Posts Tagged: Volunteerism

Connecting with MJ: Volunteer Spotlight

By: Allie Wenzel, Loaves & Fishes Intern   After retiring from his career in engineering and management, current Loaves & Fishes volunteer MJ had a desire to do something meaningful for his community. He couldn’t figure out exactly what that was until he went in for a haircut and his hairdresser suggested volunteering at Loaves… Read more »


Stamp Out Hunger: 77, 695 Pounds of Food!

As the last of 77,695 pounds of food is sorted from the Letter Carrier’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive,  Manager of Volunteer Services Hilary Nelson reflects on both the Loaves & Fishes and Naperville communities’ great efforts. Thank You, by Hilary Nelson   It may have been a cold, rainy Saturday on May 12th, 2018,… Read more »


Connecting with Betsy: Volunteer Spotlight

By: Allie Wenzel, Loaves & Fishes Intern Betsy began volunteering at Loaves & Fishes in sorting fresh product and stocking shelves and then became a market volunteer. She currently volunteers at the front desk answering calls and assisting clients with program questions. She decided to volunteer at Loaves & Fishes after retiring from being an educator… Read more »


Metea Valley National Art Honor Society Project

        “The principle of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.” – Jerzy Kosinski         The student members of the Metea Valley National Art Honor Society embarked on an artistic journey that would take them most of their school year. Their mission was to create a mural… Read more »


Lions Clubs International Presents HUNGER: A Problem Without Borders

Writer Joan Cary examines the Lions’ hunger relief efforts locally at Loaves & Fishes, throughout the nation, and across the world. “It takes a lot of manpower to make this happen. And it feels good to help people in need.”                          – Loaves &… Read more »


ComEd Powers Through the Holiday Season

We had over 60 helping hands thanks to @ComEd employees who packed #holiday #meal and child nutrition bags #giveback pic.twitter.com/Z1gUYDIC96 — Loaves & Fishes (@loaves_fishes) November 19, 2015


Jackson National Takes Action Against Child Hunger

Loaves & Fishes’ Child Nutrition Initiative has been a crucial part of our hunger-relief efforts since 2004, when it was launched to supplement the loss of school-provided lunches for students during the summer months. As the need in our community increased, the initiative expanded in 2005 to provide breakfast foods for students during the school… Read more »


Variety Makes Loaves & Fishes Go Round

When I joined Loaves & Fishes, I marveled at the commitment, loyalty and diversity of volunteer manpower. Each day was more inspiring than the day before as I would learn the stories of our long term volunteers: the couple who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by starting the day volunteering the volunteers I see four… Read more »


Finding the True Meaning of Volunteering

Everybody wants to feel valued. When I speak, I want my remarks to be noticed. If I participate, I want my efforts to matter. But present day conveniences allow for inertia to leave me feeling fully engaged. Checking Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, emails, texts, Instagram and auto reminders from several meet up groups…I am blitzed with… Read more »


Loaves & Fishes Receives Spirit of Volunteerism Award

The DuPage Community Foundation announced the selection of its 2013 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards recipients, which have been graciously funded by BMO Harris Bank and an anonymous donor. This year, DuPage Pads received a $30,000 grant; Loaves & Fishes Community Services received a $20,000 grant; and RE:NEW received a $10,000 grant. Established in 2011, the Spirit of Volunteerism Awards were created… Read more »