The big orange Love Kitchen visited CCO last week. Little Caesars employees volunteered their time to make delicious pizza’s for CCO shelter guests. Preparations were made from the Little Caesars food truck parked on Clifton Avenue. What a great way to volunteer and help alleviate hunger! Thanks Little Caesars!
Each week the CCO Food Pantry provides nutritious food items to over 150 pantry attendees. “Grammy”, pictured in blue, has been a long time pantry volunteer. She works weekly along with a small army of folks who give their time to offer food with a smile and a word of encouragement.
Would you like to volunteer to serve at CCO? Click here if you would like more information on volunteering your time and energy.
Are you interested in joining Team CCO at the Greater Chicago Food Depository Hunger Walk? The Hunger Walk is a 3.1 mile walk through Chicago’s beautiful downtown, lake front area. Each person walking for CCO will increase our food credit by 224 pounds with the Food Depot. The credit is used to purchase food for our shelter guests, food pantry patrons and dinner guests. Click here for more info about the Hunger Walk.
Last year, over 120 fabulous CCO volunteers walked 3.1 miles at the Greater Chicago Food Depository Hunger Walk. Over 25,000 pounds of food went to good use within our shelter programs, food pantry patron and dinner guest program. Join us this year!
Save the date! This year’s Hunger Walk will take place June 21, 2014 at Soldier Field in Chicago. Join us and help alleviate hunger in Chicago. Email Eve at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
Bob Sulentic and Kathleen Thompson admiring the artwork
Teen area – before
Teen area – in progress
Teen area – AFTER!
Chad Ruckauf, CBRE Project Manager
Joel Mitchell, Deputy Commissioner
Thanks so much! Come back soon!
A group of 200 energized and effective volunteers from CBRE and Rebuilding Together came to CCO yesterday and tackled multiple projects. Volunteers worked to put additional surface padding on CCO’s rooftop playground, stained outdoor furniture, filled planters with flowers to beautify outdoor space. In the Sylvia Center volunteers painted just about everything, including hallways, bathrooms, common spaces and walkways. The group created colorful art installations to be hung throughout CCO and made a useful and fun space for toddlers with parents and another space for teens.
In addition to purchasing their own supplies and working with gusto these groups bought lunch not only for themselves but also local dignitaries, CCO shelter guests and staff. We want to say a special thank you to Chad Ruckauf from CBRE. He worked alongside CCO staff to plan this huge endeavor. His compassion, determination and listening skills made it all possible. Thanks, Chad!
We are so amazed by the transformation and grateful for the positive energy and amazing results these groups brought to us! CCO staff member, Mary Davenport, wrote beautifully about the volunteer work and its impact on our shelter residents and staff. Click here to read her story. Thank you!
Keep checking back! The work goes on and more spaces are being finished. We’ll be posting new images soon!
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Save the date! The Greater Chicago Food Depository is thrilled to announce that the 29th Annual Hunger Walk will take place June 21, 2014 at Soldier Field in Chicago. Join us and help alleviate hunger in Chicago. Keep checking back for more information!
Congratulations Team CCO! We are grateful to all our wonderful team members who participated in the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle! Together the 11 members that ran the Shuffle raised over $3,500 to help alleviate homelessness in Chicago!
Nearly half of the team are adolescents who volunteer at CCO wrapping and delivering birthday gifts and treats to children living in the shelter. We are proud of their example to others and compassionate dedication to homeless children!