One of the most unique and empowering organizations in the country, the mission of The ARK is to help Chicagoland Jews who are facing adversity navigate toward self-reliance.
Founded in March 1971, The Ark opened as a free medical clinic. Throughout the ensuing years, services and programs were added one-by-one; as soon as one area of need was addressed, the volunteers—and eventually, a small paid staff—moved on to the next problem. A kosher food pantry was opened; rent and utility bills were paid. Drug samples donated by doctors became a free pharmacy; donated clothing evolved into a Thrift Shop that operated through June 2018.
Today the ARK employs 50 professionals, and engages the services of more than 2,000 professional and lay volunteers, who provide an array of medical, legal and social services for Chicagoland Jews in need.
We will assist The Ark by transforming large amounts of bagged food donations into an easy to manage sorted, organized and boxed inventory. Working with the end product of our Project, The Ark will save time and be even more efficient in providing kosher foods to the hundreds of people they serve.
Please sign up today. There is room for roughly 100 NATA volunteers. We will assign each volunteer a specific role to maximize the time we have at The Ark. We guarantee you will be moved by understanding and helping The Ark.
If you have any questions at all about the project, please contact me.
Drew Barkley, FTA
Chicago NATA in ACTION Chair