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Special Events & Holiday Help












For  more details regarding any of the events below

or  to volunteer, please contact

Theresa Rooney at 773-273-4161

Mary Doherty at 773-273-4177

NOTE: The following volunteer opportunities rarely involve direct interaction with our residents. Therefore, no volunteer application process is necessary in order to participate.

You simply just need to call in advance to sign up.



Regular Sunday Breakfast & Brunches (January – June)
Misericordia is open to the public each Sunday for a delicious Sunday Breakfast and Brunch menu. The Brunch Sundays are heavily operated by volunteer support.  Volunteer tasks vary from waitstaff, kitchen help, dish washers and more. We ask that all volunteers be flexible with their assignments. This volunteer opportunity requires volunteers to be at least 15 years of age and to make an all day the commitment of 9:00 AM -3:00/3:30 PM.  If interested in this opportunity please contact one of the following people to see if help is still needed on the Sunday you are available. Mary Hickey at or (cell):847-910-8241, or click here to sign-up to volunteer.


We are also in need of a dependable experienced grill chef to volunteer under the direction of Misericordia’s chef.  Good cooking skills a must.  This volunteer opportunity would require an inservice to be sure this opportunity is mutually good for both parties.  If you are able to commit to either the 2nd and/or 4th Sunday of the month, that would be great.  This would be a commitment from 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  Please contact Theresa at 773-273-4161 or   


"Twice Blest" Thrift Shop in PalatineIL
"Twice Blest" in Palatine (27 E. Northwest Highway) is a thrift store where all proceeds directly benefit the children and adults of Misericordia. Since November 1980, the Twice Blest Thrift Shop has operated solely on the generosity of donations and volunteer staff. Twice Blest is in need of your help any day Monday - Saturday from 10 AM - 4 PM. Call Misericordia’s volunteer office or contact the store directly at 847-934-1140 to offer your help.


Laundry Helpers

Misericordia does nearly 3500 pounds of laundry a day, so needless to say your volunteer support is not only needed but would also be greatly appreciated. It is not a difficult job, but certainly one that requires ongoing help. If you are available on any Saturday, Sunday or national holiday for either a half or full day (8:00 – 11:00 am and/or 11:00 am - 2:00 pm) we’d love to hear from you!  Your visit must be schedule in advance, please do not just show up. To view and sign up for open hours in laundry please visit the link below. Contact Theresa Rooney 773-273-4161 or Mary Doherty 773-273-4177 (Mon-Fri 9-5) if you have any trouble or questions signing up.  

May & June 2016 Laundry Link:


Do you Knit?

Misericordia finds itself really appreciating knitted booties for our children and adult residents. If you are a knitter and would be willing to knit us some booties, we would love it.  We could use some kid sizes but even more teen and adult sizes. 


Tailor / Seamstress

Are you looking for a way to be helpful to Misericordia but can not commit to a weekly commitment?  If you have moderate sewing skills then this is the volunteer opportunity for you.   We are looking for a person(s) willing to do minor alterations on resident clothing.  Often a resident’s waist size is not consistent with his or her pant length, and the pants therefore need hemming.  If you have a machine at home and would be willing to pick up and return the items needing alterations we’d be grateful. This is a sporadic need.  Once you let us know that you are willing to help, we will contact you as the need arises.


Hair Stylist / Barber

Are you skilled at cutting hair? If so, we would love to have you. Misericordia is looking for people to come once or twice a month to cut both male and female residents’ hair. The families of many of our 600 residents arrange hair cuts outside of Misericordia, but a significant number of residents of all abilities rely on us to cut their hair. Dates and times to be determined according to your availability and our needs.


Piano Tuner

Do you have the skill and tools required to tune pianos? Misericordia has 3-4 grand pianos on campus and would greatly appreciate your services.. Dates and times to be determined according to your availability and our needs.


Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30, 2016 Please, please, please consider helping us for this!
Misericordia Annual Jelly Belly Candy Days

10,000+ volunteers are needed throughout Chicago and all the suburbs. It's your typical "tag day". Volunteers are needed to work the streets, sidewalks and store fronts of Chicago and the suburbs. Volunteers simply pass out candy and informational tags in exchange for donations. Any minimum 2 hour shift would be greatly appreciated. Learn more or sign up to volunteer online at or call 773-273-2768.


Sunday, June 5, 2016

Northshore 1/2 Marathon & 5K Classic to Benefit Misericordia
This event takes place in Highland Park and requires volunteers to commit to working from 6:30 AM - 9:15 AM. 
Volunteers are needed to staff an aid station during the race. Volunteers will not only be there as the runners go by to supply them with water but also to provide them with moral support by cheering them on and thanking them for supporting Misericordia.  This will be a fun way for Misericordia to be visible and to show our appreciation to the runners and the race committee for choosing Misericordia as a beneficiary.   ---   If you are interested in participating as a runner/walker please contact RAM Racing directly for all registration details. It’s a great event!

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Misericordia's 36th Annual Family Fest
Family Fest is for all ages. Nearly 13,000 people from all around 
Chicago and the suburbs flock to our campus for a wonderful afternoon of food, fun, drink, live entertainment, kids’ games and rides, bingo, raffles, shopping and more. This one day event takes approximately 2000 volunteers in order to run smoothly and the volunteer opportunities are endless. Time commitments are generally broken up into 2 ½ -3 hour shifts. Volunteers age 12 through adult are needed and welcome, however opportunities for the younger volunteers are limited. This is a great opportunity for both individuals as well as groups.

Holiday Bakery -  November thru December 22nd, 2016       Misericordia Bakery would be happy to see volunteers. No bakery experience required. Volunteer tasks will vary between scooping, mixing, baking, packaging and displaying bakery products. Your flexibility is appreciated. Any 3 hour shift is helpful.  Hours of operation are 9 AM - 4 PM Monday- Saturday prior to Thanksgiving and 9 AM – 9 PM Monday – Friday; 9 AM – 5 PM Saturdays & Sundays after Thanksgiving.  Bakery dress code: closed toed shoes, long pants, short/long sleeved shirt and a hat or hair net.Volunteers are welcome to bring their own hat or will be given one to use by Misericordia. You must call in advance to schedule your time. This opportunity is best suited for high school age thru adult age volunteers.

Ho Ho Ho!       Celebrate the season and be a Secret Santa for a child or an adult at Misericordia. Though we refer to it as the “Secret Santa” program and conduct it only once a year, it is truly a program that continues to give all year long. Our residents come to us from all walks of life.  The parents and families of our residents generally purchase Christmas, Hanukkah and Birthday gifts for their family members.  However, we serve many persons who have no families and are Wards of the State. An additional number of residents have families who exist at the poverty level and therefore are unable to buy gifts for them.  We are grateful to the friends who help put the word “special” in special occasions for these children and adults. Call 773-273-4161 for a wish list. (Available in early November each year.)

Pre Holiday Brunch Food Prep & Dining Room Table Setters 2016
The kitchen and housekeeping staff would greatly appreciate volunteers to help with food prep and table setting in the dining rooms on the Fridays and Saturdays prior to the 
Christmas Brunches.  (12/2, 12/3, 12/9, and 12/10).  Any 3 hour shift between the hours of 9:00 AM – 3 PM would be greatly appreciated.

Christmas Brunches     Sunday, December 4, 2016   &    Sunday, December 11, 2016
Misericordia puts on a beautiful Holiday Brunch on each of the above Sundays. We serve approx. 1000 through the course of the day at 2 scheduled seatings. We are in great need of volunteers on those days. Tasks vary from waitstaff, bakery, raffle ticket sellers, kitchen help, dish washers and more. This volunteer commitment requires volunteers to work the complete day of 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM. Volunteers are asked to wear black pants, white shirt and comfortable closed toed shoes. Your flexibility in volunteer assignments is appreciated.

Gift Shop
Seasonal help needed in this area for Special Event Parties during November and December (typically evenings).

If you have any questions about these volunteer opportunities or if you are interested in making more of a regular volunteer commitment, Misericordia has plenty of other volunteer opportunities. However, those opportunities would require persons to go through a full volunteer process. Please call for more details Theresa Rooney 773-273-4161 or Mary Doherty at 773-273-4177