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    Starting in mid August 2010, Chicago Shares volunteer Michael Kraynak, will embark on a journey far from his Chicago home, both in terms of physical distance and lifestyle. An employee of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Mike will deploy for six months to Kabul, Afghanistan. As a lead supply specialist for GSA, Mike will represent his agency by working…


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    Chicago Shares is pleased to announce that voucher sales and redemptions in 2010 increased by 23% and 28% respectively over 2009. Sales amounted to $30,865 and redemptions amounted to $23,078. The redemption rate was 75%, a 3% increase over 2009. On behalf of Chicago’s hungry poor, we wish to thank everyone who sold, bought or redeemed Chicago Shares vouchers for making this possible.


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    Chicago Shares is pleased to announce that Mike Kraynak has been selected to replace Richard Kaczmarek as co-executive director of the organization. Kaczmarek continues as president. Julie Stagliano is the other co executive director. Mike’s selection is subject to approval by the Chicago Shares board of directors.   Mike has been a Chicago Shares volunteer since 2002. He has served…


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    This post was written by Loyola University Chicago student Raven Icaza, and originally posted here. Richard Kaczmarek does not hand over spare change or leftovers when prompted by the homeless.  Instead, he offers what appears to be a small square ticket, good for food or personal care items at local stores and restaurants.  To some, he is known as the…


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  • 12/12/12--09:33: See Our Ad in Streetwise
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    Chicago Shares offers a way for the community to respond to the needs of the homeless and most vulnerable among us.Through the Chicago Shares program, parishioners can purchase voucher booklets worth $5 to be distributed to those in need instead of cash, to be redeemed at participating stores and restaurants for food and toiletry items (no alcohol or tobacco products). As…


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  • 04/24/14--15:02: An Exemplary Volunteer
  • Theatrical productions, railroad operations and magazine publishing can only be successful if they have skilled and dedicated people back stage and back office. So, too, it is for Chicago Shares. And for more than a decade, Kathy Haberer has worked tirelessly as one of these behind-the-scenes people for Chicago Shares. Now, she is moving to another city and her duties…


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    Chicago Shares volunteers celebrate after a successful morning of selling Shares at Holy Name Cathedral. Pictured are Mirtha, Aida and Monseignor Dan Mayall, Pastor of Holy Name Cathedral.


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    Take a look at Atlanta Shares’ latest newsletter to learn more about their organization. Atlanta Shares is a program similar to ours that was developed using Chicago Shares’ framework. View the newsletter. 


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  • 03/26/15--20:02: 2015 Annual Board Meeting
  • At the annual Chicago Shares board meeting that was held on Tuesday, March 24, the following officers were elected to one-year terms: Rich Kaczmarek – President Ron Polaniecki – Vice President Fran Kelly – Treasurer Fred Augustin – Secretary Julie Stagliano continues as executive director.


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      This story originally appeared in the September 14-20, 2015, issue of Streetwise.  See the original here.  By Ron Polaniecki Deacon Tim Sullivan of St. Clement Church, 642 W. Deming Place, knows firsthand about people who are homeless and needy. He’s been in their midst, first in Detroit and now in Chicago, providing food and assistance for more than 12 years.…


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    Be sure to be on the lookout for our ad in StreetWise for the next few weeks!


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    Seeing needy people on the streets of Chicago is not unusual.  However, the DNAinfo Chicago, February 1, 2016, article headline about the needy was: The Most Lucrative Panhandling Spots Downtown, According to Panhandlers (emphasis added). (For the full article, click here) The reporter’s fresh approach was used to provide a fair-minded, street level view of the challenges and personal histories of…


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    On June 26, 2016, Holy Name Cathedral honored Monseignor Dan Mayall with a reception in the lovely Cathedral courtyard. Msgr Mayall, a faithful board member of Chicago Shares for 12 years, is being transferred to another parish in Wilmette. Executive director Julie Stagliano and past board chair Rich Kaczmarek were there to present a certificate of thanks on behalf of Chicago…


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    “We’re so grateful for your help in supporting those in need.” That’s the strong and reoccurring theme of the responses received to the Chicago Shares announcement of its 2016 grants. Chicago Shares, a unique Chicago not-for-profit founded in 1993, provides meals to the hungry through a voucher program.  Each year a certain percentage of the vouchers purchased by generous people…


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    On May 26, Chicago Shares’ President Ron Polaniecki and Executive Director Julie Stagliano visited the Relevant Radio studios to discuss our program. You can listen to the interview here. You can learn more about Relevant Radio here.


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    We were lucky to once again be promoted in Streetwise recently. The ad below ran in late 2017.