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 2017

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           Warmer temperatures and longer days are certainly welcome.   The crocus, snowdrops and daffodils are blooming, and the tulips are soon to follow.   Ralph Waldo Emerson once remarked that "the Earth laughs in flowers."  We hope that this April finds you smiling.   Here is what is happening at COOL Ministries this month:
COOL Pantry East in Waukegan
Portillo's is located on the ring road around Gurnee Mills
Saturday, May 13th
Monday, July 10th
Calling all Volunteers!
Pantry East needs volunteers to work at the pantry counter, greeting clients, and distributing pre-packed boxes of food and other goodies.   Pantry Counter Volunteers should  be able to lift 20 pounds.   Regular volunteers are also needed to learn to use the computer system and complete data entry to log in, add, and make changes to client digital records.   Shifts available are Monday-Friday from 10 AM to 2 PM.   You may volunteer to work one shift per week, or two or three or just now and then.   All are welcome!   Contact Gayle at 847-662-1230 if interested.   Thank you in advance for helping COOL to feed our hungry neighbors.
Dine out at Portillo's to support COOL Ministries!
On Thursday May 4th, Portillo’s in Gurnee is offering diners the opportunity to direct 20 percent of their check to COOL Ministries.   Just bring a Portillo’s flyer to the restaurant and present it to the cashier, then enjoy a wonderful dinner out while easily supporting COOL programs!
Easter Is On Its Way!
It seems like 2017 just began but Easter is only days away.   Unlike the Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays, our local food bank does not offer a special value for families in need of Easter dinner and Easter holiday items.  Each year, COOL relies on the help of our Church partners and friends to put together Easter meals for families visiting the food pantries.   Easter food donations are accepted daily during open pantry hours.   For questions about food donations, please call Gayle at 847-662-1230.   You may also visit our web site for more information and a printable shopping list for Easter meal items for the COOL food pantries.
Annual Plant Sale is May 13th
Don't forget the upcoming annual COOL Plant Sale on the Saturday before Mother's Day -- that is May 13th at Bethel Lutheran Church on Grand Ave in Gurnee, starting at 11:00 a.m.   Pre-ordered plants will be available for pickup, and limited varieties of plants and flower baskets will be available the day of sale.   The COOL Plant sale has an amazing variety of high quality plants that can be pre-ordered and picked up on the Saturday before Mother’s day (May 13th).   A limited variety can also be purchased on the day of the sale!   Volunteers are still needed.   If you have questions or are interested in volunteering, call us at 847-662-1340 or email us at
Golf Outing at Glen Flora CC
Golfers: mark your calendars as the 14th Annual COOL Golf Outing is coming to Glen Flora Country Club on Monday, July 10th, 2017.   You won’t want to miss your chance to play this exclusive course and help COOL to Feed the Hungry and House the Homeless!   Golfers and tee sponsors are encouraged to visit our web site for payment options and more information, or just call us at 847-662-1340 and we are happy to help you.   COOL is also in need of volunteers, sponsors, and unique silent auction items  to help make this event a success.   Let us know if you can help!
In March, the COOL Food Pantries issued food to 4,938 individuals in 2,053 households.   This was enough food to prepare more than 59,196 meals.
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Our Food of the Month:

* for April is juice or powdered milk

* for May is canned fruit
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