Support Service Day Partners

Although we were unable to gather together as a parish community for Service Day this year, we can continue to show our commitment and support for our partner organizations and their work. Check out the list below to see how you can help! If you would like more information on any of the organizations or opportunities listed, contact Barbara Silva at bsilva@clement.org

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Above & Beyond - Family Recovery Center

Above and Beyond is a licensed Level I and Level II outpatient addiction treatment facility located on the West side of Chicago. We are a not-for-profit 501C3 corporation, with private funding to ensure that no one is ever turned away due to an inability to pay. Our focus is serving Chicago’s community of the disenfranchised with a long history of unemployment and substance abuse impacting both the family and the community at large.

Service Activities:  If you are interested in visiting Above & Beyond with a group from Saint Clement and/or hosting an activity for the center’s guests (e.g. socially distanced picnic, class, or other activity), please reach out to Barbara Silva at bsilva@clement.org. Then we will get something on the calendar for later in the summer! 

Financial Contributions: Contributions in support of Above & Beyond can be made here

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Big Shoulders Fund

Inspired by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, Big Shoulders Fund was founded by a group of business and civic leaders in 1986 to provide support to Catholic schools in the neediest areas of inner-city Chicago. For more than twenty-eight years, Big Shoulders Fund has helped Chicago’s children in need achieve their dreams through access to a quality, values-based education.

Service Activities: See the Family At-Home Service Activities List for projects benefiting BSF like making fleece blankets for graduating Catholic School seniors, writing pen pal letters, and recording story-book readings!

Financial Contributions: Contributions to BSF’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund can be made here.

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Bishop Conway Residence                   SENIOR SUPPORTIVE HOUSING

 

Bishop Conway Residence is an affordable supportive living model that offers housing to seniors age 65 and older. The Residence is operated by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. 

In-Kind Donations:

  • Washable cloth face masks

  • I-Pads (functional, not necessarily new -- for FaceTime and other digital communication between residents and their families) 

  • Books: spiritual reading material & fiction

  • Art supplies (canvases, drawing paper, other materials)

  • Adult coloring books

  • Board games

Donations can be sent to Bishop Conway Residence, Attn. Luz Cintron, 1900 N Karlov Ave, Chicago, IL 60639

Financial Contributions: Contributions in support of Catholic Charities can be made here

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El Valor  

 

El Valor is a non-profit community-based organization founded in 1973 that strives for a community in which all members, including individuals with special needs, can live, learn and work. El Valor’s mission is to support and challenge urban families to achieve excellence and participate fully in community life. Our programs exist to enrich and empower people with disabilities, the disenfranchised and the underserved. 

Service Activities: See the Family At-Home Service Activities like making children-sized masks, setting up a virtual story time with an early education class, and collecting books for new kindergarten students. 

  

In-Kind Donations:

  • Children & Family Centers needed items: 

    • Diapers of all sizes

    • Baby wipes

    • Baby formula

    • Canned food (vegetables, tomato sauce, beans, etc.)

    • Water bottles

    • Laundry detergent/fabric softener

    • Lysol disinfectant spray

    • Hand sanitizer

    • Soap: hand soap, shower gel, dish soap

    • Shampoo

    • Toothpaste

    • Toilet paper, Paper towels, Tissues

Items can be shipped directly to: Guadalupe Reyes Center at 1951 W. 19th Street, Chicago, IL 60608.

  • Adult Program/Residential Centers needed items: 

    • Toilet paper, Paper towels, Tissues

    • Face masks

    • Batteries: AA batteries for thermometers, 3V Lithium batteries (CR2032)

    • Ensure Original Nutrition Shakes - Chocolate or Vanilla

    • Plastic probes

    • Activities: puzzles, art supplies, glue sticks, cross stitching, magazines, exercise balls, stress balls, cooking/baking activities

    • Cleaning supplies: Lysol disinfectant spray, sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer, latex gloves, liquid antibacterial hand soap

    • Tea bags, honey

Items can be shipped directly to El Valor’s Main Office at 1850 W. 21st Street, Chicago, IL 60608.
 

  • Books for students entering kindergarten:

    • Gently used or new books appropriate for children entering kindergarten (ages 4-5)

Books can be shipped directly to El Valor Carlos H Cantu Children and Family Center

2434 S Kildare, Chicago, IL 60623

Financial Contributions: Contributions in support of El Valor can be made here.  

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Lakeview Pantry

 

One of Chicago’s largest and longest-operating food pantries, Lakeview Pantry’s mission is to eliminate hunger and poverty in our community by providing food to fill the basic need of hungry people; empowering our clients to gain independence through innovative social service programs; and raising awareness of hunger and poverty and working towards solutions to eliminate them.

In-Kind Donations: Food Pantry Donations

  • All unexpired, unopened, nonperishable food items are accepted and appreciated. Large cases of shelf stable items (like those available at Costco) are especially valuable! 

  • Items most needed are:

    • Cases of peanut butter

    • Cases of canned tuna

    • Cases of oatmeal

    • Cases of canned fruit

In-kind donations can be dropped off at 5151 N. Ravenswood Ave., Mon-Fri, 10am - 4pm.

Financial Contributions: Contributions in support of Lakeview Pantry can be made here

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Lawrence Hall Youth Services

Lawrence Hall is a community based service agency embracing at-risk youth and their families by instilling resilience, healing and changing lives for good. For more than 150 years, Lawrence Hall has been delivering high quality care to at-risk youth and their families throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. Not only has the agency sustained itself, but it has also redefined how our youth who have experienced trauma are educated and treated. Each year, Lawrence Hall serves over 1,200 youth and families. 
 

In-Kind Donations

  • Transitional/Independent Living: 

    • cleaning supplies, soap

    • Hygiene bags (include: toothbrush/toothpaste, deodorant, Chapstick, tissues, hand sanitizer, soap, 8 pairs rubber gloves) 

    • Food bags (include: microwave popcorn, tuna kit, potato chips, 2 Rice Krispies treats, 6 packages of instant oatmeal)

    • books, games, portable DVD players

    • medical supplies

  •  Foster Care: 

    • masks, vinyl gloves, hand sanitizer, child-friendly wipes

    • games/art supplies

  • General: 

    • Games

    • Snacks & food for youth & staff in residential units

    • care packages

    • gift cards

    • garden supplies

Contact Monique Davis at mdavis@lawrencehall.org to schedule a donation drop-off. (Drop-off address is 4833 N Francisco Ave l Chicago IL 60625.) 

**In-kind donations can also be purchased online via Amazon. Through the Amazon Smile program, Lawrence Hall receives 0.5% of all purchases made here

Financial Contributions: Contributions in support of Lawrence Hall can be made here.  

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Marillac St. Vincent Family Services

 

Marillac St. Vincent Family Services has been building the well-being of people of all ages in Chicago for over 100 years. We provide vital programs and services in the areas of early childhood education, youth services, and community outreach services.

Service Activities:  

  • Make sanitation kits for food pantry guests. Each kit should include: 

    • 1 or more masks, either disposable or cloth reusable

    • Hand sanitizer

    • Disinfecting wipes

    • Gloves (non-latex)

Kits should be sent to Foglia Family and Youth Center, Attn. Kathy Slover, 2859 W. Jackson, Chicago, IL 60612. MSV asks that you please indicate that your donation is from the Saint Clement community! 

In-Kind Donations:

  • Supplies for sanitation kits (see the list above) 

Donations should be sent to Foglia Family and Youth Center, Attn. Kathy Slover, 2859 W. Jackson, Chicago, IL 60612. MSV asks that you please indicate that your donation is from the Saint Clement community! 

Financial Contributions: Contributions in support of MSV can be made here

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Mission of Our Lady of the Angels

Volunteer Opportunity this Weekend! 

Mission OLA would like to welcome a group of 10 volunteers from Saint Clement on 

Saturday, June 13 from 9am-12pm at 3808 W. Iowa St. 

  • Volunteers must meet the following criteria: 

    • Between the ages of 18-65 years old

    • Do not work in healthcare/do not reside with someone who works in healthcare

    • Do not have any reason to suspect they have been exposed to COVID-19 

    • Have not participated in a recent protest (simply because of potential COVID-19 exposure)

    • Must bring their own face mask 

  • If you meet these criteria and would like to volunteer, you must register with Barbara Silva at bsilva@clement.org by 5pm on Friday, June 12. We will accept volunteers on a first come, first served basis until the group limit of 10 is reached. 

In-Kind Donations:    

Food Drive Saturday, June 13 from 10am-12pm at the Saint Clement School Parking Lot! 

  • We will be collecting the following nonperishable food items: 

    • Canned Fruit

    • Canned Meals (i.e. Chef Boyardee)

    • Canned Meat/Fish

    • Canned Soup with meat

    • Dry cereal, oatmeal

    • Peanut Butter

    • Macaroni & Cheese

    • Jelly

    • Canned vegetables

    • Pasta

    • Pasta sauce

    • Rice

    • Fruit Juice

On June 13, a small number of volunteers will be located at the covered Saint Clement School parking lot on Orchard. To ensure social distancing, we ask that you place all food donations in bags or boxes in your vehicle’s trunk. Upon arrival, please enter the covered lot from Orchard, pull forward, stop as directed, and pop your trunk. Remain in your vehicle while a volunteer removes the food from your trunk, and then exit the garage through the alley garage door. Boxes will also be available on the curb for those who would like to pass by on foot and drop off a donation

Donations can also be purchased via the Mission’s Amazon Wishlist here

Financial Contributions: Contributions in support of Mission OLA can be made here

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The Well of Mercy

 

The Well of Mercy’s thoughtfully designed communal living program supports single mothers and their children as they heal from past trauma, find peace in the present, and prepare for a successful future.


In-Kind Donations: cleaning supplies; toilet paper 

In-kind donations can be dropped off at 6339 N Fairfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60659. Contact Mary Zeien at 773-274-4227 with questions. 

Financial Contributions: Contributions in support of The Well of Mercy can be made here.

Employment Opportunities:

  • The Well of Mercy is seeking applicants for the following staff positions: 

    • Volunteers Coordinator, Maintenance Person, Child Care Assistant, Social Media Coordinator 

  • If your business is hiring for seasonal part-time positions, consider reaching out to The Well of Mercy to see if one of their residents could be a good fit! 

  • If interested in either opportunity, please contact Mary Zeien at mary.zeien@thewellofmercy.com