Ed Jepson, The Guy Who Keeps on Giving!
Chicago Lighthouse Board Member Ed Jepson may have retired from his job as a partner at area law firm Vedder Price, but he hasn’t stopped working. Having devoted his nearly 40-year career to labor and employment legal cases, Ed now spends every Wednesday morning at The Lighthouse volunteering at The Kane Legal Clinic, as well as consulting on legal and business issues for the organization as a whole.
“I’m not a doctor, so I can’t provide services in the Low Vision Clinic,” Ed says, “but I can help with operations and be a sounding board about any partnerships or programs The Lighthouse may be considering.”
To Jepson, the chance to put his analytical mind to work helping others is an ideal use of his new free time. “The Chicago Lighthouse is a wonderful place to support because not only do we provide social services for clients, we also provide employment opportunities for people who might not otherwise be able to find a job,” Ed says. “There’s such a high rate of unemployment among the blind, visually impaired, disabled, and Veteran communities that helping them find a purpose and fulfillment is important.”
Beyond these extra volunteer hours, Jepson often finds unique ways to contribute financially to The Chicago Lighthouse as well. This year, he effectively doubled his efforts by offering to match any Giving Tuesday contributions we received up to $10,000. That push, which garnered over $28,000 (including Jepson’s matching contribution), raised money to support the Judy and Ray McCaskey Preschool. “One of the things I love about the Preschool is watching the kids playing together in a blended environment,” Jepson says. “They really demonstrate what it means to take care of – and care about – each other.”