Welcome to our Outreach news/events section. Here you will be able to find the most current Service Outreach news/events taking place in our parish community. Our goal is to keep you informed of the various opportunities that we have as a parish to volunteer and to become missionary disciples of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Holiday Food Baskets

During this Lent, we will have the opportunity to share our blessings with our brothers and sisters in need in our community through our Holiday Food Basket Ministry. We will be reaching out to 150 families with Aldi gift cards to help them provide for their Easter meal. Also new this year we would like to provide them with essential hygiene goods to shower them with the blessings of Our Lord. For this purpose, we will be collecting toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, paper towels, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, hand soap, and laundry detergent. Please bring your donations to room 216 by April 4.

Easter Baskets containing the basic goods will be assembled as a special gift for our St. John Neumann families in need. If you would like to make a monetary donation towards this ministry, click here to donate to the poor box. May the Lord bless you and your loved ones as we grow closer to Him by praying, fasting, and giving alms during this Lenten Season!

Overnight and Food Volunteers Needed!

Lazarus House needs your help!  Every month, SJN missionaries provide food and overnight support for our neighbors at Lazarus House.  This is a flexible opportunity that you can work around your schedule.  Overnight helpers sleep at Lazarus House and are only woken in case of emergency.  Health and safety protocols are being followed.  Food volunteers cook or provide groceries on a flexible basis.  If you would like more information, contact Sara at 630-677-3078 or sjpm1031@yahoo.com.

Waterleaf Women’s Center 
Be a witness of the Gospel of Life and volunteer at Waterleaf Women’s Center in Aurora. Waterleaf is looking for volunteers who have hearts to serve women facing an unplanned pregnancy. Your help is needed to support their mission and transform the fear of these women into confidence. There are many ways in which our St. John Neumann community can serve at Waterleaf. You can become a client advocate, an office volunteer, an Aspire instructor, a mentor, or a prayer warrior. They are also looking for Registered Nurses to donate their time and help them with their mission. If you feel called by any of these opportunities to serve or would like to learn more about their mission click HERE. Let’s answer the call to “Walk with Moms in Need.”

A Morning of Service at FMSC!
Join us on the 3rd Monday of the month for a morning of service at Feed my Starving Childre in Aurora. Because of you, this lifesaving meal packing program will continue to address the increased global hunger need due to COVID-19. We will be building community among St. John Neumann parishioners and packing nutritious food from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. We have reserved 20 spots for our community. If you would like to participate, please contact Bob Andrini at drinibird2@gmail.com. For more information about the program, visit fmsc.org. Thank you for being the hands and feet of our Lord Jesus. Because of you, many children around the world will receive nutritious food from your hands to theirs! After the packing session join us at Portillo’s to build community.

Hesed House is Now Open for On-site Volunteers
Are you fully vaccinated and want to bring the light and hope of Our Lord to the Hesed House community? They are now open to receive volunteers in their kitchen! Your commitment would only be six times a year, and there are different shifts to choose from. Help is needed to serve dinner, clean up, work in a store/pantry, check people in, make sack lunches, make breakfast, etc. If you feel that the Holy Spirit is calling you to this ministry, join us! Contact Sue Skibley today at Skibley0905@sbcglobal.net to find more details about this most rewarding ministry.

Tutor Volunteers Needed!
The Dominican Literacy Center in Aurora will be training new tutor volunteers for its literacy program in August. Female volunteers (with high school diplomas) are trained to help women students learn to read, write, and speak English. Tutors meet with students once a week for 90 minutes, from September to May, at 260 Vermont St., Aurora (behind St. Therese Church). Tutors do not need to speak Spanish or have teaching experience, but all volunteers must attend three evenings of training. The training dates are August 17, 19, and 24, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. If you would like to volunteer in this ministry, please contact Alison Brzezinski at Alison@dominicanliteracycenter.org to register. For more information about this mission, visit www.dominicanliteracycenter.org. The Center is not handicap accessible.

Clothes Closet Ministry at Redeemer Fellowship gives away gently used clothing, bedding, towels, baby items, purses, and jewelry to families who have fallen on hard times and are in need of assistance. If you know someone that needs the help of this ministry, please contact Susana Morones at smorones@sjnstcharles.org for more details.