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Catholic Urban Programs
Canned Goods Donations
The need is great for gifts of food. The cupboards are nearly bare. Coordinate a canned food or clothing drive to accompany your parish picnic and other events. Please call for drop off information.
Cosgrove's Kitchen Supplies
Recurring costs for items such as napkins, plates, plastic ware and cleaning supplies add up over the cost of a year. Collect and donate money or items.
Thrift Store Designers
Some people never receive new clothes or home furnishings. They only can afford what is donated to our St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores. A group is gathering with ideas on renovating and reorganizing our thrift store, and maybe opening a hip, youth-oriented, retro clothing shop as well! Help us with your ideas, with sorting donated goods and stocking the shelves. A good youth group venture!
Family Center - Tutors
The Learning Club is a national math and reading program that helps children and builds self-esteem. Tutors are needed Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:00. Training is provided (must be 21 to tutor). Call sister Carol at 618-875-7295.
Griffin Center - Everything's A Quarter
Griffin Center sponsors a monthly rummage sale the first week of each month, Sept. thru May. Useable household goods, bedding, linens, baby things and clothes for all ages (that you or a family member would be willing to wear) would be appreciated. Call Sister Julia at 618-874-2500.
Please help to furnish our new Volunteer House by adopting a room! Each of our 15 bedrooms needs twin bed sheets/pillow cases; bath towel/hand towel/washcloth/bath rug; wastebasket; bedside rug; bedside table; bedside lamp; clock; carbon monoxide monitor; and fire detector. Questions: Call Sr. Marge at Catholic Urban Programs at 618-398-5616.
Catholic Social Services (Belleville, Carbondale, Mt. Carmel, Mt. Vernon)
Foster Parents And Adoptive Parents
Many are needed at all CSS offices in the Diocese. Call Steve Steinhart at the Belleville office at 618-394-5900 for information.
Daystar Community Programs909 Washington Ave.
Cairo, IL 62914
Canned Goods Donations
The need is great for gifts of food. The cupboards are nearly bare. Coordinate a canned food or clothing drive to accompany your parish picnic and other events. Please call for pick up and/or drop-off information.
Please donate new or gently used baby clothing and supplies for single mothers and others in need.
Thrift Store Helpers
Some people never receive new clothes or home furnishings. They only can afford what is donated to our thrift store. Help us keep the store a clean, respectable and dignified place for people to shop by sorting donated goods and stocking the shelves. A good youth group venture!
Groups of up to 10 can stay in our apartment upstairs, and work in the area on house-painting, yard clean-ups, etc. Call to reserve a weekend or a whole week!
Daycares and PreschoolsCatholic Daycare
617 Summit Avenue
East St. Louis, IL 62201
Parents from across the Metro East bring their children to our facility for the quality, Christian education we provide. The poor children in our own neighborhood deserve the same opportunities. Call Brother John to sponsor a child.St. John's Daycare
2620 Lebanon Ave.
The Monsignor Urban Kuhl Memorial Scholarship
Our scholarships recognize Msgr. Kuhl's 30 years of service to our center, and they allow needy families to attend our daycare or preschool. Call 618-235-6717 for information.
Hispanic MinistryOffice of Hispanic Ministry
2620 Lebanon Ave.
Belleville, IL 62221
Phone: 618-235-9601 Ext. 129
If you are a nurse and are able to help with a blood pressure/blood screening event, call the office NOW and leave name and phone number. Sr. Michelle, ASC (RN) will return a call and give you upcoming dates. These screenings are held after Spanish Mass on a selected Sunday in several locations - Carbondale, Cahokia, Damiansville, and Fairmont City.
Tuition Assistance For Latinos
Invest in the future of the church. Help make it possible for a Hispanic youth to attend Catholic High School. Adopt a teen for a year, a month or even a day. (Estimated yearly cost $4500). Call for more information about the St. Juan Diego Fund.
Moms In Need
There are Latino moms having babies who, because of poverty, lack basic necessities for new-borns. Call the Office of Hispanic Ministry if you with to contribute basic baby supplies.
Poverty Services 618-781-6013
Perhaps as many as 70% of prison inmates cannot read. We are looking at proposing a State Bill that would grant time off for good behavior to inmates who stick with tutoring and attain literacy. If you have interest or experience in drafting legislation, or simply have some ideas or curiosity to share, please call Mike at 618-526-7203.
Volunteers needed a couple hours a week to help someone in your area learn to read or learn basic math skills. Volunteers are provided professional training and support through community colleges. All it takes is a desire to see others succeed, and volunteers may quit at any time. For more info, call Janet Brede at 618-526-7203.
NEIGHBOR HELPING NEIGHBOR...It takes a special person to care for young children...MAYBE THAT PERSON IS YOU!!! Become a childcare provider! Tremendous benefits: Work in your own home; spend time with your own children; set your own hours & salary; help fill the need for quality child care in your county. Call Janet Brede of Poverty Services at 618-526-7203 to get started!
Papa Needs A New Pair Of Shoes!
Gently-used men's business shoes are needed for job interviews, to get families off of welfare. Large sizes needed especially. 618-235-9601 Ext. 109.
Prison Ministry 618-482-5570
A Special Calling
There are many ways to support people in prison, without ever even entering a penitentiary. People can learn about the death penalty, about a just legal system, or they can support families of the incarcerated or donate goods and personal items. To learn more, call Father Christian Reuter at 618-482-5570.
A Special Gift
People in prison sometimes do not have access to basic personal items. Individuals or groups can prepare care packages (anonymously if you prefer) for inmates. For suggestions on needed items, call Father Chris at 618-482-5570.
St. Vincent de Paul Society 618-398-5616
W-A-S-H The Traveling Soup Bus
Help keep the bus in ship-shape, help out a very worthy cause, and have fun doing it! Another great youth group activity.
Coordinate a canned food drive to help fill the almost-bare shelves for the needy. The need is great for gifts of food. Please call Catholic Urban Programs, 618-398-5616, for pick up/ and or drop-off information.
St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store Clean-up
Some people never receive new clothes or home furnishings. They only can afford what is donated to our St. Vincent de Paul thrift store. Help sort and organize the donated goods with a group of your friends. Call 618-397-3113 to schedule a time that works for you!
Meredith Memorial Senior Home
Visit with a senior citizen or make holiday cards for them! Also, play Bingo, board games, or plan your own fun event for the seniors! To volunteer your time call 618-233-8780.
What Have We Forgotten?
If you have ideas for helping our agencies help others, or to initiate charitable outreach efforts at your parish, contact Catholic Charities at 618-394-5900 Ext. 205. Thank you and God bless.