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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.

Welcome and We Hope You Enjoy Your Stay!

Upcoming events (4+)

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

To comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines, this meal program can only accept store brought or pre-packaged baked goods. So sorry they cannot accept home made pastries at this time.

Show some kindness to homeless individuals by celebrating their birthdays. Help 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.

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 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.

The dinner serves about 100 guests. You do not need to donate enough for all 100 guests, as other volunteers on this Meetup post will also contribute. Donate 1 to 2 dozen servings of what you like will be very helpful. 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!

ONLINE TOWN HALL: Authenticity & Relationships

Online event

One of the great challenges, facing many today, is maintaining one's personal sense of authenticity, amidst a world that often asks them to conform. jobs, careers, clubs & many social networks ofter require compromise, in order to be accepted.

As a result, even aspiring close relationships can suffer from lack of authenticity, without room to express one's true self. Have you experienced this? What does it mean to you to be authentic?

Join the Zoom discussion on January 20th to discuss "Authenticity & Relationships" and hear what others like you are experiencing and get pointers to take home.

ONLINE ZOOM LOGIN:
1) Register a Zoom account
2) Enter Meeting ID (below)
3) Join in!

MEETING ID:[masked]

RSVP today and share with one other person!

See you there.

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.

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

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.

As of August 2021, demand for meals is growing but donations are dropping. Your contributions will truly make a difference during a time of need for so many.

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 to maintain social distancing. 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 Wednesdays – 1301 N. LaSalle
9:30am – 10:30am Saturdays - 721 N. LaSalle Street

Sign up with the number of bagged meals you plan to make here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C49A8AD29A0FDC34-make

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!

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