• 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 with weekly food pantry in Woodlawn Community, Flexible shift time

    Edward G. Irvin Achievement Center

    The Woodlawn Community Food Pantry is fully operated by volunteer members of the Chicago Alumni Chapter, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity with support from the The Greater Chicago Food Depository. They have been operating for over a year as an outdoor mobile and is now a full service indoor/outdoor pantry with more food items.
    The pantry distribution takes place every Monday at the Edward G. Irvin Achievement Center in one of the most under-served neighborhoods in out city.

    Volunteers will help put cans and boxed food in shopping bags and pack fresh produce and frozen meat and distribute them to pantry clients.
    This is a hybrid outdoor in the summer and indoor (in their huge basketball stadium) when weather is too cold.

    Event Date: Every Monday afternoon
    Event Time: 2 pm to 6:15 pm
    Location: Edward G. Irvin Achievement Center
    500 E. 67th Street, Chicago, IL 60638

    Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/RS4zRNpvKcPHZM4f9

    Shift time is flexbile, you can come and leave as it fits your schedule
    Time line: 2 pm to 4 pm: pack grocery bags
    4 pm to 6 pm, public distribution to clients
    6 pm to 6:15 pm, clean up, recycle boxes, put unused food away.

    Please don't feel you need to lift anything heavier than you feel comfortable doing. Your safety is our highest priority. We work in teams so nobody will feel stressed by doing more than then can physically do. This will be a very fun and friendly project to get to know your fellow volunteers and some new neighbors in our city. Your time and kindness will be deeply appreciated by over two hundred families in the Woodlawn neighborhood, who may otherwise go hungry during this winter. Your attendance is very important to ensure the success of this pantry project.

    There is plenty of free parking on the adjacent side streets such as Marquette and Rhodes Ave. Please observe any parking sign restrictions or fire hydrants.

    What you should know:
    1. The event can be held outside, or inside in their large gymnasium.
    2. Social Distancing markers are placed to minimize contact between Volunteers and the Clients.
    3. Org will fill-in the registration information from the Clients. No need for the Clients to touch the pens or the sheets.

    Best Practices
    1. All Volunteers must wear PPE (Face Mask, Gloves) at all times. Protective Eyewear is also a good idea. Gloves and masks will be provided for you.
    2. If you have any flu like symptoms, or think you are infected or have been exposed to somebody who are infected with COVID-19, please do not come. Stay home and self quarantine, seek medical advice from your doctor. Join us after 14 days or when you have fully recovered . Take care of yourself first. Thank you.

    If driving from the North or West sides of the city take the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94 East) to 71st Street. Turn Left (East) onto 71st Street and travel 6 blocks to King Drive. Turn Left (North) on King Drive and travel 4 blocks to 67th Street. Take the 2nd or wide Right Turn (East) onto 67th Street to 500 E. 67th Street (Just past the Fire Station at the Stop sign).

  • 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 10:00 Am to 12:00 Pm. 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.

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  • Make bagged meals at home to donate through the Chicago Help Initiative!

    Want to help those in need during the pandemic? Putting together bagged meals is a great way to make a difference.
    The Chicago Help Initiative coordinates volunteers to make and deliver thousands of bag meals every week to different sites throughout the city.

    As of August 2021, demand for meals is growing but donations are dropping. Your contributions will truly make a difference during a time of need for so many.

    What’s in a bag meal?
    • Sandwich
    • Piece of fruit (soft fruits preferred like bananas or oranges)
    • Snack (Chips, granola bar, etc)
    • Drink (bottled water or juice)
    • Feel free to add more or get fancy!

    This is an “on your own” event to maintain social distancing. You will purchase the components and assemble the meals in your home on your own time. Feel free to be creative – turkey with cranberry sauce, hot paninis, or plain PB&J – all are appreciated!

    Drop off at the locations listed below, or we may be able to pick up your fully assembled bagged meals at your location. (Message the event organizer in advance to arrange pickup). Drop off sites maintain social distancing….pop your trunk and an on-site volunteer will take the prepared bagged meals directly from your vehicle.

    Where, when, and how to deliver your bag meals:
    9:30am – 10:30am Wednesdays – 1301 N. LaSalle
    9:30am – 10:30am Saturdays - 721 N. LaSalle Street

    Sign up with the number of bagged meals you plan to make here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C49A8AD29A0FDC34-make

    For more about the Chicago Help Initiative, visit http://chicagohelpinitiative.org/

    Contact the Meeting Organizer if you have any questions....happy to chat through the logistics!

  • 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.

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  • Donate cakes, desserts or coffee for homeless to celebrate their birthday

    To comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines, this meal program can only accept store brought or pre-packaged baked goods. So sorry they cannot accept home made pastries at this time.

    Show some kindness to homeless individuals by celebrating their birthdays. Help 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.

    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 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.

    The dinner serves about 100 guests. You do not need to donate enough for all 100 guests, as other volunteers on this Meetup post will also contribute. Donate 1 to 2 dozen servings of what you like will be very helpful. 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 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 with weekly food pantry in Woodlawn Community, Flexible shift time

    Edward G. Irvin Achievement Center

    The Woodlawn Community Food Pantry is fully operated by volunteer members of the Chicago Alumni Chapter, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity with support from the The Greater Chicago Food Depository. They have been operating for over a year as an outdoor mobile and is now a full service indoor/outdoor pantry with more food items.
    The pantry distribution takes place every Monday at the Edward G. Irvin Achievement Center in one of the most under-served neighborhoods in out city.

    Volunteers will help put cans and boxed food in shopping bags and pack fresh produce and frozen meat and distribute them to pantry clients.
    This is a hybrid outdoor in the summer and indoor (in their huge basketball stadium) when weather is too cold.

    Event Date: Every Monday afternoon
    Event Time: 2 pm to 6:15 pm
    Location: Edward G. Irvin Achievement Center
    500 E. 67th Street, Chicago, IL 60638

    Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/RS4zRNpvKcPHZM4f9

    Shift time is flexbile, you can come and leave as it fits your schedule
    Time line: 2 pm to 4 pm: pack grocery bags
    4 pm to 6 pm, public distribution to clients
    6 pm to 6:15 pm, clean up, recycle boxes, put unused food away.

    Please don't feel you need to lift anything heavier than you feel comfortable doing. Your safety is our highest priority. We work in teams so nobody will feel stressed by doing more than then can physically do. This will be a very fun and friendly project to get to know your fellow volunteers and some new neighbors in our city. Your time and kindness will be deeply appreciated by over two hundred families in the Woodlawn neighborhood, who may otherwise go hungry during this winter. Your attendance is very important to ensure the success of this pantry project.

    There is plenty of free parking on the adjacent side streets such as Marquette and Rhodes Ave. Please observe any parking sign restrictions or fire hydrants.

    What you should know:
    1. The event can be held outside, or inside in their large gymnasium.
    2. Social Distancing markers are placed to minimize contact between Volunteers and the Clients.
    3. Org will fill-in the registration information from the Clients. No need for the Clients to touch the pens or the sheets.

    Best Practices
    1. All Volunteers must wear PPE (Face Mask, Gloves) at all times. Protective Eyewear is also a good idea. Gloves and masks will be provided for you.
    2. If you have any flu like symptoms, or think you are infected or have been exposed to somebody who are infected with COVID-19, please do not come. Stay home and self quarantine, seek medical advice from your doctor. Join us after 14 days or when you have fully recovered . Take care of yourself first. Thank you.

    If driving from the North or West sides of the city take the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94 East) to 71st Street. Turn Left (East) onto 71st Street and travel 6 blocks to King Drive. Turn Left (North) on King Drive and travel 4 blocks to 67th Street. Take the 2nd or wide Right Turn (East) onto 67th Street to 500 E. 67th Street (Just past the Fire Station at the Stop sign).

  • 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 10:00 Am to 12:00 Pm. 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.

  • Make bagged meals at home to donate through the Chicago Help Initiative!

    Want to help those in need during the pandemic? Putting together bagged meals is a great way to make a difference.
    The Chicago Help Initiative coordinates volunteers to make and deliver thousands of bag meals every week to different sites throughout the city.

    As of August 2021, demand for meals is growing but donations are dropping. Your contributions will truly make a difference during a time of need for so many.

    What’s in a bag meal?
    • Sandwich
    • Piece of fruit (soft fruits preferred like bananas or oranges)
    • Snack (Chips, granola bar, etc)
    • Drink (bottled water or juice)
    • Feel free to add more or get fancy!

    This is an “on your own” event to maintain social distancing. You will purchase the components and assemble the meals in your home on your own time. Feel free to be creative – turkey with cranberry sauce, hot paninis, or plain PB&J – all are appreciated!

    Drop off at the locations listed below, or we may be able to pick up your fully assembled bagged meals at your location. (Message the event organizer in advance to arrange pickup). Drop off sites maintain social distancing….pop your trunk and an on-site volunteer will take the prepared bagged meals directly from your vehicle.

    Where, when, and how to deliver your bag meals:
    9:30am – 10:30am Wednesdays – 1301 N. LaSalle
    9:30am – 10:30am Saturdays - 721 N. LaSalle Street

    Sign up with the number of bagged meals you plan to make here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C49A8AD29A0FDC34-make

    For more about the Chicago Help Initiative, visit http://chicagohelpinitiative.org/

    Contact the Meeting Organizer if you have any questions....happy to chat through the logistics!