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Community ServicE Opportunities

Community Service is an important priority for TTN. Our Community Service Volunteer Group is working on opportunities for members to join together to help women and children in need. We are excited to announce our first two opportunities!
 
From time to time, the Chapter will provide fundraising and volunteer opportunities to its members.  We encourage suggestions of organizations that we might support and hope to provide a variety of charitable opportunities in which members choose to participate in ways that are meaningful to them.


Join TTN Chicago as we volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository!
 

Since 1979, the Food Depository has made a daily impact on hunger across Cook County. Last year, the Food Depository distributed nearly 70 million pounds of food, 38% of which was fresh produce. Every day they distribute the equivalent of 159,000 meals.

TTN Chicago is partnering with the Food Depository for our first community service event in 2019. We’ll work together to sort produce, inspect and box shipments of bread, or repack bulk dry goods (pasta, rice, beans) into smaller quantities. After volunteering, we’ll head over to a nearby restaurant for a relaxing lunch.

When:   Friday, March 8
Time:     9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Where:  4100 W Ann Lurie Place, Chicago (Near I-55 and S. Pulaski)
Need :    8 volunteers
RSVP:     Ann-Marie at downingannmarie@gmail.com
 
Registration: Please click on this link to register as a volunteer with the Food Depository.
https://volunteers.chicagosfoodbank.org/index.php?section=indGpRegistrations&action=profile_conditional&fwID=19290
 
Parking: Due to renovations underway at the Food Depository, volunteers should use the meter free parking on Karlov Ave, or along Ann Lurie Place (42nd).  If needed, carpool arrangements can made once 8 volunteers have signed up.
 
New and prospective members are always welcome!  IMPORTANT: If you have not yet renewed your membership, please renew online by clicking: Membership Renewal here.  Prospective members and guests of members are always welcome and can attend up to 2 TTN events as a way to get to know our organization before joining.
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Read! Succeed! Indeed! 
Winter/Spring 2019 Book Drive!  Now through March 31, 2019!

TTN Chicago is participating in National Reading Month, a celebration designed to bolster reading by supporting city-wide efforts and collecting new or gently used paperback books for elementary school children and incarcerated women. 

  • Paper-back Books for two Kindergarten Classes for Manierre Elementary -- a public school in Old Town of 345 students, many of whom are economically disadvantaged. Donated books should be those that can be read independently by children in kindergarten. The following paperback books are recommended:
    • Step into Reading (Level 1) by various authors (Fiction & Non Fiction)
    • Bob Books by Lynn Maslen Kertell
    • Dr. Seuss Books
    • Fancy Nancy Fantastic Phonics by Jane O’Connor
    • Hey Jack Series by Sally Rippin
    • Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
    • Pete the Cat Series by Peg Kehret
    • First Little Readers by Liza Charlesworth
    • I like to Read Series by Ethan Long
    • May I Please Have A Cookie by Jennifer Morrris
    • I like Bugs by Margaret Wise Brown
    • Scholastic Readers (Level 1) (various authors)
    • Splat the Cat Series Level 1
  • Paper-back Books for incarcerated women. Chicago Books to Women in Prison (chicagobwp.org/about us) is an all-volunteer group dedicated to offering the opportunity for self-empowerment, education and entertainment that reading provides. Click on this link for types of books to donate.

Book donations can be made at any TTN Chicago Special Interest or Peer Group Meetings.   Books can also be shipped directly to Special Interest & Peer Group Coordinator Ann-Marie Downing (2446 N. Racine Ave. #2, Chicago, IL, 60614).  Books for the elementary school can be ordered from (Click to Order directly from Amazon ) from the Amazon Wishlist Registry and shipped directly to Ann-Marie.

Let’s show our struggling communities how much TTN Chicago cares about them. We can do it!
Questions? Please contact us at Chicagochapter@thetransitionnetwork.org

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PAST CHAPTER COMMUNITY SERVICE EVENTS

The Community Service Group hosted an event at Deborah’s Place 
Deborah’s Place opens doors of opportunity for women who are homeless in Chicago. Supportive housing and services offer women their key to healing, achieving their goals and moving on from the experience of homelessness.​ 

Date: November 26
Location: 1530 Sedgwick, Old Town
Time: 6 P.M.

We are looking for Volunteers to play bingo and/or to bring prize donations such as (cosmetic sample sizes, nail polish, etc.) to a member’s house by November 16.  Prospective members are always welcomed.

Please RSVP: downingannmarie@gmail.com

Community Service Volunteers packed and sorted 3,000 books at Bernie's Book Bank!  November 12!

TTN Chicago Chapter members from the city and the North Shore packed over 3000 books at Bernie’s Book Bank in less than 2 hours! 

Bernie’s Book Bank sources, processes and distributes quality new and gently used children’s books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland. Located in Lake Bluff, Bernie’s Book Bank has distributed more than 12.5 million books since it was founded in 2009.

Our Community Service Volunteer Group will be announcing more opportunities in the coming weeks. If you have any ideas for volunteer opportunities for our chapter, please contact Ann-Marie Downing at downingannmarie@gmail.com.

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Thank you to TTN Volunteers for the Spooktacular Children's Halloween Party at ChicagoLights

TTN Chicago members celebrated Halloween with children at ChicagoLights, a wonderful afterschool program located in downtown Chicago.  They read spooky stories with the younger children, made decorative masks with the older children, passed out goody bags, and more to children grades K-6.

 

Read! Succeed! Indeed! Children's Book Drive for Providence Englewood Charter School
Providence Englewood is a K-8 Charter School serving the Englewood community, an area of Chicago that has twice the poverty levels of the city overall. Despite this, students consistently score higher on state tests than other schools in surrounding communities and 100 percent of the school’s graduates are accepted into Chicago’s premier high schools.
 
TTN Chicago has met its goal to collect gently used or new children's books for grades K-3 by the end of October. All books have been donated to the school. Thanks for helping us reach our goal!