When The Life That Changes Is Your Own
For more than 50 years God has worked through Episcopal Charities to transform lives.
People come here from all walks of life to make a difference in the lives of others. Their compassionate, generous acts of service offered through our programs and ministry partners help turn despair to hope for thousands of people living in the shadows of society across the Diocese of Chicago.
As people come to Episcopal Charities in order to serve others, however, many discover meaning and joy when they find their own life transformed in the process.
Are you looking for a life-changing opportunity? If so, you are in the right place.
"If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday."
-- Isaiah 58:10
New Ventures: Change for Communities by Communities
Episcopal Charities' New Ventures expands its better-known grant making program by launching innovative programs that reach far beyond basic social services; they change communities through a time-intensive organizing process that helps identify and develop new leadership, continually seeks out the most pressing issues, and moves into action on the important issues identified by each community.
Episcopal Charities' financial and leadership participation in our current New Venture - the Fox Valley Initiative - supports a growing broad-based group of non-partisan, everyday citizens dedicated to resolving pressing social problems facing our communities in Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, and Elgin.
Community-identified issues explored by the Initiative include:
Click here to learn more about New Ventures and programs like, the Fox River Valley Initiative.
"Faith, Public Life, and Citizenship: Building Healthy Community"
On April 3rd Episcopal Charities and Community Services was pleased to host Dr. Luke Bretherton as the keynote speaker for the 2017 Annual Conference. A record number of board members, senior staff, and volunteers participated in the Conference, representing 39 different not-for-profit organizations from across the entire Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.
Dr. Bretherton's presentation also helped articulate key aspects of Episcopal Charities' recently approved strategic plan that focuses on the role of faith-based institutions in our common, public life.
This leadership conference is an annual offering of Episcopal Charities and Community Services through its Capacity Building Program. For more than 10 years, this program has helped our grantees (ministry partners), other not-for-profit organizations, church congregations, and others to better fulfill their mission through stronger governing boards, increased fundraising, and more effective communication.