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Special Events & Holiday Help









To volunteer for the events listed or for more details, please read and follow the specific paragraph instructions

or contact

The Volunteer Office at 773-273-4161

Mary Doherty at 773-273-4177


NOTE: These opportunities are considered Special Event & Holiday Volunteer Opportunities which means Misericordia is allowed to bring in temporary volunteer support to make them happen.  Some opportunities do, while others do not involve direct interaction with our residents.  All volunteers simply need to click on the link or call in advance to sign up.


If you were looking for more of a regular weekly volunteer commitment please click here to start the Volunteer Application Process:


Regular Sunday Breakfast & Brunches 
Misericordia is open to the public each Sunday for a delicious Sunday Breakfast and Brunch menu. The Brunch Sundays are heavily operated by volunteer support.  Volunteer tasks vary from waitstaff, kitchen help, dish washers and more. We ask that all volunteers be flexible with their assignments. This volunteer opportunity requires volunteers to be at least 15 years of age and to make an all day commitment of 9:00 AM -3:00/3:30 PM.  If you have any questions please contact Mary Hickey at or (cell):847-910-8241. 

If you are interested in volunteering for the Sunday brunches January through June 2018 please click here to signup.

We are also in need of a dependable experienced grill chef to volunteer under the direction of Misericordia’s chef.  Good cooking skills a must.  This volunteer opportunity would require an inservice to be sure this opportunity is mutually good for both parties.  If you are able to commit to either the 2nd and/or 4th Sunday of the month, that would be great.  This would be a commitment from 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  Please contact The Volunteer Office at 773-273-4161 or   


Laundry Helpers

Misericordia does nearly 3500 pounds of laundry a day, so needless to say your volunteer support is not only needed but would also be greatly appreciated. It is not a difficult job, but certainly one that requires ongoing help. If you are available on any Saturday, Sunday or national holiday for either a half or full day (8:00 – 11:00 am and/or 11:00 am - 2:00 pm) we’d love to hear from you!  Your visit must be schedule in advance, please do not just show up. To view and sign up for open hours in laundry please visit the link below. Contact The Volunteer Office 773-273-4161.  

March & April 2018 Laundry Link:

May & June 2018 Laundry Link:

Misericordia Social Club

Looking for volunteers! Please join us for a fun new weekend opportunity of team building, group games, group crafts and more! This is a time for residents to come together and socialize with one another and you can help! Some activities include mural building, board game night, and a holiday dance.

If you have a Saturday or Sunday (or both) to help us out, please sign up for this exciting new program! It will be a great opportunity to participate in and a great time to work alongside our residents!

Sign up here:

Tailor / Seamstress

Are you looking for a way to be helpful to Misericordia but can not commit to a weekly commitment?  If you have moderate sewing skills then this is the volunteer opportunity for you.   We are looking for a person(s) willing to do minor alterations on resident clothing.  Often a resident’s waist size is not consistent with his or her pant length, and the pants therefore need hemming.  If you have a machine at home and would be willing to pick up and return the items needing alterations we’d be grateful. This is a sporadic need.  Once you let us know that you are willing to help, we will contact you as the need arises.


Hair Stylist / Barber

Are you skilled at cutting hair? If so, and you’d be willing to donate your services, we would love to know. Misericordia is looking for people to come once or twice a month to cut both male and female residents’ hair. The families of many of our 600+ residents arrange hair cuts outside of Misericordia, but a significant number of residents of all abilities rely on us to cut their hair. Dates and times to be determined according to your availability and our needs.

Piano Tuner

Do you have the skill and tools required to tune pianos? Misericordia has 3-4 grand pianos on campus and would greatly appreciate your services.. Dates and times to be determined according to your availability and our needs.

 Friday & Saturday, April 27 & 28, 2018 

Misericordia Annual Jelly Belly Candy Days

Please, please, please consider helping us for this!

10,000+ volunteers are needed throughout Chicago and all the suburbs. It's your typical "tag day". Volunteers are needed to work the streets, sidewalks and store fronts of Chicago and the suburbs. Volunteers simply pass out candy and informational tags in exchange for donations. Any minimum 2 hour shift would be greatly appreciated. For more information or to sign up to volunteer online click here or call Peter Behle at 773-273-2768.

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

Misericordia's 38th Annual Family Fest
Family Fest is for all ages. Nearly 13,000 people from all around Chicago and the suburbs flock to our campus for a wonderful afternoon of food, fun, drink, live entertainment, kids’ games and rides, bingo, raffles, shopping and more. This one day event takes approximately 2000 volunteers in order to run smoothly and the volunteer opportunities are endless. Time commitments are generally broken up into 2 ½ -3 hour shifts. Volunteers age 12 through adult are needed and welcome, however opportunities for the younger volunteers are limited. This is a great opportunity for both individuals as well as groups.
(Sign Up Available in July 2018)

Holiday Bakery -  November thru December 22nd, 2017       Misericordia Bakery relies heavily on volunteers to help them get through the busy holiday season.  No bakery experience is required, however we are looking for able bodied volunteers that listen well and take pride in the quality of their work. Volunteer tasks will vary between scooping, mixing, baking, packaging and displaying bakery products. Your flexibility is necessary. Any 3 hour shift is helpful.  Hours of operation are approximately 9 AM - 4 PM Monday- Saturday prior to Thanksgiving and 9 AM – 9 PM Monday – Friday; 9 AM – 5 PM Saturdays & Sundays after Thanksgiving.  Bakery dress code: closed toed shoes, long pants, short/long sleeved shirt and a hat or hair net. Volunteers are welcome to bring their own hat or will be given one to use by Misericordia. You must call in advance to schedule your time. This opportunity is best suited for high school age thru adult age volunteers. 

 Ho Ho Ho!       Celebrate the season and be a Secret Santa for a child or an adult at Misericordia. Though we refer to it as the “Secret Santa” program and conduct it only once a year, it is truly a program that continues to give all year long. Our residents come to us from all walks of life.  The parents and families of our residents generally purchase Christmas, Hanukkah and Birthday gifts for their family members.  However, we serve many persons who have no families and are Wards of the State. An additional number of residents have families who exist at the poverty level and therefore are unable to buy gifts for them.  We are grateful to the friends who help put the word “special” in special occasions for these children and adults. Call 773-273-4161 for a wish list. (Available in early November each year.) 

Pre Holiday Brunch Food Prep & Dining Room Table Setters 2017
The kitchen and housekeeping staff would greatly appreciate volunteers to help with food prep and table setting in the dining rooms on the Fridays and Saturdays prior to the Christmas Brunches.  (12/1, 12/2, 12/8, and 12/9).  Any 3 hour shift between the hours of 9:00 AM – 3 PM would be greatly appreciated.

Gift Shop
Seasonal help needed in this area for Special Event Parties during November and December (typically evenings).

Christmas Brunches
Sunday, December 3, 2017, Sunday, December 10, 2017 (In the Green House Inn) and Sunday, December 17, 2017 (In the Lois Gate’s Courtyard Inn) Misericordia puts on a beautiful Holiday Brunch on each of the above Sundays. We serve approximately 1000 through the course of the day at 2 scheduled seatings. We are in great need of volunteers on those days. Tasks vary from waitstaff, bakery, raffle ticket sellers, kitchen help, dish washers and more. This volunteer commitment requires volunteers to work the complete day of 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM. Volunteers are asked to wear black pants, white shirt and comfortable closed toed shoes. Your flexibility in volunteer assignments is appreciated.

If you have any questions about these volunteer opportunities or
if you are interested in making more of a regular volunteer commitment, Misericordia has plenty of other volunteer opportunities. However, those opportunities would require persons to go through a full volunteer process. Please call for more details The Volunteer Office 773-273-4161.