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Cook and serve LUNCH for Cornerstone homeless shelter, Northside

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  • Cornerstone Community Outreach

    4628 North Clifton Avenue, Chicago, IL (map)

    41.966549 -87.658890

  • Tell front desk you are here to volunteer to cook and report to volunteer group manager (Raja) in Kitchen.
  • Help cook and serve lunch to guests at the Cornerstone Community Outreach shelters in the Uptown neighborhood on the North side of Chicago.

    Volunteers from multiple groups will assist the kitchen staff to setup and serve lunch to 150 guests staying at their shelters, including children, seniors, and people with functional access needs. We will then help clean up and sanitize the kitchen, tables and dining area.  (mopping, sweeping, dish washing)

    Location: 4628 N. Clifton Chicago IL, 60640

    Event time: Sunday, 10:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M

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    Volunteer spots are limited. Please RSVP only if you take your commitment seriously in volunteering.  No open toe shoes allowed in kitchen for safety reasons.  Wear non slip bottom shoes like sneakers please.  You may bring your own apron, and  baseball cap or bandana to manage your hair, otherwise, we will supply you with a hair net.

    Event is near CTA red line and Broadway / Lawrence / Wilson  bus routes, and free street parking in the area.

    Cornerstone Community Outreach was founded in 1989 to address the rising problem of homelessness in Chicago’s uptown neighborhood. They currently operate three separate shelters, and within them they are able to house men, women, families, single fathers with children, and adolescent boys. In addition to these shelters, they also run a low-income senior resident apartment complex, a soup kitchen, after-school programming, and much more. They serve over 2,000 people each year.

    ATTENTION: This is a very busy event and the kitchen staff really depends on ALL volunteers to show up if they RSVP.  Please only RSVP if you are serious about your commitment date and time. 

    This is  a recurring monthly scheduled event on the 4th Sunday of the month, and also on the 5th Sunday for months that have 5 weekends. Save the date if you wish to participate in a future date.

    The main difference between the lunch and dinner project is there are more cooking tasks for the lunch shift, as volunteers also prepare food for the dinner meal. The dinner shift gets to do more cleaning at the end of the day.

    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.

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