Fall brings Fundraising, Coats and New Volunteer Opportunities!

Mark your calendars now for our upcoming Annual Wine & Beer-Tasting Event, to be held on Sunday, November 2nd from 3 to 5 p.m. at Mirabell Restaurant, located at 3454 West Addison Street in Chicago. There will be a Silent Auction, along with amazing wines from around the world, and beers from local microbreweries, to be imbibed with delicious hors d’oeuvres provided by Mirabell. If you have any goods or services you’d like to donate to the Silent Auction, please let us know by calling 773-283-6296.

COAT DISTRIBUTION begins in October. If you have any GENTLY USED WINTER COATS you’d like to donate, please contact us at 773-283-6296. The distribution will be during the five Wednesdays (and second Tuesday) of October, or until we run out.

Security Volunteer  Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Strong individual with a patient, friendly and tolerant attitude, sensitive to vulnerable people. Once each hour will walk around the premises inside and outside the pantry.

Break-Down Volunteer  Strong individual to help break down and clean up at end of pantry day. Hours would be Wednesdays from 11:30 to 1:30. Work requires lifting.

Food Solicitor To regularly contact by phone and letter different food manufacturers (or sock or toiletry manufacturers/distributors) for donations. Must be willing to make cold calls.

Events and Fundraising  To work closely with our Outreach team. Outreach meets once per month to discuss ways to increase our visibility in the community and ways to effectively raise funds for the food pantry through events. Meetings usually occur in the evenings. Participation in planning committees for the Annual Wine-Tasting Event and other similar events is helpful.

Contact Lee, the Volunteer Manager for inquiries. Interview and completed volunteer application will be required.

Keep Voting in Facebook! Martin Nissan Facebook page is doing the charity contest again! “Like” Martin Nissan and then vote. The charity is the Pet Food Corner at Irving Park Food Pantry! Vote once a day, every day! We came in 2nd place by just a few votes last month so let’s keep it going ’till we win!

Thank you to Ron Olech who will oversee the maintenance of our intake laptops for us!
Thank you to Barbara Ries Murphy, of Josie’s Frozen Yogurt Cafe on Milwaukee in the Six Corners area! She is placing a food-donation container for us – indefinitely! And thank you to volunteer Magda Agudo who purchased the donation bin and will be in charge of picking up the donations on a regular basis and bringing them to the pantry!
Speaking of donations…
In case you were wondering:
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