Help serve dinner for homeless shelter clients, Northside

Come help serve dinner to guests staying at the Cornerstone Community Outreach shelters in the Uptown neighborhood on the North side of Chicago.

Volunteers from multiple groups will assist the kitchen staff to setup and serve dinner to 150 guests staying at their shelters, including children, seniors, and people with functional access needs. We will then help clean up and sanitize the kitchen, tables and dining area.  (mopping, sweeping, dish washing)

Location: 4628 N. Clifton Chicago IL, 60640
Event time: 4:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M
Google map link: http://goo.gl/maps/essoM

Volunteer space is limited. Please RSVP.   Event is near CTA red line and Broadway / Lawrence bus routes, and free street parking in the area.

Cornerstone Community Outreach was founded in 1989 to address the rising problem of homelessness in Chicago’s uptown neighborhood. They currently operate three separate shelters, and within them they are able to house men, women, families, single fathers with children, and adolescent boys. In addition to these shelters, they also run a low-income senior resident apartment complex, a soup kitchen, after-school programming, and much more. They serve over 2,000 people each year.

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  • Richard B.

    We'll about 5 or 6 out of 20 Good Karma Seekers ain't bad! :-)

    1 · February 24, 2014

    • Wilson

      It is not the size of the group, but the size of the group's hearts that makes the difference. :) According to Ellen, you all did a great job, with enthusiasm and compassion toward the shelter clients. She was very grateful to have your help and support. Thank you for all that you do for the community.

      2 · February 26, 2014

    • Richard B.

      Lol I know it's not the size of the group.... Thats why I said it ain't bad! And I enjoyed doing it!

      1 · February 26, 2014

  • Raji

    Thanks Wilson for putting this together

    1 · February 23, 2014

    • Wilson

      Thank you Raji for accepting this opportunity. You and the other volunteers here make all the planning and coordinating work worthwhile.

      February 26, 2014

  • Kerrie

    Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity to help out. I didn't get to meet everyone but it was nice working with you.

    1 · February 23, 2014

    • Wilson

      Thank you Kerrie and everybody else who was able to step in with short notice. Your flexibility is much appreciated. I hope to work with you all next month.

      February 26, 2014

  • Sophia

    I also received the message too late! I apologize and hope to be there and meet you all next time!

    February 24, 2014

    • Wilson

      For those that got the message too late, there is no need to apologize. I increased the volunteer spots 4 hours before the event hoping some of you can make it. I didn't want to overbook volunteers but I also know there is a high rate of cancellation on Sunday projects. I will try to plan better next time to allocate more spots from the start. You will have many more opportunities to help people in need in our community, that's why we are all on this meetup group, to make a difference in our community, and I will do my best to bring those opportunities to you in the near future. Thank you for your patience and your desire to help others. I am very fortunate to be surrounded by such kind and compassionate volunteers. It is truly a honor to organize events for you all.

      February 26, 2014

  • Wilson

    Hi Everyone, Thanks for wanting to help the Cornerstone Shelter with serving dinner. I know some of you couldn't make it because the web site notified you too late when your waiting list status was changed. I apologize for not being there personally to manage the event. I was there helping the lunch shift and I didn't want to take up the opportunity for the dinner shift when so many others were on the waiting list. So I withdrew from the event and hope some of the people on the waiting list can step in. I let Ellen manage the group since she is very experienced in helping at that location. Thank you everybody for your feedback on your experience at the shelter. I see that there is a difference of opinion, and that is normal. Some volunteers will have a good experience and some will not. I hope that the one thing we learn from this board, to respect and be kind to each other and have tolerance for somebody's view that is different than our own.

    February 26, 2014

  • Lennox

    Richard. Did you arrive by the stated deadline? Perhaps if you were on time some of your confusion could have been diminished. Ultimately we appreciate your efforts. I hope to see everyone at the next gathering.

    1 · February 25, 2014

  • Raji

    I disagree. I thought things went great from the time we got there. We didnt have as many people show up as we thought but we covered it nicely and the people who showed up were very helpful and the staff there put us to work right away and were a lot of fun to work with.

    1 · February 25, 2014

    • Raji

      Glad you got the attention you needed man. I was just there to help. Didnt really need anyone's attention. Try and understand everyone there is doing their best to help out. Just be patient and have fun man. No need to knock on others who are trying to help.

      February 25, 2014

  • Anjum K.

    :( I got the message too late that a spot had opened up yesterday. Am just seeing this now...I apologize if I took the opportunity away from someone else!! And I hope you had enough people!!

    February 24, 2014

  • Kerrie

    It was such a great opportunity to help those in need. Didn't get to meet all the volunteers personally but was very nice talking to the few I did. Looking forward to another opportunity.

    2 · February 23, 2014

  • Kerrie

    I'll be a couple minutes late as I just got the message

    February 23, 2014

  • Fatima

    I'm coming but will also be a few mins late

    February 23, 2014

  • Brian

    Will be a bit late.

    February 23, 2014

  • Kamawera

    I'm coming

    1 · February 23, 2014

  • Raji

    Hey Wilson. We are happy to come and help. I see that there are 20 volunteers attending which is great. Please let us know if we should still come or will there be too many "cooks in the kitchen" :-)

    February 20, 2014

    • Wilson

      20 is currently signed up, depending on weather conditions, we may get 12 to 16. The shelter's plan is if we have enough volunteers, we will serve the food by bringing the trays to the shelter guests at their table so they don't have to stand in line, which is better service, especially for the moms with 5 kids. If we don't have enough volunteers, we will serve behind the counter like last month, if we do have enough people, we will serve it to their tables. Raji, if you have other plans you rather do, you can withdraw from this project without negatively affecting it.

      February 20, 2014

    • Raji

      No we'll be there. Just didnt wanna get too crowded and be in the way. Thanks Wilson :-)

      1 · February 20, 2014

  • Wilson

    I just got good news that Cornerstone Shelter is making a new opportunity available for us to help serve lunch as well. So for those that are on the waiting list or rather volunteer in an earlier shift, we will have room for 8 volunteers from 11 am to 1:30 pm on Feb 23rd. If you have RSVP for the dinner shift and want to change it to the lunch shift, please change your dinner shift to NO so your spot is free up for another volunteer on the waiting list. Thanks. You can sign up for the LUNCH project here:
    http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Fun-Volunteers/events/164901902/

    1 · February 6, 2014

    • Wilson

      Yeah, you say that now. But wait until you realize you will be standing on your feet for like 6 hours that day. :)

      February 8, 2014

    • Wilson

      I have a senior home volunteer project in between if you are brave enough ;)

      1 · February 9, 2014

  • Mitanette C.

    I am trying to RSVP, but its not showing that I did

    February 5, 2014

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