All Saints’ Cafe
When: Spring 2020
Where: 4550 N. Hermitage Ave. Chicago, IL
Twice a year, Ravenswood Community Services transforms its weekly Community Kitchen into the All Saints’ Café, a fine dining experience for our hungry neighbors.
Twice a year, Ravenswood Community Services transforms its weekly Community Kitchen into the “All Saints’ Café,” a fine dining experience for our hungry neighbors.
Café guests enjoy the dignity of choice, with the opportunity to order a gourmet, multi-course meal from a chef-prepared menu. Entrée choices are inspired by top Chicago restaurants and run the gamut from fancy to exotic. Guests are treated to a themed environment with tablecloths, live entertainment, maître ‘d service, attentive wait staff, beverage service, and restaurant-style menus.
Volunteers are needed on the Saturday before each Café for food preparation, Sunday during the day for set-up and food prep, during the Café itself and for post Café clean-up. Volunteers must be at least 10 years old to work at this event.
When: April 26, 2020
Where: 4550 N. Hermitage Ave., Chicago, IL
Each April, RCS hosts the Ravenswood Run in partnership with All Saints’ Episcopal Church and RAM Racing. This neighborhood 5k attracts 4,000 runners.
The Ravenswood Run occurs annually on a Sunday in late April, and is one of Chicago’s only neighborhood 5K races. 4000 runners gather at the corner of Wilson and Hermitage Ave to run though the beautiful and historic Ravenswood neighborhood. Proceeds from the race benefit the Food Pantry and Community Kitchen at Ravenswood Community Services as well as the Student Health Centers at Amundsen and Lakeview High Schools. Register for the 2020 Ravenswood Run today!
There are opportunities for volunteers both in the weeks leading up to the run and on race day. Opportunities will be posted here when available.
Where: Ravenswood School, 4336 N. Paulina St., Chicago, IL
Reality Fair is a half-day event sponsored by Ravenswood Community Services. Each year, the 7th and 8th graders of Ravenswood Elementary School study a unit on careers and budgeting.
Reality Fair is a half-day event sponsored by Ravenswood Community Services. Each year, the 7th and 8th graders of Ravenswood Elementary School study a unit on careers and budgeting. They prepare by researching and choosing a career, finding out how much they would earn, and then making choice about how to cover a month’s expenses at Reality Fair.
At Reality Fair, each class spends about an hour walking through a series of “life stations” in the gym that resemble The Game of Life®. Students learn about how to manage a monthly budget and make spending choices given a randomly assigned set of life circumstances. 30-40 volunteers plan and staff the event taking on a variety of roles such as bankers, car salesperson, travel agents, and debt counselors. Students then take this experience back to the classroom and further explore their choices through various classroom activities.
Another component of the program is an interviewing module for eighth-graders. Students request, prepare for, and attend an interview for a mock position in their career field. Volunteers come to the school and conduct one-on-one interviews during the week preceding Reality Fair. These hours are flexible, although they must fall within the regular school day.
Volunteers are needed prior to the event to secure event sponsors and/or donations of premiums for students and conduct mock interviews during school days in the week preceding the event. On the day of the event, volunteers are needed to set up, decorate and plan logistics in the school gym, as well as to work at stations.
When: September 2020
Where: Jackson Park, Chicago, IL
Hunger Walk is an annual walk to raise awareness of hunger issues in the Chicago area and raise money for pantries, including RCS.
In September, during Hunger Action Month, the Greater Chicago Food Depository hosts the Hunger Walk at Soldier Field. This is a 5k walk to raise awareness of hunger issues in the Chicago area and raise money for pantries, including RCS. We earn food credit with GCFD for each person who registers to walk with us, so bring your friends and join us for a walk along the lakefront.
When a sign up is available to volunteering to walk, it can be found here.