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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, 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.

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Upcoming events (5)

Help setup pop up food pantry in Rogers Park, northside

United Church of Rogers Park

Come help setup a new pop up food pantry 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 every Tuesday, beginning May 19 at the United Church of Rogers Park. Volunteers are needed to help unload food packages from trucks, and setup distribution which takes place from noon to 2 PM. Average weight of bulk food boxes are 20 to 30 pounds for most boxes. If items are heavier, volunteers work in teams to distribute weight safely. Volunteers will pack grocery bags from the bulk items and distributed to families from noon to 2 pm, 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 travelled to another city in the last 14 days that has a high rate of infection (New York, Los Angeles, Italy, Spain etc.)? 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 Tuesday morning from 10 am to 2:30 pm 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 food truck and make grocery bags at Rogers Park, northside

United Church of Rogers Park

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 travelled to another city in the last 14 days that has a high rate of infection (New York, Los Angeles, Italy, Spain etc.)? 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, Redeeming Grace Church food pantry, southside

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.

Cook a birthday lunch for seniors at Little Brothers, flex shfit time.

Help cook a special birthday lunch for seniors at Little Brothers: Friends of the Elderly. This is a celebration event where you will meet many seniors in their 70's, 80's and 90's and some even over a hundred years old! Come help make their birthday a very special one. Both experienced and non experienced volunteers are welcome. All cooking and plating instructions will be provided on site and it is easy. All volunteers must be 14 years or older. Minors must get their parents' or legal guardians' permission to participate. This birthday luncheon helps relieve isolation and loneliness among the elderly by providing a delicious meal in a social interactive space. There is a live band or DJ for music with singing and dancing. This is a monthly project taking place usually on the first Saturday of the month, with a few exceptions during the summer months. Dates for Little Brothers Birthday Luncheon in 2020: 1/4, 2/1, 3/7, 4/4, 5/2, 6/6, 7/11, 8/15, 9/12, 10/3, 11/7, 12/5 Volunteers will meet at their main office location at 355 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60607. We will start cooking at 8 am and be ready to serve by noon. We will cook 80 to 100 meals to serve on site. Volunteers will meet in the kitchen. The shift time is flexible. If you have to come later or leave early, that's OK. 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. There is free street parking in the area, usually west of Ashland Ave and the surrounding side streets. It is also near CTA bus routes and Pink line. 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. Since 1959, Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly, Chicago Chapter’s mission, philosophy, programs and activities remain focused on alleviating loneliness among elders. The need for social interaction is critical to the human spirit—we believe that nurturing the soul is as important as feeding the body. And, while the number of elders served has grown by more than 35% in the last five years, our mission remains firm – to relieve isolation and loneliness among the elderly. Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly was started in France in 1946 by Frenchman Armand Marquiset as les petits frères des Pauvres (Little Brothers of the Poor). The organization served elderly Parisians who had lost their savings and family members in World War II. His motto, flowers before bread, expresses the spirit that man does not live by bread alone; it is the human touch that makes life worth living. Today, Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly serves elderly in seven US cities and eight countries around the world. The Chicago Chapter is located at 355 N. Ashland Avenue in a multi-purpose facility purchased in 1998. This facility is transformed regularly into a place of celebration for holidays, Wednesday luncheons, and countless social gatherings held all year long.

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