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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+)

Feed Hungry Every Saturday

Islamic Community Center of Des Plaines

Join Forward Humanity Volunteers make a small difference in someone's life. We will make 100 food packets for the hungry every Saturday. Learn more about us: www.forwardhumanity.org

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.

Help distribute food at Redeeming Grace Clients Choice Food Pantry SouthSide

Help distribute food to clients and neighbors in need in the West Pullman neighborhood in the South Side of Chicago. Volunteers will help setup food on shelves and tables and assist clients in picking out the food they like to eat. This is a client choice food pantry, they only take what they want so no food is wasted. This is a weekly recurring event every Saturday morning, from 10 am to 3 pm. Shift time is flexible. If you cannot stay the whole 5 hour shift, any time you can give will be helpful and much appreciated. Please be prepared to help out in any way to help the event run smoothly, like cleaning, sweeping, breaking down boxes for recycling, etc. Your flexibility is much appreciated. No open toe shoes allowed. Please wear non slip shoes, like sneakers. There is free street parking around the church. We also have another opportunity to help this food pantry on Friday mornings to help unload food from the delivery truck. See separate post on the Chicago Fun Volunteer calendar. Redeeming Grace Church client choice food pantry is a non-profit 501(c) located at 11801 S, Sangamon Chicago Il. Our Mission: To strengthen the community by distributing food to families in need. No families should have to face hunger. Every Saturday we serve the community of 60643 and 60628 zip code and neighboring communities. Serving people is not a job it a joy. The Food Pantry Staff goal is to serve. NO families should go without food. Donations can be dropped off on Tuesdays from 7 pm-9 pm and Fridays from 8 pm to 9 pm. The food pantry is set up like a Grocery style setting where the clients choose and bag their own food, first come, first served basis. For further information you may contact Food Pantry Coordinator Valerie Brown at [masked] Thank you sincerely for caring about the hunger. 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.

Help sort donated food for Coppin Food Pantry, Southside, afternoon

We will be sorting donated produce from local grocery stores to prepare for the distribution in the late afternoon at the Coppin Community Center's Food Pantry. Come help feed low income families in need of food in the Washington Park Neighborhood. The pantry is operated by the Coppin Memorial A.M.E. Church and Coppin Community Center. They have been serving the south side of Chicago for the last 95 years. The pantry has been operation since October 2011 Refreshments will be served to volunteers. We need help the most from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm on truck delivery. 1st truck arrives between 8:30-9:00. 2nd truck arrives between 12:00noon and 12:30. These are not hard and fast time slots. If you cannot stay for the full duration, you can still be very helpful for 1 or 2 hours. Average weight for the bags and boxes are around 20 to 40 pounds. We work in teams so you do not need to lift anything heavier than you feel comfortable doing. You can take breaks whenever you need one. Volunteers will help count and sort the food and prepare them for distribution to the pantry’s clients, that takes place later that night. Please dress in comfortable clothes, no open toe shoes as you may have to deal with heavy cans and boxes that may fall near your feet. Dress as if you are going to the gym for a light workout. If you are not capable of heavy lifting, we will do our best to accommodate you with other tasks that are not as physically demanding. There will be need for volunteers to organize and sort small and light items on the tables. The work we will be doing is very important. You will directly be helping feed over 200 households that may otherwise go hungry for the week. These includes children and at risk seniors. This is a day time 5 hours project on Monday. Our volunteer team will help unload 4000 to 6000 pounds of donated food from a delivery truck and bring them up half a flight of stairs (6 steps) to be sorted and put in proper storage. This is your chance to get in on a weight lifting and Step Aerobics workout without having to go to the gym, and feel good about yourself in multiple ways. Free parking across the street from the pantry in the Church parking lot. We need 15 to 20 total volunteers each Monday afternoon. This is a great opportunity for volunteer groups from work or school, and family members to participate together. 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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