How you can stand with Breakthrough during the COVID-19 crisis

We have made additional adjustments to our volunteer guidelines under the guidance of state and local health officials. We will continue to keep our centers open, but to reduce potential exposure to the vulnerable guests, we are requesting alternative ways for donors and volunteers to support our programs.

Come alongside Breakthrough in the following ways:

Make or Cater a Meal

Provide a meal for 35 guests at our Men’s or Women’s Centers. Meals can be prepared in your home and dropped off or catered by a local restaurant. If you drop off a meal, we ask that you please hand it off at the door and not come into the building. If you are interested in this opportunity and want information please email or look for an available date below.

Request a Date

Donate Supplies

Donate or organize a drive to provide items for our Fresh Market food pantry or Men's and Women's Centers such as food, toiletries, cleaning products, disposable face masks, school supplies, & Chromebooks. Please contact for a complete list and for more details.

Volunteer at GCFD

The Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD), our partner who provides food for the shelters and the Fresh Market, has an urgent need for volunteers to pack food. Sign up as an individual or organize a group of 10 or less to volunteer. Volunteers can earn credit for Breakthrough. For more information and to sign up go to

E-Learning Volunteers

Provide assistance and tech support to Breakthrough's youth. Volunteers are needed Monday-Friday from 8:00-2:00 PM. Prior experience in education, Google Classroom, technology, and/or working with youth preferred.


Emergency Fund

The Emergency Fund has been created to help East Garfield Park residents bridge the gap where disparities have shown up the most, including housing, utilities, medical care, food, and childcare.

Donate with "Emergency Fund" in the memo line


Put together a small group to help with window washing and outdoor clean up or beautification at our facilities.


Special Projects

Do you like to paint or garden? We need help painting our Women’s Center patio and preparing the soil & garden beds for the next season.


Please check this page regularly for additional volunteer opportunities and contact us if you have any questions about the above opportunities.

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