Luckiest: I like the concept you bring up here. The visual I got from the words really touched my heart. BUT ... I have some questions for you if you don't mind.
The story is a nice one however, I am left wondering how this ties into your title? How is volunteering good for business? What benefits might a business owner expect to receive in return for volunteering their time and resources to a worthy cause? Should one contact their accountant or lawyer before becoming involved in a volunteer situation?
I feel like you offered me a 5 course meal and then stopped serving after the appetizers. Could you please elaborate on this interesting concept?
Also, on a side note, when copying and pasting content from other websites, please link to the entire article, or at least give the Daily Good and The Chicago Tribune a mention so that credit can be given where it's due and members can know where they might be able find more information. Actually it's preferred that you summarize the article in your own words so that plagiarism doesn't become an issue however, directly quoting a few lines isn't usually a problem.
I volunteer a lot and I have offered quite a bit of help for the homeless in my area. Being charitable is a great feeling but I'm not sure it is beneficial to all businesses. I personally feel that a business must be within a certain financially stable bracket before beginning such an endeavour.
I would love to hear how other community members feel about volunteering, if their small businesses do charitable deeds and what type of charity assistance they offer.