Why I Help with Interfaith Action

Rita Bailey: Board member

I became involved with Interfaith Action of Evanston working with the Producemobile. a few months after it was started. I now look forward to seeing all the returning workers and the clients every month. The truck gives us a good opportunity to connect with workers as well a having to hurry up and get the food ready for our clients. Seeing the smiling faces and hearing all the “Thank yous” from so many of the clients makes you know this is a worthwhile endeavor.

(Note: The Evanston Producemobile, started in 2012, serves produce and vegetables to Evanston’s most at-risk population. The project is coordinated by IAE in partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the City of Evanston.)

Birch Burghardt: Board President

We had an unusually mild winter this year, which provided us with fewer chances than usual to open IAE’s emergency overnight shelter at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. I volunteered to help with the cleaning up one morning after the shelter had been open. A few men who had spent the night and were significantly better versed in taking apart and packing away cots than I was, did the lion’s share of the work and made the work fly. These men gave me the distinct sense of being a welcomed guest in their space. It was such a joy that I expect that its memory will entice me back at 6 a.m. on another bitterly cold morning some time this coming winter.