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Together We Cope bridges the gap for Southland residents in temporary crisis by providing food, shelter, clothing and referrals, empowering them to return to self-sufficiency. In response to the steel mill closings, which hit south suburban residents particularly hard, Oak Forest resident Loraine Cook founded Together We Cope in 1982. For the years 2009 – 2010, Together We Cope provided assistance to 41,000 people. The Financial Assistance Program provided $228,000, the Clothing Program provided $128,000, and the Food Program provided $1,093,000. Our Holiday (Adopt-A-Child for Holiday Gifts) Program and Back-to-School (Supplies) Program each benefitted 1,100 children.
Together We Cope is a wonderful organization helping individuals and families from Chicago southland communities through times of economic crisis. They’re an incredibly friendly bunch and very willing to work with you to get involved as a volunteer–whether in their food pantry, resale shop, or other special events and programs. Like many volunteer organizations, they ask for their volunteers to be at least 16, but if you talk with them, they make exception for families volunteering together.