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

Volunteer Office at 773-273-4161 / 





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 16 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 or 847-910-8241.

Please click here to sign up to volunteer January through June 2024.

Please click here to sign up to volunteer July through December 2024.

Rec and Leisure Performance - 5/28

The Misericordia Rec and Leisure team is looking for volunteers to assist with an evening event on 5/28. Learn more about the opportunity and sign up for volunteer shifts here


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 or (773) 273-4161


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!

If you are interested in volunteering in our laundry facility you can sign up at this link


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 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

Do you have time to help one of Chicago’s favorite charities?  We are excited to announce that we will be virtual and back out in the community collecting donations for Misericordia.  You can lend a hand by volunteering to collect donations in your community, donating online to Sr. Rosemary's page HERE, or creating a Giving Page of your own!  CLICK HERE  for more information or contact Anne Mills at



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

In November and December we are in need of volunteers to assist with various holiday events. Volunteers are needed to support our various on-campus fundraisers, the Harlem Irving Plaza Giving Tree program that gifts holiday items to our residents most in need, decorating our campus with decorations, etc.

If you’re interested in volunteering you can look at all various opportunities and sign-up for shifts here 

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. 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 a hairnet to use by the team in the bakery. 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 / for a wish list. (Available in early November each year.)

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.

Giftshop_VolunteersGift 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

Please note that funds raised by the Misericordia Foundation go directly to support Misericordia Home’s programs and services. The Misericordia Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.