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West Town Nonprofit Is Collecting Food, Household Items, Toiletries This Weekend

Founded in 1969, Esperanza Community Services provides education, housing and other services to Chicago children and adults who have disabilities.

Esperanza Community Services, 520 N. Marshfield St., in West Town.
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WEST TOWN — Esperanza Community Services is collecting household items, toiletries, non-perishable food and other donations for the nonprofits’ families and clients this weekend.

You can drop off items at 520 N. Marshfield St. from noon-4 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Donors are asked to practice social distancing and to wear masks.

View a full list of what’s needed here.

Drop-off directions will be posted at the site. Contact Brittanie Wilczak via email at bwilczak@esperanzacommunity.org if you have questions.

Founded in 1969 as a school, Esperanza Community Services was created by Guadalupe Reyes to help students with learning needs. Reyes’ son Bobby had developmental disabilities caused by spinal meningitis.

Today, Esperanza Community Services provides services for Chicago children and adults who have disabilities. Programs include the school, housing, adult activities, client and family support and an art studio.

The nonprofit’s clients have been significantly impacted by grocery store closures across the city, according to the group’s website.

“Many of our families and clients do not have access to food and necessary supplies for daily living,” the website said.

Want to help but can’t participate this weekend? Donate to Esperanza Community Services here or sign up to be a volunteer here.

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