November’s local benevolence distribution will be to the Addison Community Switchboard.  The Switchboard was started in 1970 by a group of concerned residents for the purpose of helping Addison families in need of assistance.

                  The Addison Community Switchboard (ACS) was originally established as a referral center but as needs grew, in-house services were gradually added to its operations.  First a food pantry was established to provide a basic assortment of food products to hungry families.  Shortly thereafter, a clothes closet was developed.  Today, in addition to food and clothing, the ACS offers a wide variety of service, including payments for medical, dental and optical care and prescriptions.  The ACS continues to make referrals, directing clients to available services in the Chicagoland area.

The ACS does not refuse food or clothing to anyone on their first visit.  Subsequently, however, birth certificates for each child are requested, as well as a referral from some agency or professional party or congregation to establish need, and such referrals must be updated every six months for continued assistance, in order to monitor needs. 

Since 2007, the ACS has been based at 193 West Michael Lane, a building shared with the Addison Neighborhood Resources Center. 

Prince of Peace supports the ACS with food and clothing donations throughout the year and Gift Tags  at Christmas.  They also receive funds from the Mayor’s Charity Ball and from the area CROP Hunger walk held each fall. 

To volunteer,

contact The Switchboard

at 630-628-2698