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Come help unload food truck and bag groceries to help serve the Rogers Park community. In response to the growing need for food in the Rogers Park Community (due to other food pantries closing), Care for Real is expanding service to that community with a weekly pop-up pantry at the United Church of Rogers Park. We receive deliveries on every Thursday morning. Volunteers are needed to help bring boxes from truck inside church and then bag the contents into smaller grocery bags for distribution on their Tuesday public event. This is a THURSDAY morning event, it will just be a small handful of volunteers preparing bags for their next week's public Tuesday community distributions. Average weight of bulk food boxes are 20 to 30 pounds for most boxes, some can be as heavy as 50 pounds. If items are heavier, volunteers work in teams to distribute weight safely. We have push carts and hand trucks available as well. Volunteers will pack grocery bags from the bulk items while maintaining social distancing. Please help with clean up and break down, recycling after the event. **** IMPORTANT ****** This is a COVID-!9 response to help the community. All safety protocols must be followed to ensure everybody's safety. Only sign up if you can answer NO to all the following questions: 1. Have you experienced any flu or cold like symptoms in the last 14 days? 2. Have you traveled to any high risk states on Chicago's quarantine list in the last 2 weeks? https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/emergency-travel-order.html 3. Have you been in contact with anybody that is tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days or exhibit COVID-19 symptoms? 4. Have you been tested positive COVID-19, suspect or know you have the virus in the last 30 days? 5. Do you have a fever over 100 degrees now? 6. Do you have a dry cough now? 7. Do you have any other reasons to think you are sick or may be infected with COVID-19? **** IMPORTANT ****** If you answer yes to any of the questions, I respectfully ask you to stay home and attend to your own care and follow CDC's guidelines for self quarantine and speak to a doctor to see if you need to get tested. Your healthy and safety is the highest priority. If you answer no to all the questions above, then we would love to have your help, as hundreds of family are in need of food in the neighborhood. Masks and gloves will be provided for volunteers during this service project and all social distancing practices will be followed. Time: every Thursday morning from 8:30 am to 12 noon Location: United Church of Rogers Park 1545 W Morse Ave, Chicago, IL 60626 Google map link: https://goo.gl/maps/jfNHAK3STN7uma9H8 Some free street parking in surrounding residential streets. Paid meter parking out front of building. Near CTA red line and bus routes About the organizations: Care For Real's mission is to help our neighbors in the Edgewater community by providing food, clothing and counseling services to those in need. We do this through on-site food distribution, deliveries to the homebound, a free clothes closet and a case-management program to help clients connect with other services they may need. Care For Real has been serving our community in over 50 years. Care for Real recent news interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5XJhEXpQ6A For more information: please visit: https://careforreal.org/ United Church of Rogers Park Mission Statement: “United Church of Rogers Park is a United Methodist Church where all God’s people are welcome! We enjoy being together and discovering the common faith that emerges from our diversity. Warm and informal in spirit, we welcome all in Christ’s name. United Church of Rogers Park seeks, by thinking globally and acting locally, to make known God's love for persons of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, physical and mental abilities, and economic classes. For more information: please visit: https://www.ucrogerspark.org/
Help unload and sort donated food from the Food Rescue program at the Redeeming Grace Church Food Pantry, located in the West Pullman neighborhood. Volunteers will help unload food off the delivery truck and help sort the items, and then store the food properly, which will be distributed the next day on Saturday. The boxes can weight 20 to 40 pounds, and we will work in teams so you do not have to lift anything heavier than you are comfortable of lifting. We will also do our best to accommodate you if you cannot do any lifting. There are small and light items that needs individual sorting, like bread and can goods. This is a weekly recurring event every Friday morning, from 11 am to around 3 pm. Shift time is flexible. If you cannot stay the whole 4 hour shift, any time you can give will be helpful and much appreciated. The truck's estimated time of arrival is 11 am, but it can be a little early or late, depending on weather, traffic, and other variables. So please be prepared to do some waiting, and help out with other tasks until the truck arrives. 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. The food is distributed on Saturday at noon. You can sign up for the food distribution event if you would like to interact directly with the clients. 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. We also have pet food for the client’s pets, when it is available. The Mission Department 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.
American Indian Center
In response to COVID-19 needs, our friends at the American Indian Center are distributing pre-packed boxes of fresh vegetables and fruits to families in Albany Park, a very diverse community of immigrant and refugee families. Volunteers are needed to help move boxes up to 24 pounds to pass out to the community. We will also setup some pop up tents and traffic control signs to make the drive thru distribution line run smooth. We give out 500 to 1000 boxes in a 4 hour period. This is a very well organized and friendly outdoor service event. We emphasize efficiency with smart distribution tactics to minimize our physical labor. Setup time: 11 am Distribution time: 12 noon to 3:30 pm Breakdown and cleanup time: 3:30 pm to 4 pm Shift time is flexible. So it is OK if you cannot come at the start time or have to leave early. Anytime you give will be much appreciated Location: 3401 W. Ainslie Street, Chicago IL 60625 Google Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/coKGEaixjwtMZV5f8 Event is near CTA Brown line Kimball station, and CTA bus routes. Free street parking on local side streets. All members of the community (native and non native) are welcome! The American Indian Center of Chicago is the oldest Indian Cultural Center in the country outside of any reservation land. For more information, please visit www.aicchicago.org **** IMPORTANT ****** This is a COVID-19 response to help the community. All CDC COVID-19 safety guidelines must be followed to ensure everybody's safety. Only sign up if you can answer NO to all the following questions: 1. Have you experienced any flu or cold like symptoms in the last 14 days? 2. Have you traveled to any high risk states on Chicago's quarantine list in the last 14 days? https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/emergency-travel-order.html 3. Have you been in contact with anybody that is tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days or exhibit COVID-19 symptoms? 4. Have you been tested positive for COVID-19, suspect or know you have the virus in the last 30 days? 5. Do you have a fever over 100 degrees now? 6. Do you have a dry cough now? 7. Do you have any other reasons to think you are sick or may be infected with COVID-19? **** IMPORTANT ****** If you answer yes to any of the questions, I respectfully ask you to stay home and attend to your own care and follow CDC's guidelines for self quarantine and speak to a doctor to see if you need to get tested. Your health and safety is the highest priority. If you answer no to all the questions above, then we would love to have your help, as hundreds of family are in need of food in the neighborhood. All CDC COVID-19 safety guidelines will be followed to ensure the safety of all volunteers and clients. Masks and gloves will be issued to all volunteers, and social distancing will be enforced. Food, water, snacks, restrooms and breaks will be available to all volunteers. About the community you will be serving: (From Wikipedia) Albany Park is one of 77 well-defined community areas of Chicago. Located on the Northwest Side of the City of Chicago with the North Branch of the Chicago River forming its east and north boundaries, it includes the ethnically diverse Albany Park neighborhood, with one of the highest percentages of foreign-born residents of any Chicago neighborhood. Although the majority of those foreign-born residents are from Latin America, mostly from Mexico (especially from the state of Michoacán), Guatemala, and Ecuador, substantial numbers are from the Philippines, India, Korea, Cambodia, Somalia, the former Yugoslavia (Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia), Romania, Pakistan and the Middle East (especially Iraq, Iran, and Lebanon). Over 40 different languages are spoken in its public schools. Due to the diverse population and immigrant population attraction, the population of the neighborhood increased by 16.5% during the 1990s. It is part of the 60625 ZIP code, which is known as one of the most diverse areas in the entire country.
DIC Feed the Hungry will be partnering with Saint James Food Pantry to pack and distribute food. We will first be taking larger food items and breaking them down into smaller bags. Next, a volunteer with a cart will go around with a client and select the food items the client is interested in. Clients may need help loading those items in their car. What: To help pack & distribute food items, help clients load items in their cars When: Saturday August 8th from 8am-12pm (we will start right at 8am) Where: Saint James Food Pantry Parking Lot - 2907 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60616 (This event is rain or shine) Items to note: When you arrive, you must first sign in at the office and then head to the parking lot This volunteer event will be outside with no shade covering Volunteers will be required to wear masks Some roles will require lifting heavy food items Social Distancing will be enforced Bring a hat and water as it may be hot during this time