Where is the Friendship Center located?
2711 W. Lawrence Avenue, near the intersection with N. Washtenaw. The nearest CTA station is the Rockwell Brown Line.
Can I volunteer?
We do have a need for volunteers, though we cannot accommodate large groups. Learn more about volunteering.
Volunteers are also needed throughout the year to help with special events, larger group volunteer sessions at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, food drives, general maintenance and repairs, pickup and delivery, and other opportunities.
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You can find information on upcoming events here.
What kinds of things can I donate?
We accept the following items if they are not expired and/or in good, clean condition:
– Shelf-stable food
– Baby food and formula
– Gently used seasonal clothing
– Household goods
– Books and toys
– Pet food and pet toys/supplies for the Friendship Pet Food Pantry, a program of the Friendship Center
A good rule of thumb: If you wouldn’t give it to a friend, we shouldn’t give it to our clients. Thanks!
Items we do not accept:
– Used baby bottles and teething toys
– Car seats
– Anything that is soiled or needs repair
I have items to donate. When can I drop them off?
Great question! You can find drop-off hours on the Contact Us page.
What is the Friendship Center’s mission?
We are committed to making our storefront food pantry a reliable, safe, and friendly environment where members of our community can select healthy food that meets their needs, and we are committed to connecting people with resources to improve the quality of their lives.
Who manages the Friendship Center?
Director of Operations & Logistics
Director of Development
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ted Helwig, Chair
Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Rob Vosters, Treasurer
Senior Information Governance Specialist, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Elizabeth M. Johnson
Associate General Counsel, Citadel LLC
Partner, Tiny Lounge
Retired Chicago Public School Counselor
Physician, Evanston NorthShore University HealthSystem
Manager of Donor Relations, Wheat Ridge Ministries
Senior Associate Director, Annual Giving, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law