Outfit Volunteers at JUF’s Uptown Café

Outfit Uptown Cafe

On Sunday, May 26, 2013, skaters from the Chicago Outfit Roller Derby team and their family members volunteered at JUF’s Uptown Café. Together, they served over 80 meals to the Uptown Café clients, socializing and providing them with a hot meal while preserving their sense of dignity.

“I thought it was really great to meet the different kinds of people that come in here, hear their stories and be there for them for whatever they needed,” said Kristin “Krash ‘n Go” Godfrey. “It was a great experience.”

For Jennifer “Wholigan” Wholey Lehman, it meant even more to her and her husband, who are both Jewish. “There is the Jewish value of tikkun olam, which means ‘repairing the world.’ One of the things you’re supposed to do as a Jewish person is to try to help out people as much as you can. I thought it was going to be a good experience, but I was also happy to help ‘repair the world’ one hungry person in Uptown at a time.” She laughs, “I also discovered I’m not a very good waitress.”

The Chicago Outfit is a non-profit, skater-run roller derby league dedicated to creating a positive female community while contributing charitably to other non-profit organizations and volunteering within the Chicago community. For more information on the Chicago Outfit, please visit www.ChicagoOutfitRollerDerby.com. To volunteer for JUF’s Uptown Café, sign up at www.juf.org/tov/uptown_cafe.