Save the Date for the 2014 Annual ECCS Ball November 7th

Join hundreds of friends who will gather at the exciting Radisson Aqua Blu for the 55th Annual Ball to celebrate and raise funds for our life-changing work.

For A More Abundant Life

Episcopal Charities brings a message of hope to people from all walks of life in the Diocese of Chicago who thought abundant life was not meant for them.

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When You Care Enough to Help

When you come to Episcopal Charities to make a difference in someone’s life, the life that changes may be your own.

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Effective Answers For Today’s Issues

Episcopal Charities provides an effective response to many of today's serious social issues. One minis- try partner, Youth Guidance, is proven to reduce violence among young inner-city men by 40%.

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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. 

Learn more about how God changes lives - including our own - through Episcopal Charities' ministries and volunteer opportunities.

"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

ECCS Welcomes New Ministry Partners: East Bluff Community Center & Waukegan to College

When Episcopal Charities and Community Services' board of trustees allocatred annual unrestricted grants to two new ministry partrners - East Bluff Community Center (Peoria) and Waukegan to College (Waukegan) - it marked two milestones.

The first-time grant to East Bluff provided more tangible evidence of the reunification of the Diocese of Quincy and the Diocese of Chicago.  The grant to Waukegan to College was the first to a new program that was started, in large part, with support received from ECCS' New Ventures program and the participation of Episcopal congregations across Lake County (IL).

2014 ECCS Ministry Partner
Grants Increase to $635,000

[Chicago, IL] -- "At at time when the work of our ministry partners is needed by more people than ever in our Diocese," said the Rev. Patti Snickenberger (St. Lawrence, Libertyville), Chair of the Evaluation and Allocations Committee, "Episcopal Charities will grant $635,000 to support their life-changing ministries.  Apart from a few grants intended to help smaller agencies complete the strategic planning process, these grants are unrestricted, providing the valuable resources each agency needs to ensure excellence in their programming, the resources needed to develop new intiatives, and otherwise to help them where needed most."

"Our own generosity is made possible by the generosity of donors across the Diocese who make their support of Episcopal Charities a priority in their stewardship," says Georgianna Gleason, Executive Director.  "Their gifts help make more work possible by our ministry partners while providing the resources Episcopal Charities needs to help them secure a future where they can fully live out their mission."

"One way we can do this," says Otto Reinsich, Director of Organizational Development, "is through our Capacity Building Program, a program designed to complement our grant making by working alongside our ministry partners to provide the resources they need to strengthent their governing boards, increase their fundraising, and better communicate their life-changing work."

Over the past decade Episcopal Charities granted more than $7 million to its ministry partners, one reason it is the premiere resource for public ministry in the Diocese of Chicago.