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How You Can Serve

Winter is hard.

As the temperature drops, snow arrives, and skies are gloomier, daily life is just harder.  That is especially the case for persons experiencing homelessness or food insecurity and for families who may need to decided between paying the heating bill, purchasing groceries, or buying diapers.

During this season, our congregation steps up to meet some additional needs of our neighbors, and we appreciate your help.

Sack Lunch Ministry

First Church prepares and delivers 60 sack lunches each week to Good News Shelter, a 36-bed shelter in Rogers Park, that provides a safe, warm  place for women, children, and families to stay up to four months.

Anytime during the week volunteers shop for the sack lunch groceries (list provided) at Gordon Food Service in Niles and charge it to the church – or purchase the groceries elsewhere and submit receipts for reimbursement.

On Sunday afternoon, volunteers deliver the sack lunches to the shelter.

Sign up to help with shopping or delivery

    Thursday Soup Kitchen

    Our Soup Kitchen has served a hot meal every Thursday since the 1970’s.  Currently this outreach project needs persons who can make a monthly, four times a year, or one-time commitment as a Cook Team member or a Dining Room host.

     Serve with the Soup Kitchen

      Overnight Shelter

      Each winter First Church takes a turn, along with other Interfaith Action of Evanston congregations, to host an overnight shelter that is run by Interfaith Action staff.

      Church members and friends are asked to serve as an evening volunteer (8:00-9:00pm) or an early morning volunteer (6:00-7:30am).  The role is fairly simple, and orientation is included.   The witness of having a church representative present and involved is significant.

      Serve as a shelter volunteer

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