Regular Sunday Breakfast & Brunches (January – November)
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 wait staff, 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 17 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (cell):847-910-8241, (home): 847-242-9298;
Peggy Collins at email@example.com;
Patty Kinney at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also in need of a regular/weekly experienced grill chef to volunteer under the direction of the Misericordia’s chef. Good cooking skills a must. This volunteer opportunity would require an in-service to be sure this opportunity is mutually good for both parties. If you are able to commit to only one Sunday a month, that would be ok too. Again this would be a full day commitment from 9:00 AM – 3:00/3:30 PM. Please contact Theresa at 773-273-4161 or email@example.com
"Twice Blest" Thrift Shop in Palatine, IL
"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.
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 Holiday for two or more hours between 8:00 am – 2:00 pm we’d love to hear from you!
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
If you have moderate sewing skills then this is the volunteer opportunity for you! We are looking for person(s) willing to do minor alterations on resident clothing. Pant leg hemming is a common one! If you have a sewing machine at home and would be willing to pick up and return the items that need 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.
Women’s Basketball Practice
Individual and team skills and sportsmanship are addressed. Each gathering is geared towards the skill level of its participants. Come teach basic basketball skills and have a blast playing simple games. This is a great opportunity for volunteer groups. Women’s Basketball Practice is on Fridays from 6:45 – 8:15 PM in the gym with Jennifer.
Men’s Basketball Practice
Individual and team skills and sportsmanship are addressed. Each gathering is geared towards the skill level of its participants. Come teach basic basketball skills and have a blast playing simple games. This is a great opportunity for volunteer groups. Men’s Basketball Practice is on Tuesdays from 3:30 – 5:00 PM in the gym with Jennifer.
Sunday, June 2nd, 2013
Northshore 1/2 Marathon & 5K Run to Benefit Misericordia
This event takes place in Highland Park and requires volunteers to commit to working from 6:15 AM - 9:30 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 beneficiary. --- If you are interested in participating as a runner/walker please contact RAM Racing directly for all details http://ramracing.racebx.com/events/running. It’s a great event!
Sunday, September 8th, 2013
Misericordia's 33rd 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.
Friday & Saturday, April 25 & 26th, 2014 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 www.misericordia.org or call Tessa Garcia at 773-273-2768.
If you have any questions about these volunteer opportunities, Theresa Rooney 773-273-4161 or Mary Doherty at 773-273-4177.