Misericordia continues to be aware of the ongoing concern regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the risks associated with this virus. The health and safety of our residents and employees is always our highest priority. 

Based on the recommendations from the CDC, we are suspending ALL volunteer opportunities at Misericordia until further notice. 

If you have any question please contact the volunteer office.  volunteeroffice@misericordia.com


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

Volunteer Office at 773-273-4161 / volunteeroffice@misericordia.com




Sunday Brunch (January – November) 

vols-CondonsThe Misericordia Greenhouse Inn Restaurant is open each week for Sunday brunch. Volunteers for Sunday brunch must be flexible, with tasks ranging from wait staff, kitchen help, dishwashers, and more. Volunteers must be 15 years old and require a full day commitment from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Hickey at marysheehyhickey@cs.com or 847-910-8241.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Sunday Brunches July through December 2019, please click here to signup.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Sunday Brunches January through June 2020, please click here to signup.


Grill Chef for Sunday Brunch

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 Volunteer Office at volunteeroffice@misericordia.com or (773) 273-4161

"Twice Blest" Thrift Shoppe in Palatine, IL

Twice Blest is located at 27 E. Northwest Highway in Palatine and has been open since 1980. All proceeds benefit Misericordia Home. The store runs Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm.

Please contact Twice Blest directly at 847-934-1140 to offer your help.


Laundry Helpers

laundryMisericordia 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.  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!  Please contact Volunteer Office at 773-273-4161 or volunteeroffice@misericordia.com with any questions. 


January & February 2020 Laundry Link: Please click here to signup.

March & April 2020 Laundry Link: Please click here to signup. 


Knitting and Tailoring


Misericordia always needs help with various knitting and tailoring projects for resident clothing. This a sporadic need.

Please contact Volunteer Office at volunteeroffice@misericordia.com or (773) 273-4161.

The Sewing and Latch Hook group is looking for volunteers.  Click here to signup.


Hair Stylist / Barber haircuts

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.


Last Fsister_union_stnriday & Saturday of April

Please consider helping us with Misericordia's 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.  Click here to sign up to volunteer online, or contact Peter Behle at 773-273-2768 / peterb@misericordia.com.


Second Sunday in September

FestGroundsMisericordia's Annual Family Fest
Family Fest is for all ages. Nearly 15,000 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

Holiday Bakery Help (November till Christmas)
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.

If you would like to signup to volunteer in the bakery for the month of November, please click here.

If you would like to signup to volunteer in the bakery for the month of December, please click here. 

Secret Santa!  Ho Ho Ho!       
vols-santaCelebrate 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. Please contact Theresa Rooney at 773-273-4195 / theresar@misericordia.com for a wish list. (Available in early November each year.)

Pre-Holiday Brunch Food Prep & 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.  (first three Sundays in December).  Any 3 hour shift between the hours of 9:00 AM – 3 PM would be greatly appreciated.

If you would like to signup to volunteer during the Holiday Season please click here.  

Christmas Brunches
On the first three Sundays in December  Misericordia puts on a beautiful Holiday Brunch. 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.

If you would like to sign-up to volunteer, please click here.

St._Francis_giftshopGift 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: Volunteer Office 773-273-4161 or volunteeroffice@misericordia.com.