Your monthly update of the happenings at COOL Ministries, where our mission is to give comprehensive assistance to families in need, by reducing hunger and homelessness while encouraging personal growth and self-sufficiency.

COOL Happenings   |   April 2016

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           Author Penelope Trunk said, "Spring is a time to find out where you are, who you are, and move toward where you are going."   We have completed two months of operation at our new home at 800 W. Glen Flora Avenue.   Business has gone well and the pantry has received nothing but positive feedback from the community we serve.   The staff and volunteers have enjoyed having room to unpack and store items properly in their place after many years of overcrowding and making do with very little space and almost no storage.  Thanks to all of you for your support in this transition.   Here is what is happening at COOL Ministries this month:
Saturday 30 April
Saturday 7 May
Thursday 9 June
Thursday 9 June
Sunday 26 June
Monday 11 July
Our thanks to Thrivent Financial for their support of COOL Ministries!
Our fundraising efforts are still ongoing for our new building needs. Our goal of raising $30,000 for our Walk-in Fund (the new walk-in freezer and refrigerator) is on track with $20,120 raised so far. For our new building renovation fund we have raised $14,000 toward our $30,000 goal (the Moving Fund). All of us are so thankful for the help we have received to date and we appreciate the help and support of so many of our friends and neighbors in helping us to make these improvements. With our new space we no longer have to turn down food donations due to not having adequate storage and as a result we can provide more food assistance to those in need!   If you can help us with these needs, please send your donations to COOL Ministries, 800 W. Glen Flora Ave., Waukegan IL 60085 and mark your donation Walk-in Fund or Moving Fund.
COOL has partnered with several local restaurants for fund raising events to support COOL Programs.   You can help COOL to feed the hungry and house the homeless by dining out at the Sweet Tomatoes located at 850 S. Waukegan Rd in Waukegan on Saturday April 30 from 5 to 8 PM.   Make sure you take a copy of the COOL Flyer with you (available here) to show the cashier to assure that COOL receives a donation from Sweet Tomatoes for 15% of your check.

The Annual COOL Plant and Flower Sale is coming up on Saturday May 7 from 11 AM to 2 PM at Bethel Lutheran Church located at 5110 Grand Ave. in Gurnee.   Although the deadline has passed to preorder plants and flowers there will be a nice selection available to purchase on the day of the sale.

On Thursday June 9 from 4 to 6 PM consider dining out at the Panera Bread located at 447 N. Milwaukee Rd. in Vernon Hills to support COOL.   Please remember to take the flyers with you (available here) to these dining events to make sure that a portion of your check goes to support feeding the hungry and housing the homeless at COOL Ministries.

The annual free FOODSTOCK concert in the park is coming up for 2016 on Sunday June 26 from 3 to 7 PM at the Village Green in Lake Bluff.   Summer will be here before you know it so plan your calendar now as this is surely an event you won’t want to miss.

Golfers please mark your calendars for the 13th Annual  COOL Golf Outing coming to Glen Flora County Club in Waukegan on Monday July 11,  2016!   Start building your foursome today and plan to spend a sunny afternoon in July on the green in support of COOL Ministries!   Can’t attend?   Please consider helping with a Silent Auction Item or Sponsoring a Tee.   For Questions Call us at 847-662-1340.
February brought a decrease in visitation to COOL Food Pantries with 4233 visitors served. Pantry East served 3113 individuals and West served 1120 individuals. This represents a decrease of 343 individuals at Pantry East and an increase of 39 individuals served at Pantry West as compared to the same period last year. This is certainly good news and we all hope it is a sign of an improving economy.
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* for April is juice and powdered milk

* for May is canned fruit
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