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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.

Gifts of Stock

How to give stock

Donating appreciated securities, held for more than one year, instead of cash avoids all capital gains taxes regardless of whether or not you itemize. To preserve the tax advantages of donating stock, you must transfer the shares directly to us. Do not sell the stock. Please notify Margaret Hughes, Director of Individual & Planned Giving, to expect your gift by calling (312) 655-7012. 

If your broker holds the shares, request a transfer to our broker, Northern Trust DTC #2669 for credit to Catholic Charities account #44-81515. If your broker needs assistance from our broker, he is Mr. Ioannis Dheffos at (312) 557-0825.

If you hold a stock certificate issued in your name, contact Margaret Hughes to request a stock power for your signature. Your signature must be medallion guaranteed by an eligible guarantor institution, such as your bank or brokerage house. Do not sign the back of the certificate. Ask us to pick up the certificate and stock power, or send them separately to Catholic Charities, Development Department, 721 N. LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60654.

If you hold "book-entry" shares of stock in a Direct Registration Account (DRS) or through a Dividend Reinvestment Program (DRIP) with a transfer agent such as Computershare, BNY Mellon, or another agent, they cannot be transferred electronically via DTC. Instead, you should obtain a transfer form from the transfer agent's web site. Complete your portion and send it to Catholic Charities, Development Department, 721 N LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60654. We will complete our portion and send it to the agent to receive your shares. Contact Margaret Hughes for assistance.

How to give mutual funds

Mutual funds that you hold in an account at the fund company cannot be transferred electronically via DTC. Please obtain a transfer form from the fund company. Complete your portion and send it to Catholic Charities, Development Department, 721 N LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60654. We will complete our portion and send it to the fund company to receive our shares in a Catholic Charities account which will be opened at the fund company. Contact Margaret Hughes for assistance.

Your donation receipt

The dollar value of your gift is based on the average share price on your gift date. For electronic transfers, your gift date is the date that our account received the shares. For stock certificates, the gift date is the pick up or delivery date.

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Phone: (312) 655-7525
721 N. LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60654