They help us with food, social services. Nothing but love, that's how I feel about the Chicago Help Initiative.


Nobody should go hungry. With the Chicago Help Initiative, you don't have to.


A lot of people don't have shelter, food, clothing. They need help. And they get it here.


Goodness. All-encompassing goodness. In a world filled with so many who have so little, they give so much.


The Chicago Help Initiative


We're here to help:

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a higher percentage of Americans are living in extreme poverty than they have ever measured before. Not everyone can enjoy abundance, but The Chicago Help Initiative (CHI) is here to lend a helping hand to assist homeless and low-income people in Chicago. Please join us in serving delicious meals to those in need and break the cycle of hunger in an effort to make an impact within the Chicago community. 

For more on the organization and the many ways you can help, please download our Program Overview and Guidelines for New Volunteers.

Program Overview

Guidelines for New Volunteers

Interested in tutoring adults?

Do you live or work near downtown Chicago? Can you free up 90 minutes a week on Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 4:30 to tutor adults in literacy, basic computer skills, reading comprehension, basic math, drawing, or writing?

The Adult Literacy and Learning Program is a weekly CHI program that matches volunteer tutors to individuals who would like our assistance. Some students want to brush up their basic math skills, others want to learn to use the computer to assist with job applications or writing stories, and still others simply enjoy the companionship of sitting with other people and reading and discussing a short story together. Right now, we need tutors in basic math, reading, writing, and computer skills to join our supportive team of volunteers.

If you would like to learn more or arrange a visit to observe, please contact Cecelia Burokas, the Adult Learning Coordinator, at or at 773.771.4025. 

October 18, 2017

Meal sponsor:

The Balber Family


Alecia Boyd, Program Coordinator, Financial Opportunities Center and Retail Program, Central States SER

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