Charitable Giving

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 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.

For over thirty years, Sister Paulanne's Needy Family Fund, under the leadership of Sister Paulanne, has answered the call of those in our parish and comunity who are in financial crisis. As awlays, every single dollar donated to the Needy Family Fund remains here to serve these local individuals and families. Each client is treated with the utmost dignity and confidentiality.

The Men’s Club/Needy Family Fund Raffle is our largest fundraiser for Sister Paulanne and the hundreds of families she serves. We hope that we can count on your support this year as Sister’s needs are greater than ever. The drawing will be held at the 9th Annual OLPH Outdoor Mass and Block Party on Saturday, September 8. The Outdoor Mass and Block Party is the most widely attended OLPH parish event and is essentially free to all participants as is it wholly sponsored by the Men’s Club.

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.

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.

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.

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 Befriend-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.

New Hope Apartments Program

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.