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HCC Programs & Activities

Holy Name Cathedral Human Concerns Commission (HCC)
2017-2018 Programs

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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.

For over 15 years, our Human Concerns Commission has turned to our parish to seek support for those who promote the cause of life. Each January, worthwhile causes have been presented to you for your material and financial help.

In 2018, the beneficiaries of our appear were:
Casa Catalina Basic Needs Center
The Center is located on the campus of Holy Cross parish, 4500 S. Ashland, and serves a predominately Mexican American community. In addition to providing a food pantry, there is an outreach to expectant and new mothers who may be in need of diapers and other baby items, especially important for working mothers with children in day care.

St. Joseph Services
This north side ministry of the Daughters of Charity offers many services such as after school programs, safe haven for children, open gym, citizenship and English classes. It also supports expectant and new mothers in need of resources for care for their children.

For more information, contact the Human Concerns Commission at

The Human Concerns Commission hosts a clothing & household items drive once a year, typically in the summer, that benefits the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Annual Food Drive - HCCAnnual Food Drive
The HCC holds an annual fundraising drive to help collect non-perishable food and monetary donations to support the Catholic Charities emergency food pantry.

School Supply Drive - HCCAnnual 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 2017 those schools were St. Benedict the African, and Our Lady of Tepeyac. We coordinate with Big Shoulders to distribute the physical school supplies.

Blessings in a Backpack HCCBlessings in a Backpack
Each week volunteers pack over 225 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.

If you want to volunteer for Blessings in a Backpack, please sign up at
If you have any questions, you may contact us at

Holy Name Career Network
Our Mission is to help talented professionals find jobs in the community. If you are an employer, job seeker or advocate, visit for more information.

We are seeking help from parishioners, like you, in the following 3 ways:
Provide job opportunities

Share professional-level (accountants, lawyers, etc.) job listings at your company/organization with our network.

Serve as a facilitator
Provide valuable insight on available positions, your company culture and the hiring process with candidates.

Provide Guidance
Share your knowledge about career development and networking skills at one of our monthly meetings which occur the second Thursday of every month.

For more information, please contact Ester Leal at or Joe Wade at

The first Saturday of every month, Holy Name Cathedral volunteers pack food at the Greater Chicago Food Depository between 8:30am and 11:15am. Volunteers meet at 7:45am at the Cathedral to carpool. To volunteer, sign up at

Thursday Suppers - HCCThursday/Friday Suppers
Every Thursday and Friday the HCC partners with Catholic Charities, local restaurants, grocery stores and parishioners to serve 210 people who need a helping hand. You can help in these 3 ways:

Serve at Catholic Charities
olunteers pack 80- to-go bags and serve a hot meal to 130 guests, working from 3:30pm – 6:00pm on Thursday or Friday. To volunteer, contact us at

Volunteers are needed to bake the desserts we serve at our Thursday/Friday suppers. To volunteer, contact Fr. John Boivin at 312-787-8040

The suppers are free for the guests but the cost of providing them is approximately $1,000 each night. Donations to support this ministry can be made by dropping off a check at the Rectory. The check should be made out to Holy Name Cathedral in an envelope marked Thursday-Friday Suppers. Your generosity is appreciated by 210 guests fed each night.

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 mid-April.

In 2018, our VITA program prepared 191 tax returns. Refunds from the federal government totaled $137,190 and refunds from the state of Illinois totaled $11,349.

Our thanks to the volunteers who worked to make this service available. We plan to offer VITA again in 2019 (for tax year 2018). At that time, we will be seeking volunteers. Information about how the program works is below.

Two Types of Volunteers are Needed
Tax preparer volunteers,
especially those with some accounting experience, are needed. Participation in formal training and IRS certification will be required.

Intake volunteers are also needed to greet clients and review documentation. No certification required.

Volunteers may assist as many Saturdays as they wish.

To Have Your Taxes Prepared
Clients must bring a government-issued photo ID and social security card for individuals listed on the tax returns, including dependents.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

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 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 welcomed 150 guests to dine with us in the cafeteria
November 19 – We distributed bagged lunches to the homeless in the neighborhood.

We will need volunteers for these events next Fall. If you have any questions, please contact us at