Serve The Community

Reclaim 13
ending exploitation

Reclaim 13

Devoted to ending the sexual exploitation of children

reclaim13.org | 312-462-3306

Reclaim 13 is an organization devoted to ending the sexual exploitation of children. "13" is the average age of entry into the commercial sex industry. Their goal is to “Reclaim” a child’s right to grow up feeling safe, loved, and free from harm. They work in the areas of healing, prevention, and education in and around Chicagoland.

Questions? Contact info@reclaim13.org.
 


Greater Chicago Food Depository
feeding the hungry in chicagoland

Greater Chicago Food Depository

4100 W. Ann Lurie Place in Chicago
chicagosfoodbank.org | 773-247-3663

The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community.

The Food Depository distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to 678,000 adults and children in Cook County every year. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 64 million pounds of nonperishable food and fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 134,800 meals every day. Innovative training programs and initiatives developed by the Food Depository also work to provide men, women and children with the tools necessary to break their individual cycles of poverty.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

If you are interested in volunteering for the following dates, please contact Kathy Therry.

  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017

If you are interested in volunteering for these dates, please contact Debbie Wright.

  • Wednesday, May 31, 2017
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017

We are located near I-55 and Pulaski. Volunteers need to be at least 14 years of age. 

To learn about other volunteer opportunities with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, please contact or Debbie Wright.


MorningStar Mission
joliet, illinois

MorningStar Mission

350 E. Washington Street in Joliet
morningstarmission.org | 815-722-5780

MorningStar Mission in Joliet, Illinois relieves the spiritual and physical hunger of the poor by providing food for the hungry, clothing for the needy, shelter for the homeless and the Gospel of Jesus Christ for all.

Since 1909, MorningStar Mission has served men, women, children, and entire families in Joliet and Will County, offering hope for the hurting through one-time meals and long-term recovery programs.
 
For information about volunteer opportunities, contact our volunteer coordinator.


Children's Hunger Fund
homewood, illinois

Children's Hunger Fund

17451 Palmer Blvd., Homewood, IL
CHF Volunteer Website| 708-799-5822, Ext. 4201

Children’s Hunger Fund (CHF) has practiced Gospel-centered mercy ministry for more than twenty years. Since 1991, 99% of CHF’s total contributions—over 1 billion dollars in food and other aid—have been distributed through programs serving more than 20 million children across America and around the world.

Children’s Hunger Fund delivers food and other resources to the homes of children in need, but we don’t stop there. True hope comes through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We share God’s love with those we serve, knowing only He can meet their deepest needs.

Serving Event | Homewood Warehouse

Join Children's Hunger Fund and help pack food for children and families in need.

You can sign up by going to the VOLUNTEER PAGE.

For information about volunteer opportunities, contact Jonn Blazy
 


Chicagoland Prison Outreach
helping inmates and their families

Chicagoland Prison Outreach

236 E. 161st Place in South Holland
cpoministries.org | 708-331-3301

Chicagoland Prison Outreach (CPO) ministers to men and women in the Cook County Jail, Cook County Sheriff’s Boot Camp, Stateville Department of Corrections, River Valley Juvenile Detention Center, and at their Career Center in Roseland. CPO provides Christian worship services and discipleship classes to inmates and participants, as well as individual counseling, vocational training, and job preparation to help people successfully transition to a new life post-incarceration. The Angels of Hope program ministers to families of people who are incarcerated.

Parkview partners with CPO by sending volunteers to build relationships with families of people who are incarcerated by delivering food and Christmas gifts to them, praying for them, and spending time with them.

For information about volunteer opportunities, contact Jan Latko.
 


PASS (Pregnancy Aid South Suburbs)
preserving & supporting life

PASS (Pregnancy Aid South Suburbs)

17214 Oak Park Avenue in Tinley Park (708-614-9777)
3116 Ridge Road in Lansing (708-614-9777)
613 E. 162nd Street in South Holland (708-614-9777)

helppass.org

Whether teaching sexual integrity, saving lives of unborn children, teaching life skills, or offering hope and healing, Pregnancy Aid South Suburbs (PASS) seeks to ensure the stability of the family.  PASS is not only about saving lives, it is also about preserving the life of the family as part of God’s plan for future generations.

Questions? Please contact Bob Blake.


 


Bridge Teen Center
community center for teens

Bridge Teen Center

15555 S. 71st Court in Orland Park
thebridgeteencenter.org | 708-532-0500

The Bridge Teen Center is an innovative grassroots nonprofit community center for teenagers, located in Orland Park and serving the Chicago southland area. Their mission is to provide free programs during after-school and unsupervised hours where students can develop mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually in a safe environment.

There are many volunteer opportunities available, including:

  • Bus Driver - for an hour or two on Wednesday afternoons
    (Contact Charles Dobeck at 708-532-0500 for more info.)
  • Bridge volunteer - afternoons/evenings
  • Community promotion
  • Café server - after-school hours
  • Voice/guitar/keyboard/music instructors
  • Program volunteer
  • Licensed facilitators for support groups
  • Cleaning support
  • Administrative/data entry
  • Sound/lighting technicians
  • On-call after-school tutors

Questions? Please contact volunteer@thebridgeteencenter.org.


Restoration Ministries
harvey & south chicagoland

Restoration Ministries

253 E. 159th Street, Harvey, IL 60426
restorationministries.net | 708-333-3370

Restoration Ministries serves the neighborhood of Harvey and the south Chicago area, providing after-school activities for local kids, a food pantry and thrift store for families, and residential rehabilitation programs for men and women coming out of addiction. Youth activities provide a venue to share the Gospel, as well as an alternative to the dangers of life on the street. By ministering to the needs of the poor and vulnerable in the south Chicago area, the mission of Restoration Ministries is to bring the hope and transformation of the Gospel into the community.

Restoration Ministries is in need of volunteers in the following areas:

  •     After-School Program
  •     Harvey House & Tabitha House
  •     Food Pantry
  •     Restoration Ministries’ Thrift Store


For more information or to volunteer, please contact Karen Vrdolyak.


 


Elim Christian Services
equipping individuals with disabilities

Elim Christian Services

13020 S. Central Avenue, Palos Heights
15565 South 70th Court in Orland Park (Vocational Center)
elimcs.org | 708-429-7493

At Elim Christian Services, their mission is to equip individuals with disabilities to achieve their highest God-given potential so they may live their lives glorifying Him. Each day, over 800 individuals with disabilities turn to Elim for educational, vocational, and therapeutic programming. Over 400 staff members serve the children and adults on one of Elim's two campuses or within one of the 20 discovery Centers located within partnering Christian schools nationwide.

Volunteers can contact Rose Ringenberg at 708-293-3602 for more information.

 


Smith Crossing
retirement community

Smith Crossing Ministry

Parkview conducts a traditional Christian worship service for residents and guests of Smith Crossing Retirement Community (located east of the Orland Park Campus) using volunteers who serve twice a month, sharing communion and assisting residents as needed.

If you are interested in serving on occasional Sundays at 11:00 am, please contact Patti Oswald at 708-478-7477, Ext. 235.


 


Trafficking & Exploitation
awareness and resources

Trafficking & Exploitation

Awareness & Resources

In the Chicagoland area alone, tens of thousands of women, men, and children are trapped in the sex trade, including prostitution, strip clubs, and pornography. Though some make a “choice” to enter this life, very often that is not the case. And regardless if by choice or against their will, for those who are caught up, this lifestyle quickly becomes a prison.
 
Because the church is a community of freedom in Christ, Parkview wants to combat the devastating effects of sex trafficking in our neighborhoods and cities. This includes raising awareness, learning to identify and help at-risk demographics, and reaching out to the men and women who are caught in sex addiction and trafficking.
 
MAKE AN IMPACT

If you want to get involved in outreach to men and women caught in sex trafficking, check out the volunteer opportunities with these local ministries:

Founded in 2009 by Anny Donewald, Eve’s Angels is rapidly becoming the restoration answer for women trapped in the sex industry. The Christian not-for-profit organization ministers the word of Jesus Christ to women in the sex industry and is both a symbol against sex trafficking and a community that reaches into places of employment where sex is being sold.

The One Light self-defense team has traveled to the poorest slums in Nairobi, Kenya, where girls face physical attacks EVERYDAY. An awareness of existing and growing physical violence compelled the team to offer self-defense workshops in the U.S. Since 2009, school staff, students, realtors, corporations, women’s groups, churches, and families have seized the opportunity to prepare themselves for a world that faces bullying, domestic violence, molestation, rape, and human trafficking.

  • Eve’s Angels | EvesAngels.org
     
  • One Light Self Defense | OneLightSelfDefense.com
     
  • Emmaus Ministries | streets.org

    Emmaus Ministries reaches out to men in survival prostitution on the streets of Chicago, men who sell themselves to other men to survive. Through nightly outreach teams and a daytime drop-in center (Ministry Center), Emmaus staff and volunteers build relationships of trust with these men, working together to help them get off the streets and develop a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.
     
  • Compassionate Communities for Children | ccforc.org

    Compassionate Communities for Children is a collaborative effort of doctors, psychologists, law, and clergy to prevent abuse and exploitation of children. They provide education and resources for helping to keep children safe from trafficking.
     
  • Safe House

    Parkview is collaborating with local and national law enforcement to develop a new long-term residential treatment shelter in Chicago for girls 12-17 years of age who have been rescued from sex trafficking. For more information on this and what you might do to help, contact Sean Mixson at 708-478-7477, Ext. 207.

 
LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PUBLIC POLICY

  • End Demand | EndDemandIllinois.org

    The End Demand Illinois campaign is shifting law enforcement's attention to sex traffickers and people who buy sex, while proposing a network of support for survivors of the sex trade.
     
  • Support the Creation of John Schools | Read Article

    A John School is a program for men who are caught buying the services of prostitutes, educating them about the dangers and realities of soliciting prostitutes.

 
IN OUR PERSONAL LIVES

Porn and prostitution are traps for the buyers as well as the victims. If you’re caught in a pattern of negative sexual behaviors, whether you struggle with porn, visit strip clubs, or more, please take advantage of these resources and contact the pastoral staff at Parkview. All communications will be kept confidential.

 


Questions? Please contact Caitlin Courtney at 708-478-7477, Ext. 222

 


Journey Pregnancy & Life Hub
from survival to success

Journey Pregnancy & Life Hub

19715 LaGrange Road, Mokena, IL 60448
journeyhub.com | 708-478-0527

Journey is an organization in Mokena, IL that offers continuous mentoring, encouragement, resources, and support for individuals seeking to travel from survival to success. Some of the services they offer are pregnancy tests and support, GED tutoring, diapers and baby supplies, personal counseling, and much more! If you would like to get involved or give to Journey, please visit their website at journeyhub.com.

 

 


All God's People
homeless ministry

All God's People

15554 S 70th Court, Orland Park, IL 60462
allgodspeoplechicago.org | 708-625-2423

All God’s People is an organization that ministers to the needs of homeless people in the Chicago Loop area. The second Saturday of the month they set up a distribution center on the corner of State and Van Buren where they hand out clothing, blankets, toiletries, and food. The need is great. They serve 300 or more people who wait patiently in line to receive items that meet their basic needs. To volunteer or for more information, go to allgodspeoplechicago.org

All God's People has an immediate need for non-perishable food items. Please contact them at 708-625-2423 if you can help.