Greg Owen-Boger has been with Turpin Communication since 1995, first as a cameraman, then instructor, account manager, and now vice president. Schooled in management and the performing arts, Greg brings a diverse set of skills and experiences to the organization. Greg is one of Turpin’s facilitators and coaches. When he’s not with clients, he manages the day-to-day operations of the company. Greg is an active member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and was the 2015 President of ATD, Chicagoland Chapter. He is a popular speaker, frequent blogger, and the co-author of the book The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined. His latest book, also co-authored by Dale Ludwig, launched in 2017 and is entitled Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide for Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning.