Since 2020, The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association’s Community Outreach Committee has partnered with a vibrant new pop-up pantry in our neighboring Austin community. The pantry, located at Third Unitarian Church (Fulton and Mayfield in Chicago), started in June 2020 in response to the needs of immediate neighbors during the COVID19 pandemic. It’s a collaborative effort of Third Unitarian and Praise Temple of Restoration International, with support from the Central Austin Neighborhood Association (CANA), Stopgap Chicago, and other local organizations who have contributed guidance, volunteers, and supplies.
Nineteenth Century members have generously provided donations of needed supplies – including paper goods, hygiene products, diapers, and canned goods – on numerous occasions to help the pantry get through the summer and fall when cash donations were waning. Members drop off the items at the Nineteenth Century Club, and Community Outreach Committee members work together to transport the items to the pantry.
“It’s exciting to be part of such a grassroots and collaborative effort, making an impact in our community,” said Linda Bonner, Third Unitarian Church Board Co-President and member of the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association.
“It’s about neighbors coming together to help neighbors, and I love being part of it”, said Mr. Beasley, Austin resident.
The Central Austin pop-up pantry embodies the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association’s mission of strengthening its community through learning, giving, and sharing its landmark building.
To learn more about membership at the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, attend the organization’s upcoming Monday programs, or to make a donation, please visit www.nineteenthcentury.org or call 708-386-2729 x 3.
The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association