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Veterans Stand Down Day - Set Up




Our goal is to collect and distribute 900 winter coats to Homeless Veterans in the Chicago area.  Stand Down Day is a special day for homeless veterans in which they receive support from many health, social service, and community support organizations.   The Chicago event is organized and staffed by volunteers from veteran organizations, community and social service organizations, and Hines VA and Jesse Brown VA.  


This will be Rotary’s eighth year participating in the event that has been held and organized for the past 25 years by the veterans.  We expect to serve over 900 homeless veterans on November 15 as they gear up for the harsh winter months ahead.  If you have not been to a Stand Down Day, we set up the coats along clothing racks organized by size and assist the veterans in selecting a coat and helping them try them on.   The veterans then get winter clothing, medical and optical services, employment assistance, social service support for housing and food, haircuts, and a warm meal.



How Can YOU Help serve our veterans as they have served us?


  • New or Clean and Gently Used Men’s Winter Coats in sizes L, XL, XXL , XXXL, XXXXL

    The coats are needed in the larger sizes as the veterans layer their clothing for the winter.

    We cannot accept anything but Men’s Winter Coats.


  • Volunteer on November 14 (Set Up) and 15 (Stand Down Day) at Humboldt Park Armory in Chicago

1551 N. Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60651

We have two shifts available on November 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and one shift on November 14 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Sign up for volunteering by going to and click on Calendar on the left side of the page and go to November 14 or 15. We will contact you one week before the event with additional volunteer information. 


Coat Drop Off Locations:

Several Rotarians and Clubs in our District have volunteered to be coat drop off and area coordinators for Stand Down Day – please contact one of the Rotarians below for information on dropping off coats locally:

Brookfield Area – Karl Sokol, Rotary Club of Brookfield Riverside,, drop offs at Brookfield Public

    Library at 3609 Grand Blvd in Brookfield and Brookfield Financial Plans at 3439 Grand Blvd in Brookfield

Far west area – Mary Dougherty of  Rotary Club of Aurora at

Forest Park – Scott McAdam. Rotary Club of Oak Park-River Forest, at -  drop off coats Monday through Friday at McAdam

     Landscaping,  2001 Des Plaines Ave., Forest Park, Illinois

Joliet -  Pete Paros,, and Bret Mitchell,, Rotary Club of Joliet. Drop off coats

    at Pete’s business, Ajax Cleaners & Laundry, 324 S Chicago Street, Joliet

Morris – John Carr, Rotary Club of Morris, at Drop off coats at Morris Building & Loan and Morris


Naperville – Stephanie Jones-Kastelic, Rotary Club of Naperville, at

Oak Forest – Jody Redmann, Rotary Club of Oak Forest, at drop off at 4 Paws Playhouse located at

     15711 Cicero Ave in Oak Forest 60452 is open m-f 6:30am-6:30pm and weekends 8am-4pm.

Oak Lawn – Glen Kato, Rotary Club of Moraine Valley, at Drop off Cusack Insurance

     at 5700 W 95th Street, Oak Lawn, Illinois, 9-5 Monday-Friday

District 6450 Fall Training on October 26Drop off your coats when you are coming to Fall Training at Moraine Valley Community College, Building M, 900 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL  60465

Drop off Days - Saturdays October 12 and November 9 with our Stand Down Day partner, Allied-Reebie Moving and Storage, 740 Frontenac Road, Naperville:   Saturday, October 12 and November 9 are the coat drop off and packing days this year.  Coats can be dropped off from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Co-Chairs PDG Pat Merryweather-Arges and Mary Dougherty are available to pick up coats at your Club meetingsPlease contact Pat Merryweather-Arges, Rotary Club of Naperville at or Mary Dougherty Rotary Club of Aurora at

Thank you for remembering our veterans who have selflessly served all of us!

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM
Chicago Armory
1551 N. Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL  
Patricia Merryweather-Arges
Club Event
Registration is recommended
No Fee