Special Volunteer KudosThe residents at Presbyterian Homes in Evanston have been supplying sack lunches once per month to Soup at Six. They gather in their work space and make sandwiches, and distribute the other fixins' into the brown bags that are then delivered by Jill Greenman, Activity Specialist for Residential Programming. These lunches allow Soup at Six to stretch our funds and give us more time to make dinner and set up the dining room. We want to thank all of the folks at Presbyterian Homes for their generosity and kindness.
IndividualsAnyone is welcome to volunteer. All volunteering is unscheduled, and we will take any help that is offered! If you are looking for alternative places to volunteer, the Interfaith Action Council of Evanston has a list of places for volunteers.
StudentsWe have strong relationships with Evanston Township High School, Niles North and Niles West High Schools, where kids come to help out for Social Service credit, or just as part of a social service club. Kids from other high schools are always welcome too.
HoursIf you want to volunteer, please come anytime after noon. You can help to cook and set up earlier in the day. To volunteer to serve and clean up, then plan to come around 4pm and stay until 6:15. Any Tuesday of the year. Seriously, ANY Tuesday. We would love your help.. EMAIL US with any questions at email@example.com.
Besides being a place to find fantastic treasures, Secret Treasures at 605 Dempster in Evanston has adopted Soup at Six as an organization to care for - and boy are we lucky. They just had their annual summer Sidewalk Sale and now they are hosting a Free Appraisal Event on Saturday August 5th, 2017, for people who want to see if their personal item is worth millions, just like Antiques Roadshow. In fact, Gary Piattoni will be offering the appraisals and he has been on Antiques Roadshow for years. The appraisals are free with a suggested donation to Soup at Six for every appraisal.
We thank Dawn and Henry and the other staff at Secret Treasures for all of the kindness and generosity.
Clean Tables! Great Volunteers!
A group of volunteers came by the soup kitchen early on a Saturday morning in July and power washed all of the tables. A wet and wonderful time was had as we sprayed, scrubbed and knocked the old dirt off of those old tables. Thanks to Wendy, Trina, Oliver, Bill, Julie, and Olga for all of the great elbow grease exerted to get this job done.
Elise has been playing at Soup at Six as part of her idea for "KItchen Music" that brings musical entertainment to soup kitchens. The beautiful sounds of her violin drift around the room, bringing a peaceful and warm energy. Our guests love it. Volunteers do too!
About Elise, she says:
"It's a connection.
I use music to connect people with their world. It's a joyful feeling to see faces light up when they play a song, or laugh when they feel the vibration of a violin string. I like to think it's these moments and skills that make us human.
My goal is to preserve music in our society. With performances and lessons, I cultivate a lifelong relationship with music that inspires joy and wonder. I travel across Chicagoland in my happy yellow smart car, violin in tow. I bring music with me, and I hope you will, too."
Visit Elise's website.