We collect food year-round for distribution to the food pantries of our four sharing parishes. Non-perishable food items continue to be our greatest need. Please donate items with their original seal and within their expiration date. Avoid glass containers. Donations can be dropped in the baskets near the church entrances or in the bins near the door of the Sharing Room.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, in conjunction with our Sharing Ministry, provides outreach to the needy within our own community and through four inner city Sharing Parishes: St. Sabina, St. James, St. Philip Neri and Our Lady of Tepeyac. Here is a list of our ongoing projects. The generosity of people like you makes our outreach possible.
We accept donations year-round at the Sharing Room on our campus. We are often overwhelmed by the outpouring of goods for the needy. OLPH volunteers work many hours to sort, organize and coordinate pick-up and delivery of donations. To facilitate our donation process, please consider the guidelines outlined below.
For more than two decades, Sister Paulanne's Needy Family Fund has been helping families in Glenview and around the Chicago area. Sister works with more than 200 families a year and 600 families use her food pantry.
The need for help has skyrocketed in recent years. You can help.Make a One-Time Donation
Our online donation form makes it easy to contribute.
Hungry, homeless people come to the rectory doors and visit the parish food pantries of our four sharing parishes daily in search of food. Our Sharing Parishes are often able to respond with brown lunch bags filled with non-perishable food provided by OLPH.
What goes into a brown bag meal? Read the list of items and more details here.
Marquard Center, a Franciscan Outreach soup kitchen, serves approximately 150 people each day, a growing number of whom are women and children. Several times per year Our Lady of Perpetual Help provides and serves Sunday dinners at Marquard Center.
Donations of fresh fruit, cookies, and candy are welcome for each date and can be delivered to the OLPH convent porch the Saturday or Sunday morning prior. Monetary donations to fund the meal are also most welcome.
Des Plaines Soup Kitchen Thursday Night Suppers
Catholic Charities runs a soup kitchen at its Des Plaines location. They serve an average of 100 people each Tuesday and Thursday evening, many of whom are women and children.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help serves on periodic Thursdays. We look for volunteers to serve the meals and monetary donations to offset cost. The time commitment is only a few hours.
Contact OLPH parishioner Kathy at 847.832.1649 for more information.
OLPH collects canned hams during the two weekends prior to Easter and we collect frozen turkeys before Thanksgiving. New toys are collected several weeks prior to Christmas.
Forty OLPH volunteers collect day old bakery goods from area merchants for distribution to Sharing Parish poor. Contact Chris at 847.962.0208 for more information.
New baby items - formula, clothing, diapers, and furnishings - are collected in church each May for distribution to needy moms.
Help mothers in crisis situations by bringing a new baby gift. Items will be collected in marked baskets throughout the month of May in the church.
Please bring new, unwrapped:
The Be-Friend a Family program at Our Lady of Perpetual Help assists over 200 needy families within our own community and those of our four Sharing Parishes. We provide food assistance at Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas, when we also donate gifts for the family.
The Sharing Ministry pairs OLPH individuals, families, and groups with beneficiary families, provides a family profile (names, ages, and sizes), and delivers donated goods.
The Meal Ministry provides temporary emergency meal assistance to families in the community in times of crisis, illness or bereavement. Contact Joanne at 847.729.2740 to volunteer.
The Catholic Charities New Hope Apartments program lifts homeless families out of poverty. The program assists families with renting an apartment, then aids the family in seeking employment or job training, paying down debt, and opening a savings account. The program also teaches living skills and promotes confidence and independence in clients who have faced daunting challenges and deep struggles.
It is cause for great celebration when those who are homeless leave the streets for a home of their own. For many years OLPH parishioners have served meals at the Marquard Center in Chicago run by Franciscan Outreach. Now we have an exciting opportunity to help clients as they move into new apartments.The Sharing Ministry is collecting new, basic, household items and assembling them in baskets to be presented to our formerly homeless brothers and sisters on move-in day.
The Night Ministry provides outreach to inner city homeless, ministering with food, medical assistance, counseling, clothing, blankets, and more. Our Lady of Perpetual Help volunteers and donates food several times per year.