Human Concerns and Needs

Co-Commission Heads:
Barbara Pope and Jeanne Sanna
Pastor's Representative: Fr. Joe Morin, C.Ss.R.
Monthly Meetings: 2nd Wednesday
7:00 p.m. St. Michael's Rectory Conference Room

Mission Statement

The Human Concerns and Needs Commission identifies needs within our parish and community and develops ministries to provide service and material outreach to address those needs.

The Human Concerns and Needs Commission ministers to those in want within our parish and community by providing services and material outreach to them.

Are you interested in giving back to your community?  Contact Toni Dunning at tdunning@st-mikes.org or call 312-642-2498. 

Current Projects


In the side column to the right, you will see the current drives and upcoming events the Human Concerns and Needs Commission is sponsoring. These drives and collections are in addition to their on-going projects listed below.

On-going projects where your help makes a big difference: 

Food collection

Every week we collect nonperishable food and deliver it to Catholic Charities’ food pantry. Are you moving soon? Clean out your cabinets and bring unopened food items to St. Michael’s, placing them in the basket on the west side in the rear of church. Some suggested items include:

Peanut butter, Canned vegetables, Tuna, Canned fruits, Sardines Soup, Applesauce, Raisins, Oatmeal, Mac & cheese

Marquard Center - Outreach Needs

The Marquard Center, a Franciscan Outreach located in Chicago, provides daily meals to the homeless in our city. Our Human Concerns and Needs Commission purchases food, prepares and serves it to the homeless on a monthly basis, the second Saturday of every month. Volunteers are always needed to help with this outreach project. You can volunteer or get more information by emailing marquard.center.volunteers@gmail.com.

The center also provides shower and laundry facilities to the homeless and the center is very much in need of the following items to provide to those who shower: tubes of toothpaste, new toothbrushes, mouthwash, shampoo (NO CONDITIONER, PLEASE), deodorant, disposable razors, shaving cream, sunscreen, and feminine hygiene products.ALL donations MUST be travel size or hotel size. No other size can be accepted!

Please place your donations in the baskets located on the west side of the church.

 

Campbell’s Labels

Area Catholic schools can get money and equipment by turning in labels and boxtops. Campbell Soup Company sponsors Labels for Education, but has other participating corporate partners, so look carefully at labels before recycling.  The schools can choose from 100s of kinds of equipment or supplies ranging from a kid-sized basketball (550 points) to a 26” flat-screen TV (31,300 points). See www.labelsforeducation.com.

Boxtops for Education

Boxtops for Education is a broad-based program that can earn cash for a school. Lots of brands participate! Perhaps the best known are Betty Crocker, General Mills cereals and Nature Valley bars, but check others carefully. Check out www.boxtops4education.com.\

 

 

Seasonal Projects going on NOW!

 

The goal of the Food Drive is to stock the shelves of the Catholic Charities Food Pantry with food to help serve the hungry amongst us. Last year during Lent over 1500 food items were donated. Any type of non-perishable pakcaged food item is accepted, we do focus on specific foods each week of Lent. 

Just bring your food item to a weekend Mass and each week there will be a collection area by each aisle to leave your donation. Below are the food targets for each week but feel free to donate any non-perishable food item at any of the weekend Masses. 

March 5th - Pasta and sauce, Mac'n Cheese
March 12th - Canned fish and soup
March 19th - Cereal, oatmeal, and canned vegetables
March 26th - Canned fruit, granola bars and dried fruit
April 2nd -  Rice, beans, and peanut butter
April 9th (Palm Sunday) - Your choice!