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New Life for Old Bags

New Life for Old Bags (NLOB) is a community group housed at United in Faith Lutheran Church. NLOB is entirely volunteer-run and centered mostly on work days at varying locations. While we love to share the tools and mission of NLOB, there are not enough volunteers to travel to your volunteer site. NLOB is a collaboration of folks of all ages and abilities to make mats for the homeless out of used plastic bags. 

For further information or to join our cause please email

Please visit NLOB’s Facebook page for DIY files and videos and photos – how to make plarn, how to crochet a mat. 




MAIN CAMPUS - 1st Saturday of every other month from 10:00am to 12:00pm.  We will meet on the even months, only.

Dates:  4/6, 6/1, 8/3, 10/5, and 12/7

Location: United in Faith Lutheran Church, 6525 W. Irving Park Road in Chicago

PLANO CAMPUS - 2nd Saturday of every month from 10:30am to 12:00pm

Remaining Dates:  4/13, 5/11, 6/8, 7/13, 8/10, 9/14, 10/12, 11/9, and 12/14

Location: Plano Community Library, 15 W. North Street, Plano


CHICAGO EAST CAMPUS (MIDWEST BUDDHIST TEMPLE) - 2nd Sunday on dates listed below from 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Remaining Dates: 5/12, and 9/8 (We will not meet in the months of April, June, July, August, October, November, and December)

Location: Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 W. Menomonee Street, Chicago. Social Hall or Large Conference Room when Social Hall is occupied.


PLAINFIELD CAMPUS - 3rd Saturday of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Remaining Dates:  4/20, 5/18, 6/15, 7/20, 8/17, 9/21, 10/19, 11/16, and 12/21

Location: Plainfield Public Library, 15025 S. Illinois Street, Plainfield

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