“For it is in giving that we receive.” -St. Francis Assisi
This site is dedicated to sharing stories of giving that have made a difference across Chicago communities
Friends First Mentoring Program rallies the community it takes to raise a child, providing resources of growth & companionship for underprivileged children.
"My mentee has become like a little sister to me. I feel very protective of her."
"You will learn as much from your mentee as you teach them."
"He wanted someone to talk to—and it felt good to be there—and give him some advice."
"It has completely surprised me. It has made me a more honest person—more enthusiastic—more open."
"Just being there for him—a consistent presence, I realized is what is important."
"It is more fulfilling than I can describe. It really is a privilege."
"My first-time volunteering was at the bakery. You get to work alongside the residents. It is a cool opportunity."
"I’ve been volunteering—for close to 20 years. I first started volunteering when I was a junior in high school."
"I assumed originally volunteering would be—service hours. What I learned over the years, is how much I get."
Catholic Charities of Chicago shelter & feed the homeless, providing warm beds, hot meals, and dignity to those in need.
"I was looking to help out in a soup kitchen. I came in and ever since then I’ve been helping out every Tuesday."
"Just show up. We are always happy to have new people. Everyone is so welcoming here."
"Every person I have encountered when I am working here is so filled with love."
"Working with Catholic Charities has been beneficial to us on a personal level and a professional level."
The Big Shoulders Fund lifts up schools in need during Give Back Days. Six times each year they clean, paint, organize, and beautify the landscape where our city’s kids learn.
"I have always had a passion for youth and education."
"We made a difference in one quick day."