Individuals and Groups
At Share Our Spare we believe that ALL children are OUR children, which guides everything we do as we seek to create new models and ways of thinking to make the world a better place. We are advocates and defenders of children, guided by a shared sense of humanity, a deep responsibility to care for all children, and a passion for improving the lives of children living in poverty.
There are a variety of ways to support our mission and help children in need across Chicago:
Share Extra Stuff – The Sharehouse is always open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am – 5 pm to accept donations. When staffing allows we open the warehouse for additional days during the week and on the weekend. Please follow us on social media or check our calendar to see regularly updated hours. Find a list of items we collect here.
Open Volunteer Days – Individuals and families with children ages 6 and above are invited to the Sharehouse to sort clothing, inventory donations and assemble newborn and personal care kits. Markers, crayons, and notepaper are provided for children to write a special note to the child or family receiving the SOS kit. Volunteers are asked to bring an item to donate. See upcoming open volunteer sessions on our calendar.
Sip N Sorts – Sip N Sort events offer an opportunity to bring your community together for a fun night out while giving back. Bring a bottle of wine and your friends and family to the Sharehouse to sort, organize and assemble kits for Chicago area families in need. Each member of the group is asked to bring an item to donate.
Group Events – We are always in need of extra hands at the Sharehouse! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a private event where your work, faith, neighbor or school community can with donations at our River West warehouse.
Collection Drives – Share Our Spare supporters can organize a community drive at their local school, place of work, faith community, or other central location and collect donations for Share Our Spare. Community drives can be specific (a diaper drive) or a broad call to action for items in need.
Kitting Events – We realize it isn’t always convenient to get to the Sharehouse, so we can come to you! Email us to schedule an on-site kitting event where you can collect supplies and assemble newborn or personal hygiene kits in a location that is convenient for your group.
Stuff the Truck – SOS Ambassadors can organize a drive in their community where friends, family, and local organizations can bring donations to a moving truck parked in a safe and accessible location. Share Our Spare helps Ambassadors coordinate the truck rental and then spreads the word through social and digital media channels.
Donate – There are a variety of ways to support our work in Chicago. Make a one time donation, join our monthly giving program, send a box of diapers through our AmazonSmile diaper subscription service, or celebrate a special event with a fundraising campaign for Share Our Spare. And don’t forget to check with your employer about company match opportunities!
Interested in learning more or need information about our location? Check out our contact page.