People’s Resource Center Reports a Record Number of Volunteers This Year

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People’s Resource Center set a new record of number of volunteers with 1,690 people giving time and talent to the not-for-profit that responds to hunger and poverty in DuPage County.

People’s Resource Center responds to hunger and poverty in DuPage County.

People’s Resource Center responds to hunger and poverty in DuPage County.

Our programs, which provide so much help for neighbors in need, are carried out primarily by volunteers. We are so thankful for this incredible level of community support.

The People’s Resource Center(PRC) will honor its volunteers at a reception from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus, Grand Oaks Pavilion Ballroom, 2815 Jorie Blvd., Oak Brook.

This year, PRC set a new record of number of volunteers with 1,690 people giving time and talent to the not-for-profit that responds to hunger and poverty in DuPage County.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of People’s Resource Center,” said Kim Perez, Executive Director of People’s Resource Center. “Our programs, which provide so much help for neighbors in need, are carried out primarily by volunteers. We are so thankful for this incredible level of community support.”

Volunteers with five or more years of service will receive special recognition including several volunteers who have been with the organization since the beginning. Some examples of those long-time volunteers include: Rosie Dixon, Frank and Kay Goetz, and Ruth Riha, all of Wheaton, Paul and Eileen LeFort of Glen Ellyn, Warren and Margaret Roth of Naperville, and Bob Russo of Geneva.

Becoming a volunteer with People’s Resource Center provides people the opportunity to make a difference in their own community. Some of the many ways of helping include stocking shelves in the food pantry, tutoring an adult who is learning to read, helping an unemployed individual find a job, teaching a child to paint, welcoming new clients at the registration desk, repairing and refurbishing computers, providing administrative support in the office or one of many other opportunities.

”Opportunities to meet new people and establish new friendships are rewarding,” says volunteer Bill Thompson, who works with PRC’s computer training program. “But to see the gleam in someone’s eye or the smile on their face brings joy to all of us who volunteer. That is all you need to realize that you do make a difference in someone else’s life.”

For those interested in volunteering at PRC, at either the Wheaton or Westmont facility, or at one of the various other PRC community partner locations, one hour volunteer orientations take place twice monthly at the Wheaton location at 201 S. Naperville Rd. Upcoming sessions will be held:

  •     Noon – 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 25
  •     6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26

Prospective volunteers are asked to first fill out an application online at http://www.peoplesrc.org or call volunteer coordinator Lisa Doyle at 630-682-5402.

Since 1975, People’s Resource Center has been bringing neighbors together to respond to hunger and poverty in DuPage County. With a team of over 1,600 volunteers, we offer nutritious food and other basic necessities like clothes and rent assistance for people facing tough times. And we connect people with resources—education and tutoring, jobs, technology, art, a caring community—to create a future of hope and opportunity for all.

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