• 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.

    Redeeming Grace Church

    11801 S Sangamon St · Chicago

  • Help Pick-Up Donations for ReStore Chicago
    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.

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    Habitat for Humanity ReStore

    6040 N Pulaski · Chicago, IL

  • Spend quality time with children making arts & crafts, creative games at shelter
    Help children at a homeless shelter for families affected by domestic violence. Spend some quality time with children on weekly Thursday nights, making arts and crafts, or playing drama games to help them express their emotions and creativity in a positive way while building their self esteem. The children's ages range from 6 to 14 years old, and they thrive and heal on personal attention. Requirement: Volunteers must be kind, compassionate, patient and love to have fun with kids. Bring a government issued ID to get approved by front desk, they may need to run a background check on your identity. If you have coaching skills in drama, music, singing, dancing, improv, etc, that is also beneficial to work with the children. While your attendance is not required every week, it helps the children regain and retain their trust in adults if they see the same familiar faces each week. It will form a lasting bond and friendship you will treasure. The ideal volunteer for this project is one that can come on a weekly basis, or as often as you can when your schedule is free on each Thursday evening. For volunteers on the waiting list, priority and preference are given to volunteers that have served at this location previously and are familiar with the children's program. After you RSVP, please send me a private message (Click on Wilson's picture and click on the Message button underneath my name) with your name, email address and cell phone number and I will text you the address details. If you want to bring a guest to volunteer, please have them register on here individually, no anonymous guest allowed. All volunteers must be 18 years or older, no minors allow. ********************************************************* Address and event details will be sent out the night before the event date, please be patient. ********************************************************* Note: This is a protective shelter, and is unlisted. To preserve the safety of the women and children at the shelter, the address will only be email to volunteers that has signed up and has confirmed they will be coming. It is near Wrigley field Cubs Stadium, near CTA red line and bus routes. Free public street parking as well as free parking on their private lot.

    Wrigleyville

    Wrigleyville · Chicago, IL

  • Spend quality time taking care of toddlers at homeless shelter.
    This is a weekly event on Thursday nights. The moms at the homeless shelter are attending workshops and training to gain life skills, counseling, job skills to be self sufficient. Volunteers are needed to watch over their little ones during the training. There will be up to 16 children, from 1 month to 5 years old. Volunteers will play games with the children and may do some arts and craft projects. Requirement: Volunteers must be kind, compassionate, patient and love to have fun with kids. A background check is performed before volunteers are approved to work with the children. Please bring a government issued ID to get approved by front desk. All volunteers must be 18 years or older. For volunteers on the waiting list, priority and preference are given to volunteers that have served at this location previously or are familiar with children's program. After you RSVP, please send me a private message (Click on Wilson's picture and click on the Message button underneath my name) with your full name, email address and cell phone number and I will text you the address details. If you want to bring a guest to volunteer, please have them register on here individually, no anonymous guest allowed. All volunteers must be 18 years or older, no minors allow. ********************************************************* Address and event details will be sent out the night before the event date, please be patient. ********************************************************* Note: This is a protective shelter, and is unlisted. To preserve the safety of the women and children at the shelter, the address will only be email to volunteers that has signed up and has confirmed they will be coming. It is near Wrigley field Cubs Stadium, near CTA red line and bus routes. Free public street parking as well as free parking on their private lot.

    Wrigleyville

    Wrigleyville · Chicago, IL

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  • Help Pick-Up Donations for ReStore Chicago
    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.

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    Habitat for Humanity ReStore

    6040 N Pulaski · Chicago, IL

  • Help Pick-Up Donations for ReStore Chicago
    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.

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    Habitat for Humanity ReStore

    6040 N Pulaski · Chicago, IL

  • Community Nights at Turning the Page!
    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]

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    906 South Homan Avenue Street Address 2 · Chicago, il

  • Food Pantry for Veterans, at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
    Come join the American Red Cross as we help distribute food to Veterans at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center food pantry. The VA food pantry operates on the vision of Veterans helping Veterans. Many of the Veterans at this pantry are homeless or disabled. This is your opportunity to show kindness and express gratitude to the brave men and women who served and sacrificed for our country. The Mission: To honor and support those who have served our country by improving Veteran's access to nutritionally adequate food and by providing a place for continued social contribution. Vision: Our goal is to alleviate hunger within the Veteran community and create a Veteran volunteer force with civic pride and comradery. We will meet at The Jesse Brown VA medical center at 8 AM to setup tables and food. This pantry runs on a very tight schedule. All volunteers must report in by 8:15 A.M. to receive your assignment or else you may not be able to participate. Please allow yourself an extra 15 minutes to park and walk to the pantry area of the big building complex. If you take public transportation, the Damen bus stops right in front of the building at 820 S. Damen Ave. From the main entrance, follow the blue signs to get to the Ogden elevators, then go up to the second floor, and then follow the brown signs to the Damen Pavilion. We will meet and setup in the main corridor. If you drive, you can use their paid garage and get free parking validation after the event via the Volunteer Services office on the 4th floor. Entrances to the parking garage is on Taylor street and Ogden Ave. No open toe shoes allowed for safety reasons. Wear non slip bottom shoes like sneakers please. Volunteers will be given gloves to use when handling non packaged food. The Greater Chicago Food Depository will supply the food and volunteers get to unbox, sort, and arrange the food to tables. We will then provide assistance to Veterans that wants help as personal shoppers. The food pantry opens at 11 AM to 1 PM. After the event, we will then help close down the pantry, break down and recycle boxes, and pack any left over food onto a van to help another homeless shelter near by. This is a self select food pantry. The Veterans will have a choice to pick what food they want. Volunteers will help as personal shoppers, as many Veterans will have physical disabilities and your help will be much appreciated. This is also an opportunity to get to know them and share kind words with them. After all the Veterans have been served, we will help clean up and break down boxes for recycling. We should wrap up by 1:00 PM or maybe earlier. If you are a Veteran or know of any Veteran that needs help with food supplement, please let them know of this service at the Jesse Brown VA medical center. The Jesse Brown Veterans Food Pantry, is a partnership between the Greater Chicago Food Depository, AmeriCorps, and the Jesse Brown VAMC. The pantry is one of the first programs of its kind offering Veterans a "Client Choice" model pantry. Client choice is a model of food distribution that enables Veterans to select their own food, much like a grocery store. Unlike most pantries, which provide clients with fixed boxes or bags of food with no ability to select the items included, client choice pantries allow clients the ability to choose from a wide variety of foods, better enabling clients to meet their personal dietary needs. Client choice also ensures a sense of dignity for clients and their families, higher satisfaction with the food they are able to choose, less waste, and greater opportunities for volunteers and clients to interact with the mission and vision of the organization in mind. The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world, through five key service areas: Disaster Relief, Supporting America’s Military Families, Health and Safety Training, Lifesaving Blood, and International Services. For more information, please visit http://www.redcross.org 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.

    Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

    820 South Damen Avenue · Chicago, IL

  • Coppin Community Center Food Pantry, evening shift
    Come help distribute food at a food pantry in Washington Park. The Coppin Memorial A.M.E. Church and Coppin Community Center has been serving the the south side of Chicago for the last 95 years. It currently operates a small food pantry in the Washington Park neighborhood for neighbors in need every Monday. Come volunteer and help distribute food to families and seniors and share some kindness with a neighbor and renew their hope. The main volunteer event time is 3:45 pm to 6:30 pm. Event Location: 5627 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60637 Main Volunteer Event time: 3:45 pm to 6:30 pm. Help is also needed if you can come a little earlier with setting up food on the table. We can use volunteers as early as 3:00 pm. There are plenty of free street parking and there is also a church parking lot across the street from the Community Center. Tasks and event times: 3:00pm-3:45 pm - Set-up food tables prior to distribution Main volunteer event: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Food distribution to clients 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm - Break-down and clean up after client distribution Free snacks and refreshments will be served to volunteers. This event is family friendly, you can bring your child 12 years or older to participate in this community service event. 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.

    Coppin Community Center

    5627 S. Michigan Ave · Chicago, IL

  • Help sort donated food for Coppin Food Pantry, Southside, afternoon
    We will be sorting donated produce from local grocery stores to prepare for the distribution in the late afternoon at the Coppin Community Center's Food Pantry. Come help feed low income families in need of food in the Washington Park Neighborhood. The pantry is operated by the Coppin Memorial A.M.E. Church and Coppin Community Center. They have been serving the south side of Chicago for the last 95 years. The pantry has been operation since October 2011 Refreshments will be served to volunteers. We need help the most from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm on truck delivery. 1st truck arrives between 8:30-9:00. 2nd truck arrives between 12:00noon and 12:30. These are not hard and fast time slots. If you cannot stay for the full duration, you can still be very helpful for 1 or 2 hours. 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. You can take breaks whenever you need one. Volunteers will help count and sort the food and prepare them for distribution to the pantry’s clients, that takes place later that night. 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 the tables. The work we will be doing is very important. You will directly be helping feed over 200 households that may otherwise go hungry for the week. These includes children and at risk seniors. This is a day time 5 hours project on Monday. Our volunteer team will help unload 4000 to 6000 pounds of donated food from a delivery truck and bring them up half a flight of stairs (6 steps) to be sorted and put in proper storage. This is your chance to get in on a weight lifting and Step Aerobics workout without having to go to the gym, and feel good about yourself in multiple ways. Free parking across the street from the pantry in the Church parking lot. We need 15 to 20 total volunteers each Monday afternoon. This is a great opportunity for volunteer groups from work or school, and family members to participate together. 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.

    Coppin Community Center

    5627 S. Michigan Ave · Chicago, IL