HCC Programs & Activities
Holy Name Cathedral Human Concerns Commission (HCC)
For a description of our current programs please click on the “+” sign next to each header.
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The HCC holds an annual fundraising drive to help provide expectant mothers in Chicago with needed baby goods, counseling, and referrals to health, education and social services during and after their pregnancies.
Annual Food Drive
The HCC holds an annual fundraising drive to help collect non-perishable food and monetary donations to support selected local food pantries and programs. In 2015 the drive benefitted the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels, Lunch-N-More and Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly.
Annual School Supply Drive
The HCC holds an annual fundraising drive to help collect school supplies and monetary donations to help support three Chicago Archdiocese Schools. In 2014 those schools were St. Benedict the African, St. Angela’s and Our Lady of Tepeyac. We coordinate with Big Shoulders to distribute the physical school supplies.
Blessings in a Backpack
Each week volunteers pack over 148 backpacks with kid-friendly, nutritious, non-perishable food to help ensure impoverished elementary school children at St. Malachy’s have food on the weekends through the school year.
The HCC partners with the Red Cross to host the semi-annual blood drives at the parish center. Volunteers are needed to sign-up people the weekend before the drive and assist the day of the drive. For more information, contact us at HNCHumanConcerns@gmail.com
Holy Name Career Network
Holy Name Career Network is a forum, not only for those now seeking employment, but as a sustaining, faith-based network where anyone seeking to mentor, coach or share their job, career or vocation can support others. Meetings are held on the second Thursdays of the month; we do not meet in December.
If you are an employer, job seeker or advocate, visit holynamecareernetwork.org for more information.
Established in 1990, Emmaus Ministries reaches out to men in prostitution on the streets of Chicago. Emmaus staff and volunteers build relationships of trust with these men, working together to help them get off the streets and develop a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. HCC volunteers prepare and serve dinner for 12-15 guests four times a year.
The HCC sends a group of ten volunteers to the GCFD on the first Saturday of most months. The volunteer team works together on different types of projects ranging from sorting food donations to creating emergency boxes of food. The GCFD distributes to over 600 different food banks throughout Chicago. The HCC also participates in the GCFD Annual Hunger Walk in June.
Quarterly Speaker Series
This is a program to inform the parish about the good work of the Commission and develop support for the cause that the commission is advancing. The series would be another way to get for parishioners to get to know the parish and become more involved.
Every Thursday and Friday night the HCC partners with Catholic Charities, local restaurants, grocery stores and parishioners to serve 210 people who need a helping hand. Our volunteers pack 80 to-go bags and serve a hot meal to 130 guests, working from 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Volunteers also provide a homemade dessert for each of the dinners. For more information, contact us at HNCHumanConcerns@gmail.com
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)
This HCC sponsored program helps local Chicagoans (with incomes less than $50,000) file their income taxes. Tax services are offered on Saturday from February through April 2017. Volunteers, especially those with some accounting experience, are needed; participation in formal training and IRS certification will be required.
The Human Concerns Commission will be collecting donations for our Blessings in a Backpack program before and after every mass on Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9.
We provide food each week for 260 elementary school children at St. Malachy, a needy Catholic school on the west side for an annual cost of $20,000. The students may otherwise have little or no food on the weekends, as most of their meals are provided at school.
Only $2.50 helps feed a child each week or $80 will sponsor one child for the school year. Checks can be made out to Holy Name Cathedral – memo: Blessings in a Backpack.
Blessings in a Backpack helps improve grades, behavior, attendance and feelings of good will among the students!
For more information, email HNCBlessings@gmail.com
Volunteers Will Be Needed for the Event In Fall 2018.
In honor of World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis invited Christians to “create moments of encounter and friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance” for the poor and to make them honored guests at table.
In keeping with this mission, the Cathedral will hosted several events in 2017, which we would like to make an annual tradition:
November 12 – Free flu shots to those in need
November 18 – We will welcome 150 guests to dine with us in the cafeteria
November 19 – We will distribute bagged lunches to the homeless in the neighborhood.
We need volunteers for these events next Fall. Please go to https://tinyurl.com/y8b9mwgd to see details othe past events.