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Turning the Page is an education and literacy non-profit in that engages parents and families as active and effective participants in their children’s educations. Community Nights are held at four of our North Lawndale K-8 partner schools with opportunities for parents, students, and school staff to get together, learn something new, build relationships, and have fun. Schools include: -Penn Elementary -Legacy Charter -Kellman Elementary -Sumner Elementary VOLUNTEERS assist staff in student workshops- reading books, doing art, playing games, providing small group/one-on-one support to students, help with the welcome/check-ins of families, serve dinner, and other logistical/related tasks. The time commitment is from 3:00 to 5:30 pm or 4:30 to 7:00 pm depending on the school. We will provide dinner and a brief training for each volunteer. You must be 18 years and older to volunteer. To sign-up, click the link below. It will provide all the dates for September/October/November and schools as to where you can volunteer. Just fill out the form! SIGN UP HERE: https://tinyurl.com/TTPSchoolVolunteer If you have any questions, contact Jacqueline Ingram at [masked]
Show some kindness to homeless individuals by celebrating their birthdays. Help bake or 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. Calling all volunteers who love to bake and make desserts! Here's your chance to show off your mad pastry skills while helping the homeless. 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 make or 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. You can bake any treats you feel is appropriate to help a person feel special on their birthday. The dinner serves about 100 guests. You do not need to bake enough for all 100 guests, as other volunteers on this Meetup post will also contribute. Bake 1 to 2 dozen servings of what you like to make. 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!
Help unload a food truck each Wednesday morning to assist 2 L'il fishes with their mission to feed homeless individuals and neighbors in the Uptown neighborhood. Volunteers will help unload a truck from the Greater Chicago Food Depository and store the donated food properly in the kitchen and storage room. We will unload 1500 to 1800 pounds of food to support the kitchen that feeds their guests. Each box can weight from 20 to 40 pounds and you can work with a partner so you do not have to lift anything heavier than you can lift. This is an easy pace project, similar to a light workout. There are 2 truck deliveries and you will have time to take a break in between. Dress in comfortable clothes and non slip bottom shoes. About the program: Inspired by the New Testament miracle of the Loaves and Fishes, when many were fed from little because there was a belief that it could be done and a will to make it so. From this inspiration the 2 Li'l Fishes concept was born. Since the mid 1990s, the program has served hot, nutritious lunches, in a safe environment, to over 500 Guests each week. Our Mission: The heart of 2 Li'l Fishes is helping our neighbors in need, without fanfare, frills or formality. Hard work, sacrifice and focus make the program work. The motto of 2 Li'l Fishes: Restoring Hope One Plate at a Time. The Preston Bradley Center, arm of the People's Church is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, please visit: http://www.2lilfishes.org/about.html This is a recurring event every 3rd Wednesday of the month. This is near the CTA red line Lawrence station and bus routes. Free parking on the residential side streets. 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.
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.