Doris Hendricks worked as a Cook at the Sigma Chi Fraternity for 10 years. She applied to and was employed by the University of Illinois Housing Division - Food Service and retired from there as a Food Service Supervisor after 20 years of service. After retirement, she was called back to work in Customer Relations in the Residence Halls and stayed for 3 years. Doris was a long-time member of the Salem Baptist Church, serving as a member of the Deborah Chapter #27, order of Eastern Star; the Daughter of Isis.
She was a charter member of the National Council of Negro Women, Champaign County section.
The following comes from an 1983 portrait of Hendricks:
"When she was eight years old Mrs. Hendricks came to Champaign from Little Rock, Arkansas. For a number of years she worked as manager of cafeteria food service for the University of Illinois dormitories. She has also been active in community service and church work at Salem Baptist Church. She is currently President of Douglass Senior Citizens' Center. She is encouraged that job opportunities and living conditions for Blacks have improved. "When I was a girl Black people all had to live in one section - the North End. No matter how qualified we could only get jobs in the service areas as maids and cooks."