Service Day - Reimagined!
Service Day 2021 programming ran from Saturday, April 17th through Saturday, April 24th. Thank you for your participation!
Over the course of our Service Day programming, parishioners shared their time, talent, resources, prayers, and stories. We heard from families who organized Zoom parties to complete at-home projects together from afar and from small faith groups who coordinated to serve together in-person. We are so grateful for the commitment, creativity, and flexibility demonstrated this year.
Service Day 2021 was a new version of a beloved parish event. In order to learn what worked well, what didn't, and what elements of this year's programming we may wish to continue post-pandemic, we need your input!
Please fill out our Survey!
Whether you participated in Service Day or not, we invite you to complete our anonymous feedback survey by Sunday, May 16. Thank you in advance for your input!
Service Day 2021 Recap:
From caring for our environment and assisting local food pantries to compiling care packages at home, here’s a recap of all we accomplished together:
- Over 250 parishioners participated throughout the week serving 16 community partner organizations.
- 16 in-person service events completed at 12 local organizations, including projects like:
- gardening and landscaping
- donation sorting
- cleaning and sanitizing
- food pantry preparation and assistance
- beach and forest cleanup
- 11 at-home projects and donations to choose from, leading to a huge collection of goods, including:
- 11 enormous move-in kits for North Side Housing & Supportive Services
- Over 615 children’s books for Marillac St. Vincent Family Services
- 94 hygiene care packages for Lawrence Hall
- 15 fleece blankets for Big Shoulders Fund
- 27 essential baby items for Volunteers of America, including boxes of diapers and baby blankets
- 14 student care packages for Depaul USA
- 21 Guest welcome kits for Lincoln Park Community Services
- 69 care kits for the homeless for Mission of Our Lady of the Angels
- Over 1020 food items for Mission of Our Lady of the Angels & Lakeview Pantry
- 2 SUV carloads of new & gently used clothes for Cradles to Crayons
The students at Saint Clement School also completed the following projects:
- 25 centerpieces for Bishop Conway Residence (Catholic Charities)
- 24 fleece blankets for Madonna House (Catholic Charities)
- 100 care packages for the nursing staff at Rush University Medical Center
Check out the 2021 Participant Packet for more details on what was collected and links to learn more about all of the organizations supported by this year's Service Day!
For more details on this year's reimagined format for Service Day, see below:
New Format for 2021
Saint Clement is excited to host Service Day 2021 with a plan to provide service to others while coming together as a parish community. We are teaming up with some usual partners, but also have new opportunities -- the needs in our community remain great. We will continue to offer an opportunity to participate in a reflection after your service and to join Mass via livestream to celebrate the end of Service Day.
However, with COVID restrictions, many things have changed. Please be flexible and join as you feel comfortable. We will continue to adjust as restrictions evolve, but we have big plans to host an outstanding Service Day 2021. Here are the highlights of what to expect:
When is Service Day 2021?
- Options are spread across Saturday, April 17 - Saturday, April 24 to accommodate COVID restrictions and to create more volunteer opportunities.
- All activities will conclude April 24.
What are the volunteer opportunities for Service Day 2021?
- In-person volunteer options for smaller groups available April 17 - April 24.
- At-home volunteer options with finished product drop-off at Saint Clement on April 24. (Great option for families and those unable to participate in-person.)
- In-kind donation options (e.g. canned goods, books, gently used clothing, etc.) with drop-off at Saint Clement on April 24.
What is happening onsite at Saint Clement?
- All Service Day participants are encouraged to drive/walk through the main parish parking lot on Saturday, April 24 from 11:00am-3:00pm for a socially distant photo to recognize each parishioner's participation.
- During these hours, the Saint Clement parking lot will also serve as the drop-off point for at-home service projects and in-kind donations.
Can children participate in Service Day this year?
- This year, the minimum age of in-person volunteers is set by each service site, ranging from school age children with a parent/guardian to 18 years old. Please be sure to check these restrictions when you register.
- Unfortunately, we are unable to offer organized in-person options for children at Saint Clement School this year due to COVID protocols.
- At-home service opportunities are a great way to perform acts of service as a family.
What about COVID?
- Saint Clement and all Service Day partners will follow COVID-19 safety procedures, including social distancing.
- Masks MUST be worn at all times.
- The parish cannot arrange transportation to service sites due to COVID protocols, but participants are welcome to arrange carpools or other transportation options among themselves as they are comfortable.
- No post-event pizza party this year, but do treat yourself to a slice after you serve!
- Again, we encourage you to participate as you are comfortable. If you are unable to serve in-person or at home, we invite you to pray for our participants as well as our partner orgnizations and those they serve.
Have any other questions? Please reach out to Barbara Silva.