Christian Service – Community Outreach
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#705-706 St. Vincent de Paul—Assist those in need through prayer, home visits, monetary donations, and a local thrift store. Commitment: varies.
#710 Aurora PADS Food—Prepare or purchase specific food items and drop off at SJN by 5:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. Many are needed to provide the food to feed over 100 guests at Hesed House. Commitment: Once a month.
#712-715 Aurora PADS Staff—SJN volunteers staff the shelter once a month on the second Thursday night/Friday morning. Sign up to work one of four shifts: First Shift 6-11 p.m., Second Shift 11 p.m. – 3 a.m., Third Shift 3-7 a.m., Fourth Shift 5-7 a.m. Commitment: One shift every other month (6 times/year).
#740 Clothes Closet—Volunteers, on the 2nd Monday of each month, September—June, help at Redeemer Fellowship Church (12th Street & Oak) in St. Charles from 6-8 p.m., folding, sorting, and distributing clothes. Commitment: September-June.
745 Neumann Needlers—meets on the first Monday of the month, September-June, from
9-11 a.m. to provide handmade items for those in need in the community.
#750-753 Tri-City School Supply Giveaway—Volunteers can be at a weekend table, in the Hermes-Medi Center, to receive school supply donations from parishioners and/or deliver donations to Hosanna Lutheran Church. Volunteers can also sort items prior to giveaway, or help work day of giveaway of distribution of school supplies at Hosanna Lutheran Church. Commitment: Once a year in late July or early August.
#760 Northern Illinois Food Bank—Volunteers work by packing food and taping boxes for distribution to food pantries. Schedule your volunteer hours on their website http://solvehungertoday.org. Commitment: varies according to your schedule
#775-776 Prison Ministries—Volunteers meet weekly to pray and/or spend time playing sports with the youth (ages 13-18) who are in the IYC St. Charles Juvenile Correctional Facility on Route 38. Volunteers meet and pray with adult prisoners or help with Dads Seminars in Stateville Prison in Joliet and other state prisons. Mentoring is available to volunteers. Pen Pal Program is also available. Commitment: Youth—weekly, day depends on the event; Adult—at least 3 times/year on a Saturday.
#780-781 Lazarus House—Volunteers prepare or purchase specific food items and deliver them to the homeless shelter at 3rd and Walnut Streets in St. Charles or they can help staff the shelter overnight. Our parish helps on the 1st, 4th, and 5th Wednesday of each month. Commitment: Volunteers choose which dates are best for their schedule.
#790 Feed My Starving Children—Volunteers spend 2 hours packing food on the 3rd Monday each month beginning at noon or for 1 1/2 hours on a Thursday evening starting at 6:30 p.m. FMSC is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. They ship meals to nearly 70 countries.
#791 Hope for Haitians—Volunteers help coordinate fundraising projects and publicity for our diocesan-wide effort to build self-sustaining villages in the poorest part of Haiti, in conjunction with Food for the Poor. Commitment: varies.
#795-796 Tri-City Health Partnership—Medical and non-medical volunteers help staff the local free medical clinic in town. TCHP provides adult and pediatric health care to families without access to insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid. The clinic is at 3rd and Walnut Streets. Commitment: 2 hours, once a month.