1645 W. LEMOYNE]
Community Volunteers help Franciscan Outreach serve nutritious meals to 100 men, women and families every Monday through Friday at the Marquard Center soup kitchen in Wicker Park.
We rely on our community volunteers to help us prepare dinner onsite, serve dinner onsite, and prepare and drop off dinner for our guests. We welcome both individual volunteers and small groups.
- Setting tables prior to the meal
- Greeting guests
- Serving coffee
- Filling trays
- Carrying trays to the guests
After the meal, volunteers clean and put chairs back on the tables.
Volunteering begins at 4:30 p.m. and lasts until 7 p.m. If you would like to be an emergency contact in case of cancellation for the soup kitchen, please add a note in the notes section. Thank you!
No previous experience is necessary, only a willingness to be friendly and helpful. All volunteers are encouraged to talk with the guests and join them for dinner once most of the guests have finished.
We welcome individuals, corporate volunteer corps, and church groups. We also welcome students, however they should be at the high school level, 14 years of age and chaperoned. Due to limited space both in the kitchen and on our volunteer calendar, we limit the number and frequency of high school and youth volunteer groups. This is to ensure that everyone has something to do for the evening as well as allow a broad range of adults to become involved as well.
I enjoy volunteering because not everyone has it made and I like to remember and include all people since we’re all in this world together.Amy Tracz ,
Things to Remember!
Calling the Kitchen
During regular business hours call the office at (773) 278-6724. If you need directions or wish to call the kitchen on the weekend after 4:00 PM, call the office and dial extension 27.
When you arrive, please make sure to have all members of your group sign in. We need to know who’s on our site and we want to make sure everyone has the chance to receive our communications.
There is free parking available on Ashland Avenue and on Paulina Street that intersect with Le Moyne where our soup kitchen is located. There are metered parking areas on North Avenue nearby. Franciscan Outreach is not able to provide volunteers with permit parking passes for any other parking areas.
For information on what to expect before you arrive click here.
Please Bring Only…
…the number of volunteers that are signed up for that day. If there are too many volunteers, some will not be able to fully participate in the experience. If you bring too few, it’s hard to serve our guests properly. If you find that you will be bringing fewer volunteers than you’ve signed up, please call us and let us know as soon as possible even if it’s at the last minute.