FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October, 2021
Deb Newman, Deborah Newman
West Suburban Community Pantry is looking to do more good in the community and needs your help. The Woodridge food pantry, serving all of DuPage County as well as Bolingbrook and Romeoville, has seen demand rise through the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, with some volunteers less able to help due to health or childcare challenges, and the demand of the holidays approaching, the pantry is seeking additional volunteers to help with opportunities ranging from food distribution to sorting goods and stocking shelves.
Some specific adult volunteer needs include:
· Assisting customers – Some Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, 8:00 AM to Noon, Tuesday afternoons Noon to 3:00 PM (especially needed now) and some Thursday evenings from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Woodridge Pantry Store.
· Food rescue drivers – must be at least 25 years old. Driver’s license is required. A Pantry vehicle is available for pick-ups from grocery partners across the region.
· Restocking shelves, sorting food, and packing boxes for customer distribution Especially Needed Now: Monday through Friday, 8:00 to Noon; Monday & Wednesday through Friday, Noon to 3:00 PM at the Woodridge Pantry.
Our Kids Make a Difference volunteer program provides educational opportunities for youth and their families to get involved in the work of the Pantry through age-appropriate volunteerism. Participants learn about the Pantry’s mission, operations, and the impact of food accessibility through fast-paced, hands-on projects. Small groups with chaperones or families are welcome to be part of Kids Make a Difference.
West Suburban Community Pantry welcomes corporate, church, service clubs, neighborhood and friend groups to volunteer together. Volunteerism is an effective way of building teams and deepening culture in organizations and corporations.
“It’s amazing what a big difference at small commitment of time can make,” says Executive Director Laura Coyle. “They say many hands make light work. I know that many hands make lasting friendships, lots of laughter and the knowledge that you are changing the world for the better every time you volunteer. I see it in our volunteers every day.”
About West Suburban Community Pantry
West Suburban Community Pantry (WSCP) provides food and resources to people facing hunger, unlocking access to nutritious meals and strengthening hope for tomorrow. Rooted in our community for 50 years, we offer an in-person food pantry, Virtual Food Pantry, and senior home delivery program to households in DuPage County, Bolingbrook and Romeoville. We also run child nutrition programs and connect families with financial assistance and free workshops. Every day, WSCP is moving closer to our vision of a community without hunger thanks to the support of individuals, businesses and organizations. Together, we are nourishing our community, so everyone has access to the food they need to succeed. Visit www.wscpantry.org and find us on Facebook and Instagram to learn more.