Community Outreach

Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a worldwide lay organization of Catholic men and women, young and old of every race, numbering 880,000 of whom some 60,000 are in the United States. Come and join us to help those in need – be it sickness or disability mental or physical, family problems, social or economic issues, loneliness at an old age, alcoholism, addictions -. No special qualifications are required, just the desire to join with others to help those in need for the love of GodCommitment: twice monthly meetings.

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.

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). 

Clothes Closet—Volunteers, on the 1st 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. 

Neumann Needlers. Do you enjoy knitting or crocheting or would like to learn? Join us on the 1st Monday of the month, September- June, froma 9-11 am to provide handmade item for those in need in the community.

Northern Illinois Food Bank. Volunteer with us by packing food and taping boxes for distribution to food pantries. Help them ensure our hungry neighbors will have access to food in their time of need. – Let’s help them, solve hunger!- Commitment: once a month.

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.  Contact Bill Nuccio at 630-878-1494.

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. 

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. 

Hope for Haitians. Volunteers help coordinate fundraising projects and publicity for this organization that since 2001, has worked to bring clean water, food, housing, education and medical services to Haiti, home to more than nine million people and considered to be  the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. For more information check their website at: www.hopeforhaitians.org. Commitment: Varies.

Healing Hands Mission. Volunteers help coordinate fundraising events, media campaigns and outreach projects throughout the year. Come and join this medical mission that helps provide continued medical care to those less fortunate in Guatemala. For more information check their website at www.healinghandsmission.com. Commitment: Varies

Holiday Food Baskets Committee Members – Meet a few times, beginning in September, to plan for the upcoming holidays.  Committee members are assigned different tasks such as contact an area organization to identify families and their needs, place an order for perishable and nonperishable food, order boxes, attend packing events, and organize volunteers.  Commitment: 2-3 meetings and 2 events

Volunteers – Volunteers sort donated food and pack boxes on Sunday morning.  Volunteers pick up nonperishable food items on a Friday night and perishable food on Monday morning.  Volunteers pack perishable food and deliver boxes on a Monday morning.  Commitment: 1-2 hours, 1-2 times/year.

Giving Tree –Agency Leaders – Meet a couple of times beginning in September to plan for the event.  Also, each agency leader oversees a group for a particular agency by helping to organize sorting, packing, and checking off gifts on master lists and oversee shopping for missing gifts.  Commitment: 1-2 meetings and 2-3 hours for sorting day, once/year.

Volunteers – Volunteers help one night in November to put tags on the tree and/or one Sunday afternoon in December to help sort, wrap, pack, deliver, or shop for gifts. 

Blood Drive Donation – Donate a pint of blood up to 4 times a year; March, June, September and/or December.

Youth Leadership Academy. Volunteers are mentors that inspire and guide youth to reach his or her potential as a person, cadet, and community leader. Come and serve with us! Youth Leadership Academy is a program, from the Elgin Community College, that has the mission to engage and inspire youth from 7th to 12th grade to maximize their potential to become successful community leaders. Find more information about the program at www.ylacademy.org. Commitment: Varies.

Literacy Volunteers for Fox Valley.  Volunteers help an adult learn English and adapt to our community. You do not need to know a second language or have a professional teaching background to make a difference. You will get guidance and support when you need it. Experienced tutors are glad to share what they have learned. Commitment: Once a week.