Volunteer Newsletter February 2018
A Century of Volunteers
Serving the Homeless
Dear Volunteer:

Since 1917, Catholic Charities has supported all who turn to us for help through services touching almost every human need. This month we celebrate the amazing role volunteers play in our clients experiencing homelessness with support! Volunteers work in food pantries, clothing rooms, provide evening suppers throughout Cook and Lake County, donate coats, backpacks, and provide office support to our programs. 
Please read below for other exciting volunteer opportunities to assist our neighbors in need or visit   www.volunteerbridge.com  to learn more about how you can make a difference!
Cook County:

Evening Suppers: Is your company looking for a fun way to volunteer? Sponsor a Tuesday Night Supper at 721 N. LaSalle and serve a meal to 130 guests. 

Food Pantry Volunteers:   Help unload and distribute food at one of our many food pantry locations. Volunteers are needed for all shifts, Monday-Friday in a variety of locations!

Youth Mentors: Make a difference in your community! Mentors are needed to work with boys in eighth through tenth grade from the Back of the Yards/New City community. Mentors must be at least 21 years of age, have reliable access to transportation,and pass a background check. 

For more information, please contact Marie Jochum at (312) 655-7323 or mjochum@catholiccharities.net

Fundraising Events

Blossoms of Hope- Sunday April 29
Drury Lane, Oak Brook
Benefiting Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS)

Volunteers are needed for the 27th Annual Blossoms of Hope Brunch on Sunday April 29th at Drury Lane Oak Brook. The Blossoms of Hope Brunch is an annual event held to support the LOSS program that provides support services for individuals and families who have lost a loved one to suicide. Volunteers are need to help with raffle ticket sales, centerpiece sales, event set up, and more!

For more information, please contact Andrea Young at (312) 655-7912 or  ayoung@catholiccharities.net
Lake County

Emergency Assistance Volunteer

The Emergency Assistance Program  provides assistance to Lake County families experiencing financial challenges. Services provided include emergency shelter, rent & utility assistance, transportation assistance, advocacy, and more. Volunteers are needed to complete a phone assessment for emergency services, which includes assessing for available funding, scheduling appointments for those eligible for funding, and providing referrals to other area resources when a client is not eligible or are in need of additional services. Emergency Assistance is the first step for many, and your help can be the relief they have been seeking.

For more information, please contact Sue Fowler at 847-782-4126 or
Volunteer Spotlight:

Kathy Dempsey, a recently retired volunteer with an extensive background in data management, was looking for a way to use her skills and give back. She came to Catholic Charities, a year ago and we put her to work right away helping in various programs in Lake County helping with data collection and reporting. As a result of Kathy's dedication, patience, and commitment to Catholic Charities, we have more accurate information to share with programs and funders. Kathy is sharing her gifts and talents to help serve Catholic Charities!

For more information on how you can share your skills with those in need please contact us at

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