Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

October 22 2014

Packing It Up

Sarah Opple, Chair, GMC Community Services Committee
Great news for anyone looking to volunteer: We have spots still open for the Service in Sync-Greater Chicago Food Depository opportunity. All credits will be donated to our charity, Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly! If you are available, please RSVP before Oct. 28.  Please pass the information along to anyone in GMC who might want to participate. I know there is a lot going on – we would love to find one more great way to help our charity before year’s end.  

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 11
Time: 9:00am – 11:45am
Location: Greater Chicago Food Depository, 4100 W Ann Lurie Place Chicago, IL 60632 

To sign up by Oct. 28

  1. Go to the website here.
  2. Open link and select ‘New user? Create a profile’
  3. Fill-in * information
  4. Select ‘Little Brothers Friends #2 A00095’ under the ‘I would like to volunteer hours to credit this agency’ section.  This way each volunteer will credit $15 to Little Brothers.]
  5. Click ‘Next’ and you’ll be all signed up for our group!

The Greater Chicago Food Depository regularly needs volunteers to help with repacking donated food and other products. The repack session is a great introduction to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the work they do, and the need that they see in Cook County. A lot of the food we receive at their warehouse comes in bulk quantities and volunteers help break it down into more manageable sizes. In a repack session you might be sorting produce, looking over a shipment of bread, or repacking bulk dry goods (cereal, pasta, rice) into smaller quantities. Volunteers must be able to stand for up to 90 minutes while doing some light lifting and bending. Together, we can properly and efficiently distribute quality food to participating food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in Cook County.
Attire: Volunteers must wear long pants and close-toed shoes. You will not be permitted to work in the warehouse if you are wearing sandals or shorts/ short skirt.
Donation: We ask that each volunteer bring at least one shelf-stable food item. Priority items include the following: cereal (cold and hot), canned vegetables, soup, stew, tuna, canned fruit, rice, beans, pasta, pasta sauce, shelf-stable milk, peanut butter, jelly, macaroni and cheese.
Belongings: While we encourage volunteers not to bring any personal belongings with them, there is a limited number of lockers available.
Parking: There is non-metered, non-permit street parking surrounding the building. 
Snacks: Once everyone arrives, there is a brief orientation.  If someone is willing to donate some morning snacks for the orientation, it would be so appreciated!  Thinking along the lines of muffins, pastries, juice.
If you have any questions, please contact Anne Mahnke or Jennifer Sommers