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Food Pantry not just service hours for Lake Zurich High School graduates

Laura Pavin
For Sun-Times Media | @LauraPavinNews
Aug. 4 2:27 p.m.

Many high school students volunteer for the service hours, but those at St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Lake Zurich seem to truly enjoy it.

“I had a few friends here already, and they kind of reeled me in,” said 18-year-old Sean Kilbride on July 31, as he separated plastic bags in preparation for the night’s work. “Ever since then, I’ve just been addicted to it.”

Prior to their roughly 200 clients’ arrival at St. Francis de Sales Parish Ministry Center that night, the pantry’s adult coordinators threw a pizza party to honor the time that recent Lake Zurich High School grads Kilbride, Shanah Slade, Laura Cotter and Eric Xu spent with them; they are leaving for college in the next few weeks.

It was never really about the service hours for the four — they hadn’t kept track of how much time they were putting in for school credit or college credit.

“It’s just an all-around great experience. The adult (volunteers) are really welcoming and the clients are really appreciative,” Slade said. “When I started to get some of my friends to come, it became even more fun.”

Slade and Cotter were introduced to the pantry more than a year ago through the high school’s Interact Club, a service club sponsored by the Lake Zurich Rotary Club that allows students to participate in service projects that are both fun and meaningful.

Kilbride knew some volunteers at the pantry who convinced him to join around the same time. The three sort of fell into their leadership roles shortly after that.

While they don’t have official titles for their roles, Kilbride and Slade said their jobs involve assigning students to certain stations within the pantry and problem-solving, should anything break or spill, for example.

Through these weekly experiences, the students made some long-lasting friendships they said they will miss at college. They already have a hard time missing any Thursday to go on vacation or tend to other commitments.

They have fun singing along to “Summer Hits of the 2000s” on the speakers that Kilbride brought in and going out with the crew for ice cream or dinner after a hard night’s work.

Jake Murray, soon to be a junior at Lake Zurich High School, was particularly entertaining when he danced to Shakira songs and passed out extra bread before the clients left.

Slade, who will be attending St. Louis University, and Kilbride, who will be going to Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisc., plan to lend a hand at the pantry when they are home on breaks.

Adult volunteer Mary Gibadlo said she is sad that Kilbride, Slade, Cotter and Xu are leaving, but happy that people like LZHS’s Murray and Jennifer Socki, both 16, and Sarah Vanderweit, 15, are willing to assume the roles. Like their soon-to-be predecessors, Murray, Socki and Vanderweit volunteered at the pantry for the fun of it.

Gibadlo said that the pantry wouldn’t work if it weren’t for the enthusiastic teens that gave of their time every Thursday.

Depending on the size of each family, the pantry serves each with between 40 and 70 pounds of food each week, according to adult volunteer Jim Westney.

Lake Zurich resident Mary Turchany smiled as several students helped her through the aisles of the pantry and carried her bags to her car on July 31.

“The volunteers and the people are great — I love coming here,” Turchany said. “And the teens are very helpful; I come with a shorter elderly lady, and they are always helping her reach the top shelves.”

Fellow Lake Zurich resident Caryn Esko was similarly grateful to the pantry’s volunteers.

“They are delightful — they really are,” Esko said as she waited outside for her friend to emerge with her bags. “Right now, I’m a bit handicapped because I just had surgery on my shoulder, so a young man helped me carry out my bags.”

“They couldn’t be sweeter,” she said. 


St. Vincent de Paul Jean Drive

It's September, what else could be on my mind ... JEANS!! Yes, it's our 6th Annual “Clean Jeans” Drive at St. Francis de Sales Church

Fall is moving in the air
Temperatures changing everywhere
A favorite season, so I'm told
But not for those who are too cold

Please drop-off your new or gently used “Clean Jeans” in the bins outside of church before each Mass at St. Francis de Sales Church on the weekends of September 14-15th and September 21-22nd, 2013. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will distribute them to the people in our area who need them. 

All sizes are needed (Mens, Womens, Childrens), we are only collecting blue jeans at this time (no other clothes). Financial donations will also be accepted to purchase pairs for sizes we don’t receive. Checks can made out to St. Vincent de Paul and reference “Jean Drive” in the memo section.

Clean Jeans Only would be appreciated.

St. Patrick must have left his pot of gold at the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry

  • March 21, 2013
 
 

 The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, located at St. Francis de Sales Parish in Lake Zurich, IL, received over 4000 women’s accessories from Charming Charlie and distributed a large portion of these items to clients at the Food Pantry on the evening of Thursday March 21, 2013.

The post-St. Patrick’s Day Distribution, sponsored by Fashion Delivers and retailer Charming Charlie, was a welcome surprise for members of the Food Pantry who were coming out on a regular Thursday night to put food on their shelves and were able to leave with a gift of jewelry and women’s accessories for each household.

“We were so happy to receive the phone call from Fashion Delivers.  Storage space for non-food items is minimal, so a timely donation the week before our regular food distribution night was a real blessing”, said Susan LePlae Miller, Special Projects Coordinator at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

The remaining items have been set aside to support several other 501(c)(3) organizations in the Lake Zurich area such as Mount Saint Joseph, the Lions Club, the Gift of Love program at St. Francis de Sales, and the Drama Departments at St. Francis and the District 95 Schools.  A box was also set aside to provide jewelry for those in need for the upcoming Prom at Lake Zurich High School.

“When you receive such an abundant and diverse set of items, you want to get the full impact of the donation by sharing it with other organizations that are supporting people in our community as well.  The generosity becomes contagious.” said Miller

Fashion Delivers works with the adult apparel and home fashions industries collecting donations of new product to help individuals and families in need, according to their website.

Apart from the weekly Food Pantry, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul volunteers run an annual blue jeans drive, backpack and school supply drive, a coat drive, and Thanksgiving meals in late November.

The Food Pantry of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul at St. Francis de Sales Parish is a member of the anti-hunger coalition associated with the Northern Illinois Food Bank.  It provides food to support approximately 20,000 meals per month (8000 to children) free of charge to those in need within the Ela Township and surrounding areas.  The food pantry is completely dependent on donations of food or cash which is used to purchase food at deep discounts from the Northern Illinois Food Bank.  Volunteers who solicit donations and gather, shelve, and donate food make it possible for the food pantry to distribute 100% of the donations for anti-hunger relief.

 


 

 

 

Libertyville Thrift Store

 Justice – Peace – Love

You can extend hope to those in need by supporting the new St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in Libertyville. Just by shopping or donating to the thrift store, you demonstrate a great charity to those less fortunate. Last year, nearly 684,000 people in Lake and Cook counties felt your expression of friendship through the compassionate person-to-person services of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.


Libertyville Thrift Store1125 S. Milwaukee Avenue, Libertyville, IL 60048
Greentree Shopping Plaza (just north of Bakers Square)

Map it!

Call 847-367-4700 and ask for extension 102
to schedule a free furniture pick up.

Store Hours Monday – Saturday, 9AM – 8PM

Proud community members of GMLV Chamber of Commerce, Libertyville Main Street, Mundelein Community Connection and Lake County Chamber of Commerce.

Variety of Gently Used Merchandise for You, Your Family & Your Home

Clothes * Shoes * Furniture * Books * Movies * Jewelry * Purses * Coats * Home Decorations * Wall Art * Comforters * Sheets * Women's & Men's Suits * Blankets * Small Appliances * More

Volunteer for Saint Vincent de Paul Libertyville Thrift Store

SVdP would like to thank the many volunteers who helped us open our first thrift store here in Lake County, and we always welcome volunteers to help in many capacities around the store on an as needed basis, including floor staff, stock person, warehouse. Please download and complete a Volunteer Form. Our store manager will confirm a schedule with you.

Volunteers help us accomplish our goal to generate a sustained source of revenue in order to provide programs that improve the lives of people living in poverty – right here with our neighbors in Lake County.

Consider a Bundle Event

Bundle events are a great way for parishes and organizations to collect items for the Libertyville thrift store. We deliver a trailer to your location. Your volunteers distribute tax receipts and pack the trailer. We pick up the trailer early the next week. Thank you for making such a significant effort to support the store. See Collection Opportunities for details. Call 847-367-4700 and ask for Dorothy to schedule your Bundle Event!

Donations*

Your thoughtful donations make the Libertyville thrift store an enjoyable shopping experience
and symbol of our generous, local community.

DROP BOXES: For your convenience, drop boxes are located in front of the store,
along Milwaukee Avenue, for clothes and books.
DROP OFF: Our wonderful staff is available during regular business hours to accept your donations
at the back entrance of the store - under the blue awning.

*Acceptable:
Clothing, Shoes & Accessories: for women, men, children and infants
Kitchen/Dining: dishware, flatware, bake ware, tools, gadgets, small appliances
Home Décor: linens, decorative accents, artwork, mirrors, rugs, silk flowers, baskets
Furniture: bedroom sets, living room, dining room, family room, patio, televisions (in working order)
Books, Music & Movies

*Regretfully, SVdP cannot accept:
Baby Items - car seats, cribs, strollers, bedding and bedding accessories
Mattresses or Box Springs – sleeper sofas, futons
Computers, monitors, printers, scanners
Exercise Equipment – stationary bikes, weights, treadmills
Large Appliances – refrigerators, freezers, stoves, dishwashers, dryers, washers
Large Musical Instruments – pianos, organs
Toys – board games, stuffed animals
Large Riding and/or Plastic Toys

FINANCIAL DONATIONS: Please donate online or make checks payable to Society of St. Vincent de Paul sent to SVdP 651 W. Lake St., Chicago, IL 60661. Kindly put Thrift Store in the memo field.

 

 

 

 


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