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St James invites you and your family to unwrap the beauty of Advent by volunteering or donating your time, talent and treasure to one of these special organizations.

Catholic Charities Celebration of Giving

Help spread the joy of Christmas to Kids in Need

Christmas Cheer Foundation

Bring Jesus to the Needy and they will bring Jesus to you!!


Help holiday Decorate a home for adults with intellectual Disabilities 

Volunteer at a Holiday Party for Clearbrook Residents 

Unload, wrap and organize a truck full of gifts for Clearbrook residents  

Little Sisters of the Poor

Volunteer to spend time with a resident or serve meals in the dining room.  

The Greater Chicago Food Depository

Volunteer at one of its member soup kitchens, pantries or shelters by serving a meal or delivering food.  Click below for opportunities in Arlington Heights in December.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Salvation Army

Volunteer to package and distribute meals to the hungry, sort toys for underprivileged children and ring bells next to those famous red kettles. There are opportunities all over the city and suburbs.

Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly

Brighten a Seniors day!!!  Volunteer anytime during December to deliver a gift to a senior and then spend an hour hanging out with them. You can even choose a senior who lives in a neighborhood near you.

US Postal Service Operation Santa

The United States Postal Service kicked off its 100th anniversary of its “Operation Santa” program last week. More than 6,000 letters to Santa Claus already have been collected in city and suburban post offices and are ready for pickup downtown through Dec. 22. By visiting the U.S. Post Office at 433 W. Harrison St. in Chicago, volunteers can read through letters to “Santa” organized by gender and number of children and choose up to 10 letters to which they’d like to respond. Many letters, said Robin Anderson, communications specialist at the U.S. Postal Service, mention necessities like school supplies, bed sheets, coats and boots instead of toys. “It’s very heartbreaking and it lets you know there’s a big need out there,” she said. They expect up to 11,000 letters by season end. “They don’t stop coming. “Volunteers are asked to shop for the gifts requested or purchase a gift card and bring it back to the post office ready to mail. The post office mails the gift to the recipient and all addresses are confidential. For more information, call (312) 983-8149.