Oliver & Rowan believes in giving back to worthy causes that have special meaning to us both professionally and personally. We consider it a privilege to be associated with the honorable causes below as they continue to make an impact in Chicago and nationwide with their passionate missions.

If you are a client of Oliver & Rowan, you most likely know two passions of ours: Made in the USA and our love of fitness.

Our founder, Joe, comes from a military family and is an avid athlete. In our opinion, there is nothing more honorable in the USA than the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. Their selfless service is a priceless gift to those of us back home, a gift that too often comes at a cost. While most of us are able to enjoy the privilege of maintaining our physical fitness through lifting or the sports we love, many veterans are unable to do so due to having been injured in combat.

That’s why we are excited and proud to partner with the strength and conditioning experts at Hard Pressed to raise money for Warrior Medical and Fitness. Funds raised will go toward the purchase of the Pendulum MX-4, a remarkable training tool that helps veterans who have sustained injuries and now face physical limitations get back to what they love – training their bodies.

In February of 2010, an 85-pound skin and bones five-year-old Bull Mastiff was found wandering the cold streets of Chicago with a baseball sized tumor on his back leg. His name is Hugo, and thanks to generous animal rescue groups like the one that gave him a second chance at life, he is now 10 years old and a very solid 130 pounds of love. Hugo was the second dog our dog-loving founder, Joe, and his wife, adopted. Puggle Josie and Bull Mastiff Hugo further fueled Joe’s passion for animal rescue groups and the deserving pets they help find loving homes.

This love and passion is why annually during the summer season Joe proudly wears a PAWS jersey while racing in his triathlons. In doing so, he helps raise money to support PAWS in their mission. After all, as Hugo, Josie and countless other animals have taught him a thousand times over, Pets Are Worth Saving.

Oliver & Rowan was introduced to Back on My Feet through a client a few years ago and we have to say it is an amazing charity! Back on My Feet’s mission is to use running as a way to create self-sufficiency in the lives of individuals experiencing homelessness. The organized running paves way to personal transformation and the dedication to the program leads to access to training, employment and housing resources.

We are proud to have helped raise money for Back on My Feet over the past few years and look forward to doing so for years to come.