Together We Cope volunteers make all the difference

TWC volunteers unload a truck for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Pantry volunteers unloading a truckload of food from the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

TWC volunteers make our operation successful. Many people, talents and gifts are needed to fulfill our mission of helping neighbors stay in their homes when a temporary financial crisis hits.

Join the TWC volunteers

Do you have a special skill or interest you’d like to share with us?

Pick a date and time that works for you and call Cathy Trongeau our volunteer and community service coordinator at (708) 633-5040, ext. 7221. Leave a voicemail message and phone number and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Community Service applicants must be over the age of 16.

“Always an amazing environment. Classmates from TPHS have always lent a helping hand and now I would love to do the same. Thank you for the Wedding dress I randomly bought a few years ago haha! Still have it!” — Shiann

TWC volunteers make the pantry operation efficient and smooth.
Summertime pantry volunteer filling bags with donated groceries for Together We Cope clients.

Pantry volunteers

  • drive our van for pickups and deliveries
  • pack shopping bags with groceries
  • greet clients
  • data entry
  • unload trucks
  • check expiration dates
  • stock shelves
  • fill the freezers
  • feed the dumpsters
  • weigh and record food donations

TWC volunteers get everything done. Food pantry volunteers make sure hungry families get nutritious food. They sort, clean and ensure that foods meet quality control standards.

Together We Cope volunteer hours help at Nu2u, our resale shop
Nu2u Resale Shop volunteers posing for a Together We Cope newsletter photo in the cashier area.

Resale shop volunteers

  • examine donated items for flaws
  • reject unsafe or unsatisfactory donations
  • organize sales floor display shelves
  • provide customer service
  • assist customers at bridal sales
  • create window displays
  • attach price tags
  • fill clothes racks
  • perform cashier duties
  • pack and unpack merchandise
  • assess jewelry
  • and many other tasks

TWC volunteers say

  • “I think TWC is meeting the community’s needs. I enjoy being here.”—Delynn Flannery, resale shop volunteer
  • “Together We Cope does a terrific job. It helps people here in our community, and I’m enjoying this job,”— Dorothy Senick, Nu2u Resale Shop volunteer
  • “Volunteering at Nu2u during my retirement is very gratifying. I have bonded friendships with other volunteers, staff, customers and clients. These friendships will be everlasting.”— Sharon Marth, resale shop and client services volunteer
  • “The people I work with make it a joy to come to work. There is nothing I would rather do with my leisure hours!”— Cheryl Ryniak, resale shop volunteer

Volunteer to host a drive for us

Community service

If you are over the age of 16, click here for Community Service information