Give Time

A little time goes a long way.

When we think about about a big problem like hunger, we tend to assume it’s happening somewhere else. But the reality is three out of four families right here in our community have to choose between paying for utilities and buying groceries. Yes, right here in our own backyard.

Fortunately, there’s a simple, dignified way to get nutritious food to families who need it. Sure, it takes a little time and quite a bit of work, but it’s time well-spent—and it’s meaningful, life-changing work. 

Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? We’d love to have you on our team.

Be part of something bigger than yourself.

Whether you’re a total people-person or you’re more comfortable in the background, you can make a difference at Luke 3:11 Share Center.

Behind the Scenes

Help pick up donations and/or unload boxes of food, stock food for distribution, organize and tidy the pantry, and ready our space to serve our guests.


Food Delivery Receivers

Food Intake Coordinators
Food Pick-Up Drivers

Guest Services

Welcome people, gather basic information, and be a friendly presence to people visiting our pantry.

Check-In Coordinators
Team Lead 
Intake Coordinators
Greeters
Parking Lot Attendants

Pantry Support

Assist our Guests as they select food from the pantry, and restock shelves and/or box and carry food to Guests’ cars.

Boxers and Floaters
Floor Coordinators
Food Manager
Freezer and Refrigerator Hosts
Guest Hosts

Facilities

Keep our building and grounds inviting so our Guests have a positive experience from the moment they pull in the parking lot until they’re headed back home.


Carpet Cleaning
Clean-Up Crew
Landscaping & Beautification

Clicking the button below will take you to VolunteerMatch.org, where you’ll find detailed position descriptions.

When you share your time with our Guests, you . . .

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Know you're making a real difference in someone's life.
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Become part of the solution to hunger and food insecurity.
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Inspire others to spend their time in meaningful ways.
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Put your compassion into action.
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Connect with people who care about the same things.
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Strengthen our community.

“You end up going home with so much more than what you’ve given. There are people here that come every week, and they look to us to feed their families. It’s not just food. Coming together like this and knowing they can count on us to be here is one of the most important things I’ve ever done in my life.”

Caysie – Lake Villa

You’ll love volunteering here, too.

Find Your Role

Explore the detailed volunteer descriptions at VolunteerMatch.org.

Raise Your Hand

Let us know you’re interested, either through VolunteerMatch or by shooting us an email.

Play Your Part

Know you’ve made a difference in someone’s life.

Helpful Tips for Our Volunteers

We believe getting food should be a simple and dignified process.

Luke 3:11 Share Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We work with the Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB), local grocery stores, and other organizations and individuals to receive food donations we then distribute to our Guests.

People who access our pantry are our Guests.

We intentionally call the individuals we serve our “Guests.” We want every person who walks into our space to feel welcomed, loved, and cared for. Also, we don’t have location or income requirements, which allows us to serve individuals from many different situations of financial hardship. 

All ages are welcome to volunteer at Luke 3:11 Share Center.

Our volunteer team includes young children through retirees! 

While families are welcome to volunteer during any of our shifts, families with small children are encouraged to volunteer on Fridays.

Teens 16 and older are welcome to volunteer as a Guest Host (a volunteer who assists a guest through the food area). Children 7 and older are welcome to volunteer as Boxers (they are paired with a Guest Host and carry a box for the guest).

Moms with nursing babies/small babies are welcome to serve! We’ll do our best to find a role that fits your situation. We’ve had mommas wear their babies while volunteering, mommas who’ve had to sneak out for a few minutes to nurse their baby in the childcare area, and mommas who’ve had a kiddo stuck to their side while they helped Guests.

Families who need calmer environments may benefit from volunteering during one of our set-up times.

We follow food-safety guidelines.

In order to ensure the products we give out are safe for consumption, we adhere to rules laid out by the Northern Illinois Food Bank. We have team leads in place to train and guide volunteers on the correct policies and procedures. (Don’t hesitate to ask them questions!)

Dress comfortably and bring a water bottle.

We suggest you wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Be mindful that some volunteer jobs may require you to work outside for a bit, so dress appropriately. Feel free to bring a water bottle labeled with your name, but refrain from snacking in areas used to assist our guests.

Leave personal items in your locked car.

We have an area for volunteers to place coats and bags, but we suggest leaving everything else in your car.

You're welcome to contact us with questions!

Shoot us an email, and we’ll happily address any questions or concerns.

When people don’t have the resources to provide food for their family, they’re left feeling worried and embarrassed. At Luke 3:11 Share Center, we offer a simple, dignified process so people can provide nutritious food their family will enjoy.

Contact Us

37510 N Fairfield Rd.
Lake Villa, IL 60046

224-338-LUKE (5853)

info@luke311sharecenter.org 

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