ICSJ Volunteer Ministry



There are so many problems facing our city today it’s almost overwhelming. But ICSJ Parish offers practical ways for us to address some of the difficulties. Explore how you can become a volunteer—a visible instrument of Christ’s love—and make a difference!

Explore, inquire, examine, compare….decide where best to use YOUR gifts!

  • Tutor low-income high school students in test preparation and assigned homework at HighSight, or in conjunction with St Mike’s, work with elementary school kids at the Manierre School.

  • Be part of the Kolbe House spiritual ministry of presence, prayer and accompaniment for those affected by incarceration.

  • Provide learning support and educational enrichment through Gadds Hill, a family-resource center.

  • Help some of Chicago’s nearly 3,000 homeless youth with educational programs and on-going support at Covenant House or focus on homeless womens’ needs as an individual or through group volunteering at Deborah’s Place.

  • Relieve isolation and loneliness among the elderly with your entire family through home visits, parties and one-to-one relationships with Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly.

  • Join St. Mike’s in a social justice initiative to combat human trafficking through volunteer opportunities, educational events and special collections, through Community Action Against Trafficking (CATT).

  • Discover the many possibilities at ICSJ:  Become a Eucharistic Minister/Lector/Sacristan/Minister of Care/Eucharistic Service Minister at Brookdale Senior Living;  work with children or adults as a Religious Education Instructor; explore the many volunteer opportunists available through the Knights of Columbus. Become an occasional volunteer at BINGO, Knit Wits, the Nearly New Resale Shop or identifying a need, such as a Widow’s or Grief support system, a Loaves and Fishes monthly dinner for the elderly and homeless of the area.


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Jesus tells us that what we do in response to those in need—to the stranger, the person who has no home or family, the person who has no voice or power—is not just about what happens to them now, but what happens to us.
— Cardinal Cupich