Service Opportunities

Why we serve

The Christian life is one of service to others and particularly to those in need. As the faithful we believe that serving others is not only an opportunity to live out the gifts of our faith, but to encounter the person of Christ. By entering into relationship with others we are reminded of our own need, our own reliance on God and the generosity we ourselves have received from others. The opportunities you will find here are provided to build and achieve relationships with those in our greater community.

The list provided is guided by the criteria given in the Corporal Works of Mercy to:

  • Feed the hungry
  • Give drink to the thirsty
  • Clothe the naked
  • Shelter the homeless
  • Visit the sick
  • Visit those in prison
  • Bury the dead.

Thank you for sharing your time and talent.

Making a difference

Haiti Health Market Volunteers

To benefit: 
Little by Little Medical Mission

Set-up and work at the Haiti Health Maret, an event that raises funds and awareness for Haiti.

Where: 
OLPH
Who: 
Opportunities for Adults
When: 
Spring
Contact person: 
Leslie C.

Be-Friend A Family

To benefit: 
Area Needy

Commit to helping a needy family through donations of food and gifts during the holidays.

Where: 
At home
Who: 
Opportunities for Families
When: 
Seasonal
Contact person: 
Stacy Dolan

Feed the Homeless

soup kitchen
To benefit: 
Catholic Charities' Soup Kitchen

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.

Where: 
1717 Rand Rd. Des Plaines, IL 60016
Who: 
Opportunities for Families
When: 
Periodic Thursday evenings
Contact person: 
Kathy Q.

Day Old Bread Collection

To benefit: 
The needy

Thirty volunteers work to collect day old bakery goods from area merchants for distribution to the needy. 

Where: 
Off-Site
Who: 
Opportunities for Adults
When: 
Flexible
Contact person: 
Chris Fragassi
Additional info: 
18 and up.

OLPH Meal Ministry

To benefit: 
Fellow Parishioners in times of crisis

Volunteer cooks serve fellow parishioners in times of bereavement, illness or crisis. This team additionally delivers 12 frozen homemade casseroles to the Sharing Room freezer each month for distribution to local needy families who come to Sr. Paulanne’s attention.  We also send a few to the Maryville Crisis Nursery each month.

Who: 
Opportunities for Families
Contact person: 
Kathy Q.

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