Spring Honey Baked Ham Fundraiser

Make It A Picture Perfect Spring Celebration with Honey Baked Ham Gift Cards!

You can purchase gift cards to Honey Baked Ham this Easter season and give back to St. Vincent de Paul Chicago! Honey Baked Ham offers more than just their signature delicious glazed ham, they also have Family Meals, Honey Baked Turkeys, Sides, and Desserts.  Take the stress out of your celebration meal and order from Honey Baked Ham!

Click here to be directed to HoneyBaked Ham Company’s website to purchase.  You can use your HoneyBaked Gift Card to shop online or in-store at any HoneyBaked location nationwide. And the most satisfying part? 20% of your purchase goes directly to support SVdP Chicago and help our neighbors in need!

Purchase your gift cards and then use them to place your order online!

ORDER EARLY THIS YEAR
Shipping demand is high…. but good news! Our products ship frozen. Get your Honey Baked Ham delivered early this year & thaw 48 hours before your celebration.
Learn more about shipping products directly https://shipping.honeybaked.com/

 

SVdP Chicago Host Virtual Top Hat Variety Show on Sunday, April 18, 2021! Share your talent, become a sponsor, or donate today!

On Sunday, April 18, 2021, our SVdP Chicago Council is having its first-time ever, Top Hat Variety Show! It has been a difficult year for many of us and this is an opportunity for all of the Council’s Vincentians to come together for an afternoon. This virtual event will feature entertainment by our very own talented members, highlights of our Conferences’ charitable works during the pandemic, and prize-winning games and raffle. The primary focus for our Top Hat Variety Show is to provide a fun, entertaining opportunity for members to connect with one another and to keep up the camaraderie that was built at our past in-person events going strong! Let’s celebrate hope for the future and give thanks for the many rays of sunlight that peeked through this past year. Register to attend the event here!     Learn how you can become an event sponsor click here!         Make a donation!

SVdP Chicago Council is hosting the Top Hat Variety Show to raise funds to support the Districts, Conferences, and Vincentian programs that help local friends in need. The impact of COVID-19 has greatly increased the number of individuals and families seeking assistance for food, clothing, rental payments, utility bill payments, and medication/medical financial support. We are experiencing a surge in the volume of calls coming into the Council’s central office that do not fall within the jurisdiction of a conference. The Eviction Moratorium in the state of Illinois has recently been extended until April 3, 2021, which allows those impacted by COVID-19 to remain in their residences despite late and missed payments. However, we know that missed payments are piling up and a looming crisis hangs over the heads of many as they attempt to keep current with household bills while working to catch up with late rent balances.

This is one of the many examples of how SVdP Chicago will be in demand to provide support to our friends in need this spring and summer. Looking forward into 2021, SVdP Chicago would also like to invest in establishing two food banks to serve the Chicagoland area and help make a difference in the fight against hunger. Funds raised for the Top Hat Variety Show will not be used towards operational or administrative expenses for the Chicago Council.

SVdP Chicago has been reaching out in our local communities throughout Cook and Lake counties for over 168 years. We have the experience of being a force of good throughout times of war, global pandemics, economic crises, and social changes. Our volunteers serve with hearts full of love and compassion and the Society helps anyone regardless of race, religion, political association, or gender.

  • We’ve fed countless in need in Chicago and the suburban communities through our food pantries, holiday meal baskets, community dinners, and other local events.
  • We’ve clothed the homeless, struggling young families, and Veterans trying to make it during rough patches in their lives.
  • We’ve housed those on the brink or in the midst of homelessness through referrals to shelters, locating affordable housing, or paying rent during a short-term set-back. And we’ve continually offered hope to the most vulnerable in our communities when they’ve no place else to turn.

With your support and generous donation, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chicago and our dedicated volunteer members can take action against poverty, and together we will continue making a difference in our local communities!

Donate today, click here to be directed to our secure, online give partner Network for Good.

40 Items – 40 Days Lenten Challenge

We LOVE this idea! It’s the 40 Days, 40 Items Challenge. Here’s the deal:  Instead of giving up something for Lent – the 40 days and 40 items challenge is a way of giving back. Each day of Lent, remove one item from your home, which you don’t use or wear anymore, and place it in a bag.  It can be clothing items, shoes, boots, accessories, household items, small kitchen appliances, kitchen utensils, cups/plates/bowls, blankets, sheets, electronics, furniture, toys, and more!
Our Thrift Stores are NOT able to accept Mattresses, Organs, and Pianos. 

At the end of Lent, donate these items to SVdP Libertyville or Orland Park Thrift Stores.
Click here for store hours and contact information. 
Did you fill more than 1 bag? We have all heard if something doesn’t bring you Joy or get used after 1 year of owning it to donate.  Now is your chance to organize, declutter, and give back to help others.
Your donations will be shared with our Friends in Need!
Are you up for the Challenge?  Start Today!

Support Catholic Education – Academy of St. Benedict the African Donation Opportunity

Academy of St. Benedict the African Donation Program
6020 S. Laflin Ave Chicago, IL 60636
Patricia Murphy, Principal: pmurphy@academystbenedict.org
Jennifer Farrand, Assistant Principal: jfarrand@academystbenedict.org

 

Our Goal is to share ways that individuals can support students/families of the Academy of St. Benedict the African.

Why support St. Benedict the African school and students/families?

  • School is located in the West Englewood Neighborhood of Chicago
  • Average income of families is <$25,000 (tuition is over 18% of gross income)
  • Many single mom/dads and grandparents as primary caregivers
  • 100% of students qualify for Federal Free Lunch Program (used as a tool to measure need based aid programs)
  • There is no Parish or School Board to help support families in need that wish to have their students attend.
  • SBTA works with the CPD to establish and maintain a positive relationship with the school community and law enforcement to keep students as safe as possible and help build the community.
  • Education is documented to be the primary tool for students to break the cycle of poverty.

Impact of COVID-19 on St. Benedict the African school

  • Enrollment is down by 30 seats as of October 2020
  • Early Childhood Program was suspended for the 2020-21 school year
    • Loss of funding due to program not happening
    • Loss of students/seats
  • Currently only Special Class is Art
    • E. Class is limited due to COVID-19
  • Resources are stretched thin
    • Each student must have individual supplies and tech equipment. No sharing due to COVID-19 procedures

Impact of COVID-19 on Families

  • Many families are impacted by job loss/unemployment due to the pandemic
  • Less financial resources available to families to afford tuition and fees to attend

How can you support St. Benedict the African school and families?

Sponsor-a-Student

  • Help pay tuition payments of $250 each month
  • Help pay After Care Program fees of $150 each month
  • Help provide financial assistance towards technology, book, and other fees charged at beginning of school year or when student enrolls.

School Wishlist

Please visit the school website at https://www.academystbenedict.org/  to learn more about The Academy of St. Benedict the African. 

Vehicle Donation Program – Donate Your Vehicle and Help Support Your Neighbors in Need

Donate Your Vehicle and Make a Difference in Someone’s Life!

The National Vehicle Donation Program is coordinated by The National Council of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul® (SVDP USA), a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. Your vehicle donation will help fund St. Vincent de Paul Society’s programs in your local Chicagoland communities. Your generosity is greatly appreciated! Donate a car to The National Council of The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul USA and help those in need. Each vehicle donation helps SVDP USA Feed, Clothe, House, and Heal those in need. Make a difference today!

We accept all types of vehicles:

we accept all types of vehicles: cars,trucks, motorcycles, trailers, boats and more.

Making a car donation is EASY!

It’s as easy as picking up the phone and speaking to a live operator. If you have any questions just call one of SVdP National’s friendly operators toll-free at 800-322-8284 seven days a week.  You can also click here to start your donation online.

How it Works

  1. Call us at 800-322-8284 or contact Elvia Rojas at the SVdP Chicago Central Office at 773-779-6700 Extension 107
  2. We will tow your vehicle at no cost to you.
  3. 3. Get a tax-deductible receipt and help our cause.

Visit The Official National Vehicle Donation Program for St. Vincent de Paul Official Site for more information.

Support SVdP Chicago when you shop on Amazon! Learn more!

If you already use Amazon.com for online shopping, you can link your account to AmazonSmile and support SVdP Chicago! You will make a .5 percent donation with every Amazon purchase by using AmazonSmile.

Here is 3 simple steps to start donating today:

Step 1: Go to smile.amazon.com log in using your email and password as if you were at amazon.com.
Step 2: Search for the Society of St Vincent de Paul-Chicago and select us as your charity.
Step 3: Shop, Amazon Smile and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to SVdP!

Click here to visit AmazonSmile

Schedule a Donation Drive Today!

Donation drives are a perfect way to bring your community or company together for a great cause. Your donations provide essentials to those in need.  For over 167 years, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chicago has been serving those in need.

Your generous donations of clothing, household goods, furniture, and more enable us to continue serving the over 88,000 families that seek our help every year.

We can accommodate company and corporate donation events and provide trailers and assistant during week day working hours.

 

Schedule your event today!  

It’s easy!

  • Pick a weekend and call us to schedule
  • We will deliver a trailer with donation slips and extra bags.  Guidelines to help donate with dignity are posted inside the trailer
  • After your weekend donation event, we will pick the trailer up and bring back to one of our locations for sorting and distribution for those in  need