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Do you enjoy helping others? New in town? Like fun people who smile a lot? Has the rat race got you down? Want a calendar full of unique and fun things to do? TRY VOLUNTEERING!

Chicago Fun Volunteers is a unique & open forum thru which all altruistic activity within the area can be monitored. Join and help our large and active community of members keep tabs on opportunities in: Fests, Park Districts, UnitedWay, Food Pantries, Tutoring, Afterschool Programs, Local Cleanups, Senior Centers, Animal Shelters, and more... The unique MEETUP layout is ideal for this type of group concept since we've made it easy for ANY MEMBER TO POST volunteer events online, similar to putting up a flier in a coffee house for people to see. The difference here is that every Fun Volunteer in the Chicago area will see your event, all from the comfort of their homes...

This group's setup was made with you, the fun volunteer, in mind. Think of it as YOUR space, a "kiosk" on the web, where communication is expected for it to work. Feel free to post , organize, or discuss new ideas in the spirit of GOODWILL & FUN.

FUN VOLUNTEERS is NOT racially, religious, politically, sex, age, disability, relationship or social-status discriminate! We are also 100% FREE and NOT-FOR-PROFIT.

Welcome and We Hope You Enjoy Your Stay!

Upcoming events (5+)

Donate cakes, desserts or coffee for homeless to celebrate their birthday

Show some kindness to homeless individuals by celebrating their birthdays. Help bake or donate cakes and pastries for their monthly birthday dinner. You can also donate coffee ground and non-perishable creamers as well. They serve coffee to 100+ guests each week. Calling all volunteers who love to bake and make desserts! Here's your chance to show off your mad pastry skills while helping the homeless. The Breaking Bread ministry of LaSalle Church host a weekly dinner each Wednesday night to help feed individuals that are homeless in our community. On the 3rd Wednesday of each month, They also throw a birthday party to make sure each person they help still knows their lives matter. Volunteers are asked to make or purchase cakes and other dessert pastries and drop them off before their actual community dinner. So you can drop off your donations anytime before 5:30 pm on Wednesday. You can also donate coffee ground and non-perishable creamers as well. They serve coffee to 100+ guests each week. You can bake any treats you feel is appropriate to help a person feel special on their birthday. The dinner serves about 100 guests. You do not need to bake enough for all 100 guests, as other volunteers on this Meetup post will also contribute. Bake 1 to 2 dozen servings of what you like to make. You may also purchase pastries and donate it to the celebration. Drop off time is anytime on Wednesday from 7 am to 5:30 pm. The kitchen currently has enough volunteers from their student groups to help serve dinner and does NOT need any of us to stay to help with serving dinner or dessert. We just need to drop them off. Breaking Bread ministry reaches out to hungry and homeless individuals and families in our neighborhood. Each Wednesday evening, they serve a home-cooked meal to more than 100 guests, in a restaurant style setting to treat all guest with dignity and kindness. They also provide clothing, referrals, health services, and a family experience for their guests. Event date: The third Wednesday of each month. Time: You can drop off the birthday treats any time during the day from 7 am to 5:30 pm. If your food item requires refrigeration, please let the staff know to put it in the refrigerator in the dinning room. Location: Corner Stone Center 1111 North Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610 Use this link for public transportation or driving direction Google map: http://goo.gl/maps/ju4Zo There is a loading zone in front of the building you can park to drop off your items with your flashers blinking. Pay meter street parking in the area, plus some limited free parking along the Walter Payton High school and on the side streets. Please post below what time you expect to bring birthday cakes or treats and how much quantity. Thank you!

Help Pick-Up Donations for ReStore Chicago

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

ReStore Donation Pick-Ups The ReStore is Habitat's own home improvement store, stocked with new and gently used donated goods whose sale proceeds support our operating cost and carry forward our mission of building homes, communities and hope. Volunteers will help with our brand new ReStore, riding along in the truck to assist with donation pick-ups. Bring a lunch to eat while on the road. May be a shorter day depending on the amount of scheduled pick-ups. Volunteer Basics: Volunteers will follow safety guidelines and report directly to the ReStore Chicago staff person at the site. Volunteers must be able to push/pull/lift up to 50 lbs with assistance. Come prepared to work hard, get dirty, and make a lasting impact for your community! Thanks for your support of Habitat for Humanity in Chicago! Please email [masked] or call[masked] ext. 210 for more information.

Cook a meal for the homeless, Streeterville/Gold Coast, flexible shift times.

Join Fight2Feed as we help cook and feed 150+ meals for the homeless and families in need. This is a Wednesday day time project with the Chicago Help Initiative and Catholic Charities. It usually occurs on the last Wednesday of the month. Volunteers will meet at the Fourth Presbyterian Church in the morning, located near Streeterville, 126 E Chestnut Street Chicago IL 60611. (across from John Hancock building). Volunteer shifts are from 10 AM to 4 PM in 3 hour blocks. If you have to leave early or come later than the listed shift time, that is OK too. 10 AM to 1 PM - bring food in from truck, prep and cook 1 PM to 4 PM - cook and pack food for transport We will meet at the side entrance on Delaware. Then the group will go into the kitchen, which is in the basement. You can go down to the basement using the left elevator. Please dress appropriately to work in a kitchen. Wear closed toe shoes with non slip bottoms, like sneakers. Slacks, jeans. or long pants. No shorts or tank tops allowed. You will be asked to wear a hair net or you can bring a baseball cap to manage your hair. You can also bring your own apron if you own one. You can sign up for multiple shifts or help for the full project duration. Food will be cooked at the church kitchen then transported to the dinning hall at Catholic Charities main office at 721 N. LaSalle Street to serve and feed people in needs. Anytime you can give to help is very much appreciated. If we have sufficient volunteers and vehicles, we will also do a street mission to distribute meals for our homeless neighbors. About our organizations: A 501(C)(3) organization, Fight2Feed’s mission is to make a difference by changing the rise of food insecure communities by fighting hunger one block at a time. The non-profit has over 650 volunteers with presence in Chicago, Kansas City, San Diego, Atlanta and Indianapolis. For more information, to donate or volunteer, visit fight2feed.org (http://fight2feed.org/), like on Facebook (http://facebook.com/fight2feed) or follow on Twitter (http://twitter.com/fight2feed). Fight2Feed combines donated restaurant resources with the mobility of food trucks and volunteer driven cars to delivery food to where food is needed the most in our city. Our organization is 100% volunteer run and supported. We have served over 55,000 meals to people in need in the last 3 years, and have rescued thousands of pounds of surplus food in 2017 from restaurants and other events to be redistributed to hungry citizens in need. The Chicago Help Initiative (CHI) is a consortium of business, residential, religious, social service, institutional and volunteer leaders striving to promote an atmosphere of dignity and compassion toward those in need by providing access to food, health services, shelter and employment. CHI works to educate local businesses and residents as to how they can help ease the plight of the homeless, disadvantaged and out of work individuals and improve their well-being, self esteem and productivity. At a typical CHI meal, there will either be a guest speaker, live entertainment or a game night. Guest speakers provide information about matters of interest to our clients. Some recent speakers include The Safer Foundation who provided information about expunging criminal records, Lincoln Park Community Shelter with housing information, and a representative of Streetwise speaking about employment opportunities. Guests also have access to health and social service programs with various community agencies present at the meals. Please visit http://chicagohelpinitiative.org/ for more info

Help unload food truck for 2 L'il Fishes to feed the homeless

Preston Bradley Center of the Peoples Church of Chicago

Help unload a food truck each Wednesday morning to assist 2 L'il fishes with their mission to feed homeless individuals and neighbors in the Uptown neighborhood. Volunteers will help unload a truck from the Greater Chicago Food Depository and store the donated food properly in the kitchen and storage room. We will unload 1500 to 1800 pounds of food to support the kitchen that feeds their guests. Each box can weight from 20 to 40 pounds and you can work with a partner so you do not have to lift anything heavier than you can lift. This is an easy pace project, similar to a light workout. There are 2 truck deliveries and you will have time to take a break in between. Dress in comfortable clothes and non slip bottom shoes. About the program: Inspired by the New Testament miracle of the Loaves and Fishes, when many were fed from little because there was a belief that it could be done and a will to make it so. From this inspiration the 2 Li'l Fishes concept was born. Since the mid 1990s, the program has served hot, nutritious lunches, in a safe environment, to over 500 Guests each week. Our Mission: The heart of 2 Li'l Fishes is helping our neighbors in need, without fanfare, frills or formality. Hard work, sacrifice and focus make the program work. The motto of 2 Li'l Fishes: Restoring Hope One Plate at a Time. The Preston Bradley Center, arm of the People's Church is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, please visit: http://www.2lilfishes.org/about.html This is a recurring event every 3rd Wednesday of the month. This is near the CTA red line Lawrence station and bus routes. Free parking on the residential side streets. Transportation and Car pooling: We encourage our volunteers to be green whenever possible or practical. Public transportation (bus, train, bike, walking) are easy at many locations, but other sites are remote or end late at night and can use some car pool planning. If you do not drive and need a ride, post below and ask about car pool possibilities. State what town and intersection you can be picked up. If you do drive, please consider helping a fellow volunteer that lives near you or along your way. Post where you are coming from and offer to pick up a fellow volunteer along your route. You will make some new cool friends even before you get to the volunteer event. Honor your RSVP commitment: Keep your RSVP status up to date. Event organizers depend on an accurate volunteer count to plan their assignments correctly. If you RSVP Yes to help an event, please honor your commitment and attend the event to help. Arriving on time and staying for the full duration of the volunteer shift is expected, unless stated by organizer that shift time is flexible, and you emailed ahead to both agree on a different time. Most events have limited volunteer spots; don't waste one by being a no-show. All event hosts are grateful for volunteers' help and will try to accommodate your schedule if you are sincere in helping. You have the option to change your RSVP to "No" if you no longer can attend. We understand volunteers also have jobs, school, and family, and unexpected things happen. Please cancel with at least 48 hours notice before the event time so other volunteers on the waiting list can have enough time to adjust their own schedule to participate. Don't wait until the last day to cancel on an event, unless it is serious emergency. If you are sick with a cold of flu, then of course stay home to rest and recover. Taking care of your health is important. Going to an event when you are sick will only spread your germs and get more people sick. Most of the people we serve are vulnerable populations with a weaken immune system (seniors, children, homeless). We must be mindful to keep them safe and healthy.

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Coppin Community Center Food Pantry, evening shift

Coppin Community Center

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