Renewing Our Community and the Earth
Roberti Community House finds ways every day of the year for a brighter, greener, and cleaner planet. Even though upcycling is a new, trendy term these days, Roberti Community House has been doing this important work at the grass-roots level for years. We are proud to continually renew our community through food, fun and friendship.
 Beautiful New Products

Thankfully, Christina Lucas with Lucid Collections LLC no longer throws away fabric remnants that would end up in the landfill. Instead, they donate the fabric to our vibrant sewing group to work their magic. This creative group turns the recovered fabric into lovely aprons, reusable bags, and much more. The discarded and unwanted become beautiful and useful. Another perfect example of up-cycling! As an important side benefit, our reusable bags reduce plastic bag waste.  

These new products are then donated for use to veterans, homeless, and others walking and picking up at the food pantry.

What do you think these are made of? One of our RCP employees also recovers unused tires and repurposes them into beautiful outdoor planters.                                                  
Food Reimagined

The US wastes a shocking amount of food, roughly 40 percent. Food is lost or wasted for a variety of reasons, from the farm to the store to the restaurant to our very own home kitchens, where each household, maybe even yours, is throwing away around 21 percent of the food it buys. 

RCH picks up food from various organizations that would otherwise go to waste. Our creative Roberti Culinary Pathway makes fruit and vegetable smoothies and doesn't stop there. The leftover fruit pulp is used to make jams so that nothing goes to waste. A perfect example of upcycling!

  • Surplus food is also turned into delicious soups and meals that can be frozen and distributed later.
  • Food boxes - We combine rescued and donated items of produce, bread, and proteins and distribute out to those identified as experiencing food scarcity. We always add homemade meals prepared in the culinary kitchen.

    Thank you to Imperfect Foods, Project 22:9, Panera Bread, and other forward-thinking organizations who share our goal to reduce waste!

Volunteer Appreciation 
ALL of this is only possible with the help of many generous volunteers sharing their time and talents! Come join us!
Roberti Community House Garden Clean-Up
Come help clean, prep and plant the 3 gardens of Roberti Community House. Work alongside Roberti Community House neighbors and volunteers to help ready our gardens for summer programs and planting. Rain or shine, dress for dirt!

  • Wednesday, April 27th - 1pm-5pm
  • Tuesday, May 17th - 2pm-5pm
    • Gardening with our After School Program 
  • Tuesday, June 7th - 10am-12 pm
    • Kick-off the Community Garden Program. Every Tuesday 10am-12pm all summer long.
For more information please contact



Internship opportunities at RCH develop leadership, organizational and personal communication skills. Our programs allow students in social work, education, culinary arts and the medical field to enhance their education with practical experience.
Please email for more information.


Bring your kitchen skills and creativity to help Roberti Community House feed the community! 

The pandemic hit very hard for many in Lake County. We need your help in the Roberti Culinary Pathway kitchen to provide nutritious meals to families struggling to feed their children. 

For more information please contact Karen McGowan at 224-637-8020 or

There are many other ways outside of the kitchen to contribute your time and talents. Please contact Pam Fisher at for information about other opportunities.
RCH Virtual 5K 2022 -Registration Coming Soon 

Are you ready for #RunForRoberti? Join us and our amazing sponsors in our 3rd annual 5K run in an effort to help Roberti Community House fight hunger!


Click the images to email Ambar with any questions!

You can participate from the comfort of your own neighborhood! 
Keep an eye out for our registration, opening soon! Family packs will be available. Remember, each registration includes a complimentary RCH 5K Run T-shirt! Wear yours and tag us on social media with #RunForRoberti!
See you then!
Your Support
Keeps Our Doors Open
to a Community in Need.
Donate Now

Roberti Community House gratefully accepts:
Checks - payable to Roberti Community House,
P.O. Box 65, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Venmo: @Roberticommunityhouse, Profile name: RCH Roberti. Phone number ending in 4552. (Look for the Roberti Community House logo!)

Paypal donations: click here to contribute on-line.

Please consider additional ways you can support this work:
•    Contribute monthly or quarterly
•    Make a multi-year individual or corporate pledge
•    Provide an annual individual or corporate sponsorship
•    Secure a matching gift from your employer
•    Family foundation gifts
•    Provide a grant through a donor advised fund
•    Gifts of stocks and securities
•    A charitable bequest from your will, life insurance policy, or IRA

Wish List:
  • Commercial Refrigerator -the used refrigerator donated last year is not able to be repaired
  • Commercial Stainless steel work table.
  • Updated Kitchen Essentials; Pots and Pans (non-stick, stainless steel, etc), Knife set, sharpening steels, Utensils, etc.
  • Cricut Machine Materials (vinyl, card stock, transfer tape, mats, tools, etc.) or gift certificates to Michaels Crafts.
Your donation allows this life-changing work to continue!
E-mail for more information on donations.
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