Greater Chicago Food Depository – CALL Community Service

In connection with the November business meeting, the Community Service Committee is working with the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The Food Depository is Chicago’s food bank, partnering with over 700 agencies and programs including pantries, soup kitchens and shelters for children, older adults and veterans. This network distributes food where it is needed most throughout Cook County. Every day they distribute the equivalent of 164,000 meals and they rely on donors & volunteers to make it happen.

CALL is offering several opportunities to help the Food Depository.

  • Food donations: Please bring any nonperishable canned and packaged foods (no glass) that have yet to expire to the business meeting. Most needed items include: Peanut Butter, Canned Beans, Canned Chili, Canned Soup, Canned Fruit & Vegetables, Canned Fish.
  • Monetary donations: We will be collecting monetary donations at the business meeting. Additionally, we have set up a Virtual Food Drive, where you can contribute online:
  • Volunteer Day at the Food Depository: CALL members have an opportunity to donate their time during a Repack Session at the Food Depository on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 3:45 PM. The Food Depository is located at 4100 W Ann Lurie Place Chicago, IL 60632.  All volunteers need to register with GCFD, which includes an Electronic Waiver. Registration Link:
    • Description of volunteer duties: The Greater Chicago Food Depository regularly needs volunteers to help with repacking donated food and other products. The repack session is a great introduction to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the work we do here, and the need that we see in Cook County. A lot of the food we receive at our warehouse comes in bulk quantities and volunteers are scheduled to help us break it down into more manageable sizes. In a repack session you might be sorting produce, looking over a shipment of bread, or repacking bulk dry goods (cereal, pasta, rice) into smaller quantities. Together, we can properly and efficiently distribute quality food to participating food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in Cook County.
    • Families welcome! The minimum age to volunteer is 14 years old and 14-15 years old must be accompanied by an adult chaperone (who must also register).
    • Parking: The Greater Chicago Food Depository parking lot is open to volunteers during Saturday sessions.

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Are You Smarter Than a Lawyer? — Join CALL’s team at CARPLS Trivia Night, October 16th

CALL will be sponsoring a table at the CARPLS Annual “Are You Smarter Than a Lawyer” Trivia Night on Wednesday, October 16th at Bar Louie in River North. There is space for 6 team members – the first to “buzz in” (email Diana Koppang) are on the team!

There will be no cost to the CALL Team participants (cost is being picked up by CALL). The sponsorship includes two drinks per person and light appetizers. CALL will receive a table sign with our logo and promotional references by CARPLS on their website, newsletters, and in social media.

CARPLS (“Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services”) is a legal aid organization in Chicago and is the largest provider of legal aid services in Cook County. Read more about this great organization here and here.

Event Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Event Time: 5:30 (reception); 6:00 to 8:00 Trivia Contest

Location: Bar Louie (333 N. Dearborn)

To join the team, please email Diana Koppang ( by Friday, October 11, 2019. The first five to confirm their spots are in! (Diana will be the 6th team member)

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Seeking nominations for the 2020-2021 CALL Executive Board

The CALL Nominations and Elections Committee is still seeking nominations for the following Executive Board  positions for 2020-2021:

  • Vice-President/President-Elect (three year term)
  • Treasurer (two year term)
  • Director (two year term)

Please send nominations directly to Clare Willis by the end of the day Friday, October 4th.

If you’re curious about what the Board does, exactly, please feel free to contact me or one of the current Board members. Also, please remember that self-nomination is completely acceptable, even encouraged, so if you are interested in possibly serving on the Board, please let us know.

— Clare Willis, on behalf of the CALL Nominations and Elections Committee

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CALL Event – Tour, Lecture, and Networking at the Federal Court Library – Tuesday, October 1st 3:30

Want to see the Court Museum in the Dirksen Courthouse and hear a lecture on  Saving – and Displaying – Your Organization’s History Lessons from the Federal Court Historical Association & Museum?

Join us on Tuesday, October 1st at 3;30 to see the facility and hear Gretchen Van Dam speak.  Details on her talk are below.  After the event those who want can walk over to Revival Food Hall for an informal networking event.  Space in the Courthouse is limited so please RSVP to Mandy Lee at

Hope to see you there.

Many organizations are now considering how to capture and highlight their own history and notable accomplishments.   This may range from a small lobby display to a dedicated space with exhibits and videos.  Are you considering digital archives, saving memorabilia, dedicated history web site, oral histories of notable partners or professors?   N.D. Illinois Court Historical Association VP and Archivist Gretchen Van Dam will discuss how the court’s historical association went from a luncheon get together group to a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a dedicated museum space and the lessons learned from that journey.  Then spend some time touring the Court History Museum!

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