The BarberQue team would like to extend a HUGE thank you to The Awesome Foundation for their gift of a $1000 grant toward this year’s event. The Awesome Foundation is an ever-growing worldwide community devoted to forwarding the interest of awesome in the universe. Created in the long hot summer days of 2009 in Boston, […]
The BarberQue crew and volunteers hit the streets today, going door-to-door to hotels and dental offices hunting for goodies for our toiletry grab bags. While out and about, we happened across Barber Johnny’s Barber Truck. Are we going to rent it? You bet we are.
We are excited to announce that BarberQue will return to Kells Park in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood this year on August 27th, 2017! Like last year, the event will be held from noon to 4 p.m and will feature a free, family-style barbecue meal, free haircuts, and access to social service organizations. Unlike last year, this […]
The 2016 BarberQue Holiday Gift Drive taught us quite a bit. First, being that homeless individuals are inundated with “giving” during the holiday season. Which makes sense – ’tis the season to give back, right? So next year, we’ll probably do the gift drive in February or March. That said, being the first year, the drive […]
BarberQue family! We know it’s been a bit quiet lately, but the BarberQue team has finally sketched out our next big event. Starting NOW are coordinating a holiday gift drive with two goals: to support homeless individuals in transitional housing (shelters, etc.) and to bring some holiday cheer to those living on the streets. We […]
In all, BarberQue gave 70 haircuts and served over 300 people. Afterwards, we asked volunteers for feedback. This is some of what we heard: Did BarberQue change any preconceptions that you had, or challenge any stereotypes? “Yes, I still found myself not being very trusting of people, and I denied a guy shirt because I […]
Held in Kells Park at the corner of Kedzie and Chicago Avenues, BarberQue set out to provide resources to a marginalized and often alienated group of people, create awareness around the issue of homelessness in Chicago, and build a community of acceptance and support. A play on the words “barber” and “barbecue”, the event featured […]
The past few weeks have honestly been a bit of a whirlwind for Nate, Megan and I. I do not think any of us anticipated the incredible show of support and enthusiasm our combined community has shown for this event. It has truly been eye, and heart, opening. Since we announced the event, we have […]
Listen to Nate talk about how the idea behind BarberQue was born.