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Opportunities In & Around Oak Park
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Retreats, Spiritual Enrichment, Educational and Prayer Opportunities

Opportunities to Support Local Organizations & Charities

Programs on Social Justice and Social Concerns

Resources for Families,  e.g. Camps in the area

Follow this link to find information available from the Archdiocese of Chicago


♦ Retreats, Spiritual Enrichment, Educational and Prayer Opportunities


Recovering a Sense of the Sacred: A Series for Women

Shelby Boblick will lead the reflections. Unless otherwise specified, meetings will take place in the gathering area of St. Catherine – St. Lucy Catholic Church, 38 N. Austin Blvd., Oak Park, IL, which is accessible to those with mobility challenges. Assistive listening devices are available. Unless otherwise specified, we’ll offer duplicate sessions each Monday: one at 1 p.m. and another at 7:30 p.m. Please join at the time that suits you. Sessions last no longer than 90 minutes.   Questions?   Call  Shelby Boblick (630-240-2765) or  St. Catherine-St. Lucy  (708-386-8077).

The Well Spirituality Center Upcoming Retreats 

1515 Ogden Avenue, LaGrange Park, IL. To register: online at, or call 708-482-5048


Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House

Go to the website via the link above for a list of all upcoming retreats.

Joyful Again! Program For Widowed Men and Women

A spiritual program for widowed men and women who want to resolve the normal grief they feel and begin to live again. Workshops and retreats throughout the year. 


♦ Opportunities to Support Local Organizations & Charities 

Illinois Right to Life’s 51st Annual Banquet

Please join us on Friday, May 17, 2019, at the Carlisle in Lombard, IL. Cocktail hour begins at 6pm, followed by dinner and a program at 7pm. Our keynote speaker will be Trey Gowdy, former Congressman and outspoken pro-life advocate.  To purchase tickets, go to or call 312.422.9300.

Provide Meals for Housing Forward PADS Emergency Shelter Guests

Get together with friends, family or neighbors to provide meals for shelter clients. You can team up with your book group to make dinner onsite, or arrange for the soccer team to make sack lunches, or work with your neighbors to provide breakfast food. This is a great way to make a measurable impact in your community by supporting the work of Housing Forward. Click here to find out more and sign up to make a difference every month.  Or go to

Want to make a difference in your community? Volunteer with Rush Oak Park Hospital!

Become a Rush Oak Park Hospital Volunteer! Click title above to learn more.


Irving Elementary WORM Club Looking for Volunteers

At Irving Elementary School (1125 South Cuyler) we have a reading program for grades 1-3 called WORM Club (Working On Reading In The Morning). The program is held at Irving School in the library before school from 7:30 to 8:00 am on Mondays through Thursdays. Worm Club is for struggling readers where volunteers read with primary aged students working on their oral reading fluency and comprehension. Several of our volunteers are Ascension parishioners. You can volunteer as many days as you want and come when it best fits your schedule. The program starts in mid October and ends in late April. Please contact me via email if you are interested or if you have any questions. Nick Sakellaris (Ascension Parishioner) at


Cluster Tutoring needs you!

Help students from Chicago's Austin community realize their potential through one-to-one learning. Work with a student in grades K-12 for 90 minutes weekly on reading, homework, and other enrichment activities. We have a reading specialist, a computer room, math coaches, and a fully stocked library. Tutoring is 6:30-8 p.m.on Tuesdays at Pine Avenue Church, 5460 E. Augusta in Chicago, or on Thursdays at First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake St., and runs from September to mid-May. For more information, contact Executive Director Kara Kalnitz at 773-378-5530 or at, or check out


Little City Foster Care and Adoption Program

As is part of our mission, Little City is constantly searching for welcoming homes and loving parents regardless of age, race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, income or education level. Details on our information sessions. Frequently asked questions.

Hines VA Chaplain needs Volunteer Help

The VA Chaplain needs a few volunteer ministers to assist veterans at their 11 am Sunday Mass services in Extended Care Center/Hospice at Hines VA, Maywood.  

If you are interested in volunteering to help the VA Catholic Chaplain, call and leave a message or email John Nally, 708-802-4847 or, for more information.


Check out our Volunteer page for volunteer opportunities at Ascension.


Area-Wide Programs on Social Justice & Social Concerns

Many opportunities available.  Go to our Peace & Justice webpage for current programs.


♦ Resources for Families


Oak Park Village Offers Loans and Grants for Rehab Projects

Oak Park residents unable to afford needed home repairs may be eligible for assistance from the Village. Program is available to owner-occupied single-family units in Oak Park. Owner income must fall within federal guidelines. 


Rush Oak Park Hospital Classes and Events

Rush Oak Park Hospital offers a wide range of classes and events throughout the year — in your local community — to help you live a healthier, happier and more informed life.

For a list of teen programs in and around Chicago, visit our Youth Ministry webpage