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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.



Inspiration Corporation Volunteer events:

Inspiration Corporation, offers a broad array of programs designed to help participants exit homelessness and poverty while increasing self-sufficiency. This organization believes in providing opportunities for every individual to make positive changes in their lives, regardless of their past, and we meet each individual where they’re at in life. Whether enrolled in their job training program, dining at Inspiration Cafe, or accessing their permanent supportive housing, participants work one-on-one with a case manager to create an individual plan that outlines goals for obtaining or maintaining stable permanent housing and building income.

Inspiration Café-Mock Interviews with homeless

Date: Tuesday, April 23
Time: 9 am - 12 noon
Location: 3504 W. Lake Street, Chicago
Need 8 volunteers. We will practice already prepared job-related interview questions to people who are homeless and are seeking jobs.
RSVP to Ann Marie Downing


Inspiration Café-Cook and Serve

Date: May 23
Time: 4 -7 pm
Location: 4554 N. Broadway #207, Chicago
Need 3 volunteer cooks to cook for incarcerated and homeless people. Need 5 volunteers from 5:30-7:30 as servers.

RSVP to Ann Marie Downing

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PAST CHAPTER COMMUNITY SERVICE EVENTS
 

Blessings in a Backpack

TTN Chicago members got together to write inspirational notes to be placed in children’s backpacks. These backpacks were already packed with nutritional food for kids from low-income families to take home on the weekend. 










 

Members sorted and packed tomatillos at the Greater Chicago Food Depository!
March 8, 2019

We believe no one should go hungry. Every day, the Food Depository’s partner agencies and programs deliver food, dignity and hope for our neighbors. Last year, the Food Depository distributed nearly 70 million pounds of food, 38% of which was fresh produce. Every day the GCFD distributes the equivalent of 159,000 meals.

 

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
 

Volunteers played bingo with women staying at Deborah's Place.


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!