Non-Parish Offsite Community Events

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SLEEPING BAGS PROJECTOngoing Invitation

Another year of assembling sleeping bags for the homeless has begun. More hands mean more fun and more finished sleeping bags for the nuns of Fraternité Notre Dame to distribute to Chicago shelters. Sewing experience is not required.

We meet at United Lutheran Church, on the corner of Ridgeland and Greenfield, Wednesdays  from 10 am to 12 Noon. The church has a no-stairs entry on Greenfield. Come join us! We have a closet full of donated materials — it’s you we need!

For more information contact Pat Henek, 708-383-2278 or pat@heartlandhouse.com.


ENGLISH LITERACY VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDDecember 1-2 or January 26-27

Help adult immigrants learn English at Aquinas Literacy Center!

Volunteer as a one-on-one tutor for just 90 minutes per week at 1751 West 35th Street in Chicago.

You do not have to speak another language; all tutoring is in English.

 Join us for one of our upcoming tutor training workshops:

Friday, December 1 (6-9 pm) and Saturday, December 2 (9 am – 4 pm)
– or –
Friday, January 26 (6-9 pm) and Saturday, January 27 (9 am – 4 pm).

Register in advance to begin tutoring.

For more information or to register, please contact Sabrina Poulin at sabrina@aquinasliteracycenter.org or (773) 927-0512.


CATHOLIC CHARITIES VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIESOngoing Invitation

Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer?

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago is looking for volunteers to serve throughout our more than 150 locations helping improve the lives of the people we serve.

For more information, visit us at www.volunteerbridge.com, email volunteer@catholiccharities.net or call the Volunteer Relations Department at (312) 655-7322.


BECOME A RUSH OAK PARK HOSPITAL VOLUNTEER – Ongoing Invitation

Would you like to make a difference in your Community?  – Rush Oak Park Hospital (ROPH) has been providing exceptional health care in the community for more than a century. We are in need of volunteers who are willing to provide at least 6 months of weekly volunteer service in one or more of the following departments/areas: Information Desks, Doctor’s offices, Front Desk Laboratory and In-patient floors including General Surgery, Telemetry and Skilled Care.

Weekday morning and afternoon shifts are available. Hurry – training classes start soon!

For more information, or to download an application, please visit our website at www.roph.org and click on the “About Us” link. You may also call the Volunteer Services office at 708-660-5685 to request an information packet.

Benefits of being a Rush Oak Park Hospital Volunteer include:

  • Discounts in our Cafeteria and Gift Shop
  • Free parking
  • Invitation to the Annual Recognition Dinner
  • A free subscription to our quarterly newsletter
  • The opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills
  • The opportunity to serve your neighbors

Come and join us – have fun and help out your community at the same time!



CATHOLIC CHARITIES MAR’S CLOSET NEEDS Ongoing Request

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Professional Clothing and Designer Clothing Donations

Catholic Charities professional clothing center, Mary’s Closet, is in need of career-ready clothing, accessories, and shoes for men and women, especially in larger sizes. Mary’s Closet is a program that helps Catholic Charities clients who are in need of assistance preparing for job interviews or seeking employment by providing them with work-ready clothes and interview coaching.

We are also looking for high-end designer clothing donations to support the program’s annual spring fundraiser, Encore! Designer clothes are sold at the May resale event with all proceeds benefiting the Catholic Charities Mary’s Closet program. All donated items can be dropped off at Catholic Charities, 721 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 7 pm or Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm or at our other drop-off location: Relevant Radio, 145 S. Northwest Highway, Park Ridge, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. For more information or for pick-up service visit www.catholiccharities.net/maryscloset or email maryscloset@catholiccharities.net.


EVER CONSIDER SPIRITUAL DIRECTION? – Ongoing

Spiritual direction is an opportunity to deepen your relationship with God. By meeting with a spiritual director in an ongoing manner, you can:

  • Improve or deepen your prayer life (or start one).
  • Make important decisions in a prayerful way.
  • Learn to be aware of and respond to God’s presence in your life.
  • Awaken to the mystery of God in all life.

My name is Sr. Luanne Wilhelm, recently a retired Sister of the Living Word living in Des Plaines. Some of you may remember me from being on staff at St. Giles a few years back. Parish religious education has been my ministry most of my years and I’m a trained spiritual director interested in growing my practice. Call me at 773-710-6546 for more information or to arrange a time to meet.

Blessings to you as you consider this invitation.
– Sr. Luanne Wilhelm, SLW


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITYOngoing

The Women’s Center (a Catholic-based organization helping women in crisis pregnancies) needs YOU… Are you a college or H.S. student, a retired adult, or a servant-hearted person with flexible M-F 9 am – 5 pm availability, looking to fill your time with volunteer work? Starting now, your help is needed to prepare 8,000 bottles for our Baby Bottle Campaign by cleaning, tagging, and boxing them so they can used for spare change campaigns at churches and schools. It is a perfect project for up to four people at a time who want to talk and work or for individuals.

We are located at 5116 N. Cicero Avenue. Hours are flexible but shifts of 9 am – 12 Noon, 1-4 pm, or 9 am – 5 pm are welcome. If you are interested in lending a hand on this special project, please contact Paige at 773-794-8807.


LOVING OUTREACH TO SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE (LOSS) – Ongoing

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Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) is a free, non-denominational program that supports individuals who are grieving the loss of a loved one by suicide. The LOSS Program is offered by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago in collaboration with the Diocese of Joliet. We are funded by the United Way, private foundations, as well as your charitable contributions.

What we do – LOSS offers a safe, non-judgmental environment where survivors of suicide can openly talk about feelings and experiences. We help you to find community, direction and resources for healing.

LOSS Program Office
721 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Main Line: (312) 655-7283
Fax Line: (312) 948-3340