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BarberQue Gift Drive 2018

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There are stories you can’t tell. Last Friday, I lived one of those stories. I can’t tell you where I was, or why I was there, or who the people were, or why they were there. But it was one of the most profoundly powerful experiences of my life. I got up before dawn and […]

If you didn’t have it, would you miss it?

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Emily here. Want to take a moment to tell you all about a game I play. A few years back, I was out shopping with my friend Aubrey. Honestly, we might even have been Christmas shopping. She found me agonizing over a pair of shoes – black leather booties. I already had two pairs that […]

Save the date: BarberQue Gift Drive – February 2018

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Last year, as you might remember, the BarberQue team held a Holiday Gift Drive. Firstly, I want to say thank you to everyone who donated! While the gift drive was very different from our summer event and in some ways much more solemn, it was still a really great experience. Standing under a bridge in […]

BarberQue 2017

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As promised, BarberQue 2017 was bigger, badder, and better. The line at the registration tent was 50 people deep by 11:30 – the event started at noon. Over the course of the day, we estimate that the BarberQue crew fed 500+ people and gave over 160 haircuts. The clothing giveaway station was OUT. OF. CONTROL. […]

The Awesome Foundation gifts BarberQue with $1000 grant.

Awesome Foundation Gifts BarberQue with $1000 Grant

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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, […]

Save The Date: BarberQue 2017

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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 […]

2016 Holiday Gift Drive Recap

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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 […]

Announcing: 2016 BarberQue Holiday Gift Drive

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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 […]

BarberQue Feedback

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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 […]




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