Community Service Organizations
Carlson Community Services
– Mission: Carlson Community Services connects the Irving Park Community with programs that enrich lives through education, culture and service. Carlson operates three programs, The Magic After-School Place, Three Brothers Community Garden and the Irving Park Fine Arts Concert Series.
Chicago Canine Rescue
– Mission: Chicago Canine Rescue Foundation assists the animals that are the MOST vulnerable in our city – the dogs and cats that are slated for euthanasia because they are too old, too young, too injured, have disabilities, or have simply been overlooked for too long by potential adopters at other shelters.
Hands to Help Ministries
– Mission: Hands to Help Ministries works to find housing for homeless people living in our neighborhood, and provides assistance to those in danger of becoming homeless by: Offering long-term relationships and a stable support system for those in need; Connecting faith communities and their resources; Advocating for systematic change in services for people in need; Providing referrals for housing, healthcare, jobs, and benefits; Providing financial assistance for rent, transportation, and identification.
Irving Park Food Pantry
– Mission: The Irving Park Community Food Pantry focuses on increasing community awareness of hunger related issues as well as feeding people at risk of hunger. We strive to provide caring, consistent quality of service and an equitable distribution of available Pantry resources to all clients regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation.
Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse
– Mission: Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse advances environmental stewardship in our community by connecting people to nature, teaching sustainable gardening practices, and promoting fresh and healthy food to people of all ages through garden-based educational programs.
– Mission: LYDIA is a national, Christ-honoring organization whose mission is to strengthen families to care for children and care for children when families cannot.
New Hope Community Food Pantry
– About: New Hope Community Food Pantry is an emergency food pantry serving zip codes 60630, 60631, 60646, and 60656 on the Northwest Side of Chicago. The food pantry operates in the lower level of its host church, New Hope United Methodist Church, and serves clients each Tuesday from 9:30 am-11:30 am.
– Mission: The purpose of the new organization is to enrich the lives of members of the Norwood Life Society community including the seniors we serve, our volunteers, the staff, and the community at large.
The Joined Hands Food Pantry
– About: The St Vincent de Paul food pantry has been in existence for approximately twelve years and was located at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church. The food pantry was established to meet the increasing need for assistance within the Jefferson Park community. In October, 2011, St John’s Lutheran Church partnered with the food pantry. Since early 2012, the food pantry has operated at St. John’s (Lavergne Ave. entrance) and is open each Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The food pantry welcomes any food donations. Also, volunteers are always welcome, especially at Thanksgiving and Christmas time.
– About: Help teens use their “slingshot” to hit the target that God has for their life. Slingshot = Gifts and talents that teens have or are developing. Every teen has a different gift/ability (Slingshot) that can be used and enjoyed. The center offers after school programming, vocational training, mentoring, and community building for teens.