Service Opportunities at St. Benedict


2017 Service Opportunities

January

Respect Life Rally and Mass St. Ignatius College Prep 8:30-1:00 (8th grade through high school)  http://www.respectlifechicago.org/

High School age students are invited to participate in a Rally that will promote the Dignity  and Care of All Human Life.

Respect Life March in the City  (all are welcome)

January 15th 2017   http://www.respectlifechicago.org/ Individuals and Families are invited to participate in the Rally for Respect and The Dignity of Human Life that will be taking place in the city of Chicago.

Sharing Parish

Participate in the Sharing Parish Letter Writing Project to people serving in the military.  


February

Start A Family Valentine Daytradition~  http://bit.ly/valentinedaytradition.  Catholic Charities encourages people to Visit a nursing home.

Support Catholic Charities by participating in their annual Valentine’s Day drive creating valentines for seniors in their care.


March

CRS Rice Bowl - Help with distribution and collection of CRS rice bowls.

Serve at our Parish Mission  -  March 26-28
 


April

April is National Volunteer Month.  The 2017 National Volunteer Week begins on Sunday, April 23rd and ends on Saturday, April 29th

Serve the Art and environment for Holy Week  - all are welcome.

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Help out at our Easter dinner – serve the dinner or donating food.

 

Set up and take down or Mass and Gala April 22nd 2017.  

Parish Stewardship Day (All are Welcome)

Working at the Monarch Thrift Shop, Cleaning up St. Adalbert /St. Boniface Catholic Cemeteries, Preparing care packages for soldiers, Working on the landscaping of the church and parish, cleaning windows


May

Volunteer to Help the Friends of the River (All are Welcome, children must be accompanied by a parent)

http://www.chicagoriver.org/get-involved/volunteer/chicago-river-day

May 13, 2017, is a huge day for Friends--the 25th anniversary of Chicago River Day


June

Summer service week ~ Lord Have Mercy (7th and 8th grade students welcome)

Spend a week, Monday thru friday serving at St. Benedict Parish and the surrounding community. These service hours can be used toward Confirmation service hours.

TSW ~ Teen Service Week ( high school students)

Saturday, June 24th through Saturday, July 1, 2017

Young people are invited to serve in the community for one week of the summer. The participants spend the week living simply at the Maria Kaupas Center at Maria Catalyst High School and going out daily throughout Chicago's Marquette Park and neighboring areas to serve in a variety of ways. http://teenserviceweek.blogspot.com/


July

Benfest

Totus Tuus (parent volunteers  and/or secondary school kids needed for support)

Volunteer with Totus Tuus ~teams of college aged students spend the summer visiting  parishes and sharing/teaching about our Catholic faith.
 


August


September


October

Oktoberfest

Benedict Sanctuary

Participate in Domestic Violence Awareness Month Activities – Example Purple ribbon making and distribution
 


November

Giving Tree -Gift Tag making and set up (8th grade through high School)

Work with Youth Ministry to help prepare and set up the Christmas giving tree at our parish.

Thanksgiving Dinners

Help out at our Thanksgiving dinner – volunteering time or donating food  


December

St Vincent De Paul Society

Collect food for the annual Christmas Basket Food drive and help to assemble baskets for families.

Help Decorate the Church for Christmas

Christmas Dinner

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Help out at our Christmas dinner -  volunteering time or donating food                                                                                                                

Sharing Parish

Participate in the Sharing Parish Christmas Card Exchange.

 

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Families, Individuals ~ Anytime:

Feed My Starving Children (Schaumburg location) https://volunteer.fmsc.org/register/#.WC93WRorJdg

Package meals for the hungry in Third World Countries. Families with young children are welcome.

Ronald McDonald House http://www.rmhc.org/volunteer

Volunteer to help by preparing a meal for families whose children are staying staying at the Ronald McDonald House. This helps care for and provide a comfort and support to the families.

Chicago Food Depository  https://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/volunteer/

Repackage food from local restaurants and grocery stores to be shared at Food Pantries throughout the city

Participate in the Chicago Food Depository Hunger Walk

https://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/special-events/

Big Shoulders Give Back Days (Young Adult Ministry or families~ all are welcome)

Spend the morning working in a school doing small repairs and or painting and clean up. All supplies will be provided by Big Shoulders. Registration necessary

http://www.bigshouldersfund.org/?s=give+back+days

Common Food Pantry

1) Wednesday Afternoon Distributions take place every Wednesday from 1-4pm, and involve sorting/stocking/bagging food for our clients.

2) Collect Food for food drop off weekend which is always the 3rd weekend of the month.

Lunch Program Help

Help make sandwiches for our lunch program.

Gardening at St. Benedict.

Visit a local Nursing Home

Play board games or help with BINGO with the residents

Kids Against Hunger   http://www.kidsagainsthunger.org/locations

Bring your community group, family or friends and help pack 100,000 nutritious meals for hungry children in Nicaragua.  A great community tradition, sponsored by the Volunteer Center and the Winnetka Rotary


Chicago Park District offers many opportunities for corporate and one day service project volunteers. Your service may include planting gardens, mulching trees, and other various park improvements. These events not only contribute to making Chicago’s Parks the beautiful destinations that they are, but also serve as opportunities for team building. http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/volunteer/