Open Arms Mission is a 501(c)(3) holistic community organization providing daily living necessities
while encouraging self-sufficiency for individuals and families in need.
Open Arms Mission, your community food pantry has completed another monumental year thanks to 2013 donations.
As we enter our fourteenth year, I am humbled by the continued commitment of cash and food donations from community families, businesses, churches, civic organizations and grocers. Open Arms Mission has provided 2 days of meals for a weekly average of 298 families. The total households we served is up for 2013, but the good news is families did not need us every week.
In addition to weekly food distribution, we have distributed Special Meal Boxes, 450+ for Christmas, 543 for Thanksgiving and over 350 for Easter. Throughout the school year we are providing 78 Weekend Back Packs of weekend food to at risk children. For the start of the school year we distributed over 335 school supply kits. As we finished up the year, we distributed purchased Christmas gifts of clothes and toys from the community for 614 children and through a generous toy drive an additional 68 children received toys. Clearly, "neighbor helping neighbor."
Have a wonderful New Year and keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we all tackle 2014.
In their own words…
…the food we receive is of great help, funds are limited while my husband is fighting cancer
… I need help with food since my husband died. Thank you for helping myself and my son.
…your assistance helps feed our family of 5 & without this food we would not eat every day
WHAT IS OPEN ARMS MISSION?
OAM is your community Food Pantry and Outreach serving neighbors residing in Antioch and Lake Villa Townships. The successful combination of volunteers and donations of community individuals, businesses, churches, clubs, organizations and schools helps us meet the needs of our neighbors challenged by stressful life circumstances. We are a 501 (c)(3) with a Board of Directors. Our main focus is weekly distribution of food, milk, meat and daily necessities. Our community lives the philosophy “neighbor helping neighbor.” Throughout the year we have special programs for the community – Weekend Back Packs of food for food insecure students - School Supplies – delivery for Seniors – Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Meal Boxes - Adopt-A-Family for Christmas gifts.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE FROM OPEN ARMS MISSION?
Anyone expressing a need from our townships is eligible for 2 days of food per family member on a weekly basis. OAM has served 20,257 individuals between the months of January and June 2012. The items we provide at no cost may be supplementing SNAP (food stamps) or assist in reducing the cost of groceries allowing an individual/family purchase medication or pay rent, gas, utilities, etc.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Most important, keep our families in your thoughts and prayers and do not judge their situation or their decisions - a quote from Mother Teresa, “I do not judge anyone… it doesn’t allow me to love them.” We are very fortunate to have this opportunity to assist those struggling with life. Over the past 2 years we have experienced families using the food pantry that in the past were donors, we never know what life has for us.
If you want to volunteer, call 847-395-0309 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have the means to donate, cash donations go far – we purchase in volume giving us better prices then you might be able to find. If your employer has a matching grant or giving program, please remember us. You can donate online at openarmsmission.org or you can mail a check to Open Arms Mission, P.O. Box 79, Antioch, Il 60002. When shopping at Piggly Wiggly, Jewel or Walmart – thank them for the food they donate to Open Arms Mission. Stop in and see us at 1548 S. Main St in Antioch, Open Arms Mission is your community food pantry.
Here is how you can help within the community…
DOES YOUR COMPANY MATCH DONATIONS ? If they do, you can double and sometimes triple your original donation.
Or maybe your company has a grant specifically for food, household items or family counseling – please let us know.
WEEKEND BACK PACK PROGRAM for 100 local students is an ongoing program during the school months providing child friendly meals and snack items for children who are at risk for meals when not at school. Visit our website to view an article on Child Food Insecurity to learn why we feel the importance to make food available for the children identified in their school as at-risk. Your cash donation of $15.00 can help feed a neighborhood child for the month.
GROUP NIGHT SPONSORSHIP is made up of community members gathered through their church or organization who staff our distribution nights and Thursday delivery – Thank you to Allendale, Antioch Moose Lodge, Beautiful Savior, Christian Life Fellowship, Curves of Antioch, Interact Club of District 117, Northbridge Church, Rotary Club of Antioch, St. Ignatius Episcopal, St. Mark Lutheran, St. Peter Catholic, St Raphael Catholic, St. Stephen Lutheran, we could not distribute to the 322 families each week without your help!! Thank you for the many hours… We are in need of a small group of 5 for the first Tuesday of each month between the hours of 4:15pm and 6:30pm.
...As a neighbor, continue to respect those in need rather than judge their decisions or situation
… If you have a resource for any office supplies other than retail, it would help reduce our administrative costs
...If you belong to a church or organization that can commit to helping with the first Tuesday distribution between 4:15pm and 6:30pm each month, we need a small group of about 5
...Periodically check openarmsmission.org website for updates
...Should you have a question, concern or comment call and discuss with Marytherese
Remember...every $1 given to Open Arms Mission can purchase 9 pounds of food.
You can donate online or by sending a check to Open Arms Mission, P.O. Box 79, Antioch, IL 60002.
Thank you. Your continued support is the success of our programs, The Volunteers at Open Arms Mission