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Gathering for Good is a new social club for PJ Library families to come together for monthly volunteer projects and holiday celebrations.  Gathering for Good is a great way to meet new friends in your neighborhood and make a difference in our community in a fun, family-friendly way

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Volunteer projects may include:

  • Making fleece blankets for the homeless
  • Beautifying senior centers
  • Baking cookies for patients and families at the Ronald McDonald House
  • Assembling Care Kits for children undergoing chemo
  • Sorting books at Bernie’s Book Bank
  • Serving meals at JUF’s Uptown Café
  • And more!  Additional projects will be added based on the group’s interests

Who can join?

Ages:  Best for families with children ages 2-6 yrs.  

Neighborhoods: Groups are currently forming in the City West and Northern Suburbs.  City West neighborhoods include (but are not limited to) Bucktown, Wicker Park, West Loop, Ukrainian Village.  Northern Suburban neighborhood group includes Northbrook, Deerfield, Highland Park, Glenview, and Glencoe.  Families outside these neighborhoods are welcome to join, just note the majority of events will take place in these neighborhoods.  

Save the Dates:   

North Suburban Group
Tues, Nov 15, 7-8:30 PM Parent’s Wine & Cheese Kick Off Reception
Sun. Dec 4, 3-5 pm* Volunteer Project
Sun, Jan 22, 10 am Volunteer at JUF Uptown Café
Fri, Feb 10* Shabbat Dinner & Volunteer Project
March TBD* Volunteer Project
April 2 Volunteer as part of JUF Good Deeds Day
May 12* Shabbat Dinner & Volunteer Project
City West Group
Thurs, Dec 8 – 7-8:30 PM Parent’s Wine & Cheese Kick Off Reception
Sun, Jan 8, 3-5 pm* Volunteer Project
Sun, Feb 5, 10 am Volunteer at JUF Uptown Café
Fri, March 10* Shabbat Dinner & Volunteer Project
April 2 Volunteer Project at JUF Good Deeds Day City Hub
Fri, May 5* Shabbat Dinner & Volunteer Project
Sun, June 4 or 11* Shabbat Dinner & Volunteer Project

*Dates and times are subject to change based on availability of the group

Gathering for Good Membership Fees

The cost to participate is $75/family*.  This cost covers:

  • Program supplies and materials that will be donated to different agencies in our 6 family volunteer sessions
  • Family friendly Vegetarian/Kosher meals and/or snacks for Shabbat Dinners and family volunteer projects
  • Appetizers and 1st glass of wine at parents' reception
  • Participation in the closed Gathering for Good Facebook group offering additional volunteer opportunities  

Limited space available.  First come, first serve

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*If the participation fee is a barrier, please reach out to Rachel Rapoport at

Gathering for Good is in partnership with JUF's Tikkun Olam Volunteers Network.  This program made possible through a grant from PJ Library, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

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