Supporting Community Outreach
There are many different ways to get involved in the greater Chicago area. We’ve put together a list of trusted partners to help you get started as you explore ways to make an impact locally.
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4 Teams Christmas Serving
Restoration Ministries “Toy Store” Event
Dec. 15th 1:00p-3:30p Harvey, IL
Have you ever wondered where all of the gifts go, that Parkview collects each December? Wait until you see. It is amazing… and you can be apart of the joy!
Restoration Ministries “Toy Store” Warehouse Sorting
Dec. 11th 6:00p-9:00p Harvey, IL
Yep! We need volunteers to help sort those hundreds of toys before we provide them to families in need.
Morningstar Mission Christmas Party
Dec. 8th 6:00p-7:30p Joliet, IL
We are going to throw a big party for the women and kids in the Family Center at Morningstar. Who doesn’t like to party? And make Christmas treats? Oh! And Santa might just show up!
SOS Villages Christmas Party!
Dec. 6th 6:00p-7:30p Lockport, IL
Wait! Another Christmas party? OH Yes! This team will spoil the foster kids at SOS Villages with games and Christmas songs. And great news! We double-booked Santa this season.
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FISH Food Pantry
The Lockport/Homer FISH Food Pantry is a non profit, non denominational Christian organization, organized and operated solely by volunteers to minister to the hungry within Lockport and Homer Townships. They serve over 300 families per month with the donations of food and money they receive from Parkview and other organizations and individuals.
Operation Nehemiah’s mission is to partner with “in need” non-profit organizations and churches on building and re-building projects that will help transform the lives of the people they serve as we all work together in the name of Jesus. Volunteers range from skilled tradespeople to those who just want to lend a hand and assist with the less technical aspects of renovation and construction. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Those under 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Shady Oaks creates outstanding camp experiences for children and adults with disabilities. Parkview Homer Glen partners with them to lead weekly worship services during camp weeks for the campers and their counselors. Shady Oaks is always in need of volunteers to help with repairs and maintenance of camp, especially in the fall and spring to help with camp opening and closing.
Will County Habitat for Humanity
Will County Habitat for Humanity relies on thousands of volunteers every year to carry out their mission - providing opportunities for homeownership to limited income families or individuals. Volunteers help with everything from answering phones to hanging drywall, from graphic design to real estate acquisition. There are volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups, and for one time volunteers and those who want to regularly commit. Check out the website for past and upcoming projects. Will County Habitat for Humanity also runs a ReStore, which sells gently used and new items to help furnish homes in the community.
Journey Pregnancy & Life Hub
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!
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.
New Lenox Food Pantry
The New Lenox Food Pantry is available for New Lenox residents who are in need of food supplies. Proof of residency is required. The hours of operation for the food pantry are Monday through Friday 9:30 am to 11:30 am and 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Residents are limited to one bag of groceries per week. No appointment is necessary.
All God’s People
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.
Bridge Teen Center
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.
Chicagoland Prison Outreach
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.
By the Hand
By the Hand is a Christian organization in the city of Chicago that works with at-risk kids in several communities around the city. Their vision is to help kids in critical need of intervention have new and abundant life. They have opportunities throughout the week to get involved in the lives of students and help give them more opportunities to be successful and discover or fuel a relationship with Jesus along the way.
Greater Chicago Food Depository
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.
Elim Christian Services
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.
Pregnancy Aid South Suburbs (PASS)
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.
Orland Township Food Pantry
The Orland Township Food Pantry, which provides emergency food to residents in need of immediate assistance, now has triple the capacity and a dedicated entrance for residents as part of the Township’s ongoing efforts to better serve the local community. The Food Pantry assists more than 300 families every month by providing donated non-perishable items, frozen and refrigerated foods, and bakery goods.
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.
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.
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.