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COVID-19 Services/Response:

Our thanks to the remarkable staff, partners, donors, and volunteers who are helping us meet the needs of those least able to navigate these unprecedented circumstances. We are in your debt.

Service Update:

  • For urgent needs, please call 312-655-7700
  • Meals to go are available at Congregate Meal sites and Senior Centers. Catholic Charities has suspended all senior group activities and adult day care amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Our home care services continue, and are following a more sophisticated protocol as there are seniors who have no one to drop off groceries and provide basic hygiene assistance.
  • Food pantries and evening meal programs will continue to provide food depending on supplies and safe distribution protocols. Please check under Our Services/Emergency Services for locations and phone numbers.
  • Counseling, case management, and other services that can be provided remotely are being delivered accordingly. Please call your case worker or program contact if you need assistance.

How You Can Help:
Due to COVID-19 exposure risks, we are unable to take donations of clothing or food from individuals or groups at this time.  

  • Please consider a contribution. The need for financial assistance and program support for those who were only just making ends meet will grow significantly with lost wages and other impact from the pandemic.
  • Masks, hand sanitizer, paper towels, or bleach wipes are needed and can be dropped at any Catholic Charities location. 
  • When shopping on Amazon, please use Amazon Smile and choose Catholic Charities so we might benefit from your purchase. 
  • Volunteers needed to pack food at pantries.  If you are not in a high risk category and are willing to help, please email Andrew McKernin at Protective gear provided. Health protocols enforced. 
  • Thank the human service workers, first responders, and grocery/gas station/coffee vendors in your life and when you see them in action.

For more information on COVID19, visit the CDC website.

Board Relations & Mission Engagement


Marie Jochum, Director
721 N. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: (312) 655-7323

The primary role of the Department of Board Relations is to assist the Catholic Charities Board of Advisors in fulfilling the mission of Catholic Charities. This is achieved through:

  1. Education of the Board of Advisors on the mission and services provided by Catholic Charities.
  2. Creation and development of concepts for Board committees that suit the needs of the agency.
  3. Initiation of meetings between Board of Advisors and staff with ongoing assistance.
  4. Development of Board member prospects.
  5. Preparation and coordination of events for the Board of Advisors.

Junior Board

Noreen Russo, Manager
Phone: (312) 655-9392

The Catholic Charities Junior Board is a group of young adults supporting the programs and services of Catholic Charities through volunteer, social and faith-based activities.

Volunteer Relations

Andrew McKernin, Manager
Phone: (312) 655-7557
Lake County Contact: Susan Fowler
Phone: (847) 782-4126

Manages intake, response, screening, and matching of volunteer inquiries to Catholic Charities service programs that need them. Recruits volunteers as needed. Works closely with program managers to keep updated information on volunteer opportunities and assists in developing new programs that attract volunteers. Works with corporate and community volunteer programs in placing volunteer groups with Catholic Charities programs.