A variety of Parish and Community service experiences are offered.
Please consider becoming involved in one of these either as an individual, with a friend, or as a family.
Beds Plus Program:
Beds Plus is looking for new or gently used twin size sheets. All donations can be dropped off at the Beds administration offices located in the First Presbyterian Church of La Grange, 150 S. Ashland Ave. The door is one block to the west on the Catherine side of the church. Office hours are M-F from 9-3.
For over 20 years BEDS PLUS has provided vital services to thousands of homeless individuals and families in our community. In addition to safe, warm overnight shelter they also offer hot, healthy meals. The BEDS day program serves lunch M-F and can use bagged lunches. Lunches usually consist of the following: a sandwich, your choice, (we can refrigerate if needed), fruit cup and chips/cookies. We try to avoid “hard” fruits as many of our clients have dental issues.
We also have access to a full kitchen and can heat/re-heat a casserole, pot of chili sloppy joes etc. if that option would be easier. They ask for lunch for 20. This might be a good opportunity for a family or small group project.
Center for Independence:
The mission of our program is to help children with physical disabilities, such as Cerebral Palsy or Spina Bifida, gain physical independence. We do this by developing their motor functions in a manner that creates positive self–esteem and self–direction. All of our children are taught that they are valued; that each child is important and can give back to society regardless of his/her disability.
We are committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged, underserved children with physical disabilities with the ultimate intention of securing a better life that includes employment and independent living skills.
100 W. Plainfield, Countryside
The center is always looking for volunteers to help in the center after school and general help such as grounds “clean up”. It would be a great way to spend a few hours helping others.
Contact: Patti Herbst, (708) 588-0833 www.Center-for-Independence.org
Collect Pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House:
Pop tabs can be taken to a Ronald McDonald House facility or a number of locations. Check www.rmhccni.org for close locations including
“United Scrap Metal, 1545 S. Cicero and
The Ronald McDonald House Near Loyola
2160 South First Street
Maywood, IL 60163
Community Nurse Health Association:
Michelle Grand, Volunteer Coordinator, (708)579-2403
Volunteers must be 13 years and older and an adult 18 years of age or older must be present to supervise. Visit www.communitynurse.org
Feed My Starving Children
Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and we ship the meals to nearly 70 countries around the world.
www.fmsc.org Go to Volunteer Opportunities. Two local locations. Aurora (630) 851-0404 Schaumburg (847) 519-9614
Food Pantry Distribution: the 2nd Thursday of each month, from 6:30 PM until 8:00-8:30 PM, in the Church vestibule. Helping clients carry their groceries to their cars. Please contact Mary Beth Ford at 708-215-5418 or email@example.com.
Food Pantry: During the months of June, July and August, on the 2nd Thursday of the month, helping set up for food distribution, 1:00 – 1:45 PM, Church vestibule.
Food Pantry Donations:
Use money you have earned (babysitting, chores, etc) and purchase food items for the food pantry collection in the back of the church. Questions: (708) 215-5418
About Us: We supply free gently used and new donated clothing, shoes and supplies to people in need from 8 – 11:00 AM before the Saturday Lunch Program at the First Congregational Church at 100 S. Sixth Ave., La Grange. Check the website for needed items or to volunteer. www.fcclg.org/gods-closet.php
Volunteers are needed every week to help sort donations and hand out clothes and supplies on Saturdays from 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM.
For more information call: Barbara Roppo Cell: 708-243-1174
Mary Jo Benak Cell: 708-557-2629
Greater Chicago Food Depository:
Participants must be at least 14 years old to volunteer at the Food Depository during regular sessions. The Food Depository hosts Kids Days once a month on a Saturday afternoon. Kids ages 5 to 13 may volunteer with an adult during Kids Days only. Please refer to their website calendar at http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/PageServer?pagename=diff_volunteer_cal&AddInterest=1021 to choose an available date to book a session.
Helping Hand: hhrehab.org
Children and teens have a unique opportunity to become a Peer Volunteer for Helping Hand Center’s School for Children with autism. For more information about this and other volunteer programs, contact Carolyn Kline at (708) 352-3580 x 280, or firstname.lastname@example.org
LaGrange Nurses Association “Carousel Thrift Shop”:
23 Calendar Court, LaGrange
Help is needed to work in the thrift shop every day and Saturday from 10:00am – 6:00 pm Sign up for a two – three hour shift. Needed 2 to 6 teens each day (go with a friend) Volunteers will help organize shop and bag and hang clothes
Interested: Call Michelle Grand to schedule (708) 579-2403
The Leader Shop: Youth Leadership (Formally CEP Program):
For volunteer opportunities, contact Cathy Pierson, Program Director: (708)579-5898 or email@example.com .
Make a meal for Ronald McDonald House:
Home Groups (no more than 10 people at a time) have the opportunity to make a meal in the Ronald McDonald House kitchen for families living there. Following making the meal you will be given a tour if you request it.
Sign up NOW for a date. Contact Kathy or any staff (708) 327-2273 to schedule.
Make a Meal for “Connie’s Kitchen”
The meals are served to the women and children who are living at Constance Morris House ~ Pillars domestic violence shelter for woman and children.
The meal is dropped off at the shelter on Saturday between 9am and 4pm and the residents eat around 5pm. People either drop off things that get warmed up or have cooking instructions that are easy to follow. Some people simply buy food from a restaurant and deliver that.
Since we try to keep the location of the shelter somewhat confidential, we like to limit the number of people from a group who are doing the deliveries. These have been done in two ways by the groups – some groups get together, prepare the meal and then have someone deliver it to the shelter. Some groups assign parts of the meal to specific members who then each drop off their contribution to the shelter.
If you would like to sign up for the date or want more information please contact Debbie Pusinelli (708) 246-6760 ext. 251, firstname.lastname@example.org
Soon it will be time to change the missalettes for the new liturgical year which begins on Nov. 30th. We remove the current books and insert the new editions. The parish always relies on the generosity of our young folks to help with this project. If you can offer 1 -1 ½ hours to this task, please contact or e-mail email@example.com. We will meet in church, Sat., Nov. 29th at 12:00.
Off the Street Club:
More than 16 years ago, Western Springs and Off the Street Club formed a relationship that bring together WS families and OTSC kids through a number of activities, including the annual Circle of Friendship Party. As part of the festivities, we hope that you will consider donating some baked goods. It has been requested that items be grouped in a dozen per paper plate. Continue to check the website for dates.
Operation Support Our Troops ~ IL
Check out the Operation Support Our Troops web site to see items you can collect to send our troops overseas. www.osotil.org
Project Linus Blanket Day, Lyons Township High School:
Project Linus is a national organization devoted to making blankets for children of all ages who are ill or have suffered loss or trauma. The blankets will be donated to local hospitals and community organizations who serve children in our area. No sewing skills required. Please bring your own sewing scissors if you have them. Contact Suzanne Johnson at 708-482-9872 for more information.
Ray Graham Association (Hanson Center):
Call (630)325-3857 for volunteer opportunities to help people with disabilities. Direct Care worker, Minimum age 12.
Saturday Meals Program
The Saturday Meals Program (SMP) started in February of 2000 with a simple mission: feed people good food. Now, every Saturday, we serve a hot breakfast at 8am, hot lunch at noon, and a take home sack meal. We also support our guests with clothing, supplies and legal counsel.
All year long, we have volunteers from around the Western Suburbs. If you, your family, or an organization you work with would like to volunteer with us — serving food, cooking, washing dishes, and talking with our guests — please contact our volunteer coordinator Beth Colby.
We have girl/boy scout troops, confirmation classes, clubs, church groups, and families join us to serve the La Grange community. Join us!
Remember your service applies to the Corporal Works of Mercy, but also to, Parish and Community outreach experiences.