Here are some upcoming mission opportunities you can help with:
MAY MISSION PROJECT – Pillars is a not-for-profit social service organization located in LaGrange. Pillars keeps our communities healthy and strong by providing quality, community-based services for over 10,000 individuals and families annually who are facing challenges and crisis. Pillars utilizes a community wraparound approach, offering a wide spectrum of fully-integrated services that collectively offer the strongest possible safety net. Included in this organization is the Constance Morris House, a shelter which provides counseling and legal advocacy for women and children experiencing domestic violence, helping to rebuild their lives, as well as providing a 24-hour hotline and crisis intervention.
The items we would like to collect are as follows:
· Diapers and wipes (all sizes)
· Underwear and socks (all sizes, new – for women and children, boys and girls)
· Newborn baby clothing
· $10.00 (or more) gift cards to Target, Jewel or Walmar
· Board Games (new) like Connect Four, Candy Land, Junior Monopoly, Chutes and Ladders, Sorry and Uno. These are all used in their child therapy offices.
· Toiletries (new) for women and children living in Constance Morris House: lotion, bodywash, deodorant, shampoo and other hair products for women and children of color, and hair accessories.
Please bring your donation to church during the month of May and leave it in the box in the West Fellowship Hall marked “Pillars.” We thank you for your participation in this local mission project.
If you have any questions, please contact Judy Birmingham.
GREATER CHICAGO FOOD DEPOSITORY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Please come join us to help volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) on Saturday, May 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00. We will meet at church to carpool at 8:15. We also go every Wednesday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. (meet to carpool at 5:15). The GCFD, Chicago’s food bank, is a non-profit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people. The Food Depository distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to 678,000 adults and children in Cook County every year. They rely heavily on their volunteers to help repack bulk products, assemble boxes with assorted food, check expiration dates, glean produce, etc. Participants must be at least 14 years old. For more information go to www.chicagosfoodbank.org or see/call Laurie Tsukuno or Judy Birmingham to sign up.
The depository would like all volunteers to register in advance. Please see our website (Volunteer Opportunities post) or contact the church office for a link to their website where you can easily do this. Or click here.
Lyonsville Church Food Pantry: Come and help out at our own food pantry for just one hour. The pantry is open on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. We would like to have 2 people there to help our guests/visitors during this time. Volunteers help restock any donated food, and bag up food for guests. If you would like to donate food, we have a current need for canned meat products (tuna and chicken), and paper products. Contact the church office if you would like to help. Donated food can be dropped off while the pantry is open, or contact the church office.