Old St. Pat’s is a caring, compassionate community whose mission to Service has withstood the test of the last 150 years. Below you will find ways to get directly involved in Outreach at Old St. Pat’s.
For more information about Outreach, please contact Beth Marek at 312.831.9361, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Together we can change our world.
Adult Literacy Program
The Adult Literacy Program offers tutoring at two sites to adult men and women in basic reading, writing, and math skills, GED preparation, resume writing, and basic computer skills.
Old St. Pat’s Blood Drive is scheduled on Sunday Nov. 13, 2011 from 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the Church Hall. To make an appointment, go to www.givebloodgivelife.org.
The Cara Program’s mission is to assist the homeless and at-risk population in their efforts to return to a life of self-sufficiency and achievement by providing job readiness training, and permanent job placement to those participants who successfully complete the program. The Cara Program works with financially sound companies offerING full-time employment with benefits, and a location accessible by public transportation.
The Children’s Place Association is dedicated to HIV/AIDS affected children and families. Join us on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 6 – 8 p.m. for an evening of arts, crafts, games and tutoring at Foster Kids Night at 1800 N. Humboldt Blvd., Chicago If that does not fit your schedule, The Children’s Place is in need of day care classroom assistants, kitchen assistants, and tutors. Volunteers also are needed at the Children’s Place Residence.
Coprodeli USA – Peru
Coprodeli USA supports Coprodeli’s programs in Peru focused on education, healthcare, housing, job training, and business development with financial assistance, volunteers, and product donations. You can support Coprodeli’s mission by participating in a working trip to Peru, or volunteering to support Coprodeli USA’s efforts stateside: by attending special events such as the Celebración de Coprodeli fall gala; the unique culinary event — Cocina de Coprodeli in the spring; contributing to the Annual Summer Clothing Drive; sponsoring a child in the Padrino Program; or walking with other volunteers along the historic road to Santiago de Compostela in Spain to raise fund. By volunteering in a number of other ways, you can contribute your time and talents to help Coprodeli achieve its mission to battle the root of poverty for the most impoverished in Peru!
The Career Transitions Center of Chicago
The Career Transitions Center of Chicago’s mission is to provide professional, emotional, and spiritual support to those seeking a job, looking for meaningful work, or otherwise going through a career transition. CTC serves mid-career professionals, especially workers 40 to 70 years of age. CTC has a dedicated team of over 40 volunteer career coaches, who meet with clients one-on-one, facilitate peer groups, conduct workshops, and assist in every phase of a clients’ self-directed job search including skills and talent assessment, development of marketing tools (resumes, letters, etc.), plans of action, company and industry research, job interviewing, compensation negotiations, networking, and more. To volunteer, please go to: http://www.ctcchicago.org/volunteer.htm
The Friends of Fabretto Program provides direct service to the La Familia Padre Fabretto Community through Summer Service trips by providing volunteers to staff building projects, maintain conservation efforts, and develop children’s recreation outreach activities to the mountain villages of Somoto and Cusmapa. Longer term volunteer opportunities are available. Volunteers also are needed to promote and staff Fabretto’s annual “Night for Ninos” fundraiser.
Fabretto enables impoverished children and their families in underserved communities to break the cycle of poverty and reach their full potential through programs promoting nutrition, health, education, community, and character development.
Global Alliance for Africa – East Africa
Global Alliance for Africa partners with local African community-based organizations to design and implement innovative, economic strengthening programs with the goal of enabling communities and households to provide sustainable care and support for orphans and other vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS.
Their model of development helps households and communities to become self-reliant and to build the capacities to provide orphans and vulnerable children with shelter, education, health care, food security, psycho-social support, and legal services.
Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD)
Mary Beth Riley
GCFD is a not-for-profit food distribution center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. This organization distributes donated and purchased food through a network of pantries. Old St. Pat’s volunteers meet at the GCFD on the second Saturday each month from 9 a.m – noon.
Harmony, Hope & Healing
Harmony, Hope & Healing (HHH) is a creative music program offering dignity and spiritual healing to the homeless and underserved in Chicago. HHH provides adult music sessions, parent/child music classes, children’s music classes, musical English lessons for non native speakers and senior group piano lessons. HHH serves 550 participants annually — women, men, children, and seniors at five homeless shelters and community outreach programs. Volunteer opportunities are available in fundraising, event planning, and administrative assistance.
Horizons for Youth
Horizons for Youth is a community committed to helping children recognize and achieve their full potential. In partnership with dedicated parents, Horizons for Youth provides need-based scholarships, one-on-one mentoring, and various enrichment programs. To accomplish the mission, the focus is on providing students with a quality education, and a circle of support, beginning as early as kindergarten and following them through the eighth-grade. Volunteers are the lifeblood of Horizons for Youth as they help manage the programs, and serve as important one-on-one mentors.
House of Mary & Joseph Shelter (HMJS)
Volunteers prepare and serve sandwiches and soup to 215 men and 35 women, Monday – Friday at 7 p.m. at the HMJS on Chicago’s West side. Volunteers also are needed to distribute towels, mail, and to assist with guest check-in.
Interfaith House, a 64-bed facility is a recuperative care center for ill and injured homeless men and women. Volunteers assist in staffing the central desk, facilitate “house warming” drives for residents moving into permanent housing, organize library donations, help in the clothing store, host sporting event parties, and conduct prayer or meditation sessions. Old St. Pat’s members also sponsor and serve a “Share A Meal” luncheon every third or fourth Sunday of the month.
LIFT – India
412.996.9670 or 773.866.1822
Leading India’s Future Today (LIFT) is an international non-profit committed to creating young adults leaders by providing education, leadership formation and community support to underprivileged children in Tamil Nadu, India, home of Fr. Jamels James one of LIFT’s founders.
LIFT is dedicated to ending to extreme hardship, poor health and poverty by raising the aspirations, leadership skills and educational experience of children so they can achieve their potential and create positive social transformation in the villages and communities from which they come. LIFT serves children regardless of background, social status or religion. LIFT volunteers host fundraising events, coordinate development activities, travel to India to meet the students and provide ongoing spiritual, financial and emotional support to LIFT students and staff.
Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly
Elderly people who have outlived their family and friends, sometimes even their own children, are left alone to face the loss of physical abilities and the challenge of tiring minds. Little Brothers matches elders with volunteers who help relieve isolation by providing transportation, visitation, and friendship to elderly participants living in the city. Volunteers also organize and deliver groceries from the pantry, cook and serve meals for holidays and celebrations of life, and accompany their elderly friends on outings to ballgames, museums, and other attractions. Volunteer hours are flexible.
Marah’s House & Rebecca Johnson Apartment
As part of the Deborah’s Place network of homes, the mission is to break the cycle of homelessness for women in Chicago, MAarah’S House and Rebecca Johnson Apartments provide stable housing, support services, and opportunities for change. For 19 years, volunteers from Old St. Patrick’s have been serving dinner at Marah’s house on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. They prepare the meal, serve it buffet or family style, and eat and visit with the residents. This year, volunteers also will reach out to the Rebecca Johnson apartment community to serve the residents.
New Moms, Inc.
New Moms, Inc. is a faith-based organization serving at-risk teenage mothers, pregnant teens, and their children. New Moms provides a variety of services to help moms and children achieve emotional and financial independence, and maintain a stable family life.
Special Olympics support people with developmental disabilities. Old St. Pat’s supports the spring regional and state Olympic events held in Chicago’s southeast suburbs.
St. Agatha’s Sharing Parish
Special projects and events as needed.
Su Casa is a transitional residence for homeless Hispanic families. Volunteers assist families as they assimilate into American society. Volunteers also are needed to prepare and host a neighborhood luncheon on the second Sunday of odd numbered months, and the fourth Sunday of event numbered months.
University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital Pediatrics Program
Volunteers visit patients in the pediatrics unit at the University of Illinois Chicago Hospital at Taylor and Paulina, Monday – Thursday 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Typical activities include holding and feeding infants, entertaining and being entertained by toddlers, playing games and talking with older children. Prescreening of volunteers is required.