Thank You for Making Service Day a Success!

On a gorgeous, sunny Saturday afternoon, 400 parishioners took part in the 13th annual Clement Service Day. From the minute volunteers arrived, the spirit and energy of April 28th was palpable. Due to the large number of participants, we were able to send 23 teams to 22 different sites across the city, from churches and schools in need, to homeless shelters, intergenerational homes and more. Service projects ranged from landscaping to painting to furniture assembly, bus cleaning, meal preparation and serving, and much more.

A group led by Colleen Reilly, long-time team captain, went to Above & Beyond Family Recovery Center, which had been recommended this year by parishioner Megan Beenblossom. Above & Beyond assists Chicago's homeless, uninsured and financially disadvantaged populations in receiving the best levels of evidence-based outpatient care for their substance use disorders. Site contact Michael Hill had the following to say: "The event was a HUGE success at Above and Beyond. We will always be grateful for the work the people from St. Clement put in on Saturday. The amount of work they did would have taken us weeks and weeks, even months, to get done. We put a permanent sitting area in our garden for everyone to enjoy. We are also going to be able to have some of our group therapy sessions in the garden now. We, at Above and Beyond, sincerely hope that your parishioners feel welcome to come down and be with us in the garden they worked so hard to help us create. The people that came down on Saturday are a testament to the vibrant community that St. Clement is. They are very friendly and engaging people and it was a pleasure to be with them. Thank you again very much. We love St. Clement!! God Bless you all!"

At the school, those in Kindergarten-5th grade participated in age-appropriate service projects, creating table centerpieces for the residents at Lincoln Park Community Services, playing bingo at Sunrise & Lakeview Nursing Homes, making sack lunches for the homeless through Inspiration Corporation, and creating blankets for children at Madonna House. The children also added their own special touch to beautifying the school building. Major thanks goes to the 13 members of our school faculty/staff who spent their Saturday supporting this parish event, and especially for teacher Kasey Chertack for her leadership and coordination of children’s activities. During the day in the Chapel, thanks to the coordination of Chrissy Grainger & Paula Quinn, the clothing drive produced well over 50 bags and 32 boxes of clothing for area organizations.

Thanks goes to the Service Day planning committee for their months-long tireless work in making sure the day was successful: Dave Buishas, Eiren Hendrie, Dani Jachino, Abbie Kelley, Kristen Lewis, Rebecca Nolasco, Peggy O'Connor, Joe Quinn & Noreen Walton Valle. Team captains play an essential role in communicating and coordinating with both sites and participants, and we are so appreciative of the gift they are! And last but not least to the parish staff for their unending support.

We are incredibly grateful for the support and participation of parishioners in making this day truly special for our Saint Clement community and beyond!