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.
Sunday, September 7th, 2014
Misericordia's 34th 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.
November & December 2014
Secret Santa! 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.)
Holiday Bakery Help
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. (Link to sign up will be available in mid-October)
Christmas Brunch Food Pre & Dining Room Table Setters
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. (12/5, 12/6, 12/12, and 12/13). Any 3 hour shift between the hours of 9:00 AM – 3 PM would be greatly appreciated.
(Link to sign up will be available in mid-October)
Christmas Brunch Help
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.
Seasonal help needed in this area for Special Event Parties during November and December (typically evenings).
Friday & Saturday, April 24 & 25, 2015
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.