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  • Help with weekly food pantry distribution in West Humbolt Park, west side

    Mission Our Lady of The Angels

    Come help support a food pantry in West Humbolt Park, with Mission of Our Lady of the Angels. In response to COVID-19, the nuns at this mission have seen a triple increase in food needs and hunger from the community (they are currently helping 600 families a week). This is a safe, outdoor, socially-distanced food distributions. Volunteers will help setup tables and food and pass them out to our friendly and grateful neighbors who may be going through a hard time during this pandemic. You can make a difference in their lives by sharing some hope and kindness with them. Volunteers are needed starting at 7:30 am. The first 2 hours are the busiest with positioning the food and tables. If you cannot make the full project time, coming late or leaving early is still helpful, just leave a message below to let us know if you have to adjust your shift time. Please help with clean up and break down, recycling after the event. While the nuns at this mission are of Catholic faith, they serve families of all faiths in the community and you do not need to be Catholic to volunteer and help. You should come with an open mind and attitude of respect and tolerance. During the pandemic response, additional rules are implemented for everybody's safety: - Volunteers must be between the ages of 18 and 65 - You cannot work in healthcare or live with someone who works in healthcare (we are praying for all healthcare workers but need to keep the pantry safe!) - It must be at least 14 days since you’ve attended a protest - You don’t think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 otherwise - Bring your own mask - You MUST RSVP to [masked]. Volunteers who do not RSVP will not be allowed to volunteer. **** 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. Time: every Tuesday morning from 7:30 am to Noon Location: Mission of Our Lady of the Angels (school building) 3814 W. Iowa St., Chicago, IL 60651 Google map link: https://goo.gl/maps/t8tiwzTiPB3pXs6m6 Some free street parking in surrounding residential streets. Near CTA bus routes. About the organizations: The Mission of Our Lady of the Angels establishes a Catholic presence in the West Humboldt Park area on Chicago’s west side. This area is presently one of the poorest neighborhoods in the City of Chicago. The purpose of the Mission is twofold: to assist the materially poor and to share the treasure of our Catholic Faith. ASSISTANCE TO THE MATERIALLY POOR INCLUDES: Food Pantries, Distribution of Clothing/ Household Goods, Emergency Assistance Afterschool Programming Senior Citizens' Programming- Community Dinners Special Holiday Events For more information: please visit: https://missionola.com

  • 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-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 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 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, 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.

  • Help outdoor food distribution in Albany Park, North side, Flexible shfit time

    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.

  • 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.

  • Help distribute Back to school supplies in West Humbolt Park, west side

    Mission Our Lady of The Angels

    Whether the students attend classes in person or remote learning, they all need school supplies. Come help support the nuns at Mission of Our Lady of the Angels and give out 700 backpacks with school supplies to the West Humbolt Park community. The time you give is a long term positive investment in the children of our community. Their future is our future. Note the picture is from last year. We WILL be wearing masks and maintaining social distancing this year. Volunteers are needed starting at 8:15 am to 1 pm. Masks, water and restrooms are available for volunteers on site. Please help with clean up and break down, recycling after the event. While the nuns at this mission are of Catholic faith, they serve families of all faiths in the community and you do not need to be Catholic to volunteer and help. You should come with an open mind and attitude of respect and tolerance. During the pandemic response, additional rules are implemented for everybody's safety: - Volunteers must be between the ages of 18 and 65 - You cannot work in healthcare or live with someone who works in healthcare (we are praying for all healthcare workers but need to keep the pantry safe!) - It must be at least 14 days since you’ve attended a protest - You don’t think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 otherwise - Bring your own mask - You MUST RSVP to [masked]. Volunteers who do not RSVP will not be allowed to volunteer. **** 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 can benefit from school supplies in the neighborhood. Time: every Saturday morning from 8:15 am to 1 pm Location: Mission of Our Lady of the Angels (school building) 3814 W. Iowa St., Chicago, IL 60651 Google map link: https://goo.gl/maps/t8tiwzTiPB3pXs6m6 Some free street parking in surrounding residential streets. Near CTA bus routes. About the organizations: The Mission of Our Lady of the Angels establishes a Catholic presence in the West Humboldt Park area on Chicago’s west side. This area is presently one of the poorest neighborhoods in the City of Chicago. The purpose of the Mission is twofold: to assist the materially poor and to share the treasure of our Catholic Faith. ASSISTANCE TO THE MATERIALLY POOR INCLUDES: Food Pantries, Distribution of Clothing/ Household Goods, Emergency Assistance Afterschool Programming Senior Citizens' Programming- Community Dinners Special Holiday Events For more information: please visit: https://missionola.com

  • 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 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 set up 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 9:00 Am to 11:00 Am. 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 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 with weekly food pantry distribution in West Humbolt Park, west side

    Mission Our Lady of The Angels

    Come help support a food pantry in West Humbolt Park, with Mission of Our Lady of the Angels. In response to COVID-19, the nuns at this mission have seen a triple increase in food needs and hunger from the community (they are currently helping 600 families a week). This is a safe, outdoor, socially-distanced food distributions. Volunteers will help setup tables and food and pass them out to our friendly and grateful neighbors who may be going through a hard time during this pandemic. You can make a difference in their lives by sharing some hope and kindness with them. Volunteers are needed starting at 7:30 am. The first 2 hours are the busiest with positioning the food and tables. If you cannot make the full project time, coming late or leaving early is still helpful, just leave a message below to let us know if you have to adjust your shift time. Please help with clean up and break down, recycling after the event. While the nuns at this mission are of Catholic faith, they serve families of all faiths in the community and you do not need to be Catholic to volunteer and help. You should come with an open mind and attitude of respect and tolerance. During the pandemic response, additional rules are implemented for everybody's safety: - Volunteers must be between the ages of 18 and 65 - You cannot work in healthcare or live with someone who works in healthcare (we are praying for all healthcare workers but need to keep the pantry safe!) - It must be at least 14 days since you’ve attended a protest - You don’t think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 otherwise - Bring your own mask - You MUST RSVP to [masked]. Volunteers who do not RSVP will not be allowed to volunteer. **** 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. Time: every Tuesday morning from 7:30 am to Noon Location: Mission of Our Lady of the Angels (school building) 3814 W. Iowa St., Chicago, IL 60651 Google map link: https://goo.gl/maps/t8tiwzTiPB3pXs6m6 Some free street parking in surrounding residential streets. Near CTA bus routes. About the organizations: The Mission of Our Lady of the Angels establishes a Catholic presence in the West Humboldt Park area on Chicago’s west side. This area is presently one of the poorest neighborhoods in the City of Chicago. The purpose of the Mission is twofold: to assist the materially poor and to share the treasure of our Catholic Faith. ASSISTANCE TO THE MATERIALLY POOR INCLUDES: Food Pantries, Distribution of Clothing/ Household Goods, Emergency Assistance Afterschool Programming Senior Citizens' Programming- Community Dinners Special Holiday Events For more information: please visit: https://missionola.com