PADS New Volunteer Orientation
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The West Chicago PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) offers the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of others.
The first night of shelter will be Thursday, Oct. 2, marking the 29th year of hosting guests. This rewarding ministry requires a large number of volunteers to carry out the work that needs to be done. Our primary need is for people to work at the site and directly take care of our guests. Each night of shelter is divided up into four volunteer shifts. The first shift is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and involves setting up the church to act as a shelter and serving dinner to the majority of the guests. The second shift runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. This shift involves serving any late arrivals and dealing with cleaning up after dinner, making lunches, and washing the guests' laundry. The third shift is from 1 to 5 a.m. The primary responsibility on this shift is to monitor the guests' safety. There may also be guest laundry to do as well as finish up the lunches. The fourth and last shift runs from 5 to 7:30 a.m. This shift involves serving breakfast and cleaning up the site and returning it to its original state. In addition to these needs, we will also need people to wash the bed linens and people to provide support for our food coordinator. Our PADS site is every Thursday evening from October through May. Shift volunteers are asked to serve for one shift each month. Food volunteers are asked to help out once a month, and laundry volunteers are asked to wash linens once every other month.