What we're about

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, United Way, Food Pantries, Tutoring, After school 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 (4+)

Help with MONTHLY food pantry distribution in West Humbolt Park

Kelly Hall YMCA

Time: First Saturday of each month, 8 am to 11:30 am (except for Holidays)
2021 Saturday dates: 5/1; 6/5; 7/10 (second Saturday); 8/7; 9/11 (second Saturday) ; 10/2; 11/6; 12/4

Location: Kelly Hall
824 N. Hamlin Ave, Chicago, IL 60651
Google map link: https://goo.gl/maps/YLMJMWyz3RQKuK269

In addition to their weekly Tuesday food pantry in West Humbolt Park, the awesome nuns at Mission of Our Lady of the Angels also host a mobile pantry in a neighbor parking lot on the first Saturday of every month. In response to COVID-19, the mission have seen a triple increase in food needs and hunger from the community (they are currently helping 600 families a week). This is a safe, outdoor, socially-distanced food distributions. Volunteers will help setup tables and food and pass them out to our friendly and grateful neighbors who may be going through a hard time during this pandemic. You can make a difference in their lives by sharing some hope and kindness with them.

Volunteers are needed starting at 8 am. The first 2 hours are the busiest with packing grocery bags and positioning the food and tables. If you cannot make the full project time, coming late or leaving early is still helpful, just leave a message below to let us know if you have to adjust your shift time. While the nuns at this mission are of Catholic faith, they serve families of all faiths in the community and you do not need to be Catholic to volunteer and help. You should come with an open mind and attitude of respect and tolerance.

During the pandemic response, additional rules are implemented for everybody's safety:

  • Volunteers must be between the ages of 18 and 65

  • You cannot work in healthcare or live with someone who works in healthcare UNLESS:
    You are the healthcare worker and you have completed both shots of the vaccination.
    The healthcare worker you live with has completed both shots of the vaccination.

  • It must be at least 14 days since you’ve attended a protest or traveled to a state on the Illinois list. https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/emergency-travel-order.html

  • You don’t think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 otherwise

  • You must be following CDC guidelines for mask wearing and social distancing. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html

  • Bring your own mask

You MUST RSVP to [masked]. Volunteers who do not RSVP will not be allowed to volunteer.

Some free street parking in surrounding residential streets. Near CTA bus routes.

About the organizations:
The Mission of Our Lady of the Angels establishes a Catholic presence in the West Humboldt Park area on Chicago’s west side.

This area is presently one of the poorest neighborhoods in the City of Chicago. The purpose of the Mission is twofold: to assist the materially poor and to share the treasure of our Catholic Faith.

Food Pantries,
Distribution of Clothing/ Household Goods,
Emergency Assistance
Afterschool Programming
Senior Citizens' Programming-
Community Dinners
Special Holiday Events

For more information: please visit: https://missionola.com

Make bagged meals at home to donate through the Chicago Help Initiative!

Online event

Want to help those in need during the pandemic? Putting together bagged meals is a great way to make a difference.
The Chicago Help Initiative coordinates volunteers to make and deliver thousands of bag meals every week to different sites throughout the city.

What’s in a bag meal?
• Sandwich
• Piece of fruit (soft fruits preferred like bananas or oranges)
• Snack (Chips, granola bar, etc)
• Drink (bottled water or juice)
• Feel free to add more or get fancy!

This is an “on your own” event. You will purchase the components and assemble the meals in your home on your own time. Feel free to be creative – turkey with cranberry sauce, hot paninis, or plain PB&J – all are appreciated!

Drop off at the locations listed below, or we may be able to pick up your fully assembled bagged meals at your location. (Message the event organizer in advance to arrange pickup). Drop off sites maintain social distancing….pop your trunk and an on-site volunteer will take the prepared bagged meals directly from your vehicle.

Where, when, and how to deliver your bag meals:
9:30am – 10:30am Saturdays - 721 N. LaSalle Street

For more about the Chicago Help Initiative, visit http://chicagohelpinitiative.org/

Contact the Meeting Organizer if you have any questions....happy to chat through the logistics!

Feed the Hungry

Downtown Islamic Center

Join us every Sunday morning to help make and distribute bagged lunches that include salads, sandwiches, and more to the hungry/homeless throughout Chicago.

We make and package the food in the center, and then distribute it outside in the city, so dress according to the weather.

Entrance is right in front of the Jackson red line stop, and a block away from the Harold Washington library.

Follow us on Instagram @dic_nbrshelpingnbrs

All are welcome!

Coppin Community Center Food Pantry.

Coppin Community Center - Food Distribution Center

Coppin Community Center partners with the Greater Chicago Food Depository. We distribute food items every Monday. This includes frozen protein, fresh produce, dairy and can/dry goods.

Schedule is as follows:
8:00 am-11:00 am is the window our food truck arrives. Volunteers are needed to unload 3-4 pallets of food items to be distributed later
2:00pm-6:00pm is table/shelving prep and distribution.
4:00-6:00 is actual distribution and volunteers are needed to assist clients picking and bagging food items.
Volunteers are requested to be fully vaccinated and masks are available. Please wear comfortable clothing and closed in shoes. Parking across the street. Coppin Community Center 5627 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Ill. 60637. Contact Frankye Parham, coordinator, [masked]