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Help unload and distribute food at the AIC Food Pantry, Northside, Daytime

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  • American Indian Center of Chicago

    1630 W. Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL (map)

    41.965279 -87.669769

  • Sign in as a volunteer at the front desk reception window and then report to food pantry in the basement.
  • Come help unload, sort and distribute donated food for the American Indian Center's food pantry.   The AIC food pantry receives extra food on the first and third Thursdays of the month and needs your help with unloading the food from the truck, and sorting the food for their neighbors in the community. They serve both native and non native neighbors. The is one of the oldest food pantry in Chicago, and has been in the Northside Ravenswood neighborhood since 1966.

    Our volunteer team will help unload 1500 to 2500 pounds of donated food from a delivery truck of the Greater Chicago Food Depository and bring them down 1 flight of stairs to the basement pantry. The average weight for the bags and boxes are around 20 to 40 pounds. We work in teams so you do not need to lift anything heavier than you feel comfortable doing. We will then sort the food and prepare them for immediate distribution.

    Please dress in comfortable clothes, no open toe shoes as you may have to deal with heavy cans and boxes that may fall near your feet. Dress as if you are going to the gym for a light workout. If you are not capable of heavy lifting, we will do our best to accommodate you with other tasks that are not as physically demanding. There will be need for volunteers to organize and sort small and light items on shelves. The work we will be doing is very important. You will directly be helping feed over a hundred households that may otherwise go hungry for the week. These includes children and at low income seniors. The AIC food pantry helps feed 6500 different households each year.

    This is a day time 2 hour project on the first and third Thursdays of the month, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Please be on time, as the truck comes early and help is needed the most during the first 30 minutes.

    This is a fun and rewarding volunteer opportunity that will connect you to a peaceful and artistic culture, and learn about the many different Indian tribes and how they come together to support each other.

    There is easy free street parking in the neighborhood, plus close access to CTA train, (Montrose Brown line) and bus routes (Ashland, Clark, Lawrence, Montrose)

    The American Indian Center of Chicago is the oldest urban Native American center in the nation. Learn more at: http://www.aic-chicago.org/ Their mission is to promote the fellowship among Indian people of all Tribes living in metropolitan Chicago, and to create bonds of understanding and communication between Indians and non-Indians in this city. To advance the general welfare of American Indians into the metropolitan community life; to foster the economic and educational advancement of Indian people; to sustain cultural, artistic and avocational pursuits; and to perpetuate Indian cultural values.

    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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