Spring 2014 Service Learning Options

 

Spring into Service! Below find 30 separate options for service this spring semester. Many of these outings are filling up fast, so if you have questions or if you’re interested in joining us, let me know as soon as possible.

Option 1 – 3: The Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Greater Chicago Food Depository–a critical Chicago service organization located about 25 minutes from Moraine’s campus. The GCFD began in 1978 to assist people in Chicagoland struggling with food insecurity and chronic hunger. They are a major hub in a food distribution network, distributing 69 million pounds of food, including more than 18 million pounds of produce, to 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in Cook County. Nearly 142,000 men, women and children turn to the Food Depository’s network each week, and nearly 678,000 people turn to the network annually.
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I have arranged for us to visit The Greater Chicago Food Depository to repack food for distribution to community food pantries in Cook County. The details of this scheduled event are below.

The Event Details

At GCFD, we’ll be repacking food items for distribution to community food pantries that serve people struggling with food insecurity. This is a great opportunity to learn about hunger affecting Chicagoland and to work to make a very real impact on people’s lives. You’ll be on your feet for this opportunity.

Job: Packaging Food for our Hungry Neighbors

Dates/Times:
Thursday, January 30, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (option 1)
Saturday, March 1, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (option 2)
Saturday, April 5, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (option 3)

Location: 4100 West 42nd Place, Chicago, IL 60632

Phone: (773) 247-3663

Directions from Moraine

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Want to do it? Here’s how.

For all the service-learning opportunities this semester, you need to sign-up on the sheet that I bring to class. If you other questions or concerns about this opportunity, please ask me. Your selections, however, must be in place and confirmed by the second week of this semester. If you find that you cannot follow through with your selected service-learning event, you need to inform me immediately, so that I can communicate with the organization we are working with and/or find someone to take your place. As a class, we have to do everything possible to ensure that we meet the commitments we have made with our partner organizations. Failing to do so, would jeopardize our relationship with the organization and this service-learning program. People are depending on us.

Option 4 – 9: Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is an international organization with many local chapters. It welcomes all people—regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or any other difference—to build and repair simple, decent, affordable houses with those who lack adequate shelter. Our local chapter in the Chicago south suburbs serves 75,000 households in the southern suburbs defined as having “critical housing needs”. This means they are paying too much of their monthly income for housing (30%, 40%, 50%+) and /or are living in substandard quality or overcrowded conditions. This is the market HFHCSS is trying to assist with simple, decent homes. You can be a part of that much needed assistance.
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The Event Details

This work day we will be working at a job site to help build a home for a family who needs it. No previous experience is needed, but you will be engaged in physical labor. It’s possible that you will be working alongside the family who will eventually move into this home.

Job: Rehabbing a Home for a Needy Family

Dates/Times:
Friday, January 31, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (option 4)
Friday, January 31, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (option 5)
Saturday, February 22, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (option 6)
Friday, February 28, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (option 7)
Friday, April 4, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (option 8)
Saturday, April 5, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (option 9)

Location:
123 Walnut Park Forest, IL 60466 (option 4, 6, & 7)
156 Indiana, Park Forest, IL 60466 (option 5)
Exact Address TBD, Park Forest, IL 60466 (option 8 & 9)

Phone: (773) 247-3663

Directions from Moraine to Job Site (option 4, 6, & 7)

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Directions from Moraine to Job Site (option 5)

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Want to do it? Here’s how.

For all the service-learning opportunities this semester, you need to sign-up on the sheet that I bring to class. If you other questions or concerns about this opportunity, please ask me. Your selections, however, must be in place and confirmed by the second week of this semester. If you find that you cannot follow through with your selected service-learning event, you need to inform me immediately, so that I can communicate with the organization we are working with and/or find someone to take your place. As a class, we have to do everything possible to ensure that we meet the commitments we have made with our partner organizations. Failing to do so, would jeopardize our relationship with the organization and this service-learning program. People are depending on us.

Option 10 – 12: Ronald McDonald House

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities is to care for families of children with complex medical needs by providing comfort, compassion and community. RMHC keeps families of hospitalized children together in a ‘home away from home.’
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The Event Details

This opportunity requires that you prepare a lunch for families staying at the house (about 15 people plus your volunteer group). You would plan and shop for the meal and then prepare it in the kitchen at the house. It’s a nice way to help people who are struggling with the emotional and financial stress of a very sick child.

Job: Preparing and Serving Lunch for Families

Dates/Times:
Friday, January 24, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM (option 10)
Friday, March 7, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM (option 11)
Friday, April 4, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM (option 12)

Location:
4410 W. 93rd Street, Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Phone: (708) 423-5285

Directions from Moraine

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Want to do it? Here’s how.

For all the service-learning opportunities this semester, you need to sign-up on the sheet that I bring to class. If you other questions or concerns about this opportunity, please ask me. Your selections, however, must be in place and confirmed by the second week of this semester. If you find that you cannot follow through with your selected service-learning event, you need to inform me immediately, so that I can communicate with the organization we are working with and/or find someone to take your place. As a class, we have to do everything possible to ensure that we meet the commitments we have made with our partner organizations. Failing to do so, would jeopardize our relationship with the organization and this service-learning program. People are depending on us.

Option 13 – 17: The Sertoma Centre

The mission at Sertoma Centre is “to provide opportunities that empower individuals with disabilities to achieve personal success.” Every day at Sertoma this mission is accomplished by those with developmental, physical, emotional disabilities and /or mental illness. Some of this success is major—like starting a job in the community or moving into their own apartment. Other successes may seem minor to others, but to an individual with disabilities, getting dressed by oneself, learning how to make change at a vending machine, or mastering a new task in the workshop is a meaningful personal success! For an individual with disabilities, each one of these victories represents another step in his/her own personal path toward greater independence and participation in their community. Sertoma Centre, Inc. has built its reputation on the many personal victories of the people it serves. A non-profit agency, Sertoma Centre, Inc. is headquartered in Alsip, a south suburb of Chicago, Illinois. Based upon its reputation and achievements, individuals residing in parts of Chicago and its south and southwest suburban region receive the services provided by the Centre.
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The Event Details

There are a number of different service opportunities available through the Sertoma Centre. Explanations of each option are further down on this page.

Jobs:

  • Setting Up for a Silent Partner Dinner (option 13)
  • Helping During a Silent Partner Dinner (option 14)
  • Be a House Buddy (option 15)
  • Super Sale Assistant (option 16)
  • Houseware Sale Collection (option 17)

Dates/Times:

  • Friday, February 7, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM (option 13)
  • Friday, February 7, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM (option 14)
  • Late February/Early March – Time/Date TBD (option 15)
  • March 31st – April 6th (3-hour shifts available/exact dates still subject to change) (option 16)
  • Tuesday, March 18, 1:00 PM – 8:30 PM (option 17)

Location:

  • 4100 West 127th Street, Alsip, IL 60803 (option 13 & 14)
  • One of Sertoma’s Local Residential Homes TBD, Alsip, IL 60803 (option 15)
  • A Temporary Storefront Nearby TBD, Not far from Campus (option 16)
  • McCormick Place, Chicago (Buses leave from 4343 W. 123rd Street.) (option 17)

Phone: (708) 730-6211

Directions from Moraine (options 13, 14, & 17)

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Option 13: Setting Up for a Silent Partner Dinner For this service opportunity, you would help prepare for the Sertoma Centre’s Silent Partner Dinner, which is a thank you dinner for community members who have donated $500 or more to the Centre in the past year. Sertoma Centre would not be able to survive without the financial support of its donors and would not be able to provide essential services to those who need it. While setting up for this dinner event, you may have the chance to work side-by-side with some of the individuals served by Sertoma Centre.

Option 14: Helping During a Silent Partner Dinner For this service opportunity, you would assist during Sertoma Centre’s Silent Partner Dinner, which is a thank you dinner for community members who have donated $500 or more to the Centre in the past year. Sertoma Centre would not be able to survive without the financial support of its donors and would not be able to provide essential services to those who need it. While working this dinner event, you may have the chance to work side-by-side with some of the individuals served by Sertoma Centre. Specific jobs may include helping with registration, staffing the drink station, helping serve the meal, cleaning up after the event, taking down decorations, etc. Also, if you’re lucky, there may be food involved here 🙂

Option 15: Be a House Buddy For this service opportunity, you would visit one of the residential homes to engage in recreational activities with the individuals who live there. This fun, important service opportunity requires that you have an energetic, fun, and positive attitude. You need to be engaging and able to work independently with the individual. You would work ahead of time with Sertoma’s volunteer coordinator to come up with some good ideas for a recreational activity. Depending on the individual’s preferences and ability, you might bring and play a game, bring materials for an age-appropriate craft, play some basketball, do nails, read aloud to the individual, and so on.

Option 16: Super Sale Assistant For this service opportunity, you would help out with the Sertoma Centre’s annual “Super Sale” event. This is fundraising event where donated houseware items are sold at deep discounts to raise money to support the Sertoma Centre and their programs. Each year, many volunteers are needed to pull this event off. There are four days of setup (3/31, 4/1, 4/2, 4/3) and three days of the actual sale (4/4, 4/5, 4/6). You would work with the Sertoma Centre volunteer coordinator to schedule your shift(s) during the week of the sale. While working this event, you may have the chance to work side-by-side with some of the individuals served by Sertoma Centre.

Option 17: Houseware Sale Collection For this service opportunity, you would be packing up kitchen items from the Housewares Show at McCormick Place. These donations are used at agency residential homes for people with disabilities and for the Sertoma Centre Super Sale which supplements their non-for-profit budget to provide services to the community and the individuals they serve. You can meet directly at McCormick Place or ride the Sertoma Centre fun bus from Alsip, IL. This one day of volunteering impacts more than 700 lives of people with disabilities living and working in the community!

Want to do it? Here’s how.

For all the service-learning opportunities this semester, you need to sign-up on the sheet that I bring to class. If you other questions or concerns about this opportunity, please ask me. Your selections, however, must be in place and confirmed by the second week of this semester. If you find that you cannot follow through with your selected service-learning event, you need to inform me immediately, so that I can communicate with the organization we are working with and/or find someone to take your place. As a class, we have to do everything possible to ensure that we meet the commitments we have made with our partner organizations. Failing to do so, would jeopardize our relationship with the organization and this service-learning program. People are depending on us.

Option 18 – 20: South Suburban PADS

South Suburban PADS homeless service programs serve 52 municipalities in the south and southwest suburbs through 29 shelter sites situated in 13 communities and two service centers located in Chicago Heights and Oak Lawn, Illinois. Throughout its history, South Suburban PADS programs have assisted 9,512 people by providing 294,121 nights of shelter, 905,450 meals, 106,000 days of supportive services and 16,836 medical visits.
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The Event Details

I have arranged a service-learning outing to the PADS shelter located at the Southwest Alliance Korean Church. This is an overnight men’s shelter just down the street on Kean Avenue. Your time at the shelter, should you decide to volunteer, will include buying an item from the distributed shopping list (if you can), setting up, preparing and serving food to the men. It’s a unique opportunity to see the face of homelessness that some might not realize even exists so close to our suburban campus.

Job: Soup Kitchen Service

Dates/Times:
Monday, February 3, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM (option 18)
Monday, March 3, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM (option 19)
Monday, April 7, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM (option 20)

Location:
Southwest Alliance Korean Church
9855 S Kean Ave
Palos Hills, IL 60465

Phone: (708) 974-5770

Directions from Moraine

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Want to do it? Here’s how.

For all the service-learning opportunities this semester, you need to sign-up on the sheet that I bring to class. If you other questions or concerns about this opportunity, please ask me. Your selections, however, must be in place and confirmed by the second week of this semester. If you find that you cannot follow through with your selected service-learning event, you need to inform me immediately, so that I can communicate with the organization we are working with and/or find someone to take your place. As a class, we have to do everything possible to ensure that we meet the commitments we have made with our partner organizations. Failing to do so, would jeopardize our relationship with the organization and this service-learning program. People are depending on us.

Option 21 – 28: Together We Cope

Together We Cope is a not-for-profit organization that serves families and individuals who are going through a crisis. The organization provides clothing, food and financial assistance. The organization also operates a food pantry and programs like adopt-a-child during Christmas time and a back-to-school program during back to school time. Connected to their community food pantry they have a resale shop called Nu2u. This shop provides clothing to those in need (via a voucher system) and sells to the public to raise money to support their food pantry and other programs.
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The Event Details

For this service-learning opportunity, you would help them with a particular need they have at the moment to sort and prepare clothing for sale in their resale shop. While providing this service, you would learn about the struggles individuals and families face in these tough economic times as well as how organizations like Together We Cope are trying to help.

Job: Resale Store/Food Pantry Help

Dates/Times:
Friday, February 7, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM (option 21)
Friday, February 8, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM (option 22)
Friday, March 7, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM (option 23)
Saturday, March 8, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM (option 24)
Friday, March 21, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM (option 25)
Saturday, March 22, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM (option 26)
Friday, March 28, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM (option 27)
Saturday, March 29, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM (option 28)

Location:
17010 Oak Park Ave
Tinley Park, IL 60477

Phone: (708) 633-5040

Directions from Moraine

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Want to do it? Here’s how.

For all the service-learning opportunities this semester, you need to sign-up on the sheet that I bring to class. If you other questions or concerns about this opportunity, please ask me. Your selections, however, must be in place and confirmed by the second week of this semester. If you find that you cannot follow through with your selected service-learning event, you need to inform me immediately, so that I can communicate with the organization we are working with and/or find someone to take your place. As a class, we have to do everything possible to ensure that we meet the commitments we have made with our partner organizations. Failing to do so, would jeopardize our relationship with the organization and this service-learning program. People are depending on us.

Option 29 – 30: The Night Ministry

The Night Ministry is a Chicago-based organization that works to offer housing, health care and human connection to members of the Chicago community struggling with poverty or homelessness. With an open heart and an open mind, they accept people as they are and work to address their immediate needs while affirming their sense of humanity.
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The Event Details

While it is not required, I highly recommend that sign-up for both option 29 and 30 if you choose to work with The Night Ministry. Together these options would create an unforgettable leaning experience. Detailed descriptions of each options is further down on the page.

Jobs/Educational Opportunities:

  • A Night Walk (option 29)
  • Prepare and Serve a Starlight Soup Supper to Homeless Youth (option 30)

Dates/Times:

  • Sunday, February 16, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM (option 29)
  • Thursday, February 20, 10:30 PM – 11:30 PM (option 30)

Location:

  • 4711 N. Ravenswood Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60640
    (option 29)
  • Wicker Park Neighborhood
    Damen and LeMoyne
    Chicago, IL
    (option 30)

Phone: (773) 506-6004

Directions from Moraine (option 29)

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Directions from Moraine (option 30)

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Option 29: This “Night Walk” opportunity is an experiential learning tour where students would come to the Lakeview Neighborhood in Chicago to learn about homelessness and poverty, and more specifically as it effects youth and LGBTQ people. The experience starts by discussing the issue, the students would then go out in small groups and tour the neighborhood, keeping in mind the issue and seeking out the various resources available. We would then come back together to talk about the experience and hear about resources and opportunities to learn and serve further.

Option 30: For this service-learning opportunity, you would work with the instructor and a small group of your peers to prepare, bring, and serve a meal (e.g. soup and sandwiches, etc.) alongside the Night Ministry Health Outreach Bus. Their Health Outreach Bus goes out 4 nights a week to 6 different neighborhoods throughout Chicago to assist your people living on the streets. Your work with this service opportunity would directly help people struggling on the streets with homelessness. This is an amazing opportunity but students who sign-up must be serious, mature, and very responsible individuals.

Want to do it? Here’s how.

For all the service-learning opportunities this semester, you need to sign-up on the sheet that I bring to class. If you other questions or concerns about this opportunity, please ask me. Your selections, however, must be in place and confirmed by the second week of this semester. If you find that you cannot follow through with your selected service-learning event, you need to inform me immediately, so that I can communicate with the organization we are working with and/or find someone to take your place. As a class, we have to do everything possible to ensure that we meet the commitments we have made with our partner organizations. Failing to do so, would jeopardize our relationship with the organization and this service-learning program. People are depending on us.