What It's Like to Volunteer
At Care For Friends, we do our best for Chicago's homeless. Serving meals, providing medical care, handing out clothing and toiletry kits ... all of these things are important. But even more important is the community we create between our guests and agencies who can solve the inderlying issues causing their homelessness.
Our volunteers play a key part in building that community by interacting with guests - not just serving them. And when you volunteer as part of a group, you'll also find you can build deeper bonds with your team as well. Here are some volunteers sharing their experiences.
A volunteer from Allstate talks about cooking and serving high quality food.
A volunteer from Sterling Bay in the west loop describes how organized the Care For Friends team was in organizing their corporate group's day of service.
This corporate group found that volunteering at Care For Friends was a great opportunity to get to know one another better, while giving back to the community they work in.
Getting to know our guests and hearing their stories was a favorite part of the volunteering experience for this couple.
This volunteer said the happy faces of the guests he served makes him want to come back every saturday - even if it includes washing giant pots and pans.
"Community Service Is Good Service"
- A father and son team from Oscar Mayer Elementary School
While some volutnteers from this group were busy cooking and serving food, others made sleeping pads for homeless guests.
Lawyers from Sidley Austin assemble toieltry kits filled with essentials to be distributed to our homeless guests.
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