Poverty, Housing, and Food Security

Habitat for Humanity

Overview

Habitat For Humanity is an organization dedicated to providing decent housing to deserving, low-income families. Our ultimate goal is to eliminate poverty nationally and globally. Our group maintains a focus on volunteerism and fundraising, helping to buy the materials needed to build a house and providing the labor necessary to put it together. As a volunteer, you will work alongside other Northwestern students, led by a trained site leader, at different sites in the Chicagoland area.


NO CONSTRUCTION EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY! Our work ranges from building houses with our affiliates, Habitat For Humanity of Lake County and Northern Fox Valley, to weatherizing homes for the elderly with H.O.M.E. and partnering with other local organizations to help those in need of improved housing.


I would like to emphasize that our general membership is completely open. We are equally welcoming to freshman through seniors.


Schedule/ Commitment


Habitat does not have a minimum commitment. The two types of service opportunities that we offer are Saturday builds (usually 7 am - 4 pm) and break trips (during Winter and Spring break, lasting 10 days each). A student could choose to go on a build once just to try it out, or can come regularly as long as space allows. Spots on the break trips are more limited and admittance is based on an application / interview process. General membership in Habitat is acquired simply by being on our listserv. If students wish to be added to the listserv, they may email nuhabitatforhumanity@gmail.com and we can add them. For further commitment, we have an events committee for planning on campus events, and site leader positions for individuals who wish to lead Saturday builds. Events committee time commitment is ~1 h/week and site leader commitment is one Saturday build/quarter plus at least one 1-hr reflection meeting / quarter.

Community Partners


We partner with both the Northern Fox Valley and Lake County Habitat for Humanity affiliates. (Mainly, these partnerships take us to the City of North Chicago and Elgin).

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Campus Kitchens

Overview

Campus Kitchens collects excess food from Northwestern dining halls that would otherwise be thrown away. We package the food in meals and deliver these meals to impoverished, disabled, and elderly Evanston residents. We are conveniently based on campus in the Allison Hall Dining Hall.
Beyond regular operations, we also participate in on and off campus programming. In the past, we have done pumpkin carving with kids at Asian Youth Services, cooked meals for Memorial Day at Second Baptist, and helped students with their homework and St. Patrick's Day crafts at Salvation Army. On campus, we have screened documentaries, partnered with other groups to feature social justice-related speakers, co-hosted a Hunger Games competition and more. Our organization looks to expand our Evanston community-based programming as well as reach more Northwestern students.

Schedule/ Commitment


For our volunteers there is no requirement commitment. They are free to sign up for any of our shifts online through our volunteer hub (we have at least one shift every day) whenever they want. If they would like to be more involved, they can become shift captains, who run a weekly 2-hour shift with another shift captain. Like I said, we have at least one shift every day, all shifts are 2 hours, and they all take place in the pantry in the Allison dining hall's kitchen.

I would just like prospective volunteers to know that all of our shifts are different so they're encouraged to attend different ones to determine which shifts best suits their preferences. In general, we take leftover food from the dining halls and make nutritious meals for the low-income in Evanston. We also teach nutrition education to children at Family Focus in Evanston, which is something volunteers can also be a part of.

Community Partners


Sodexo and 2nd Baptist Church. On-campus we have partnerships with NU Real Food, Points for a Purpose, and ZOOZ.

Contact

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Challah for Hunger

Overview

If you like to bake, eat, or volunteer, Challah for Hunger is for you!! Challah for Hunger (CfH) raises awareness of and money for hunger and disaster relief through the production and sale of challah bread.
Challah for Hunger brings people together to raise money and awareness for social justice--through challah bread. Our group is part of an organization of more than forty chapters, on college campuses throughout the U.S. and beyond, that engages young people in community, tradition, hands-on baking, activism, and philanthropy.

Schedule/ Commitment


We have volunteer opportunities Wednesday from 4-5pm and Thursday from 4-6pm each week at the Northwestern Hillel. Volunteers are encouraged to come as frequently they wish and can come without signing up. On Wednesdays, we make the dough, and on Thursday we braid and bake the challahs.

Community Partners


Hillell

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Points for a Purpose

Overview

Points for a Purpose is a new initiative at Northwestern University that focuses on local food security issues. In partnership with dining services, Points for a Purpose organizes the drive that allows students to donate leftover meal points or munch money at the end of each quarter by swiping their Wildcard at any of the C-stores across campus. This money is then used to purchase food for distribution to people who would not be able to afford it otherwise.

 

Schedule/ Commitment

We volunteer a couple times a quarter. The commitment for members is to attend our once-a-week meeting, and all other events we have - particularly putting in a good amount of work for the quarterly points drive. Our volunteer schedule depends on the quarter and what organizations we reach out to have availability and need for volunteers on a particular date.

 

Community Partners

Campus Kitchens

 

Contact

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Engineers without Borders

Overview

Engineers Without Borders-Northwestern works cooperatively with underprivileged communities around the world to engineer solutions to some of their most prevalent issues. Members of EWB-NU work throughout the academic year to brainstorm, research, survey, design, and prototype these solutions, all while interfacing closely with a group of connected engineering professionals who serve as mentors in the process and approve of any designs. These designs range from household necessities, to sanitation needs, to civil works, and beyond. After finalizing designs and plans, EWB-NU will send a group of students to the country and community for whom we have worked in order to conduct further research and/or implement the design while building relationships with the members of the community.
EWB-NU welcomes students of all academic backgrounds who are interested working toward making a positive impact on the world. Students gain experience in project management and leadership, design, teamwork, cross-cultural communication, and interdisciplinary problem solving.
Check out ewb-usa.org for info on Engineers Without Borders!

Schedule/ Commitment


We offer two general levels of involvement. Either, you can be on our outreach or technical teams, or you can be a general member. As a general member, we aren't looking for any commitment at all - If you'd like to attend our social events or general meeting you are welcome to. However, as a team member, we are looking for you to commit to our weekly, one-hour meetings, plus some time outside of the meeting depending on where we are in our project.

Community Partners


Our community partner is My Chosen Vessels, a Chicago-based NGO with a chapter in Kenya.

Contact


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