We need your help!  Please volunteer!

If you are interested in helping Misericordia, but can't commit a couple of hours every week, there are still plenty of opportunities for you to help! Special Event / Holiday opportunities normally don't include interaction with our residents, nor do they require you to go through the volunteer application process in order to participate. The Time commitments vary from 2-3 hours to one full day. All you need to do is call in advance to sign up! 

For more details regarding any of the events below or to volunteer please contact

Theresa Rooney at 773-273-4161 / theresar@misericordia.com

Mary Doherty at 773-273-4177 / marydo@misericordia.com


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 marysheehyhickey@cs.com or (cell):847-910-8241, (home): 847-242-9298;
Peggy Collins at margaretc51@yahoo.com;
Patty Kinney at pattyk808@gmail.com

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 Kathleen or Theresa at 773-272-4161 volunteeropportunities@misericordia.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.

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 click on the appropriate Laundry Link below and sign up directly online.   Contact Theresa Rooney 773-273-4161 or Mary Doherty773-273-4177 if you have any trouble or questions signing up.  

Laundry Sign Up ~ February & March 2015

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 buyt cannot commit to a weekly commitment? 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. 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 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.

Piano Tuner

Do you have the skill and tolls 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 availabiliy and our needs.

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 Peter Behle at 773-273-2768.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

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 beneficiary. --- If you are interested in participating as a runner/walker please contact RAM Racing directly for all details. It’s a great event!

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

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 2015

Holiday Bakery Help (November thru December 22nd, 2015)
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.  

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.)

Pre-Holiday Brunch Food Prep & Dining Room Table Setters 2015
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.  (12/4, 12/5, 12/11, and 12/12).  Any 3 hour shift between the hours of 9:00 AM – 3 PM would be greatly appreciated.  

Christmas Brunches
Sunday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015.  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 uou 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.