Thanksgiving volunteering | You asked for it
Four ways to give back in Chicago on Turkey Day.
I’m looking for the best place to volunteer on Thanksgiving. Can you recommend a local organization? —Amy M., Bucktown
Cornerstone Community Outreach Too many relatives in town to volunteer on T-Day? After completing your early-morning Black Friday shopping, give back by serving dinner at this Uptown homeless shelter from 3:30–6:30pm, or dish up lunch on Saturday 24 from 11:30am–1:30pm. 4628 N Clifton Ave (773-271-8163).
Ignatian Services Food Pantry If you play an instrument or sing and have a couple of hours on Turkey Day to spare, St. Ignatius Church in Rogers Park is looking for performers to entertain with tunes during the midday meal from 11am–1:30pm. The less musically inclined can sign up as kitchen staffers. 6559 N Glenwood Ave (773-764-5936).
Interfaith House The Garfield Park org for homeless adults in need of medical assistance serves a Thanksgiving meal from 9:30am–1pm. Volunteers can help with prep and stay to swap stories with the home’s 64 residents. Call ahead to let Interfaith know you’ll be there, full of holiday cheer. 3456 W Franklin Blvd (773-533-6013).
Midwest Corps Community Center Cooking skills aren’t required to help out at this East Garfield Park Salvation Army center. It’s serving up Thanksgiving dinner for more than 300 people, and it needs servers and greeters from 11am–3pm. Call ahead to let them know you’re coming so you can share a table with a family in need. 20 S Campbell Ave (312-733-4801).
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