Volunteering at PADS is an excellent way to get involved in your community and make a positive impact in the lives of others. There are a number of ways you may give the gift of your time and compassion, such as volunteering at a PADS shelter site, making, bringing, or serving meals, or sharing your talent.
For the entire winter season of 2020/2021, PADS was forced to house all of their clients in hotels that were paid for by benevolent donors. LCC provided three meals during that time.
In early August of 2021, PADS contacted us, asking for help in supplying household items for those whom they were able to find permanent housing. Our church family filled 15 laundry baskets with many household items needed for those clients!!
This season, PADS continues to house some clients in hotels, but they have many others who will travel from site to site for overnight stays. The Methodist site that we supported for many years is not able to provide housing this year, but the local Presbyterian Church has added one more night on their calendar. LCC provided one dinner and lunch for the following day to that site on Wednesday, December 15th and we have committed to provide the same on two additional dates: March 30, 2022, and April 27, 2022.
As in the past, PADS may occasionally ask for needed additional help. Knowing our history, it is more than likely we will answer the call.
http://www.loveinclakecounty.org/ (847) 782-8630
Love INC of Lake County mobilizes local churches to transform lives and communities “In the Name of Christ.” An affiliate of Love INC National, the local network of volunteers from Lake County churches help disadvantaged individuals rebuild their lives and create new relationships, all In the Name of Christ. Ministries include the Clearinghouse Help Center, Clothing and Furniture Ministries, Household Starter Kits, Baby Shower Ministry, New Hope Ministry, and Loved Twice Thrift Boutique.
Love Inc – Love in The Name of Christ
Our church has been involved with Love INC since the late 1990’s. Our congregation partners with other Lake County churches in the ministries of Love INC. Members of our congregation support Love INC by their involvement in the ministries that are sponsored and supervised by that organization. Love INC has been moving their ministry to a Transformational Ministry model with active personal involvement with those in need in Lake County. While we have steadily increased our financial support of Love INC, the committee feels that our budgetary support does not yet match the capacity and the involvement of our congregation.
Love INC – Furniture Ministry
This ministry continues to meet the first Saturday of each month and delivers donated furniture to the needy – primarily in Waukegan, Zion, and North Chicago. This ministry continues with 3 to 4 faithful regulars. This year our team is made up of about 1/2 from our congregation and 1/2 people without a church. We continue to see a decline of LCC members helping with this. We are actively looking for more volunteers to serve. We are really in need of drivers (people willing to drive the truck). We are looking, not only for people who can move furniture, but we are really in need of talkers. People who can meet with the neighbors and minister to them while we are unloading their furniture.
If we plan to continue supporting this ministry, it will need new leadership and support now that Chris Becker is no longer managing it.
Love INC – Starter Kits
A Love INC ministry which provides neighbors household items include pots n pans, bakeware, dishes, linens, small appliances, and other kitchen items. Love INC Clients are those who have gone through an in-depth intake process to receive household items. The neighbors are from all walks of life – single moms with kids, battered women, veterans, some out of homelessness, lower income families moving to the areas which may have been referred by various social services, and people victims of tragic circumstances such as fires, floods and sickness, LCC members are generous with donations on an ongoing basis throughout the year.
Love INC — Thrift Store
Love INC opened a resale thrift store in Waukegan in March of 2017. LCC members donate items to the store on an ongoing basis and there are a few LCC members who help out weekly with everything associated with making this store function in the best way possible. Thanks to the good management and our Lord, the store continues to be successful.
Rest, renewal and relationships for kids with intellectual disabilities and their families. Jill’s House is a Christian non-profit that provides short-term, overnight respite care for families raising kids ages 6-17 with intellectual disabilities in the DC metro area, and around the country. Parents regularly receive 24-48 hours to rest and recharge, while their kids are engaged in fun activities, tailored to their interests and abilities.
Matthew Homes are not about the house but rather the families. Families who get to know their neighbors, care for one another, and engage in the well-being of their city are the key to community revitalization.
The ReNew team works with residents and city leaders to encourage home ownership and community, block-by- block, until we reach a “tipping point” where community enrichment grows organically and exponentially.
FMSC strives to eliminate starvation among children throughout the world. Volunteers hand-pack rice, soy, dried vegetables, and a nutritionally complete blend of vitamins and minerals into bags, which they are sealed, boxed, placed on pallets, and shipped to their partners working around the world to reach the neediest children.
With the support of local families, parishes, schools, and businesses, Celebration of Giving has been bringing joy and hope to families who might otherwise not be able to celebrate the holiday season for over 70 years. Last year, Catholic Charities was able to distribute gifts, toys and necessities to more than 25,000 children and families thanks to the generosity of people like you!