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HCC Programs & Activities

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

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.

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 Annual Clothing Drive held in the Summer benefits the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Annual Food Drive
Each Spring we sponsor a non-perishable food drive event; donations and monetary contributions support Catholic Charities emergency food pantry.

Annual School Supply Drive
Our annual appeal for school supplies and monetary donations contribute to Chicago Archdiocese Schools; The Academy of St. Benedict the African and Our Lady of Tepeyac. St. Benedict students write prayer to purchase 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  Joe Wade at

We volunteer the first Saturday of each month from 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. repacking food to benefit local Chicaog familes experiencing food insecurity.  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

We coordinate mulit-component experience to honor Pope Francis’ invitation to “create moments of encounter and friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance” for the poor. The invitation welcomes those less fortunate as honored guests to break bread at Christ’s table.

Our annual tradition offers preventative measures and nutrition for Chicago’s winter. During November 2018 the Human Concerns Commission sponsored the below events:

October 26             Free Flu Shots at Catholic Charities

November 4          Free Flu Shots at Holy Name Cathedral

November 9         To go bag preparation and luncheon set up

November 10       Host 150 guests for a hot luncheon with to go bags

November 11        Lunch bag distribution to 100 homeless members of our community

This year’s effort provided 100 flu shots, served 150 guests a hot meal, and distributed 100 lunch bags to homeless in our community.

We are seeking volunteers for our 2019 Fall events. Please contact us at  us at