Food Service: We continue to host two monthly options on serving those in need with our sack lunch social and our feed the hungry and feed the soul events.
Social Service: We also continue to facilitate free hugs twice a month and would love to see more join us there too.
How can you help? By signing up for our current events, by suggesting and leading other gives back events, by sharing our vision with your family and friends as we share a positive focus with the world.
Live, Love, Laugh, Hug
Hugs to you and I look forward to seeing you at a PF event soon!
PF Service Coordinator
Daily tips on giving:
Smile and make eye contact with strangers as you pass them on the street as a simple smile can brighten a persons day.
Hold the door open and let others go first.
Help someone who has their hands full – especially if they have little kids with them.
Compliment and thank people for their efforts.
Choose to see the best in everyone, even if they aren’t giving you their best by knowing at our core, we all want love, health, and security.
Be a receiver. Graciously accept it when people hold the door open for you, pay for your coffee, or do some kind gesture. Resist saying ‘you shouldn’t have’ and simply say ‘thank you’ as you are allowing others to give.
When people say ‘thank you’ to you, simply say ‘you are welcome,’ rather than ‘it’s no problem, etc.’
Give yourself a heaping of love as you can’t give what you don’t have, so fill yourself up and then share!!
Quotes that inspire us:
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Gandhi
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead
Other Service Quotes:
“Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.” ~ Buddha
“We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.” ~ Ben Sweetland
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
June, July, August Events…
15th: Sack Lunch and Social
19th: Feed the Hungry, Feed Your Soul
20th: Free Hugs
3rd: Free Hugs
4th: Our World
13th: Sack Lunch and Social
17th: Feed the Hungry, Feed Your Soul
18th: Free Hugs
1st: Our World
7th: Free Hugs
15th: Free Hugs
17th: Sack Lunch and Social
21st: Feed the Hungry, Feed Your Soul
Name: Rashida Kharkhariwala(Siya Samun)
1. I volunteered at these PF events: Free Hugs,Soup Kitchen,RNR Marathon,Operation Sack Lunch(thrices so far)
2. I volunteer because: Its like food for my soul, if I can contribute in the tiniest manner which adds to the betterment of others, I feel my soul has been fed.
3. My favorite volunteer experience: Soup Kitchen
4. When not volunteering: I like to: Play with my lil gal Shifa.
5. You might be surprised to know: I have never ever tasted a hot dog
What Our Givers Are Saying About Past Events…
This is the perfect blend of helping others and simply having fun! Great job organizing this. Thanks everyone for bringing food and sharing in the fun. And a big thanks to Betty for delivering the sack lunches to the center!
Wonderful group of friends, new and old. Such stimulating conversation, common vantage point of Positive Thinking and Openness.
Smaller group than we’ve had but still great fun and good conversation.
Great group last night for sack lunch. Great new people and love the conversation with Carol, Bob, John, Jeff and Cathy, very positive experience and inspiring group. Thanks again for hosting Cathy!
Good News Kitchen is always a great give back event. Thanks for organizing.
Always fun, great group, great cause.
Although we were short staffed, it went well and is very rewarding to serve this community.
Fun people, great conversation, amazing cause! 🙂
A beautiful day and wonderful people to share hugs with. Lots of people wanted pictures for their own memories.
I don’t think I’ll ever tire of free hugs as each time there are perfect examples of why we are out there.
This is one of the most fulfilling events ever!!!
It’s amazing. I can’t explain how uplifting it is to cause a ripple of smiles from every passerby, and to see their happiness as people embrace in a warm hug, out of the blue and quite unexpected. The little gifts we receive when we least expect it : )
Free hugs never ceases to amaze me. It started out wet, cold, and windy and I thought we might hug for 10 minutes. The rain stopped before we started, the sun came out and we gave out around 800 hugs! Truly an amazing free hug day!
Global Free Hugs Day was…wonderful…It always is. It’s a completely different experience every time that has such an unexpected lasting profounp effect on me.
Amazing!!!!! So many hugs, so much love! Xoxoxo
Another amazing day of Hugging! there was a great vibe amongst the people who shared in the Hugs and i thoroughly enjoyed the day.
Global Activism Expo:
great music, food and the opportunity to learn about many global causes with many possibilities to participate. A new location this year, better organized with plenty of parking.
First time I have attended this event but it was quite interesting and I will look into seeing if it’s a good fit for Positive Focus next year.
Gives Back Events Offered…
Complete Details: of our Gives Back Offerings are on our events page, so check there and RSVP where your are drawn to assist. I promise you that it will be a worthwhile event and have you coming back for more!!
Free Hugs: Twice a month (1st Saturday’s, 3rd Sunday’s, and occasionally additional dates) we spread kindness by the simple gesture of a free hugs at Old Water Tower Park, Michigan Avenue and Pearson St.
A Just Harvest (Formally Good News Kitchen) We meet at their Rogers Park location to serve food to the homeless.
Operation Sack Lunch & Social: Join us monthly for our kid-friendly event with a entree for the potluck food to include in the sack lunches we’ll be preparing to deliver to the Lincoln Park Community Shelter (LPCS). It’s a great time to get to know the PF community better as we eat, drink, laugh and prepare 30 sack lunches to deliver to the LPCS to distribute to their guests.Our World: First Sunday’s of the month offering you an opportunity to help beautify your space in the world. It can be 5 minutes or five hours. Just imagine if everyone chipped in to clean up in their community from their personal home, neighborhood, city, etc.
Gives Back Event Suggestions: We are always looking for great gives back event suggestions and people interested in being part of our gives back leadership team, so drop as an email on how you would like to serve.
RSVP: Although we appreciate you honoring your event RSVP’s all the time, it is of utmost importance when we are working with another organization that is counting on us to provide volunteers or other services. Certainly emergencies come up, but if you need to cancel, please alert the event organizer ASAP so your position can be filled.
About Gives Back…
PF Gives Back positively allows people to live life to the fullest through serving others such as Free Hugs, Random Acts of Kindness, and volunteering for other social service agencies, and much more.
Gift in Giving Issues:
Winter (December – February)
Spring (March – May)
Summer (June – August)
Fall (September – November)