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PREP Service Resource Page

Service in and around your community is a wonderful way for PREP students and their families to live the word of Christ and act upon their faith.  It is our hope that this resource page will be of help when you are looking for a time and place to volunteer.  If you know of organizations or events that welcome families and students as volunteers, please forward the information to our service resource page coordinator Lisa Hirschle at lhirschle@gmail.com.  

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

American Red Cross of Greater Chicago
Volunteers ages 14 and older are needed after school and on weekends.  For more information, please contact:

Chicago Cares
This volunteer clearinghouse provides a variety of opportunities for families throughout the year. For more information, please visit:

Chicago Food Depository
Kids’ Days occur once monthly on Saturdays, from 1:30-3:30pm. The sessions are specially designated for families or groups with children ages 5-13 to volunteer. 
*A 1:1 adult/child ratio is required for all Kids Day sessions.*
For more information visit http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org

CJE Senior Life
Volunteers ages 12 and older are needed after school and on weekends. For more information, please contact:

National Charity League, Inc
See how mothers and daughters have made an impact on the lives of people in their community. National Charity League, Inc. (NCL, Inc.) is committed to the development of mothers and daughters as leaders and is dedicated to improving local communities through hands-on volunteerism. The NCL Experience inspires and empowers women to succeed as confident, well-rounded and socially aware contributors to society.

Feed My Starving Children (Libertyville, IL)
Families can volunteer to package food which will be shipped all over the world.  The recommended age requirement is third grade. For more information, please visit:

North Shore Senior Center
Volunteers are needed to interact with the seniors. For more information, please contact:
Maura Rogan
Director of Volunteer Services
161 Northfield Rd.
Northfield, IL

North Suburban Special Recreation Association
Volunteers ages 12 and older are needed after school and on weekends.  For more information, please contact:

The Volunteer Center
This volunteer clearinghouse has a variety of service opportunities throughout the year.  Upcoming events include The Volunteer Center's Day of Service and Remembrance (Sept. 11, 2013), Make A Difference Day (October 26, 2013), and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (January 21, 2013).  For more information, please visit:

Winnetka Youth Organization
Volunteers ages 14 and older are needed after school and on weekends.  For more information, please contact:

Outdoor Service Opportunities:
Both Cook County and Lake County Forest Preserve District have Restoration Workdays where groups of people and individuals remove buckthorn and other invasive plants in their prairies, woods and savanahs.  it is usually a task that can be done with one parent acting as a chaperone and young teen boys often like to do this kind of service. It is always supervised by trained Forest Preserve personnel.  Work days are almost always on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

At the websites people can find directions and meeting locations.

The website for Cook County Forest Preserves is: http://fpdcc.com

To find these volunteer opportunities: http://ec.volunteernow.com/recruiter/index.php?class=VolunteerNavigation&recruiterID=1405&act=CONTROL:OPP_SEARCH_LINK

The website for Lake County Forest Preserves is:  http://www.lcfpd.org/involved/index.cfm?fuseaction=volunteer.view

The details of each place as well as direction can be found at: http://www.lcfpd.org/conservation/index.cfm?fuseaction=conservation.viewRestoration

Please note:
The information contained in this webpage is for informational purposes only.  St. Francis Xavier Parish makes no representations, guarantees, or warranties regarding the organizations listed, the accuracy of the information included on the organizations’ websites, or the appropriateness of any of the service opportunities for your children.  It is the obligation and responsibility of each parent or guardian to independently investigate and determine the appropriateness of the service opportunities listed here for their children, to make the necessary and appropriate arrangements for their children to participate, and to monitor the terms, conditions, and circumstances under which their children participate in the service opportunities, including, without limitation, the environment and conditions in which children will be volunteering, safety considerations, and the duties which the children are expected to perform.

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