We realize that many people have had life upended and there are a lot of needs surrounding each of us right now. This year we're putting a pause on cocktails. Instead of having a holiday party, we plan to honor Martin Luther King's legacy by partnering with a few of the awesome organizations accepting volunteers and in need of donations.
If you would like to join us, we've listed a few opportunities below with links, so you can register directly with the organization and event of your choice. We'd love to know your plans, see photos, and hear about how you are choosing to impact your community! Keep updated with the hashtag #WPDWSD
Questions? Please contact us.
- Women in Planning and Development -
Please note the Covid-19 restrictions that each organization lists on their website and comply so that we keep each other safe.
Humble Design serves individuals, families, and veterans emerging from homelessness by transforming empty houses into welcoming homes using donated furniture and household goods. Their warehouses are curated by design teams that personalize homes based on their clients’ needs and preferences. More than a makeover, it’s a start over. Please help them open more doors by volunteering or donating. Opportunities: Wednesday, 1/13/21 10am – 2pm and Tuesday, 1/19/21 10am – 2pm. (4 hour shifts)
Greater Chicago Food Depository is part of a united community effort working to bring food, dignity and hope to our Cook County neighbors. They act as the hub for a network of more than 700 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other programs. Opportunities: Saturday, 1/16/21 8:30am – 11:15am and 1pm – 3:45pm (3 hour shifts)
With multiple food distribution programs that deliver more than 2.8 million pounds of food to our neighbors each year and social services that help clients achieve independence; Lakeview Pantry aims to end hunger for good. Opportunities: Wednesday, 1/13/21 9am – 4pm and Monday, 1/18/21 8am - 4pm (shifts and locations vary)
Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. DuPage Habitat for Humanity ReStore Opportunities: Wednesday 1/13/21 9:30am – 5:30pm (8 hour shift)
Cradles to Crayons has been able to serve 120,000 Chicagoland children with emergency essentials like diapers and hygiene items, critical learning supplies, and appropriate clothes that fit. Opportunities: Monday, 1/18/21 9:30am – 6:45pm (2 hour shifts)
Clearbrook creates innovative opportunities, services and supports for people with disabilities. They have the filter inserts but need help sewing the masks. They are currently serving over 400 individuals residentially in approximately 60 homes. If you (or anyone you know) is able to sew, they can link you to instructions for sewing masks.
Northwest CASA provides clothing items so that sexual violence survivors can feel comfortable as they leave the hospital. All donated items need to be new and have minimal or no graphics.
You are welcome to deliver your food donations to the Chicago Food Bank Monday – Friday, 8 am – 3 pm, or to one of the 700 partner agencies they work with across Cook County.
Using a self-help, empowerment approach, Connections for Abused Women and their Children works for social change through education, service collaboration, and institutional advocacy. CAWC is accepting donations and has a wishlist.
Margaret's Village provides transitional housing for homeless women, children and families, and provides experiences which empower, mentor, and support women and the broader community so they can achieve their highest potential. A huge need is for Chicago bus passes so residents can get to medical appointments, interviews, jobs, and classes.
M.E.A.N. Girls exists to advocate and prevent the growing epidemic of girl bullying in the form of social media and school/community-based negativity. Sponsor a young woman (ages 8 to 18) to attend a conference or provide her with program materials with your financial gift.
This is just a short list of opportunities we've found. If you are passionate about an organization or opportunity, please share it with us!